Drag Queens' movies

by sofiaponomareva | created - 01 Feb 2013 | updated - 08 Sep 2016 | Public

Best Transvestism, Cross-dressing and Cross-gender acting films

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1. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Music

70 Metascore

Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

Director: Stephan Elliott | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell

Votes: 43,684 | Gross: $11.22M

2. To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.

Director: Beeban Kidron | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing

Votes: 26,138 | Gross: $36.47M

3. Kinky Boots (2005)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

57 Metascore

A drag queen comes to the rescue of a man who, after inheriting his father's shoe factory, needs to diversify his product if he wants to keep the business afloat.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joel Edgerton, Sarah-Jane Potts, Jemima Rooper

Votes: 17,164 | Gross: $1.82M

4. Victor Victoria (1982)

PG | 134 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

84 Metascore

A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 18,116 | Gross: $21.93M

5. La Cage aux Folles (1978)

R | 97 min | Comedy

Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try to conceal their lifestyle and their ownership ... See full summary »

Director: Édouard Molinaro | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Claire Maurier, Rémi Laurent

Votes: 8,984 | Gross: $20.42M

6. The Birdcage (1996)

R | 117 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 74,133 | Gross: $124.06M

7. Connie and Carla (2004)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

44 Metascore

A mob mix-up in Chicago sends two chanteuses screaming for L.A., where they score a perfect gig: posing as drag queens on the dinner theater/cabaret circuit. Things get extra-weird when a guy falls for one of the girls.

Director: Michael Lembeck | Stars: Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, David Duchovny, Stephen Spinella

Votes: 7,589 | Gross: $8.05M

8. Flawless (1999)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

50 Metascore

An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons, with the drag queen next door.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Miller, Chris Bauer

Votes: 16,654 | Gross: $4.49M

9. Torch Song Trilogy (1988)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein re-creates his role as the unsinkable Arnold Beckoff in this film adaptation of the smash Broadway play TORCH SONG TRILOGY. A very ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Matthew Broderick, Harvey Fierstein, Brian Kerwin

Votes: 6,387 | Gross: $4.87M

10. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

Director: John Cameron Mitchell | Stars: John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Theodore Liscinski

Votes: 30,007 | Gross: $3.03M

11. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

97 Metascore

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Votes: 224,441 | Gross: $25.00M

12. Tootsie (1982)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

88 Metascore

Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 90,611 | Gross: $177.20M

13. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

53 Metascore

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein

Votes: 224,616 | Gross: $219.20M

14. Stage Beauty (2004)

R | 106 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A female theatre dresser creates a stir and sparks a revolution in seventeenth century London theatre by playing Desdemona in Othello. But what will become of the male actor she once worked for and eventually replaced?

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Rupert Everett, Derek Hutchinson

Votes: 9,587 | Gross: $0.78M

15. All the Queen's Men (2001)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

19 Metascore

A mismatched team of British Special Services agents led by an American must infiltrate, in disguise, a female-run Enigma factory in Berlin and bring back the decoding device that will end the war.

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Eddie Izzard, Matt LeBlanc, Udo Kier, James Cosmo

Votes: 2,388 | Gross: $0.02M

16. Hairspray (2007)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

81 Metascore

Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 114,148 | Gross: $118.87M

17. RuPaul's Drag Race (2009– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

RuPaul searches for America's next drag superstar.

Stars: RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice, Jason Carter

Votes: 11,929

18. RuPaul's Drag U (2010–2012)

Reality-TV

This is a series where everyday women compete in a series of challenges to unleash their inner diva.

Stars: RuPaul, The Lady Bunny, David Petruschin, Jujubee

Votes: 691

19. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical

58 Metascore

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Director: Jim Sharman | Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien

Votes: 123,192 | Gross: $139.88M

20. Rent (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

53 Metascore

This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Rapp

Votes: 46,985 | Gross: $29.08M

21. Beautiful Boxer (2004)

Unrated | 118 min | Action, Biography, Drama

66 Metascore

Bio-pic of transgender Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol who pursued the sport to pay for her sex change operation.

Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham | Stars: Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatree, Orn-Anong Panyawong, Nukkid Boonthong

Votes: 3,019 | Gross: $0.00M

22. The Iron Ladies (2000)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

50 Metascore

A triumph over adversity. Based on the true story of the 1996 Thailand National Champion Volleyball Team.

Director: Yongyoot Thongkongtoon | Stars: Jesdaporn Pholdee, Sahaphap Tor, Ekachai Buranapanit, Giorgio Maiocchi

Votes: 1,267 | Gross: $0.11M

23. Iron Ladies 2 (2003)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Sport

Sequel to the surprise hit about a gay volleyball team having troubles with their success and fame, and how they reunite after they split because of creative differences.

Director: Yongyoot Thongkongtoon | Stars: Sujira Arunpipat, Kokkorn Benjathikoon, Anucha Chatkaew, Surapun Chawpaknam

Votes: 202

24. Saving Private Tootsie (2002)

Comedy, Action

Inspired by a real-life event in December 1998, this action-packed comedy follows a group of Katoeys (ladyboys) caught in a border dispute after their plane crashes. A group of six straight... See full summary »

Director: Kittikorn Liasirikun | Stars: Sorapong Chatree, Akara Amarttayakul, Seri Wongmontha, Ornnapa Krissadee

Votes: 65

25. Ladyboys (1995 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

Add a Plot

Votes: 8

26. Wigstock: The Movie (1995)

R | 85 min | Documentary

Documentary/Concert film covering the annual Drag festival in New York City. Highlights include a performance by drag diva, Ru Paul, and the infamous Lypsinca.

Director: Barry Shils | Stars: RuPaul, John Epperson, Debbie Harry, Alexis Arquette

Votes: 523 | Gross: $0.69M

27. Wigstock: The Movie (1987)

20 min | Documentary, Short

The original documentary on the Wigstock festival. Back when it was a much smaller affair in Thompkins Square Park. A full day of peace, love, and wigs...

Director: Tom Rubnitz

Votes: 7

28. Paris Is Burning (1990)

R | 71 min | Documentary

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston | Stars: Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée

Votes: 9,901 | Gross: $3.78M

29. Yentl (1983)

PG | 133 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training.

Director: Barbra Streisand | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Amy Irving, Mandy Patinkin, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 11,622 | Gross: $40.22M

30. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 87,964 | Gross: $11.53M

31. Albert Nobbs (2011)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

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 elegant hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.

Director: Rodrigo García | Stars: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes

Votes: 22,393 | Gross: $3.01M

32. Orlando (1992)

PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

74 Metascore

Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British ... See full summary »

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp, Jimmy Somerville

Votes: 12,507 | Gross: $5.29M

33. Hello, I'm Your Aunt! (1975 TV Movie)

98 min | Comedy

Unemployed and homeless Babbs Baberley (Alexander Kalyagin) is being chased by the police who attempt to arrest him for vagrancy. Babbs finds himself in a rich house, where he encounters ... See full summary »

Director: Viktor Titov | Stars: Aleksandr Kalyagin, Tamara Nosova, Tatyana Vedeneeva, Valentin Gaft

Votes: 1,341

Russian film, best version of "Charley's Aunt" play.

As Aunt - Alexander Kalyagin, greatest Russian comic, played also in Nikita Mikhalkov's "Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano" (1977)

34. Holiday Heart (2000 TV Movie)

R | 100 min | Drama

A drag queen takes in a drug addict and her daughter and helps raise the daughter.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Ving Rhames, Alfre Woodard, Jesika Reynolds, Mykelti Williamson

Votes: 1,026

35. Soldier's Girl (2003 TV Movie)

R | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The true story of the price a young soldier paid for falling in love with a transsexual night-club performer.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Troy Garity, Lee Pace, Andre Braugher, Shawn Hatosy

Votes: 6,030

36. Gusarskaya ballada (1962)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Musical, War

A young girl decides to join a Husar squadron and fight against Napoleon. Dressed as a man she has a hard time adjusting to the rude Husar life styles.

Director: Eldar Ryazanov | Stars: Larisa Golubkina, Yuriy Yakovlev, Igor Ilyinsky, Nikolay Kryuchkov

Votes: 1,201

37. Starrbooty (2007)

Comedy

Supermodel goes undercover as a hooker to rescue her niece from an evil body parts broker.

Director: Mike Ruiz | Stars: RuPaul, Lahoma Van Zandt, Candis Cayne, Tom Judson

Votes: 284

38. Outrageous! (1977)

R | 96 min | Comedy

A story about a female impersonator who rooms with a pregnant schizophrenic.

Director: Richard Benner | Stars: Craig Russell, Hollis McLaren, Richert Easley, Allan Moyle

Votes: 873

39. Pink Flamingos (1972)

NC-17 | 93 min | Comedy, Crime

47 Metascore

Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole

Votes: 20,355 | Gross: $0.18M

40. Female Trouble (1974)

NC-17 | 89 min | Comedy, Crime

A spoiled schoolgirl runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitch-hiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole

Votes: 7,136

41. Polyester (1981)

R | 86 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

A suburban housewife's world falls apart when she finds that her pornographer husband is serially unfaithful to her, her daughter is pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's feet.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey, David Samson

Votes: 6,250

42. Multiple Maniacs (1970)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

Lady Divine becomes enraged when her boyfriend cheats on her, and descends into a life of murder and mayhem.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole

Votes: 2,427 | Gross: $0.03M

43. Hairspray (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

77 Metascore

A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Debbie Harry

Votes: 18,712 | Gross: $6.67M

44. She's the Man (2006)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

45 Metascore

When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguised as him, and proceeds to fall for his school's star soccer player, and soon learns she's not the only one with romantic troubles.

Director: Andy Fickman | Stars: Amanda Bynes, Laura Ramsey, Channing Tatum, Vinnie Jones

Votes: 138,522 | Gross: $2.34M

45. Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things (1971)

R | 95 min | Crime, Horror

Two over the top eccentric fugitives become roommates in Miami to avoid the law, while one dresses as the others aunt in drag, leading to deception and murder.

Director: Thomas Casey | Stars: Abe Zwick, Wayne Crawford, Don Craig, Robin Hughes

Votes: 387

46. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 47,916 | Gross: $62.55M

47. M. Butterfly (1993)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jeremy Irons, John Lone, Barbara Sukowa, Ian Richardson

Votes: 8,038 | Gross: $1.50M

48. Die, Mommie, Die! (2003)

R | 90 min | Comedy

54 Metascore

An ex-pop singer kills her much-hated husband to be with her young lover. Her daughter plots Electra-like revenge.

Director: Mark Rucker | Stars: Charles Busch, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Priestley, Angela Paton

Votes: 1,878

49. Different for Girls (1996)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance