En Femme Crossdresser's Movie Guide

compiled by Robyn Ann

The following list contains films that deal with or feature crossdressing. The film title is followed by the year of its release and the following codes:

  1. ! - beware of killer TV's! ,

  2. v - indicates film is available on videotape.

  3. T - indicates TV/TS is a major theme in the film.

  4. t - crossdressing is a minor theme but still important to the story.

  5. & - there is only a brief scene featuring some form of crossdressing

  6. $ - there is an appearance by a famous FI, TS, etc.

This list is by no means complete. If there are any films that any of our readers can think of, please contact us and we will update this list.


...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL (1979) v &
Al Pacino is a dynamic young lawyer hired to defend a frightened TV who also gets strip-searched in a cell block in front of dozens of leering male inmates.

ANGEL (1983) v t
Dick Shawn is a street queen in this exploitation film about teenage prostitution.

AUNTIE (1986) v t
A young man's favorite aunt dies and leaves him her bordello and he must become 'Auntie' to keep the business going.

BACHELOR PARTY! (1984) v t $
Film was one of Tom Hanks' first. Features appearance by Christopher Morley in Marilyn outfit. "She pees standing up!"

BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1970) ! v t
This Russ Meyer epic features an All-girl rock band (the Carrie Nations!), two lesbians, a Nazi and a killer TV.

BOY, WHAT A GIRL! (1946) v T
All-black musical-comedy features Tim Moore as a producer who dons women's clothes in order to make the show go on.

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY (1988) v &
Starring Michael J. Fox, based on novel by Jay McInerney. Features "Zette' as 'Stevie', a TV partygoer.

BRITAlNNIA HOSPITAL (1982) v &
Lindsey Anderson's comedy with Malcolm McDowell contains cameo bits from a host of great British character performers.

CABARET (1972) v &
Bob Fosse's musical features Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey working in the Kit-Kat club among the drag artists in pre-war Berlin.

CAR WASH (1976) v t
Antonio Fargas is a drag queen employed by the car wash in this comedy with an ensemble cast.

CHRISTINE JORGENSEN STORY, THE (1971) T
John Hansen tries vainly to capture the essence of the world's first celebrity TS. The real-life Christine acted as technical advisor.

COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN (1982) v t
A 20-year reunion takes place at a five and dime for members of a James Dean fan club. The only male member is now a woman, played by Karen Black.

COMING TO AMERICA (1988) v &
Arsenio Hall dons drag and comes on to Eddie Murphy, an African prince looking for a bride.

"CROCODILE" DUNDEE (1986) v &
Mick runs across a TV in a New York bar and proceeds to humiliate her.

DAY OF THE LOCUST (1975) v &
John Schlesinger's adaptation of Nathaniel West's novel about Hollywood in the thirties. Some TV's appear briefly.

DEAD MENDON'T WEAR PLAID (1982) v &
Steve Martin dons forties drag in this private eye spoof.

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971) v &
James Bond arch-enemy Ernst Stavros Blofeld(Charles Gray) does a turn in drag

DOG DAY AFTERNOON. (1975) v t
Al Pacino is a crazed bank robber trying to raise money for his lover's sex-change operation. Based on a true story.

DREAM BOYS REVUE (1985) v T $
Lyle Waggoner and Ruth Buzzi host this beauty pageant featuring 30 top female impersonators in talent, evening wear and sportswear competitions.

DRESSED TO KILL (1980) v T
Michael Caine as the killer psychiatrist/transsexual. Brian DePalma slasher~thriller is yet another homage to Hitchcock's Psycho.

DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1972) v T
A Hammer Studio classic. Ralph Bates takes female hormones from murdered women and concocts a life-prolonging potion that unfortunately, turns him into the sexy and sex-starved Martine Beswick.

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK (1972) v &
Woody Allen's adaptation of Dr. David Reuben's bestseller contains one segment dealing with Lou Jacoby being discovered as a TV. Strictly camp.

FEMALE TROUBLE (1974) v t $
Divine is Dawn Davenport, teenage hoodlum, unwed mother, working girl and murderer in this John Waters epic. Also starring Cookie Mueller.

FLESH (1958) v t $
From the Warhol factory, this features Joe Dallesandro as a bisexual street hustler, With Candy Darling.

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981) v &
Roger Moore 007 film has famous TS model Tula in one brief scene by the pool. Look fast.

FREEBIE AND THE BEAN, (1974) v ! T $
The definitive killer TV as presented by Christopher Morley. A must for any collection. Flawless performance by Morley in otherwise pedestrian car chase caper.

FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, A (1966) v &
Jack Gilford dons ancient Roman drag in this comedy/musical.

