American Beauty (1999)

Director
Sam Mendes

Main cast
Kevin Spacey; Annette Bening; Thora Birch; Wes Bentley; Mena Suvari

Genres
Drama

Description
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.


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