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This tremendously powerful portrait of the life and death of Brandon Teena was one of the best films of 1999, and is, in our humble opinion: one of the best films of all time. A true story about hope, fear and the courage it takes to be yourself.

Hilary Swank won her first Oscar® for Best Actress in this riveting film directed by Kimberly Peirce, and also starring Chloe Sevigny (If These Walls Could Talk 2) in a terrific performance as Brandon’s girlfriend.

Recognized as a queer film that both embodies and transcends the label, Boys Don’t Cry should be required viewing for all — LGBT, etc.

Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who’ve never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he’s one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana; however, he’s forgotten to mention one important detail. It’s not that he’s wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. Female born, Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon’s life is violently ripped apart.


Awards & Quotes

“The Best Film of the Year.” – The New York Times

1999 Academy Award Winner for BEST ACTRESS: Hilary Swank

Product Features


  • Featurette
  • Director's Commentary
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Anamorphic widescreen Ratio 1.85:1
  • Color
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • English Dolby Surround
  • Close Caption for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Subtitles in English