• American Beauty (1999)

American Beauty

Release Date: October 1st, 1999

DVD Release Date: October 24th, 2000

R |2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary

Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a gainfully employed suburban husband and father. Fed up with his boring, stagnant existence, he quits his job and decides to reinvent himself as a pot-smoking, responsibility-shirking teenager. What follows is at once cynical, hysterical, and, eventually, tragically uplifting.

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Peter Gallagher, Allison Janney, Scott Bakula

Director: Sam Mendes

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: DreamWorks Pictures, Jinks/Cohen Company

Distributors: DreamWorks SKG

Keywords: Husband, Temptation, Intense, Escape, Car, Family, Death, Witty, Fall, Father, 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    New York Post

    A flat-out masterpiece, surely the best movie of the year; indeed, an all-time classic.

  • 100
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    A wonder of a film -- a luminous, beautifully executed drama that gathers the best cast of the year -- the best American film of the year. show more

  • 100
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    A tart, funny and tremendously sobering movie about the deepest recesses of personal unhappiness. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Awards

Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000)
Winner Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Winner Best Picture
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000)
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000)
Winner Best Foreign Film
Amandaprisen (2000)
Winner Directing
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Cinematography
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama