List of transgender characters in film
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This is a list of films with transgender people and transgender fictional characters. This does not include documentaries, which are listed on the lists of LGBT-related films by decade or animated characters, which are noted on the List of fictional trans characters page.
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Various live-action films feature either transgender issues as a plot element or have trans men, trans women or non-binary trans characters. This is distinguished from animated films with LGBTQ characters which are not included on this list.
|Aggie||Lauren Mollica||Itty Bitty Titty Committee||2007||A comedy about young feminists who spread their message through public art and vandalism. Aggie is a trans man and he bonds with the main character, Anna, who recently broke up with her girlfriend and falls in love with Sadie, later developing an apparent crush on her.|
|Lukas||Rick Okon||Romeos||2011||A drama and tragicomedy which revolves around the romantic relationship between Lukas, a 20-year-old gay trans man who is transitioning from female to male, and a cisgender gay man named Fabio.|
|Mole McHenry||Susan Lowe||Desperate Living||1977||A John Waters comedy featuring a trans man character who gets phalloplasty.|
|Mikäel||Zoé Héran||Tomboy||2011||A French drama about a 10-year-old transgender child who, after moving with his family to a new neighborhood, introduces himself to his new friends as Mikäel. The film has been described as being about a girl who pretends to be a boy or, alternatively, about a transgender boy.|
|Albert Nobbs||Glenn Close||Albert Nobbs||2011||A drama about a trans man living in 19th century Dublin and working as a butler. He bonds with another trans man, who is a painter, in the same city.|
|Caitlyn Poythress||Jordan Kristine Seamón||We Are Who We Are||2020||A drama set on an Italian army base exploring the lives of the characters there particularly Caitlin and Fraser played by Jack Dylan Grazer. It’s a coming of age story of the teenagers who live there and the trans storyline is not the main storyline, lots intertwine.|
|Shy||Silas Howard||By Hook or by Crook||2001||A queer buddy film written, directed by, and starring trans men.|
|Brandon Teena||Hilary Swank||Boys Don't Cry||1999||A drama film based on the real-life story of Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was raped and murdered by male friends. The movie received much media attention when its star Hilary Swank, who played Brandon, won the Academy Award for Best Actress.|
|Pierrot||Susanne Sachsse||Pierrot Lunaire||2014||An adaptation of Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire that features a trans man in the title role.|
|Ray||Elle Fanning||3 Generations||2015||A drama about a teenage trans boy who struggles with his mother and grandmother to get approved for hormone replacement therapy.|
|Yuji||Issei Ishida||Strange Circus||2005||Yuji, the novelist's assistant, is a transgender man.|
|Alice Júnior||Anna Celestino Mota||Alice Júnior||2019||Brazilian film about a transgender girl who moves to the countryside.|
|Angela Baker||Felissa Rose
|Sleepaway Camp||1983, 1988, 1989, 2008||Angela Baker (portrayed by Felissa Rose in the first and fourth installments and Pamela Springsteen in the second and third), the killer and main character of the series, is a trans woman.|
|Ruth Applewood||Tom Wilkinson||Normal||2003||A drama film about a midwestern factory worker and closeted trans woman, who stuns her wife of 25 years, revealing that she wishes to have sex reassignment surgery, and changing her name to Ruth.|
|Barton||Brian Deacon||The Triple Echo||1972||A British soldier deserts his unit during WWII. At the suggestion of a woman named Alice, he meets while exploring the countryside nearby, he disguises himself as her sister to escape detection. Enjoying the experience a little too much, he agrees to accept the invitation of a soldier to attend a dance at the base, risking exposure. Based on a novella by H.E. Bates.|
|Charles Beaumont||Micheline Carvel||Adam est... Ève||1954||Likely the first French trans film, by director René Gaveau. A boxer is "knocked out" and wakes up decided she is a woman.|
