I finally saw "Boys Don't Cry" the other night. This
is the movie where, and I'm not giving anything away here, a
young woman with a gender identity crisis dresses as a man and...
falls in love. Or maybe "goes on the prowl." Or
"falls in with a bad crowd." Take your pick; they're
all roughly accurate but you have to consider them all to
apprehend the story.
The thing that makes this film work for me is that the
cross-dressing is only the starting point for the movie. There is
enough character development and story for things to continue
even after she is found out. Contrast that to something like
"M Butterfly" which relied a bit too much on the gender
switch being a surprise to the other characters (though not the
audience in that case). "M. Butterfly" flew a bit flat
for me, while "Boys Don't Cry" moves with a life of its
own, movement that is possible because the characters have been
written and played so well.
Don't Cry (IMDB)