GIRL STROKE BOY (1970) v T
British comedy centering on sex role confusion. Is the black person in the unisex clothes and Afro really a boy or a girl?

GLEN OR GLENDA? (1952) v T
Director Edward Wood, Jr., a noted TV himself, stars as Glen, a poor soul desperately trying to reveal his feminine side to his fiance. A camp classic. Re-released as "I Changed My Sex".

GOODBYE CHARLIE (1964) &
Debbie Reynolds is the reincarnation of a male chauvinist gangster. Also stars Tony Curtis and Pat Boone.

HAPPYNEWYEAR (1987) v t
Peter Falk impersonates a rich old woman in order to pull off a jewel heist.

HAUNTED HONEYMOON (1986) v &
For some reason Dom DeLuise stars as Aunt Kate, a woman in this Gene Wilder comedy.

HE'S MY GIRL (1987)v T
T.K. Carter impersonates a woman in order to accompany his would-be rock star buddy to L.A. Carter does a pretty good job of it and seems to be having fun with the role.

HIGH RISK (1981) v &
Cleavon Little dons drag during this action adventure set in Colombia.

HOLLYWOOD VICE SQUAD (1986) v &
Fairly convincing male hooker in drag is picked up by cop and chased into pool.

HOMICIDAL (1961) !! T
William Castle's classic is unfortunately lumped in with Psycho imitators. Jean Arless stars as both Emily and Warren.

HOUSE ON BARE MOUNTAIN (1962) t
A man masquerading as a woman runs a girls boarding school. His/her assistant is a werewolf. Also appearances by Frankenstein and Dracula.

I WANNA BE A BEAUTY QUEEN (1979) v T $
Some of the most outrageous 'girls' ever vie for the title of Alternative Miss World. Divine is guest emcee.

I WANT WHAT I WANT (1972) v T
Anne Heywood as a man who wants to be a woman and wear lots and lots of make-up.

I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE (1949) &
French Army officer Gary Grant impersonates a woman in order to accompany WAC wife Ann Sheridan back to U.S.

IT'S A GO! GO! GO! WORLD (1964) V $
Another 'Mondo' movie this shockumentary travels across the world to bring us the most bizarre sights ever seen. Includes a brief visit with Coccinelle, the famed French TS.

IZZY AND MOE (1985) v &
Made-for-television film features Art Carney and Jackie Gleason as prohibition agents in the 20's. Carney impersonates a woman as part of the 'sting'.

JOCKS (1987) v & $
An intercollegiate team of tennis players go to Las Vegas for the final showdown match. Cameo by Kenny Kerr, star of Boy-lesque.

JO JO DANCER, YOUR LIFE IS CALLING (1986) v &
Richard Pryor's semi-autobiography contains a great scene where Richard, in drag, pulls out a fake pistol and tries to bluff a Mafia boss into paying him a due salary.

JUBILEE (1978) v & $
Drama/musical looks at a punk-ruled England. With music by Wayne/Jayne County.

L.A. LAW (The TV Pilot) v &
The original pilot had a secretary for McKenzie, Brachman and Kusak who turned out to be a TS.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (1978) v T
Wonderful performance by Michel Serrault as an aging drag queen working at La Cage with lover Ugo Tognazzi. French farce dubbed in English.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES II (1980) v T
Aubin and Zsa Zsa become involved with a spy ring in St. Tropez. Lukewarm sequel. Dubbed.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES III: THE WEDDING (1985) v T
France's odd couple are back and drag queen Zsa Zsa must marry and sire an heir in order to inherit a family fortune, which she needs to save the nightclub. Dubbed in English.

LAW OF DESIRE (1987) v T
In Spanish with English subtitles. Details the quest for love and happiness between a gay theatre director and a TS.

LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN, THE (1985) v &
Billie Jean, a rebel on the run from the law for a crime she's not guilty of, is impersonated by her brother in one scene and he gets shot.

LET ME DIE A WOMAN (1979) T
Actual film footage of a sex-change operation is not for the squeamish. Interviews with TS's and TV's, stock footage from newsreels and porno films.

LIFE OF BRIAN, THE (1979) v &
Terry Jones plays Brian's mother in this Monty Python comedy. Also, Eric Idle plays a man who wants to be called Loretta and have babies.

LONGEST YARD, THE (1974) v &
Burt Reynolds' prison/football drama features a drag cheerleading squad.

LUST IN THE DUST (1985) v & $
Divine and Tab Hunter reunited in this oater from Paul Bartel. Also features Lainie Kazan and Cesar Romero.

MENAGE A TROIS (1987) t
Gerald Depardieu stumbles onto a male/female couple robbing his house and he takes them in, becoming both his and her lover. He trains the male burglar into becoming his girl and in the end dons drag himself to become a prostitute. In French with English subtitles.

