American Beauty

Lists: Drama, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Best Picture Winners from the 1990s, Best cinematography nominees, Best Picture nominee 2000 to 2009

Brief Synopsis: "Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend."

Overall Ranking: 613 (Rank from 1999: # 12)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 66.67%
Regular 20.83%
Half-Popped 8.33%
Stale 0%
Burnt 4.17%


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Thomas Pollock100
Daniel Prinn at Daniel's Film Reviews100(full review)
J Bumgardner100
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Gorgon Reviews97
Andrew Buckle of The Film Emporium97(full review)
David Baruffi97(full review)
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread96(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik95
Darren of Movie Reviews 10195(full review)
Today I Watched A Movie90(full review)
Danny M90
J Patterson90
Patrick Devitt90
Sir M Hayes XIV85
Rob from GuysFilmQuest85
Jim Carrier81
Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less70(full review)
Brandon H70
Jordan K65
Bryan Lienesch55 - 'American Beauty' likes to think of itself as Ricky Fitts, but it's much more Angela Hayes than it realizes.
Annwyn S50
Lisa Marie Bowman15 - Overrated and misogynistic
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People Involved

  • Kevin Spacey (Lester Burnham)
  • Annette Bening (Carolyn Burnham)
  • Thora Birch (Jane Burnham)
  • Wes Bentley (Ricky Fitts)
  • Mena Suvari (Angela Hayes)
  • Chris Cooper (Colonel Frank Fitts)
  • Scott Bakula (Jim Olmeyer)
  • Peter Gallagher (Buddy Kane)
  • Allison Janney (Barbara Fitts)
  • Sam Robards (Jim Berkley)
  • Barry Del Sherman (Brad Dupree)
  • Alan Ball (Director)
  • Bruce Cohen (Director)
  • Sam Mendes (Director)