Movies like Boys Don't Cry

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Boys Don't Cry (1999)
 7.6
 85K
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Female born, Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.
Style: bleak, emotional, touching, realistic, disturbing, serious, captivating, thought provoking, sincere, sexual ...
Plot: transsexual, gender bending, rape, hidden identity, small town, cross dressing, anger, murder, sex, gender, tragic love, gays and lesbians, sexuality, friendship, hate crime, prejudice, betrayal, misfit, identity, sexual identity, disguise, arrest, rejection, gay slur, ex convict ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: nebraska, usa

Most similar movies to Boys Don't Cry

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about gender, gay, love and romance, friendship, gays and lesbians, mentor and kiss mostly in Drama, Romance and Crime genres. Some movies like Boys Don't Cry: Tomboy (2011), Monster (2003), Soldier's Girl (2003), Albert Nobbs (2011), All Over Me (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.4
 15K
Tomboy (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and passes herself off as Mickaël.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: sexual identity, transsexual, gender bending, gender, friendship, innocence lost, dishonesty, youth, friends, self discovery, siblings relations, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 120K
Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aileen Wuornos is an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.
Style: bleak, realistic, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, serial killer, lesbian, destructive relationship, rape, prostitution, murder, sexual abuse, death penalty, deadly, love and romance, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s, 2000s
Place: florida, michigan, usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Soldier's Girl (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The true story of Soldier’s Girl, which takes place in Fort Campbell, KY, tells the heart-wrenching story of the life and tragic death of soldier Barry Winchell. His love for Calpernia Addams, a beautiful transgendered nightclub performer was ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: gays and lesbians, transsexual, nightclub, gender bending, soldier, murder, gay slur, military base, fall in love, romance, friendship, love affair ...
Time: contemporary
Place: tennessee, kansas, missouri, kentucky, saudi arabia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.7
 22K
Albert Nobbs (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland, France, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man, so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most posh hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape ...
Style: stylized, serious, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: cross dressing, gender bending, gender, maid, lesbian, master and servant, butler, transvestism, hidden identity, hotel, society, loneliness ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1890s, 1800s
Place: ireland, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.6
 3K
All Over Me (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Claude and Ellen are best friends who live in a not-so-nice area of New York. They're involved in the subculture of 90s youth, complete with drugs, live music, and homophobia. All is changed one night when a violent and meaningless death rocks ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, punk, best friend, youth, homosexuality, friendship, drugs/alcohol, self discovery, urban, lesbian relationship, lgbt, gender ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 12K
XXY (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Argentina, Spain, France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Alex, an intersexed 15-year-old, is living as a girl, but she and her family begin to wonder whether she's emotionally a boy when another teenager's sexual advances bring the issue to a head. As Alex faces a final decision regarding her ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, disturbing ...
Plot: transsexual, sexual abuse, gender bending, youth, teenage love, gays and lesbians, coming of age, sexual exploration, sexual identity, small town, gender, homosexual ...
Time: contemporary
Place: uruguay, argentina, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Crying Game (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Irish Republican Army member Fergus (Stephen Rea) forms an unexpected bond with Jody (Forest Whitaker), a kidnapped British soldier in his custody, despite the warnings of fellow IRA members Jude (Miranda Richardson) and Maguire (Adrian Dunbar). ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, touching, psychological ...
Plot: tragic love, gender bending, terrorism, hostage, gay, soldier, transvestism, friendship, haunted by the past, sexuality, redemption, homosexuality ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, northern ireland, england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 3K
Romeos (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Lukas, 20, is a prisoner in his own body. As a pre-op transgendered person, he is constantly finding himself trapped in uncomfortable, compromising positions. His best friend, Ine introduces him to the gay scene in Cologne where he meets the ...
Style: emotional, serious, sexual, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: transsexual, gender bending, gender, gays and lesbians, lgbt, gay, self discovery, youth, best friends, love affair, adolescence vs adulthood, twentysomething life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 7.5
 50K
Bad Education (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 1960s. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are ...
Style: stylized, sexual, sexy, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, transvestism, transsexual, gender bending, teacher, priest, clergy, dangerous attraction, sexual identity, boarding school, gays and lesbians, sexuality ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.1
 3K
Normal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: transsexual, gender bending, small town, family life, couple relations, parents and children, small town life, gender, couples, family problems, family relations, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Christine Jorgensen Story (1970)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: I couldn't live in a man's body!
Style: serious, sexual, realistic, touching
Plot: transsexual, gender, prostitute, mentally challenged, doctors and patients, gender bending, fall in love, gays and lesbians, soldier, journalism, love and romance, family relations ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: denmark, copenhagen denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.1
 139K
The Danish Girl (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When Gerda Wegener asks her husband Einar to fill in as a portrait model, Einar discovers the person she's meant to be and begins living her life as Lili Elbe. Having realized her true self and with Gerda's love and support, Lili embarks ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, dramatic, emotional ...
Plot: transsexual, lgbt, artist, art, gays and lesbians, couple relations, painter, painting, artists and showbiz, surgery, gender, society ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Mudge Boy (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Duncan Mudge, mid-teens, lives apart from his rural world populated by his distant father and rough local kids. His main companionship is a chicken left after his mother's death until the neighbor's son befriends him.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: coming of age, misfit, gays and lesbians, gay sex, chicken, small town, dealing with death, bullying, homosexuality, parents and children, teenage life, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.1
 14K
River's Edge (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, sex, police, crime, strangulation, strong sexual content, rock, teenage life, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
Style: bleak, serious, captivating, realistic, road movie ...
Plot: poet, friendship, obsession, youth, friends, writer's life, murder, university, bohemian life, gays and lesbians, student life, gender ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944
