Movies like Boys Don't Cry

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Boys Don't Cry (1999)
 7.5
 98K
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, disturbing, thought provoking, touching, sad, emotional, captivating, depressing, sexy, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: lesbian, transsexual, gender, rape, lesbian love, small town, gay, sexuality, brutality, prejudice, violence, gender bending, gay slur, hidden identity, sex, tragic love, cross dressing, murder, lesbianism, lesbian sex, sexual assault, youth, love, romance, women ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: nebraska, usa

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Most similar movies to Boys Don't Cry

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about friendship, runaway, mentor, gender, lgbt, gay and lgbtq mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like Boys Don't Cry: Monster (2003), The Danish Girl (2015), Tomboy (2011), Albert Nobbs (2011), All Over Me (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
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Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
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, harsh, disturbing, psychological, depressing ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: serial killer, lesbian, prostitute, lesbian love, rape, gay, sexual abuse, female serial killer, destructive relationship, mental illness, murder, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, miami, ohio
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75%
 7.1
 184K
The Danish Girl (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, 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: touching, emotional, romantic, heartbreaking, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: transsexual, lgbt, art, gay, lgbtq, artist, couple relations, gays and lesbians, painting, portrait, transvestite, secret ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: denmark, paris france, copenhagen, europe, brussels ...
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100%
 7.4
 21K
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, captivating, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gender, transsexual, friendship, child protagonist, youth, childhood, sexual identity, tomboy, gender bending, lgbt, family relations, society ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 25K
Albert Nobbs (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Ireland, UK, France
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: sincere, stylized, touching, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: gender, cross dressing, lesbian, loneliness, master and servant, maid, woman dressed as man, hidden identity, gender bending, hotel, servant, transvestism ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1890s, 1930s
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.4
 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: sad, melancholic, sincere, touching, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: lesbian, coming of age, friendship, lgbt, gay, youth, sexuality, character study, punk, relationships, self discovery, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: new york, california, new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, melancholic, touching, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: gay, homosexuality, forbidden love, gay relationship, homosexual, lgbt, gays and lesbians, first gay sexual experience, closeted homosexual, gay romance, gay slur, cowboy ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s, year 1963, 20th century
Place: wyoming, texas, usa, new york, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Normal Heart (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the ...
Style: sad, emotional, touching, sincere, compassionate ...
Plot: gay, aids, gays and lesbians, terminal illness, homosexual, lgbt, epidemic, male homosexuality, friendship, life is a bitch, gay couple, sexuality ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983, year 1982, year 1981 ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, yale university, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 14K
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, psychological, serious, touching, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: transsexual, sexual exploration, teenage life, sexual abuse, gender, gender bending, teenage love, gay, transsexuality, lgbt, teenage boy, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: uruguay, latin america, argentina, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.5
 172K
Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, sincere, touching, sad ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, politics, homosexual, discrimination, homosexuality, civil rights, protest, lgbt, male homosexuality, murder, politician ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1977, year 1975, year 1972 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, florida, minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: sincere, realistic, emotional, erotic, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: gay, transsexual, gays and lesbians, gay soldier, murder, nightclub, gender bending, lgbt, gay bashing, love and romance, gender, rules and policies ...
Time: contemporary
Place: kansas, kentucky, nashville tennessee, missouri, tennessee ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Crying Game (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Japan
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: twists and turns, sexy, suspenseful, psychological, twist ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: tragic love, transsexual, kidnapping, terrorism, haunted by the past, hostage, sexuality, transvestite, gender, friendship, gender bending, irish ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, northern ireland, london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, heartbreaking, cerebral, compassionate, thought provoking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: aids, transsexual, fighting the system, human spirit, gay slur, drugs, life is a bitch, terminal illness, death, treatment, hiv, gay ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, japan, mexico, austin texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 36K
The Accused (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, thought provoking, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, courtroom drama, injustice, lawyer, violence against women, rape victim, gang rape, sexual assault, justice, sex crime, courtroom ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: massachusetts, boston, usa, washington d.c., washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Desert Hearts (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The story of straight-edge literature professor Vivian who travels to Reno to get away from a relationship breakup when she falls in love with an attractive and unconventional girl named Cay.
Style: sexy, touching, sentimental, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian sex, lesbian romance, divorce, romance, self discovery, gender, gay, coming out, stereotypes, depression ...
Time: 50s, year 1959
Place: nevada, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: captivating, bleak, serious, intellectual, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, poet, friendship, youth, sexual tension, obsession, friends, mental illness, coming of age, murder, lifestyle, writer's life ...
Time: 1940s, year 2005, year 1944, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harlem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.9
 45K
Gia (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gia Carangi travels to New York City with dreams of becoming a fashion model. Within minutes of arriving, she meets Wilhelmina Cooper, a wise and high-powered agent who takes Gia under her wing. With Cooper's help and her own natural instincts, ...
Style: psychological, erotic, sexy, rough, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, fashion, addiction, drug abuse, heroin, model, lesbian romance, lesbian love, drug addiction, supermodel, lesbianism, aids ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 44K
Conviction (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Switzerland, UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Betty Anne Waters' older brother Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, inspirational, sexy ...
Plot: lawyer, court, false accusation, fighting the system, prison, injustice, courtroom drama, legal action, freedom, legal, hopes, investigation ...
Time: year 1992, year 1995, year 2001, 90s, 21st century ...
Place: massachusetts, rhode island, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Fruitvale Station (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, sad, intense, sincere ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: african american, racism, police brutality, introspection, character study, new year's eve, haunted by the past, tragic hero, couple relations, encounter, civil rights, goodhearted ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2007, year 2009 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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: thought provoking, bleak, sincere, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: murder, politics, small town, gay, crimes, gay bashing, violence, gay slur, sin, hypocrisy, lgbt, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, year 1998
Place: usa, wyoming, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Megan is an all-American girl. A cheerleader. She has a boyfriend. But Megan doesn't like kissing her boyfriend very much. And she's pretty touchy with her cheerleader friends. Her conservative parents worry that she must be a lesbian and ...
Style: feel good, surreal, sexy, clever, humorous ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: lesbian, gay, lesbian love, lesbian relationship, gays and lesbians, coming out, lgbt, lesbianism, cheerleading, lesbian teen, cheerleader, lesbian romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Freedom Writers (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
Style: inspirational, sentimental, rough, touching, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: teacher, dedicated educator, teachers and students, high school, idealism, lifestyle change, teenage life, holocaust, racism, school, survival, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1999, year 2006, year 1992 ...
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.0
 17K
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: emotional, tense, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: murder, obsession, friendship, writers, crimes, gay, journalism, writer's life, investigation, manipulation, character study, justice ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: kansas, new york, manhattan new york city, usa, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.
Style: erotic, sexy, sexual, realistic, heartbreaking ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian love, lesbian relationship, lesbian teen, lesbianism, sex, coming of age, youth, sexuality, strong sexual content, lovers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 6.6
 11K
High Art (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.
Style: sexy, emotional, sincere, erotic, sexual ...
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, photographer, addiction, lesbian relationship, sexuality, drug addiction, lesbian couple, love, lesbian romance, couples, art ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.9
 103K
Alpha Dog (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Johnny Truelove likes to see himself as tough. He's the son of an underworld figure and a drug dealer. Johnny also likes to get tough when things don't go his way. When Jake Mazursky fails to pay up for Johnny, things get worse for the ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, harsh, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: kidnapping, gang, crimes, sex scene, friendship, gangsters, youth, society, drug dealer, crime gone awry, culture clash, brutality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1999, year 2005, year 2003
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico, palm springs california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.1
 4K
Dream Boy (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 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: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: gay, gay teenager, lgbt teen, gays and lesbians, gay relationship, homosexual rape, gay rape, dysfunctional family, gay couple, gay sex, closeted gay, teenage love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.1
 49K
Kinsey (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Kinsey is a portrait of researcher Alfred Kinsey, driven to uncover the most private secrets of a nation. What begins for Kinsey as a scientific endeavor soon takes on an intensely personal relevance, ultimately becoming an unexpected journey into ...
Style: thought provoking, talky, erotic, sexy, factual ...
Plot: sexuality, gay, scientist, sex, research, professor, free love, nudity (full frontal - brief), lgbt, marriage, life philosophy, teaching ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 9K
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: disturbing, realistic, talky, emotional, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, prison, prison gang, crimes, sexual abuse, racism, gangsters, juvenile delinquency, rape, violence, mafia, visceral ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 70s, 50s, year 1943 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Different for Girls (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Karl Foyle and Paul Prentice were best mates at school in the Seventies. But when they meet again in present-day London things are definitely not the same. Karl is now Kim, a transsexual, and she has no desire to stir up the past while she's ...
Style: sexy, touching, sexual, cerebral, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: transsexual, gay, lgbt, bittersweet, romance, gender, friendship, lgbtq, happy ending, male nudity, manipulation, philosophy ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.2
 128K
Carol (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.
Style: sexy, emotional, serious, erotic, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, forbidden love, lesbian romance, older woman younger woman relationship, age difference, women, gays and lesbians, lesbian sex, road trip ...
Time: 50s, year 1952, year 1953, 20th century
Place: new york, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%