American Beauty (1999) Poster


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Remade as 

Hungarian Beauty (2003)
shot for shot remake of Sam Mendes' American Beauty (1999)

Edited into 

Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) (Video)
5 Second Movies: American Beauty (2008) (TV Episode)
movie is edited into short comedic clip
The Clock (2010)
Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Footage from this movie is used.


Citizen Kane (1941)
Othello (1951)
Ikiru (1952)
opening narration about a dead main character
Rear Window (1954)
The Lawrence Welk Show (1955) (TV Series)
Bigger Than Life (1956)
Dinner scene
The Apartment (1960)
Lester's office was designed as an homage to C.C. Baxter's office.
Yojimbo (1961)
Lolita (1962)
"Lester Burnham" is an anagram for "Humbert learns."
Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Claire's Knee (1970)
Marathon Man (1976)
All That Jazz (1979)
Ordinary People (1980)
A shot of the Burnham family eating at the dining room table is an homage to a similar scene in Ordinary People. Director Sam Mendes confirms this in the DVD commentary.
Beau Pere (1981)
Re-Animator (1985)
The characters talk about a scene of the movie.
Bliss (1985)
True Stories (1986)
Withnail & I (1987)
America's Funniest Home Videos (1989) (TV Series)
Ricky: "Welcome to America's weirdest home videos"
The Borrower (1989)
Benny's Video (1992)
Very similar behavior of the video guy (Ricky Fitts / Benny)
Patriot Games (1992)
In American Beauty, the childhood pictures of Thora Birch (one of her in a tuxedo-like outfit) previously appeared in Patriot Games (1992).
The Ref (1994)
The Crow (1994)
The gigantic flaming "Jane" symbol
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
A SpaceGodzilla action figure is seen on Lester's desk
The Cable Guy (1996)
South Park (1997) (TV Series)
A person is wearing a South Park TV shirt at Jane's school
Wag the Dog (1997)
LateLine (1998) (TV Series)
Open reference by a character
American Pie (1999)
One of three 1999 movies with Mena Suvari that begin with the word "American."
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
The end credits extend special thanks to "Dr. Bill & Alice."