MIAMI VICE: THE MOVIE (1984) ! v &
A killer TV is brought to justice by Don Johnson in this pilot for the series.

MISSOURI BREAKS, THE (1976) v &
An Arthur Penn western with Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson. Brando is a 'regulator' hired to dispatch cattle rustlers. In one scene he dons frontier drag.

MONDO TRASHO (1969) v t $
John Waters' first feature stars Divine in gold lame. 'Silent' with a musical score.

MONTY PYTHON'S MEANING OF LIFE (1983) v t
As in most Monty Python films, some of the guys play girls. Check out the scene where the dinner party meets Death.

MORNING AFTER, THE (1986) v & $
Jane Fonda is involved in a murder mystery and goes to a drag queen friend for help. The queen is played by Gypsy.

MOUSE THAT ROARED, THE (1954) v &
Peter Sellers plays the Grand Duchess of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick among other roles.

MULTIPLE MANIACS (1970) v t $
John Waters' skewered look at suburban decadence starring Divine.

MYRA BRECKENRIDGE (1970) T
Rex Reed undergoes a sex-change and become Raquel Welch. One of the worst films you could ever hope to see. Based on the novel by Gore Vidal.

MYSTERY OF ALEXINA, THE (1986) v T
French drama of sexual allegory, based on a true story. A man raised as a girl in a convent leaves to teach at a girl's school and falls in love with one of the pupils. In French with English ~subtitles.

NEW LIFE, A (1988) v &
Alan Alda as a recently divorced Wall Street whiz encounters a TV.

NEWLYDEADS, THE (1987) ! T
A killer TV dispatches the guests at a sleazy motel in this slasher flick. Sound familiar?

NIGHT AT LA CAGE, A (1985) v T $
Milton Berle hosts an evening at the famous L.A. night club featuring performances by some of the best impersonators around.

NOBODY'S PERFECT (1981) v &
Gabe Kaplan comedy features Robert Klein as a psychiatric patient who occasionally dresses as Bette Davis.

THAT'S NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY (1968) v &
Rod Steiger is a killer who dons various disguises to trick his victims. One is a woman. Also features a TV in a bar scene with George Segal.

OUTRAGEOUS! (1977) v T $
Craig Russell shines as the female impersonator pen-pal of schizophrenic Hollis McLaren in this heartwarming film. Many other drag artists featured.

PENITENTIARY III (1987) v T $
Jim Bailey is Cleopatra, drag queen 'girlfriend' of fellow cell mate Anthony Geary in this little seen exploitation prison pic.

PERSONAL SERVICES (1987) v &
Amusing look at sexual morality in the U.K. Julie Waters runs Britain's poshest bordello, catering to the kinks of the rich and famous, including those into TV.

PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT, THE(1984) v &
Michael Pare is a Navy man from the '40's who is hurled into the '80's by a time warp. While resting in jail he encounters a TV and isn't fooled for a minute.

PINK FLAMINGOS (1972) v T $
Infamous John Waters' film is 'an exercise in poor taste.' Starring Divine.

POLYESTER (1981) v & $
Divine is Francine Fishpaw living in a suburban nightmare with Tab Hunter. Directed by John Waters.

POLICE ACADEMY 5: ASSIGNMENT MIAMI BEACH (1988) v &
One brief scene with an unmasking of a TV by those inept Police people.

PRIVATES ON PARADE (1984) v T
Comedy about a British theatrical troupe in the '40's features Dennis Quilley as the show's drag queen director.

PRIVATE POPSICLE (1982) v &
Three teenage soldier boys and their wild adventures in the army. One scene has them donning drag and doing a song and dance number, and their sergeant falls head over heels for one of them.

PRIVATE SCHOOL... FOR GIRLS (1983) v &
Farce about a rivalry between two girls over a boy from the nearby school. Some of the boys don drag to spy on the girls school.

PROMISES, PROMISES! (1963) v & $
Jayne Mansfield bares all in this comedy that also features impersonator T.C. Jones.

PSYCHO (1960) v t
Hitchcock's classic, maybe the most famous movie ever made. The film where most people learned the meaning of or first heard the word 'transvestite.'

PRODUCERS, THE (1968) v &
Madcap Mel Brooks first directorial effort has Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel hiring a drag queen as their director of 'Springtime for Hitler.'

REFLECTION OF FEAR, A (1971) ! v T
Sondra Locke as the boy raised as a girl who is reunited with her father after fifteen years and develops an evil split personality that kills.

RENT-A-COP (1988) v &
Burt Reynold's action pic has one of the final showdowns take place in a trendy nightclub frequented by TV's. One tries to steal co-star Liza Minnelli's muff.

