Films like Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby, and even GI Jane have turned gender conventions on their head by introducing female characters in roles historically played by males. Some say they’ve gone to far. I say “balderdash.” Yup. “Balderdash."

Some of the most iconic movies of the past century become wildly exotic and more compelling when the actual genders are swapped.

You probably want an example. Here are 15...

Forest Gump

A man sleeps with a retarded girl, then spends the rest of his life trying to avoid her.

Different film, no? Perhaps not as sweet and endearing as the original, but certainly one I would pay to see.

Well, this happens to be the case for many, many recent and not-so-recent classics. So take a gander to see what films pique your interest when the genders of the characters have been reversed. (Caution: Some plots become insanely hot and erotic.)

Shawshank Redemption

A black woman and a white woman form a very special bond in prison, only to reunite in Mexico to live the rest of their lives together.

Basic Instinct

A man kills a woman with an ice pick, then shows his genitals to the police during an interrogation before being cleared of all charges.

Iron Giant

A girl develops a very special relationship with a mechanical friend.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The continuing story of four young boys who acquire a pair of magical jeans that fit all four of them perfectly, even though they are all different shapes and sizes.

When Harry Met Sally

In order to demonstrate a salient point about sexual roles, a man fakes an orgasm in a crowded deli. “I’ll have what he’s having.”

Thelma and Louise

Two men shoot their rapist, have sex with a young girl, and drive off a cliff while being chased by women.

The Accused

A man dresses like a whore and gets raped by two women on top of a pinball machine.

Almost Famous

A 15 year-old female music reporter has a sexual awakening at the hands of older male groupies.

American Beauty

An uptight man has an affair while his wife masturbates in the shower. Then she’s killed by her closeted lesbian neighbor.


A woman has a baby.

Boogie Nights

A woman with an enormous vagina enters the world of adult films.

Sex and the City 2

Four fabulous men with shoe fetishes go to Dubai to f*ck everything that moves.

A League of Their Own

While the women fight in World War II, the men stay home and play baseball.

Bend It Like Beckham

A young Indian boy defies his parents, who believe boys have no business playing soccer.

Thanks to Amanda Al-Masri, Nick Rutkaus