Referenced in 

Fight Club (1999)
Seen on a marquee when Jack puts Marla on the bus.
The Insider (1999)
The Sims (2000) (Video Game)
Still Tickin': The Return of A Clockwork Orange (2000) (TV Movie)
Sam Mendes as credited as "Director: American Beauty" and says Alex's voiceover was an influence how on he handled Lester's voiceover.
The Simpsons: Behind the Laughter (2000) (TV Episode)
The floating bag scene is the same in the episode as in the movie
Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV Movie)
It is mentioned in a website.
Donnie Darko (2001)
Bodilfesten 2001 (2001) (TV Special)
Nominated actors belong to this film.
Conker's Bad Fur Day (2001) (Video Game)
In the video after the credits, Conker calls the bartender "Cowboy", and asks him to pour more in his glass, just like Lester.
Tomcats (2001)
The Hole (2001)
Amélie (2001)
Nino carries around a plastic bag and Joseph refers to him in the diner as "the guy with the plastic bag." This is an homage to Ricky Fitts from American Beauty (1999)
Storytelling (2001)
Clara y Elena (2001)
The movie is mentioned by the character played by Carmen Maura
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Show No. 429 (2002) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Drew in the intro.
About Schmidt (2002)
Showboy (2002)
In the opening set up, Christian explains how he got a job working for Alan Ball, the writer of American Beauty.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Similar opening shot of an endless suburb
Armaan (2003)
Los Serrano: Benny, Tonny y Marky (2003) (TV Episode)
They recreate the famous rose petal scene from American Beauty.
100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Freshman Orientation (2004)
When talking to Tazwell about "perfect moments", Amanda refers to "a white plastic bag whirling in circles in the breeze"
Grace and the Storm (2004)
narrated from beyond the grave
The Investigators: Pretty Poison (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the narrator.
Less Like Me (2004)
Version of line spoken by Mena Suvari is spoken
In Good Company (2004)
In the soccer-scene, a line from American Beauty is quoted
Happy Endings (2005)
Discussed by name in the dialogue.
Saturday Night Live: Paul Giamatti/Ludacris featuring Sum-41 (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the Limo Ride skit
Be Cool (2005)
In dialog, after Tommy is shot.
Madagascar (2005)
Alex is laying on the beach with steaks coming from above while the soundtrack from the movie is played
HBO First Look: Jarhead (2005) (TV Episode)
mentioned once
Kids in America (2005)
Holden mentions the film in one scene.
Lost in Plainview (2005)
mentioned in dialogue
Mouse in My House (2006) (Short)
"I will catch this mouse today." / "I will sell this house today."
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.102 (2006) (TV Episode)
all Jeopardy! round category titles allude to Oscar winners for Best Picture, including "American Beauty"
Nowhere Fast (2006)
Ben at one point films a plastic bag
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Rashomama (2006) (TV Episode)
The music played during in the first two flashbacks (Sara's and Nick's) is the original music from the movie American Beauty
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.225 (2006) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Pick the Oscar Winner" category
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Toe Tags (2006) (TV Episode)
When Catherine found a rose petal from a dead girl, she mentions "American Beauty", refering to the scene with Mena Suvari and a rain of rose petals.
Heroes: Chapter Seven 'Nothing to Hide' (2006) (TV Episode)
Ted mentions that he and his wife used to listen to the "American Beauty" album.
Robot Chicken: Donkey Punch (2006) (TV Episode)
Painting of Gary Coleman naked covered in roses
Saturday Night Live: Annette Bening/Gwen Stefani/Akon (2006) (TV Episode)
referenced during the monologue
Veronica Mars: Poughkeepsie, Tramps and Thieves (2007) (TV Episode)
When a classmate is talking about how he bonded with the woman he loves, Veronica says, "And how when you see a plastic bag flying around you think there's so much beauty in the world you can't take it?" In American Beauty, Ricky and Jane bond over the most beautiful tlhing Ricky filmed, a plastic bag dancing in the wind.
I Want Candy (2007)
Baggy plans to rent the film from the video store.
Entourage: Less Than 30 (2007) (TV Episode)
Sam Mendes and the movie are mentioned by Vince
Purple Violets (2007)
Murph mentions the movie by name.
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
Video case is shown.
Saturday Night Live: Michael Phelps/Lil' Wayne (2008) (TV Episode)
The bag from that movie is mentioned in Pizzeria Uno sketch
At the Movies: Summer Special 2008/09 (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in a review of Revolutionary Road as another film directed by Sam Mendes.
Fat People (2009)
The mother stands up during the dinner and throws the dish to the wall
The Making of 'Away We Go' (2009) (Video)
mentioned by Sam Mendes
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.37 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $7,500 question
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 4 (2010) (TV Episode)
Contestant mentions the film's Oscar win
Kick-Ass (2010)
Dave uses this as an example of why his narration does not prove he survived
Jeopardy!: Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Semifinal 2 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,200 clue in the category "Directors' First Features"
Tere Bin Laden (2010)
DVD case in Ali's home
NCIS: Dead Air (2010) (TV Episode)
DiNozzo name drops the film
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Jessica Lowndes (2010) (TV Episode)
Jessica Lowndes talks about this movie during interview
Henry & Aaron's 7 Steps to Superstardom: Adopt Foreign Orphans (2011) (TV Episode)
the dinner scene was inspired by American Beauty
Cinematic Excrement: Dungeons & Dragons (2011) (TV Episode)
Smeghead brings it up as a film Thora Birch was in.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.203 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Allison Janney was in the film
The RAs: Unwanted Child Throw-Up (2011) (TV Episode)
During the scene where Ramona complains about being an RA, Josh hangs a poster for an off-campus trip to see American Beauty
10 pelis (2011)
Talked about
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.13 (2011) (TV Episode)
Christy says that Kevin Spacey played a smarmy character in the film, but much better than he did in "Father of Invention"
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.49 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions Mena Suvari's "American" projects.
Special Collector's Edition: La última noche del Titanic (2012) (TV Episode)
release mentioned
Mi Turno (2012) (Short)
Character mentions the film
After Tiller (2013)
video cassette on shelf
Veep: Hostages (2013) (TV Episode)
After Jonah says that Mike should think of him as a cheerleader, he says "Oh, God, I'm imagining you in a bath full of rose petals."
Raanjhanaa (2013)
The starting of Raanjhanaa is the same as American Beauty.In both movies the actor narrate about how the present day is the last day of their life.
Fantasmes! Sexe, fiction et tentations (2013) (TV Movie)
still shown
Soof (2013)
The movie poster is a reference to American Beauty. But instead of rose petals, different types of red fruits and vegetables are used.
Broad City: Hurricane Wanda (2014) (TV Episode)
When Ilana releases several plastic bags into the air, Jaime mentions the film. Throughout the episode, the film's theme plays comically.
NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014)
A poster is in Sam Mendes' office.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kevin Spacey/Olivia Munn/The Lucas Brothers (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jimmy when introducing Kevin Spacey
The Interview (2014)
Kim Jong-un's line "You know, Dave, sometimes I feel like a plastic bag..." is a reference to the famous 'bag in the wind' scene and monologue.
The Royal Road (2015)
Title is mentioned
The History of Trunks Abridged (2015) (TV Short)
Film score is playing in one scene.
De Avond van de Filmmuziek (2015) (TV Special)
Part of soundtrack played
Zombie Cats from Mars (2015)
Some dialog and the death scene is an homage to a scene in American Beauty
Flecos (2015) (Short)
Guillermo is represented as the stalker character (Wes Bentley) from American Beauty, we also have a shot referenced explicitly.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Plot Points That Were Cut Out of Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
The Machinations of Ricky's Father is #2.
Two Forty-Six (2015)
An ad for the movie can be heard on the TV.
Superstore: Pilot (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jonah.
Deadpool (2016)
The business card used by the Recruiter reads only 555-0199. This is the same number used as Lester Burnham's business line.
Making Out (2016)
DVD seen on Charlie's shelf.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Paranoia (2016) (TV Episode)
Pimento wants to watch the film at his bachelor party.
Broad City: B&B-NYC (2016) (TV Episode)
Ilana mentions this movie
Traceroute (2016)
mentioned by name
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 5 September 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Adnan Virk
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.38 (2016) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue and correct response in "Guns n' Roses" category
Saturday Night Live: Dave Chappelle/A Tribe Called Quest (2016) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Weekend Update
Mixxxer Show: Sára Sandeva (2017) (TV Episode)
Art as Dialogue (2017) (Video)
Stills shown & discussed
Cash Trapped: Episode #2.8 (2017) (TV Episode)
Incorrect answer.
Sean Bradley Reviews: Baby Driver (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned amongst Kevin Spacey's filmography.
The Michael Knowles Show: Are Democrats De-Sanctifying Abortion? (2017) (TV Episode)
Michael discusses the plastic bag scene.
MenT: Shakira nebo menopauza - Co je více vyhledávané? (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by MenT.
The Death of Hollywood (2017) (Video)
Milo Yiannopoulos says the movie showed Hollywood for what it is.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Holly Hunter/Jason Jones/Alan Cage (2018) (TV Episode)
Holly Hunter mentions that Alan Ball wrote the screenplay
WatchMojo: Top 10 Actors Who Turned Down Oscar Winning Roles (2018) (TV Episode)
Chevy Chase, who turned down the role of Lester Burnham, is #9.
Blockers (2018)
Julie mentions this referring to the rose petals on the bed
Honest Trailers: Every Christopher Nolan Movie (2018) (TV Episode)
Title seen in screenshot
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #12.25 (2018) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question
Norm Macdonald Has a Show: M. Night Shyamalan (2018) (TV Episode)
Bob's Burgers: The Taking of Funtime One Two Three (2018) (TV Episode)
Gene references the plastic bag in this movie
Charli XCX & Troye Sivan: 1999 (2018) (Video)
homage to this movie.
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong with Hereditary in 13 Minutes or Less (2019) (TV Episode)
Audio played over a scene from Hereditary (2018)
Sardonicast: Sardonicast #30: Climax, After Hours (2019) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the Q&A
Similar narrative style, genre


Featured in 

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2000) (TV Special)
At the Movies: The Bill Clinton Interview (2000) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000) (TV Special)
Carving Out Our Name (2001)
Covers the making and the premiere of American Beauty
100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Masters of Production: The Hidden Art of Hollywood (2004) (TV Movie)
Discusses Production Design
The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV Special)
Clips from the film were shown on the television display on the set.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)
Clip is shown.
Indie Sex: Censored (2007) (TV Movie)
A clip is shown
Indie Sex: Teens (2007) (TV Movie)
A clip is shown
SexTV: Cheerleader: The Changing Face of an American Icon (2007) (TV Episode)
Clips from film are used in episode.
20 to 1: Sexiest Movie Moments (2007) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on its rose petal scene.
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Featured in Best Picture montage.
20 to 1: Adults Only 20 to 01: Sexiest Movie Scenes (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on its rose petal fantasy scene.
The Culture Show: Episode #11.7 (2009) (TV Episode)
Clip shown.
My Big Break (2009)
Follows Wes Bentley while he played Ricky Fitts
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Surrogates/Pandorum/Fame (2009) (TV Episode)
"You're Not Going to Get Away With This" segment
Starz Inside: Sex and the Cinema (2009) (TV Movie)
Clips featured.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.80 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown in a montage of Annette Bening films
Hollywood's Top Ten: Best Actor Oscar Winners (2011) (TV Episode)
Kevin Spacey gets an honorable mention, clips shown
David Walliams' Awfully Good: Awfully Good Movies (2011) (TV Episode)
Worst movie lines
De wereld draait door: Episode #8.31 (2012) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 Film Scores (2013) (TV Episode)
WatchMojo: Top 10 Greatest Best Picture Oscar-Winning Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
American Beauty gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Directorial Debuts in Film (2014) (TV Episode)
Sam Mendes is #3 for making his directorial debut with American Beauty.
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Scene with the roses petals
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
a clip from the Best Original Screenplay winner is shown
Beyond Clueless (2014)
Clips shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies Where the Protagonist Dies (2014) (TV Episode)
American Beauty is #9.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Kevin Spacey Performances (2014) (TV Episode)
Lester Burnham is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Most Beautiful Non-CGI Films (2014) (TV Episode)
American Beauty is #8.
Nostalgia Critic: Does "American Beauty" Still Hold Up? (2014) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Dream Sequences (2014) (TV Episode)
A Rose By Any Other Name...Is Angela is #6.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Voyeur Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
American Beauty is #5.
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong with American Beauty in 12 Minutes or Less (2015) (TV Episode)
The flaws of the movie are talked about
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Crying Scenes (2015) (TV Episode)
You Got the Wrong Idea gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Drive-Thru Scenes in Movies and TV (2015) (TV Episode)
The scene where Lester discovers Carolyn's infidelity at the Mr. Smiley's drive-thru is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies That Make You Want to Quit Your Job (2016) (TV Episode)
American Beauty is #7.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Academy Award Original Screenplays (2016) (TV Episode)
American Beauty gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Mid-Life Crisis Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
American Beauty is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Most Awkward Dinner Scenes in Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
Pass the Asparagus is #1.
Nostalgia Critic: When Are Critics Wrong? (2016) (TV Episode)
Critic points out how this movie was more powerful at the time it was made
Some Jerk with a Camera: The Haunted Mansion Movie Part 2 (2016) (TV Episode)
Seen in "Shut Up!" montage
WatchMojo: Top 10 Creepiest Romantic Gestures in Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
Obsessed or Curious? is #3.
Renegade Cut: American Beauty (2016) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed
Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016)
Footage is shown.
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
Seen in 90 Years of Oscars montage
The 2000s: The Platinum Age Of Television (2018) (TV Episode)
clips shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Great Movies Saved by Last Minute Changes (2018) (TV Episode)
American Beauty is #7.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Once Loved Celebs Who Are Now Hated (2019) (TV Episode)
Clips of the movie are shown


Spoofed in 

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000) (TV Special)
Billy Crystal's Opening Skit
Law & Order: High & Low (2000) (TV Episode)
Fictitious porn title- "American Booty"
Scary Movie (2000)
When Bobby is on the bed and Cindy is covered with semen on the ceiling like Angela in AB covered in rose petals
Whipped (2000)
American Beauty Pie (2000) (Short)
Title, characters and plotline
Good Eats: American Pickle (2000) (TV Episode)
Chuck films a plastic produce bag floating around a grocery store while talking about the fleeting beauty to be found there.
Comedy Lab: Anderson (2000) (TV Episode)
Spoof of the plastic bag scene
All American Beauties (2000) (Video)
rose petal sequence at beginning
Saturday Night Live: Mena Suvari/Lenny Kravitz (2001) (TV Episode)
Spoofed during the monologue
The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #4.2 (2001) (TV Episode)
Parodied in toy re-enactment - "American Beautoy".
Malcolm in the Middle: Hal Quits (2001) (TV Episode)
Hal strips naked and covers himself in roses, spoofing the iconic scene in "American Beauty."
Tomcats (2001)
The Holly Wood Project (2001) (Short)
Shot for shot recreation of American Beauty trailer.
Storytelling (2001)
Son of the Beach: It's Showtime at the Apollo 13! (2001) (TV Episode)
The dream sequence spoofed.
Family Guy: The Kiss Seen Round the World (2001) (TV Episode)
Spoofs the bag video - while using a video camera, Peter suddenly becomes transfixed by a plastic bag blowing in the wind, saying similiar things as Ricky says, then God shouts down from up high "It's just some trash blowing in the wind! Do you have any idea how complicated your circulatory system is?".
Family Guy: Peter Griffin: Husband, Father... Brother? (2001) (TV Episode)
When the cheerleaders perform at Chris's basketball game Peter has a vision like that of Lester in "American Beauty" with the flying rose petals.
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
weird guy with video camera loves bag
Sorority Boys (2002)
All Grown Up!: Truth or Consequences (2003) (TV Episode)
Floating bag scene in the teaser
The Wrong Coast (2004) (TV Series)
"American Beauty" spoofed as "American Booty"
Madagascar (2005)
plays the American Beauty & spoofs the rose petal scene when everything Alex sees becomes a steak
Camp Cuddly Pines Powertool Massacre (2005) (Video)
Rayford always has a handheld camera and dresses like Ricky Fitts from AB, girl claims he watches her from next door
Daisy Does... (2006) (Short)
Daisy Dog recreates scene with red satin and rose petals
What What (In the Butt) (2007) (Video)
the scene where Samwell is nude in the rose petals
The Break-Up Artist (2009)
The bed of roses scene
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
Nanette daydreams about being covered in rose petals, which spoofs the shot of Angela Hayes in "American Beauty."
The Simpsons: The Spy Who Learned Me (2012) (TV Episode)
one of the beautiful things Homer sees is a floating bag that Barney inhales
Walter (2015)
The bed of roses scene is parodied, with popcorn instead of rose petals
Scream Queens: Halloween Blues (2016) (TV Episode)
Scene recreated
CollegeHumor Originals: Don't Eat the Laundry Pods (2017) (TV Episode)
The falling rose petal scene is parodied.

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