Place: campus, new york, usa, harlem, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.4
 96
Open (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: OPEN is a hallucinogenic journey through gender, identity, the body, love and how those can be shared by two people. The film consists of interlocking stories lines- the first about two transwomen in a pandrogynous relationship in which they ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: transsexual, gender, gays and lesbians, transsexuality, human nature, introspection, self discovery, couple relations, gender bending, hopes, couples, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, minnesota, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of '63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.
Style: emotional, sexy, touching, captivating, melancholic ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, forbidden love, homosexuality, tragic love, homosexual, gay relationship, cowboy, male nudity, love and romance, introspection, love affair, lovers ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 80s ...
Place: wyoming, usa, texas, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
His Secret Life (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When Antonia's husband Massimo is killed in a car accident, she accidentally discovers that he has been having a same-sex affair with a produce wholesaler named Michele.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: aids, transsexual, friendship, gays and lesbians, infidelity, gay relationship, family, love and romance, couples, friends, dealing with death, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: istanbul turkey, rome italy, milan italy, spain, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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The Laramie Project (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: "The Laramie Project" is set in and around Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. To create the stage version of "The Laramie Project," the eight-member New York-based Tectonic Theatre ...
Style: clever, talky, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: small town, murder, violence, sexuality, politics, interview, coming out, jury, hypocrisy, sin, gays and lesbians, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1998
Place: wyoming, usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.1
 3K
Dream Boy (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of Nathan, a young teenager who tries to flourish in a romantic relationship with neighbour Roy. The two young men will have to face the brutal reality of the rural south of the United States in the late 1970s.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, gays and lesbians, gay teenager, first sex, gay, dysfunctional family, coming of age, lgbt teen, introspection, romance, gender, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.4
 38K
Transamerica (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Bree is about to get a sex change operation that will finally allow her to actually be what she’s already been in her mind for a long time: a transitioned woman. Yet before this happens she suddenly runs into her son who ends up coming for the ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: transsexual, hidden identity, gender bending, therapist, cocaine, road trip, sexual identity, on the road, hustler, motel, waitress, psychiatrist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.2
 7K
American Me (1992)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Edward J. Olmos made his directorial bow with the powerhouse crime saga American Me. Olmos stars as street-gang leader Santana, who during his 18 years in Folsom Prison rules over all the drug-and-murder activities behind bars. Upon his release, ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, violence, criminal heroes, prison, friends, juvenile delinquency, sexual abuse, lowrider, racism, crime, murder, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Something Must Break (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When Sebastian meets Andreas for the first time, he knows they belong together. While Sebastian defies gender norms — flouting convention in his androgynous fluidity — straight-identifying Andreas becomes unable to accept his attraction to ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: gender, gays and lesbians, gay, transsexual, strong sexual content, social misfits, urban, lgbt, gay relationship, transsexuality, looking for love, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 7.0
 32K
Bully (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, France, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering ...
Style: gloomy, bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: sexual abuse, murder, strong sexual content, vengeance, gay slur, crime gone awry, teenage life, crimes, deadly, rivalry, youth, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Laurence Anyways (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 168 min.
Story: The story of an impossible love between a woman named Fred and a transgender woman named Laurence who reveals her inner desire to become her true self: a woman.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: transsexual, impossible love, couple relations, romance, lgbt, social issues, homosexuality, family, gender, love and romance, couples, supportive spouse ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: montreal quebec, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.4
 86K
Tootsie (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When struggling, out of work actor Michael Dorsey secretly adopts a female alter ego -- Dorothy Michaels -- in order to land a part in a daytime drama, he unwittingly becomes a feminist icon and ends up in a romantic pickle.
Style: witty, humorous, touching, clever, not serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: cross dressing, gender bending, actress, agent, love, actor's life, reputation, serenade, apology, actor, hidden identity, love triangle ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1982
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Boy Meets Girl (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: BOY MEETS GIRL is a funny, tender, sex positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman, and how important it is to live a courageous life not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams.
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous, offbeat ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: transsexual, romance, love affair, small town, gay relationship, transsexuality, gender, love and romance, small town life, twentysomething life, social relations, gay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kentucky, usa, australia, new jersey, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 171 min.
Story: Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou and over the following years the two develop an act entitled, "Farewell My Concubine," that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gender bending, gays and lesbians, opera, friendship, love triangle, prostitute, suicide, communism, actor, homosexual, teacher, marriage ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: china, asia, japan, beijing china, taiwan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.1
 15K
Infamous (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: While researching his book In Cold Blood, writer Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.
Style: talky, serious, tense, witty, realistic ...
Plot: writer's life, obsession, murder, friendship, investigation, execution, hanging, respect, newspaper, homosexual, singer, death penalty ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s
Place: kansas, usa, mexico, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.2
 1K
Circuit (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: John is an ex-cop who leaves small-town life and provincial attitudes behind for a new existence in West Hollywood. As he seeks an open, accepting gay life, John is introduced to the fast-paced Circuit Party scene, featuring beautiful people and a ...
Style: serious, sexual, realistic, sincere, captivating
Plot: gays and lesbians, party, sex, addiction, coming out, nightclub, drug abuse, prostitute, disco, transsexual, hollywood, gay culture ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, illinois, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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