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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").

The Crying Game (1992)

7.3/10
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Stephen Rea, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson, Jaye Davidson

Stephen Rea finds out that love is a strange game indeed when he flees to London, from a botched I.R.A. mission in Northern Ireland, and meets the dec... Read more

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

7.4/10
Director: Jim Sharman
Starring: Barry Bostwick, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf, Susan Sarandon, Richard O'Brien, Patricia...

This camp musical sci-fi horror movie spoof has become - thanks to elaborate audience participation on the midnight movie circuit - the definitive cul... Read more

The Silence of the Lambs (1990)

8.6/10
Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine

Young FBI agent Clarice Starling is assigned to help find a missing woman to save her from a psychopathic serial killer who skins his victims. Clarice... Read more

The Birdcage (1996)

7/10
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Christine Baranski, Dianne Wiest, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Robin Williams, Cal...

This American version of 'La Cage Aux Folles' features the performances of Robin Williams, Nathan Lane and Gene Hackman. About a gay couple who must '... Read more

Psycho (1960)

8.5/10
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Hitchcock's most famous movie, the shocker that still keeps people away from showers. Janet Leigh is a woman on the run who befriends mother's boy mot... Read more

Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

6.9/10
Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field, Robin Williams, Harvey Fierstein

Robin Williams dons a dress in this heartwarming tale of a doting divorcee dad disguising himself as a housekeeper to regain access to the kids he ado... Read more

The World According to Garp (1982)

7.2/10
Director: George Roy Hill
Starring: Glenn Close, Mary Beth Hurt, Robin Williams, John Lithgow

Robin Williams is writer, wrestler and family man T S Garp in this George Roy Hill adaptation of the John Irving bestseller. With Glenn Close as his m... Read more

I Shot Andy Warhol (1995)

6.6/10
Director: Mary Harron
Starring: Lili Taylor, Stephen Dorff, Jared Harris, Lothaire Bluteau, Martha Plimpton, Ann...

Lili Taylor is eerily convincing as Valerie Solanas, Factory fringe figure, founder and only member of SCUM (Society for Cutting up Men) and the woman... Read more

Transamerica (2005)

7.4/10
Director: Duncan Tucker
Starring: Burt Young, Elizabeth Pena, Felicity Huffman, Fionnula Flanagan, Graham Greene,...

Felicity Huffman ('Desperate Housewives') won kudos and awards for her layered portrayal of a pre-operative transsexual named Bree. A week before the... Read more

The Damned (1969)

7.6/10
Director: Luchino Visconti
Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem

A gigantic allegory of the rise of Nazism through the decadent Krupp-like family; a baroque film which explores the dark cycles of violence and evil i... Read more