• Tue. Mar 28th, 2023

“American Beauty” is a 1999 American drama film directed by and written by Alan Ball. The film stars , , , Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, and . It has a runtime of 122 minutes and explores the themes of beauty, happiness, and the American Dream.


“American Beauty” follows the story of Lester Burnham (), a middle-aged man living a seemingly perfect life with his wife Carolyn () and teenage daughter Jane (). However, Lester is deeply unhappy with his life and decides to change things by quitting his job, working out, and smoking marijuana. As he begins to live life on his own terms, he becomes obsessed with Jane's friend Angela (Mena Suvari), a beautiful cheerleader. The film also explores the lives of their neighbors, including the homophobic Colonel Fitts () and his troubled son Ricky (Wes Bentley).


“American Beauty” is a powerful and thought-provoking film that explores the dark underbelly of the American Dream. The film's characters are complex and flawed, and the performances are outstanding across the board, particularly and . The film's themes of beauty, desire, and happiness are explored with a subtle touch, and the cinematography and score are both beautiful and haunting. The film's ending is both shocking and cathartic, leaving a lasting impact on the viewer.


“American Beauty” was a critical and commercial success, winning five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. The film also won three Golden Globe Awards and numerous other awards and nominations. The film is widely regarded as one of the best films of the 1990s and has been listed among the top American films of all time by various critics and publications.

Directed by
Written by Alan Ball
Produced by Bruce Cohen Dan Jinks
Starring , , , , , ,
Cinematography Conrad L. Hall
Edited by Tariq Anwar Christopher Greenbury
Music by Thomas Newman
Jinks/Cohen Company
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures
Release dates September 8, 1999 (Grauman's Egyptian Theatre) September 15, 1999 (United States)
Running time 122 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million
Box office $356.3 million

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