Politicians stay diplomatic about them, religion condemns them, but I’m proud to say that Cinema is the only public medium that dares to talk about transgenders, and dares to be no-nonsensical about it. This article is an ode to such film-making, which opens a dialogue about them, discusses them, debates about them. But most importantly, they attempt to portray transgenders as normal human beings. This list contains films which talk about transgenders, along with being true to their cinematic values. So, here is the list of top movies about transgenders. You might be able to find some of these best transgender movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
14. In a Year With 13 Moons (1978)
“In A Year With 13 Moons” is a German film by director Rainer Werner Fassbinder who’s main character Elvira Weishaupt is perhaps the most different and intriguing character on this list. On an impulse lead by love, Erwin has changed his sexual identity and become a transsexual woman by the name of Elvira. Be prepared because here, we aren’t told a story with a good ending, instead we follow the last few days before the death of Elvira, by suicide. On the way there, we fall into a depiction of sexual identity, of the character’s feelings and emotions and of this world which sadly disregards the loneliness and desperation of the ones in need. A memorable performance by Volker Spengler and a strange and unusual cinematography.
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13. Beautiful Boxer (2004)
Parinya Charoenphol is a 36 year-old Thai boxer, actress and model whose story has been adapted to the screen into a beautiful and emotionally-grabbing film. She was born male yet felt a strong identification with the female gender already at a very young age. Accepting who she was, she turned to boxing in order to support her family and pay for a sex-reassignment surgery. An interesting contrast that is greatly presented in “Beautiful Boxer”, where boxing gloves and polished nails eliminate all kinds of stereotypes and get together in a central character who’s strength and determination is an inspiration to all.