American Beauty


It won five Oscars, made the top-five UK box-office and is officially our Best Film Of The Year. It represents one of the strongest ever directing debuts - from Sam Mendes - and it finally made Kevin Spacey a bona fide leading man, with his tragicomic portrayal of crushed suburbanite Lester Burnham somehow standing out from a movie packed with stand-out turns. Think this review's too gushy? You obviously haven't seen it...

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