Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III, Alicia Goranson, Jeanetta Arnette, Matt McGrath
Nevermind the Oscar it won lead actress Hilary Swank, Boys Don't Cry is a harrowing and sympathetic depiction of a real-life tragedy, one that led to the untimely death of Brandon Teena. Teena (born Teena Brandon), a non-operative female-to-male transgender person, was the subject of a brutal beating at the hands of his girlfriends' homophobic, bigotted friends.
The story not only opened viewers' eyes to the reality faced by the LGBT community today, but it made national headlines that led to increased lobbying for hate crime laws in the U.S. —TA