Gender-Bender Films!! (The Good Ones) Films

Gender-Bender Films!! (The Good Ones)

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Films in which the main character dresses as the opposite sex for a plethora of reasons.

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    Robin Williams plays a surprisingly believable little old lady in this comedy about a father, his ex and their kids.
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    • Actors: Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field, Mara Wilson, Harvey Fierstein, + more
    • Initial Release: 1993
    • Directed by: Chris Columbus, Chuck Jones
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    When her soccer team gets cut, ambitious Viola assumes the identity of her twin brother at a rival school in order to prove girls can play just as well as the boys....
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    • Actors: Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lucas, David Cross, Vinnie Jones, + more
    • Initial Release: 2006
    • Directed by: Andy Fickman
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    Mulan dresses as a man in order to bring honor to her father's name by fighting in an ongoing war against the barbarians, the Huns.
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    • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei, Donny Osmond, Pat Morita, + more
    • Initial Release: 1998
    • Directed by: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
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    An actor with a bad reputation dresses as a woman to land a role on a soap opera...the love triangle (rectangle?) is hilarious and you can't go wrong with Dustin Hoffman!
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    • Actors: Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, + more
    • Initial Release: 1982
    • Directed by: Sydney Pollack
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    When 3 drag queens drive cross-country for the Drag Queen finals in Hollywood, their car breaks down in a small town in the middle of nowhere. In a town where everyone knows everyone else, the drag queens definitely make quite a splash! On a side note, it's fun to see action stars play women!
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    • Actors: Robin Williams, Naomi Campbell, Patrick Swayze, RuPaul, Wesley Snipes, + more
    • Initial Release: 1995
    • Directed by: Beeban Kidron
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    When a guy gets the scholarship Terry wanted, even though her article was better, she decides to go undercover as a boy at a different school in order to resubmit said article and improve her chances!
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    • Actors: Sherilyn Fenn, William Zabka, Joyce Hyser, Leigh McCloskey, Arye Gross, + more
    • Initial Release: 1985
    • Directed by: Lisa Gottlieb
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    Unable to find work as the singer she is, Julie Andrews lands a gig as a man being a female impersonator. Everything goes well until the nightclub owner develops feelings for man/woman Victor/Victoria!
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    • Actors: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Alex Karras, Lesley Ann Warren, John Rhys-Davies, + more
    • Initial Release: 1982
    • Directed by: Blake Edwards
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    If you've yet to see this film, I highly recommend it. Running from the mob after witnessing a murder, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon find themselves dressing up as women in an all-girl band to escape. The laughs continue as Tony Curtis falls for Marilyn and Jack Lemmon gets an admirer...
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    • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Grace Lee Whitney, George Raft, + more
    • Initial Release: 1959
    • Directed by: Billy Wilder
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    Felicity Huffman does an amazing job playing a man who's just gotten approved for male-to-female surgery around the same time he gets a call from a boy claiming to be his biological son.
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    • Actors: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Carrie Preston, Graham Greene, Fionnula Flanagan, + more
    • Initial Release: 2005
    • Directed by: Duncan Tucker
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    He makes the BEST movies! He also likes dressing like women. For personal reasons, obviously...

    An extremely quirky movie. Worth it for the originality, alone.
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    • Actors: Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, + more
    • Initial Release: 1994
    • Directed by: Tim Burton
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    Set during the time of Shakespeare, when women were not allowed to be stage actors, a young, passionate girl dresses as a man and tries out for the role of Romeo, surprising everyone (including herself) when she lands the part and provides inspiration for one of the greatest love stories ever told...
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    • Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, + more
    • Initial Release: 1998
    • Directed by: John Madden
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    I will call this one 'interesting'. Cillian Murphy makes a damn fine woman, though!
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    • Actors: Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Bryan Ferry, Liam Cunningham, + more
    • Initial Release: 2005
    • Directed by: Neil Jordan
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    A perfume-maker accidentally makes a potion that transforms him into a beautiful woman!!
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    • Actors: Jeremy Piven, Sean Young, Harvey Fierstein, Stephen Tobolowsky, Tim Daly, + more
    • Initial Release: 1995
    • Directed by: David Price
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    This is one of the best split-personality films I've ever seen. Cillian Murphy once again dons a wig, only this time, it's not all fun and games. Gripping, gritty and superbly acted.
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    • Actors: Susan Sarandon, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Josh Lucas, Bill Pullman, + more
    • Initial Release: 2010
    • Directed by: Michael Lander
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    Rodney Dangerfield gets his fiance's son to dress as a girl in order to help his all-girl soccer team....hilarity ensues....
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    • Actors: Rodney Dangerfield, Tommy Lasorda, Jonathan Brandis, Vinessa Shaw, Jack√©e Harry, + more
    • Initial Release: 1992
    • Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
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    In this wonderful remake that is a very up-to-date version of the original 'Belles of St. Trinian's', Rupert Everett takes up the role of Headmistress Fritton and her sleazeball brother, Carnaby. I'd rate it 10 out of 10!
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    • Actors: Gemma Arterton, Russell Brand, Lena Headey, Mischa Barton, Colin Firth, + more
    • Initial Release: 2007
    • Directed by: Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson
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    Two mobsters decide they want OUT. So, they get out. Only it doesn't go as well as they'd hoped and they end up having to hide out in a convent. With Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane you really can't go wrong...
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    • Actors: Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Janet Suzman, Camille Coduri, Doris Hare, + more
    • Initial Release: 1990
    • Directed by: Jonathan Lynn
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    Alastair Sim does an incredible job playing the wishy-washy Headmistress as well as her greedy brother in this hilarious movie about uncontrollable schoolgirls!
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    • Actors: Shirley Eaton, Joan Sims, Alastair Sim, Hermione Baddeley, Joyce Grenfell, + more
    • Initial Release: 1954
    • Directed by: Frank Launder
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    When three popular frat guys get kicked out of their dorm, they have to dress as girls to have a place to live in the only place that will take them....the 'DOG' house; where all the unpopular girls live...
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    • Actors: Brian Posehn, Michael Rosenbaum, Heather Matarazzo, Bree Turner, Melissa Sagemiller, + more
    • Initial Release: 2002
    • Directed by: Wallace Wolodarsky
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