American Beauty

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

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: 545 (Rank from 1999: # 12)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 69.57%
Regular 17.39%
Half-Popped 8.7%
Stale 0%
Burnt 4.35%


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Daniel Prinn at Daniel's Film Reviews100(full review)
Cut The Crap Movie Reviews by Aiden R100(full review)
J Bumgardner100
Thomas Pollock100
David Baruffi97(full review)
Andrew Buckle of The Film Emporium97(full review)
Gorgon Reviews97
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread96(full review)Comedy: 7
Sex Appeal: 5
Scary: 1
Rewatch: 7
CinemaVisitor Erik95
Darren of Movie Reviews 10195(full review)
J Patterson90Comedy: 6
Sex Appeal: 5
Rewatch: 7
Today I Watched A Movie90(full review)
Danny M90
Patrick Devitt90
Rob from GuysFilmQuest85Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 2
Rewatch: 6
Sir M Hayes XIV85
Jim Carrier81Comedy: 3
Sex Appeal: 8
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 5
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.
Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 7
Scary: 3
Rewatch: 4
Annwyn S50
Lisa Marie Bowman15 - Overrated and misogynistic
(full review)

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)