|Bernadette Bassenger||Terence Stamp||The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert||1994||Cult Australian film starring Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce as drag queens and Terence Stamp as a trans woman.|
|Bex||Hari Nef||Assassination Nation||2018||The character Bex is a transgender woman who discusses whether or not LGBTQ people should be sympathetic to those "who enact policies to erase them."|
|Rachel Bighead||Carlos Alazraqui||Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling||2019||In the original Rocko's Modern Life, Ralph Bighead was the son of Rocko's neighbors. Static Cling, taking place 20 years after the original series, shows that Ralph transitioned to Rachel at some point. The series' creator, Joe Murray, felt that as the new work was about accepting change, including a trans female character would fit naturally into the episode.|
|Bobbi||Michael Caine||Dressed to Kill||1980||A film about a transgender murderer. During the film's initial release, the activist group Women Against Violence in Pornography and Media distributed a leaflet denouncing the film's misogynistic and transphobic attitudes, arguing that "The distorted image of a psychotic male transvestite [sic] makes all sexual minorities appear sick and dangerous.”|
|Patricia "Kitten" Braden||Cillian Murphy||Breakfast on Pluto||2005||This film stars Cillian Murphy as a young preoperative trans woman during the Irish Times of Trouble. An orphan, she searches for her mother.|
|Sabrina "Bree"||Felicity Huffman||Transamerica||2005||A comedy-drama starring Felicity Huffman, who plays Bree, a transgender woman. It was nominated for two Academy Awards in 2006: Felicity Huffman for Best Actress, and Dolly Parton for Best Original Song.|
|Myra Breckinridge||Raquel Welch||Myra Breckinridge||1970||Starring Raquel Welch in an off-beat role.|
|Calpernia||Lee Pace||Soldier's Girl||2003||A drama film based on the real-life story of the relationship between Private Barry Winchell and singer Calpernia Addams, starring Lee Pace as Calpernia.|
|The Lady Chablis||As herself||Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil||1997||American crime drama film featuring The Lady Chablis who became a transgender icon and one of the first transgender performers to be received by a wider audience.|
|Charlie||Harry Gilby||Just Charlie||2017||A film about a young trans girl who loves to play football.|
|Parinya Charoenphol||Asanee Suwan||Beautiful Boxer||2003||A Thai film based on the real-life story of Parinya Charoenphol, a Muaythai boxer who is a trans woman who underwent transitional surgery.|
|Chris||Maya Henry||For Nonna Anna||2017||This film stars Maya Henry as Chris, a young trans woman taking care of her ailing grandmother.|
|Bubbles Cliquot||Krystal Summers||Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives||2010||A rape/revenge "transploitation" film about a trio of trans women who avenge themselves on three men who brutally attack them and kill two of their friends. GLAAD stated that the film "misrepresent[s] the lives of transgender women and use[s] grotesque, exploitative depictions of violence against transgender women in ways that make light of the horrific brutality they all too often face", adding that the film conflated transgenderism with drag, which would create the impression in viewers unfamiliar with trans issues that "transgender women are ridiculous caricatures of 'real women'". while lead actress Krystal Summers said that the film "does not promote hate or violence against transgender women...[and is] a work of fiction and a revenge fantasy."|
|Dil||Jaye Davidson||The Crying Game||1992||In this drama film, the plot revolves around a trans woman named Dil.|
|Eddie||Peter||Funeral Parade of Roses||1969||Follows a group of transgender drag queens, Eddie and a few others, in the Japanese underground. The film has been described as "a documentary being made about Tokyo's gay culture" despite the fact it is a black-and-white drama film which is said to have influenced the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange.|
|Lt. Lois Einhorn||Sean Young||Ace Ventura: Pet Detective||1994||One of the main characters is revealed to be a trans woman.|
