9. 'Paris Is Burning'
The same year that Madonna exposed a sliver of New York drag ball culture to the world with "Vogue," filmmaker Jennie Livingston's documentary shed some light on the other runway lifestyle — from the walks to the dance to the terminology. Still seen as the benchmark for those looking to learn about the voguing culture that thrives today, scene legends like Willie Ninja and Pepper LaBeija shed light on runway categories (some of which, like "Executive Realness," have bled into the mainstream) and most importantly, the often dangerous lives led by gay and trans people, mostly of color, in 1980s New York. So vilified for who they were, it's almost unfathomable how influential drag ball culture is today. Yet here we are, no shade.