Our 7 Picks for Trans Movie Night

Look out, Netflix queue.

We’ve handpicked 7 of our favorite transgender & trans-positive films for you to check out next. Grab some friends and the popcorn, then let us know which you liked best!

 

Red Without Blue (2007, Documentary)

Red Without Blue follows the relationships of two identical twins with each other and with their parents. Both were not accepted as teenagers when they came out as gay, and later when one twin as a transgender woman. Now, however, they are looking to better understand their own identities and mend their relationships. An interesting exploration of family turmoil and personal identity, the film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival.

Transamerica (2005)

Transamerica is an adventure comedy that follows a trans woman who takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York. Interesting characters, a complex plot, and great acting make this a fun ride.

Ma Vie en Rose (1997)

Critics and audiences agree that Ma Vie en Rose (My Life in Pink) is a remarkable film that celebrates diversity while depicting the experience of a young trans girl, her family, and their community as a whole. French with English subtitles. Currently streaming on Amazon video.

Beautiful Boxer (2004)

Beautiful Boxer is the true-life bio-pic about Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol, a trans woman who pursued the sport in order to fund transition. The movie goes back to Charoenphol’s childhood, when she was a flower-loving and lipstick-wearing child, through to her success as a professional fighter. The kickboxer Asanee Suwan (who played the lead role) won the Thai “Oscar” for Best Actor. Currently on Netflix.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

Another film with a cult following, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert follows two drag queens and a trans woman whose cross-country trip is interrupted when their bus breaks down in the middle of the Australian outback. A great comedy if you’re looking to laugh, but full of surprisingly tender moments, too.

TransGeneration (2005, Documentary Mini-Series)

Also currently streaming on Netflix, TransGeneration is an eight-part docu-series that follows four college kids going through transition. It focuses on FTM and MTF folks and explores a lot of important issues that they face: FTMs at womens’ colleges, international students, a trans student with a disability, trans people of color. Many viewers have praised TransGeneration for being heartwarming and even inspirational.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Like Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a cult classic of originality and zaniness. The story follows a trans punk-rock girl as she tells her life story through her music tour. It won the Best Director and Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival as well as Best Directorial Debut from the National Board of Review, the Gotham Awards, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

What’s your favorite trans movie? Let us know in the comments.

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