|Lili Elbe||Eddie Redmayne||The Danish Girl||2015||A drama film about Lili Elbe, based on the book of the same name, starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.|
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|All About My Mother||1999||A film by Pedro Almodóvar that tells the story of Manuela, a nurse whose son is hit by a car and killed. The son's father is transgender. Agrado, a friend of Manuela, is also transgender, and a sex worker.|
|Kim Foyle||Steven Mackintosh||Different for Girls||1996||A British comedy film about two childhood friends who are reunited, after one of them has undergone sex reassignment surgery.|
|Glen/Glenda||Ed Wood||Glen or Glenda||1953||A loose, unauthorized retelling of Christine Jorgenson's story by director Ed Wood.|
|Albert Goldman||Nathan Lane||The Birdcage||1996||This movie features a cis Robin Williams with a gay male identity, who is in a committed long-term partnership with Nathan Lane's character, who at various points in the movie claims their womanhood and longs to "be" a woman. Williams' character, although devoted to Lane's, suppresses Lane's desire to be perceived as a woman, and uses he/him pronouns when referring to Lane's character, as do others.|
|Christine Jorgensen||John Hansen||The Christine Jorgensen Story||1970||Former Army private from the Bronx undergoes surgery and hormone treatments in Denmark in 1952 to transition from male to female, based on Jorgenson's autobiography. Reviews were mixed and Jorgensen later unsuccessfully tried to get a restraining order to stop Small's estate from exploiting the film, claiming Small diverted $100,000 owed to her for his own use.|
|Judy||Peter Outerbridge||Better Than Chocolate||1999||Features a sub-plot involving the transgender character named Judy, who struggles with family rejection throughout the film and who has a crush on, and ultimately begins a romantic relationship with, lesbian separatist Frances, who owns the gay & lesbian bookstore in which the film's central character Maggie works. Judy also becomes friends with Maggie's somewhat sexually repressed mother, Lila.|
|Joan Lambert||Veronica Cartwright||Alien||1979||Veronica Cartwright portrays a woman named Joan Lambert. In the sequel Aliens (1986) a biography very briefly flashes up on a computer screen in the background. The biography establishes Lambert as having had her gender altered from male to female. On the extras of a DVD presentation, one could see Lambert's full bio, which reads: "Despin Convert at birth (male to female). So far no indication of suppressed traumas related to gender alteration".|
|Kimmy||Yasmin Lee||The Hangover Part II||2011||Features a ladyboy who is a sex worker.|
|Loretta||Eric Idle||Monty Python's Life of Brian||1979||Among Eric Idle's multiple roles is Stan/Loretta. Set in the year AD 33, Stan is strongly mocked at first, but at the end is called Loretta, with no trace of disapproval.|
|Loridonna||Sofía Vergara||Grilled||2006||A comedy film in which Sofía Vergara plays character of Loridonna, a sultry trans woman who seduces unsuspecting Maurice when he and Dave, two desperate meat salesmen, knock on her door. A call from a suicidal friend interrupts signing the contract, so Maurice and Dave offer to drive her to her friend's house, hoping to close the deal. There, troubles multiply as they meet an arms dealer (Kim Coates) who outs Lori to Maurice just before they got intimate, then hit-men working for a gregarious mob boss (Burt Reynolds).|
|Marguerite||Sondra Locke||A Reflection of Fear||1972||One of the main characters is transgender.|
|Marieta||Mónica Cervera||20 centímetros||2005||A Spanish musical comedy about a narcoleptic trans woman during her transition from male to female.|
|Ludovic||Georges Du Fresne||Ma vie en rose||1997||A Belgian film about a young child, Ludovic, who believes that she was born in the wrong body and should have been a girl.|
|Roberta Muldoon||John Lithgow||The World According to Garp||1982||In this film, the character Roberta Muldoon (played by John Lithgow in an Oscar-nominated role) is a transgender former football player.|
|Orlando||Tilda Swinton||Orlando||1992||Tilda Swinton portrays Orlando, a character whose sex changes after 2/3 of the film.|
