American Beauty (film) released

American Beauty is a 1999 American comedy-drama film directed by Sam Mendes in his feature film debut.

The film was written by Alan Ball and stars Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch as a dysfunctional suburban family. The film cost $15 million to produce, and filming took place in California, though the suburb was depicted as one that could be placed anywhere in America. American Beauty was positively received by critics and audiences alike, and it grossed over $350 million worldwide. The film won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Picture and was nominated for and won numerous other awards and honors, mainly for direction, writing, and acting.