I'm not sure where most people stand on this movie, but for me, it's one of my favorites of all time. Directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball, American Beauty is the story of Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) a middle-aged office worker who has a midlife crisis and becomes infatuated with his daughter's best friend, Angela (Mena Suvari). There is really more to the movie than that, but for the nature of this scene, that is all that is necessary to give away.
There is so much about this movie I think makes it great, to name a few; Kevin Spacey's performance. I'm a Spacey fan as it is, but he was just top notch in this, not much more than that to say, he was fantastic in this movie. It also helps that the movie score was Thomas Newman, who is a well known composer when it comes to film scores, and did a great job here. And finally the directing and writing of this movie and just to a standard that you don't see often in film. Some people have a different opinion about this movie, but if you ask me, this is truly a modern classic.
American Beauty @ IMDb