|Tanya Peters||Anna Nicole Smith||Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult||1994||Anna Nicole Smith's character, Tanya Peters, is revealed to be a transgender woman at the end of the film.|
|Rayon||Jared Leto||Dallas Buyers Club||2013||Rayon is a transgender woman dying from AIDS.|
|Ricky||Michelle Hendley||Boy Meets Girl||2014||Ricky, a transgender woman from rural Kentucky, awaiting acceptance into a New York fashion design school, learns about acceptance, friendship, sexuality and love.|
|Hedwig Robinson||John Cameron Mitchell||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||2001||An off-Broadway cult musical adapted for cinema about a transgender German glam rocker recounting the story of her betrayal by her former boyfriend.|
|Madame Rose||Jin Xing||Tom-Yum-Goong||2005||Known as The Protector in the US release, this is a foreign action film starring Tony Jaa. The main villain, Madame Rose, is a transgender woman in the international versions. The actress who plays Rose, Jin Xing, is transgender herself.|
|Henrietta Rossi||Clark Gregg||The Adventures of Sebastian Cole||1998||In June 1983 in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole's stepfather, Hank, drops a bomb: he announces that he is having a sex change operation. Later, Hank (now Henrietta) takes Sebastian in and supports him over the next few months of high school. Sebastian's "adventures" are mostly self-destructive.|
|Leon Shermer||Chris Sarandon||Dog Day Afternoon||1975||Al Pacino's lover was a transgender woman (based on Elizabeth Eden). Pacino's character was robbing a bank to pay for her gender reassignment surgery.|
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|Tangerine||2015||An independent film directed by Sean S. Baker where Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor play the main protagonists, two transgender women, Sin-Dee and Alexandra respectively.|
|Strella||Mina Orfanou||Strella||2009||A young transgender prostitute, named Strella, meets Yorgos, when he is released from prison after 14 years of incarceration for a murder he committed in his small Greek village.|
|Switch||Belinda McClory||The Matrix||1999||In the original script, the character was a man in the real world and a woman in the Matrix. This idea was ultimately dropped, but the film was still intended as a transgender metaphor.|
|Tobio||Kwancharu Shitichai||Wild Zero||1999||Protagonist, Ace, falls in love with a transgender woman named Tobio he meets at a gas station on his way to a concert. He returns to her in time to rescue her from a horde of zombies and when the main character is conflicted about falling in love with a "woman who is also a man", Guitar Wolf tells him "Love knows no race, nationality or gender!"|
|Vanessa||Harmony Santana||Gun Hill Road||2011||A drama about a recently released ex-convict coping with her estranged wife and daughter, who is going through transition from male to female.|
|Vera||Elena Anaya||The Skin I Live In||2011||A Pedro Almodóvar film, which translates to La piel que habito in Spanish, in which a young man named Vicente, portrayed by Jan Cornet, is kidnapped by Antonio Banderas' character, undergoes forced sex reassignment surgery and becomes a woman named Vera, portrayed by Elena Anaya.|
|Lara Verhaegen||Victor Polster||Girl||2018||Lara Verhaegen, the main character, is a trans girl in training to become a ballerina. Over the course of the story she seeks hormone replacement therapy and sex reassignment surgery.|
|Veronica||David Dencik||En Soap||2006||A Danish film, which translates to "A Soap" in English, about the love between a (pre-operative) trans woman and a lesbian.|
|Marina Vidal||Daniela Vega||A Fantastic Woman||2017||A film by Chilean director Sebastián Lelio about a trans woman grieving the sudden death of her boyfriend.|
|Elvira Weishaupt||Volker Spengler||In a Year of 13 Moons||1978||A Rainer Werner Fassbinder film focused on the brutal cruelty faced on an everyday basis by a transgender woman.|
|Wendy||Anne Heywood||I Want What I Want||1972||This film portrays an unhappy boy who tries to fulfill her "dreams of becoming a beautiful woman."|
|Wye||Leyna Bloom||Port Authority||2019||Wye is a black trans woman who participates in New York City's ball culture.|
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