American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. The film stars Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham, a middle-aged man going through a midlife crisis, and Annette Bening as Carolyn Burnham, his unhappy wife. The film also stars Thora Birch as their daughter, Jane, and Mena Suvari as Angela, Jane's best friend and the object of Lester's affection.
American Beauty explores themes of suburban ennui, beauty, and the search for meaning in life. It was a critical and commercial success and won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Spacey. The film's cast, particularly Spacey and Bening, give standout performances, and the film's cinematography and score are also noteworthy.
Overall, American Beauty is a must-see for fans of drama films and is considered a modern classic. It has been widely praised for its acting, direction, and its thought-provoking themes.