45. LA BAMBA (1987) SUBJECT: Ritchie Valens
Writer-director Luis Valdez took a little-known piece of the rock and roll puzzle — the life of Latino rock groundbreaker Valens (played by then-newcomer Lou Diamond Phillips), who went down on that plane with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper the Day the Music Died — and found its own rich tapestry. Plus, it had kick-ass music by Los Lobos. Which is always good. —Marc Bernardin
JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL IN HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (2001)
The things people do for love. After Hansel (Mitchell) falls in love, he plans to leave communist East Germany for the West to marry his lover. But in order to get married, he undergoes a sex change, so Hansel becomes Hedwig. The results aren’t so great, though, hence the Angry Inch part of the movie’s title.