I’m not an expert when it comes to critiquing movies but I’m going to share with you some movies that feature transgender women and why you should watch them from my personal opinion. Let it be known that you can watch whatever genre of movie you like and I’m not trying to put us trans women in a box. Grab your popcorn, turn on your torrent program (just kidding!), and enjoy!
The Danish Girl
Transgenderism existed way back and it’s not just a fad or a movement that bigots are claiming it to be. Not only does it deal with transgenderism but it’s one of the best love stories that should always be told. Set in the 1920s and is truly heart wrenching and gripping as such a feat in those times is truly radical and can compromise one’s livelihood and life altogether.
Apart from my bias with my love of Felicity Huffman’s acting, this is one of those films that genuinely mirror’s what’s happening in the society especially in the west when transition mid-life is more apparent than in Asia where most trans women transition at a very young age. I love how it deals with the real-life struggle of a parent who wants to be accepted for who she is by her child. I’m not going to spoil the story anymore so please see for yourself.
My favorite movie which features a story of a transgender woman and I love how it’s based on a true story of Calpernia Addam’s life. Calpernia Addams is known as famous burlesque and entertainer in the USA who fell in love with a soldier and the love that she had with Barry Winchell cost his life. Barry was beaten to death by a bigot from the army all because of a twisted view which turned to hate against transgenders and people who are in love with them. Like any great love story, it ended in a tragedy. However, it showcases the amazing moments they had together as a couple and how strong their love for each other was. Up to this day, I still play the movie’s BGM “Consequences of Falling” by K.D. Lang. I’m going to gush more about it but I don’t want to spoil too much. Oh Amanda, you didn’t want to spoil it when you basically told everyone how it ends… Before my chattiness gets the best of me, I’m going to mention some movies that feature transgender women that you might be interested in.
- All About My Mother
- The Crying Game
- A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story
- Wild Side
I hope I was able to help you pick a movie on your next Netflix and Chill with your transgender date. If you have other movie suggestions that feature transwomen, please write it on the comments section below. If you enjoyed this list, please share it on your timeline.
Best of luck to you!