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2,959 Ratings

Boys Don't Cry

Directed by Kimberly Peirce
United States, 1999
Biography, Drama, Romance


Based on a true story, Brandon Teena is the popular new ‘guy’ in a tiny Nebraska town where he falls in love with local girl Lana. When it is revealed that Brandon was born biologically female, a rough group of men put Brandon’s life in jeopardy.

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Boys Don't Cry Directed by Kimberly Peirce

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2000 | Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role

2000 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Critics reviews

Boys Don’t Cry is a powerful piece of social protest, skillfully written, directed, and acted — Hilary Swank as Brandon and Chloe Sevigny as his girlfriend Lana are especially fine — and every bit as harrowing as it intends to be. But the movie is as much about working-class life as it is about sexuality, which complicates its social message: one might emerge from it screaming for the blood of rednecks as well as weeping for some of their victims.
October 22, 1999
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