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Year: 1999
Original Title: American Beauty
Length: 122 minutes
Genre: Drama
Studios: DreamWorks SKG, United International Pictures
Age rating: Suitable only for adults
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Release Dates

United Kingdom: February 04 2000

United States: September 15 1999


Ranking: 778 out of 16,369 movies (up 1452)

Ranked #84 in list 'The best movies ever'


8.7 by 75 users


Lester Burnham, a man in his mid-40s going through an intense midlife crisis; he's grown cynical and is convinced that he has no reason to go on. Lester's relationship with his wife Carolyn is not a warm one; while on the surface Carolyn strives to present the image that she's in full control of her life, inside she feels empty and desperate. Their teenage daughter Jane is constantly depressed, lacking in self-esteem, and convinced that she's unattractive. Her problems aren't helped by her best friend Angela, an aspiring model who is quite beautiful and believes that that alone makes her a worthwhile person. Jane isn't the only one who has noticed that Angela is attractive: Lester has fallen into uncontrollable lust for her, and she becomes part of his drastic plan to change his body and change his life. Meanwhile, next door, Colonel Fitts has spent a lifetime in the Marine Corps and can understand and tolerate no other way of life, which makes life difficult for his son Ricky, an aspiring filmmaker and part-time drug dealer who is obsessed with beauty, wherever and whatever it may be.


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Cast American Beauty

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Barbara Fitts

Wes Bentley

Wes Bentley

Ricky Fitts

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey

Lester Burnham

Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper

Frank Fitts

Annette Bening

Annette Bening

Carolyn Burnham