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Transvestism

"I love the smell of angora in the morning!" (Not uttered in "Glen or Glenda" - pictured). This compilation of 'big men in tights' movies (among others) shows us the often funny, tragic, but never dull lives as led by transvestites, and transsexuals, in the movies. Some actors are often hilariously shown to be unsuited for the garter and makeup (Ed Wood in "Glen or Glenda"), while others make the uncanny transformation from man to woman to often stunning effect (Jaye Davidson in "The Crying Game"). Also included are those farcical films where men must disguise themselves as women inevitably leading to much frantic confusion and deception ("Some Like It Hot").

Albert Nobbs (2011)

6.7/10
Director: Rodrigo Garcia
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Glenn Close, Janet McTeer, Pauline Collins, Aaron Johnson, Mia...

Glenn Close turns in an astonishing title performance as a woman in late 19th-century Ireland who, for the economic security otherwise unobtainable, l... Read more

All About My Mother (1999)

7.9/10
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Cecilia Roth, Penelope Cruz, Antonia San Juan

When her teenage son is killed, Madrid nurse Cecilia Roth sets out to fulfill the boy's wish to find the father he never knew. Roth's quest to locate... Read more

Animal Factory (2000)

6.6/10
Director: Steve Buscemi
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Steve Buscemi, John Heard, Mickey Rourke, Tom Arno...

Steve Buscemi directed and co-stars in this gritty prison drama filmed at Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary. Edward Furlong, a middle class yo... Read more

Better Than Chocolate (1999)

6.1/10
Director: Anne Wheeler
Starring: Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox, Wendy Crewson

Karyn Dwyer and Christina Cox star as Maggie and Kim in this sweet and energetic lesbian love story. Maggie has flunked out of law school and is worki... Read more

Blue Murder at St Trinian's (1957)

6.6/10
Director: Frank Launder
Starring: Terry-Thomas, George Cole, Joyce Grenfell

The second film in the hilarious series has a diamond smuggler hiding out at the girls' school by masquerading as the new Headmistress. Alastair Sim,... Read more

Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

7.3/10
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Eva Birthistle, Liam Cunningham, Bryan Ferry, Brendan Gleeson, Ian Hart, Cillian...

Cillian Murphy goes believably glam as an Irish transvestite who moves to swinging '60s/'70s London. Rejected by almost everyone around her, and lead... Read more

Come Back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)

Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Sandy Dennis, Cher , Karen Black, Kathy Bates

Once again Robert Altman has assembled a superior cast for this story of a 20 year reunion of a James Dean fan club. Cher, Sandy Dennis, Karen Black a... Read more

Connie and Carla (2004)

6.3/10
Director: Michael Lembeck
Starring: Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, David Duchovny

After accidentally witnessing a mob hit, Chicago-based singers Nia Vardalos and Toni Collette decide to flee to Los Angeles. Posing as drag queen perf... Read more

Danzon (1991)

6.9/10
Director: Maria Navaro
Starring: Maria Rojo, Blanca Guerra, Carmen Salinas

A stylish sensual story set in Mexico City about a telephone operator whose tame life is made exciting whenever she partakes in a ballroom dance known... Read more

Different For Girls (1996)

6.8/10
Director: Richard Spence
Starring: Steven Mackintosh, Rupert Graves, Saskia Reeves

Karl was once a troubled teenage lad much teased in the showers by his classmates for his non-macho airs. Seventeen years later he is now Kim, a demur... Read more