Movies like Boys Don't Cry

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Boys Don't Cry (1999)
 7.6
 86K
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: disturbing, touching, bleak, thought provoking, captivating, emotional, realistic, sincere, serious, sexual ...
Plot: transsexual, gender bending, rape, hidden identity, tragic love, sexuality, friendship, small town, gender, disguise, gay slur, youth, society, disorder, anger, love, romance, brutality, prejudice, violence, murder, sex, misfit, sexual identity, ex convict ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: nebraska, usa

Most similar movies to Boys Don't Cry

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, interesting and touching films with plots about friendship, runaway, mentor, death, male nudity, pornography and unlikely friendships mostly in Drama, Romance and Crime genres. Some movies like Boys Don't Cry: Tomboy (2011), Monster (2003), All Over Me (1997), Soldier's Girl (2003), Albert Nobbs (2011). 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, sincere, captivating, touching, emotional ...
Plot: transsexual, gender, sexual identity, friendship, gender bending, society, self discovery, youth, dishonesty, family relations, child protagonist, hidden identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 123K
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, psychological, disturbing, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: prostitute, serial killer, lesbian, destructive relationship, rape, tragic love, murder, death penalty, sexual abuse, mentally unstable, lawyer, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s, 2000s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 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, sentimental, touching, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, punk, youth, best friend, friendship, homosexuality, gender, society, friends, urban, moral dilemma, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
⇓ 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: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: transsexual, gays and lesbians, nightclub, gender bending, murder, gay slur, soldier, buddies, couples, military base, rules and policies, gender ...
Time: contemporary
Place: tennessee, kansas, kentucky, missouri, saudi arabia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 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, sincere, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: cross dressing, gender bending, lesbian, maid, gender, master and servant, butler, hotel, transvestism, period piece, pretense, hidden identity ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1800s, 1890s, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: disturbing, realistic, stylized, gloomy, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: sexual abuse, murder, gay slur, vengeance, youth, teenage life, rivalry, bully, teenager, bullying, friendship, drugs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: psychological, suspenseful, tense, captivating, touching ...
Plot: tragic love, gender bending, friendship, sexuality, hostage, haunted by the past, redemption, terrorism, soldier, gay, transvestism, fall in love ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, northern ireland, london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 147K
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: captivating, serious, emotional, touching, heartbreaking ...
Plot: transsexual, lgbt, couple relations, art, gays and lesbians, painter, artist, society, gender, love and romance, life is a bitch, painting ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen denmark, copenhagen, brussels belgium ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
 6.1
 4K
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: touching, sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: gay teenager, gay, small town, gays and lesbians, dysfunctional family, gender, self discovery, youth, teenage love, couples, small town life, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, intellectual, psychological ...
Plot: poet, friendship, obsession, youth, murder, writer's life, student life, mental illness, fascist, friends, confession, university ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 2005
Place: usa, campus, new york, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.1
 28K
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, realistic, tense, rough, bleak ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, courtroom drama, lawyer, testimony, injustice, district attorney, bar, jury, crimes, legal action, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: melancholic, sexy, emotional, touching, captivating ...
Plot: homosexuality, gay relationship, gays and lesbians, forbidden love, tragic love, gay slur, homosexual, cowboy, love and romance, male nudity, gay romance, lovers ...
Time: 1960s, 80s, 20th century, 60s, 70s ...
Place: usa, wyoming, texas, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.5
 51K
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: captivating, thought provoking, psychological, disturbing, melancholic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, transsexual, transvestism, child abuse, teacher, priest, dangerous attraction, blackmail, first love, gay, life is a bitch, gender bending ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, 70s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, touching, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: transsexual, sexual abuse, youth, teenage love, sexual exploration, gender, life is a bitch, teenage life, couples, small town life, social relations, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: uruguay, latin america, argentina, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 39K
Conviction (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: 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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: convict, injustice, false accusation, lawyer, legal action, murder, fighting the system, prison, trial, innocence, courtroom, money ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 80s, 90s, contemporary ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, prison, violence, murder, lowrider, racism, criminal heroes, sexual abuse, juvenile delinquency, friends, crime, prison life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 70s, year 1959 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, captivating, disturbing, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: murder, small town, politics, violence, interview, hypocrisy, sin, life is a bitch, injustice, deadly, family relations, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1998
Place: usa, wyoming, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: gloomy, touching, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, misfit, gay sex, chicken, gays and lesbians, homosexuality, dealing with death, life is a bitch, small town, obsession, pets, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Movie in collections
 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: tense, sincere, serious, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, murder, obsession, writer's life, friendship, research, crimes, human nature, gossip and rumors, journalism, fame, obsessive quest ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: kansas, usa, manhattan new york city, mexico, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.7
 9K
High Art (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
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: sexual, realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: lesbian, couples, photographer, magazine, drug abuse, addiction, romance, love, coming of age, redemption, infidelity, love affair ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, psychological, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, strangulation, sex, police, crime, rock, family relations, social relations, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, touching, sincere, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, life is a bitch, strong sexual content, human spirit, terminal illness, gays and lesbians, treatment, transsexual, society, gay slur, casual sex ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1985, year 1986
Place: texas, usa, dallas texas, china, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.6
 155K
Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, 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: realistic, touching, serious, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, discrimination, politics, politician, homosexual, election, protest, mayor, civil rights, murder, morality ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973, year 1976, year 1975 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oklahoma, minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Higher Learning (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Malik (Omar Epps) is an African-American student attending on a track scholarship; academics are not his strong suit, and he goes in thinking that his athletic abilities will earn him a free ride through college. Fudge (Ice Cube), a ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, emotional, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: racism, resentment, college, violence, rejection, politics, injustice, society, university, life is a bitch, student life, college life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
American Heart (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jack is now out of jail and he meets Nick, his adolescent son. Their relationship will be complicated, because Jack has a problem with alcohol. But his love for Nick will help him to get over the past and reach his dreams.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, rough, emotional ...
Plot: starting over, family relations, estrangement, going straight, society, human nature, parents and children, hopes, prisoner, father son relationship, adaptation, complex characters ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, alaska, seattle, seattle washington, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.3
 104
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: serious, atmospheric, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Plot: gender, transsexual, social misfits, unlikely couple, hopes, gays and lesbians, couple relations, introspection, human nature, society, misfit, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, minnesota, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Normal Heart (2014)
Genre: 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: emotional, touching, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, terminal illness, aids, life is a bitch, friendship, homosexual, protest, fear, epidemic, prejudice, sexuality ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981, year 1983, year 1982
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, yale university, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.1
 190K
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, uplifting, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: love and romance, starting over, terminal illness, death, dealing with death, family relations, letter, loss of spouse, romance, couples, widow widower, journey ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.9
 95K
Alpha Dog (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 117 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, serious, disturbing, bleak, harsh ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: kidnapping, gang, friendship, marijuana, youth, society, crimes, criminal heroes, debt, party, crime, death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2003, year 2005
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: J.R. is a typical Italian-American on the streets of New York. When he gets involved with a local girl, he decides to get married and settle down, but when he learns that she was once raped, he cannot handle it. More explicitly linked with Catholic ...
Style: talky, touching, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, youth, prostitute, hanging, friends, teenage life, buddies, couples, opposites attract, city life, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: italy, usa, europe, new york, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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