RISKY BUSINESS (1983) v t
A teenage boy (Tom Cruise) is left alone in his parent's home for a weekend and gets involved with prostitutes, killer pimps and a very large TV.

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, THE (1975) v T
Two innocents stumble onto a haunted castle populated by Transylvanian transvestites, homosexuals, an incestuous brother~sister pair and other delights. The definitive cult film.

ROSE, THE (1979) v &
Bette Midler as a Janls Joplin-type pop star encounters drag queens in one scene.

SECOND SERVE (1987) T
Sensitive portrait of tennis star/opthamologist/transsexual Dr. Renee Richards was a made-for-television film. Vanessa Redgrave . is superb as Richards.

SHADEY (1987) v T
Black comedy about a TS who can read minds and transfer what he sees to film. He sells his talent in order to pay for his sex-change.

SILENT PARTNER, THE (1978) ! v &
Bank teller Elliot Gould inadvertently becomes involved with psychotic bank robber Christopher Plummer. Plummer dons matronly drag and gets in the tellers line at the bank in one scene.

S.O.B. (1981) v &
Blake Edwards' parody of Hollywood has Robert Vaughn in corset, stockings and high heels.

SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) v T
Musicians Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon impersonate women and join an all-girl band to escape. the mob.

STIR CRAZY (1980) v &
George Stanford Brown as the gay prison inmate dons drag to help wrongly convicted Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor stage an escape.

STRIPPED TO KILL (1987) ! v T
Kay Lenz is an undercover cop posing as a stripper in order to find the psychotic maniac who's been murdering strippers. Pia Kamakahi plays the killer TV Roxanne/Eric who has been implausibly killing everyone in sight.

TAXI ZUM KLO (1982) v T
A controversial look at gay life in West Germany contains drag scenes. Warning: explicit sex scenes. In German with English subtitles.

TENANT, THE (1976) v t
Bizarre psychological thriller from Roman Polanski (who also stars) about a man who inhabits a weird hotel room. Polanski dons women's attire.

TERROR TRAIN, THE (1979) ! v t
A masked killer stalks college kids on a party train. Although it gives away the ending, the killer - Kenny - is hiding on the train disguised as the magician's sexy female assistant. Pretty convincing. And finally on tape.

THREE ON A COUCH (1966) &
In order to get psychiatrist Janet Leigh to marry him, Jerry Lewis has to play five Roles, one a woman.

THUNDERBALL (1965) v &
The fourth Sean Connery James Bond film opens with a sequence involving a killer in drag.

THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTFOOT (1974) v &
Jeff Bridges does drag in this Clint Eastwood caper.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1983) v & $
Mel Brooks' remake of the Jack Benny classic features Gypsy again in a cameo as the mincing drag queen 'dresser' of the Polish theatrical troupe.

TOO OUTRAGEOUS! (1988) v T $
Craig Russell and Hollis McLaren return in this sequel to Outrageous! Not as good as the first one but some wonderful performances by Russell.

TOP SECRET! (1984) v &
The East German woman's Olympic team is portrayed by male bodybuilders in drag.

TOOTSIE (1983) v T
Dustin Hoffman as Dorothy Michaels. 'Nuff said.

TRASH (1970) v t $
Outrageous tale of two of life's losers, and what they do to deserve one another. From Andy Warhol and featuring Holly Woodlawn.

TRIPLE ECHO, THE (1973) v T
The TV classic! Brian Deacon is an army deserter who becomes Glenda Jackson's sister. Tough guy Oliver Reed tries to get fresh with 'her' at the Christmas dance.

TWICE TWO (193?) v t
A Laurel and Hardy short features the boys each playing the other's wife at a dinner.

VICTOR VICTORIA (1982) v T
Blake Edwards' period comedy features Julie Andrews as a woman portraying a man impersonating a woman. Also has a FI chorus line and Robert Preston donning drag.

WILD, WILD WORLD OF JAYNE MANSFIELD (1968 ) v &
A 'mondo' movie that follows Hollywood's most publicized figure to topless beach resorts, strip joints, Europe and drag queen parties.

WOMAN INSIDE, THE (1981 ) v T
A sincere, though flawed look at a TS and the problems she encounters trying to find herself. Gloria Manon is unconvincing as the TS.

WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP, THE (1982) v t
Based on the bestselling novel, Robin Williams is T.S. Garp, and John Lithgow is his best friend Roberta, the TS football player.

YOUNG DOCTORS IN LOVE (1982) v t
Spoof of soap opera hospitals features Hector Elizondo in drag.

ZORRO, THE GAY BLADE (1981 ) v t
George Hamilton swish-buckler. Zorro's twin gay cousin (Hamilton ) dons 18th century drag to help out the famous swordsman.


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