The film focuses on the relationship between Brandon and his girlfriend Lana Tisdel.
The script took dialogue directly from archive footage in the 1998 documentary The Brandon Teena Story.
Lana attempts to stop them, but the pair drive to Candace's remote house where they find Brandon, who has been hiding in a nearby shed.
The pair were also nominated at the 57th Golden Globe Awards, with Swank winning the Best Actress – Drama award.
Boys Don't Cry, which dealt with controversial issues, When Brandon is discovered to be transgender by a former girlfriend's brother, he receives physical threats.
They try to make Lana look, but she shields her eyes and turns away.
After this confrontation, Tom and John drag Brandon into John's car and drive to an isolated location, where they brutally beat and gang rape him. Though injured, Brandon escapes through a bathroom window.
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, the film received a limited release in the United States on October 22, 1999, and it performed well at the North American box office, gaining three times its production budget by May 2000.
The film was acclaimed by critics, with many ranking it as one of the best films of the year; praise focused on the lead performances by Swank and Sevigny as well as the film's depiction of its subject matter.
Many actors sought the lead role during a three-year casting process before Swank was cast.
Swank was chosen because her personality seemed similar to Teena's.
Soon after, he is involved in a bar fight and is evicted from his cousin's trailer.