“American Beauty” is a classic and most probably Sam Mendes’ best film so far. It deals with a variety of themes relating human relationships, self-understanding, identity, love and family, and explores its characters in depth, with care and respect. Lester Burnahm, the cynical husband of a conflicted family in full mid-life crisis, lost in his world and with an urge to break free, is a character known to all, with features we can relate to and understand. Also the search of love, beauty and acceptance, by young and old, and the exploration of one’s sexuality and desires is truly part of life and of the portrayal this drama offers.
The craft of creating real people with honest issues is what makes this film a masterpiece and what makes us want to see more. Many other films touch upon similar themes or characters or ways to express life, people and reality. They all have in a way or another resemblances to this film and will certainly enlighten or impress you in a similar way. Here is the list of movies similar to ‘American Beauty’ that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these movies like American Beauty on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
15. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
After coming out of a mental health establishment after having violently beaten up the man his wife was having an affair with, Pat, attained of bipolar disorder, goes back to his parents’ home. His desire is to get back with his ex-wife who no longer lives in the surroundings however a restraining order against him hinders him from pursuing his wish. After meeting Tiffany, a depressed widow, he becomes her dancing partner and begins practicing for an upcoming competition. Played by Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence (who received an Academy Award for her performance), it portrays two characters who must beat their inner problems and face the reality of their actions. Surrounding them, each other individual contributes to this idea that real people have imperfections and problems and that life isn’t easy and does not come as a wrapped gift one must simply open and enjoy.
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14. A Serious Man (2009)