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List Rules Movies must feature a scene at the prom.

Limousines, spiked punch, teens in tuxedos... For high school students, prom can seem like the biggest night of the year - and for film characters, it's often the make-or-break moment of coolness, maturity, and losing one's virginity. This is a list of the best prom movies ever made, ranked by movie fans who love papier-mâché decorations and grinding in fancy dresses. This prom movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about prom are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about prom you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous prom movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these prom movie titles for more information about the films.

List ranges from American Pie to She's All That to Carrie, plus much more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best prom movies?" and "What is the greatest prom movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular prom movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these prom movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good prom movies can be enjoyed no matter what.

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Lee Kirby added Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union, Heath Ledger

Released: 1999

Directed by: Gil Junger

10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Gil Junger, and a modern retelling of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. After finding out his crush ...more

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She's All That is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Lee Kirby added Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin, Lil' Kim

Released: 1999

Directed by: Robert Iscove

She's All That is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy film directed by Robert Iscove and starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. It is a modern adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's ...more

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Lee Kirby added John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Released: 1978

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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Never Been Kissed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Lee Kirby added Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, James Franco

Released: 1999

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

Never Been Kissed is a 1999 romantic comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Drew Barrymore's production company, Flower Films, directed by Raja Gosnell and starring Drew Barrymore, David ...more

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Lee Kirby added James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

Released: 1986

Directed by: Howard Deutch

Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Lee Kirby added Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

Released: 1984

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more

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Prom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Prom Movies
JenAnistonFriends added Aimee Teegarden, Danielle Campbell, Madison Riley

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Nussbaum

Prom is a 2011 American teen romance comedy-drama film directed by Joe Nussbaum written by Katie Wech and produced by Ted Griffin and Justin Springer. It was released on April 29, 2011, by Walt ...more
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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Lee Kirby added Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mark Waters

Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the screenplay, which is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, ...more

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Lee Kirby added John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

Released: 1976

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The ...more

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Prom Night is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen

Released: 1980

Directed by: Paul Lynch

Prom Night is a 1980 Canadian slasher film directed by Paul Lynch, based on a story by Robert Guza, Jr., and starring Leslie Nielsen and Jamie Lee Curtis. The story concerns a group of high ...more

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American Pie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Lee Kirby added Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth

Released: 1999

Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

American Pie is a 1999 teen comedy film written by Adam Herz and directed by brothers Paul and Chris Weitz, in their directorial film debut. It is the first film in the American Pie theatrical ...more

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Drive Me Crazy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Lee Kirby added Ali Larter, Melissa Joan Hart, Adrian Grenier

Released: 1999

Directed by: John Schultz

Drive Me Crazy is a 1999 teen romantic comedy based on the novel How I Created My Perfect Prom Date by Todd Strasser. Originally entitled Next to You, the movie's title was changed to Drive Me ...more

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Napoleon Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Lee Kirby added Haylie Duff, Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jared Hess

Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American independent art-house comedy film written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and directed by Jared. The film stars Jon Heder in the role of the title character, for ...more

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Prom Movies
bojanthebest added Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Rod Daniel

Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy comedy film released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation starring Michael J. Fox as Scott Howard, a high school student who discovers that his family has an ...more

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Lee Kirby added Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into ...more

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Fast Times at Ridgemont ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Lee Kirby added Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 1982

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by Cameron Crowe, adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. As a freelance writer for Rolling Stone ...more

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Not Another Teen Movie ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Lee Kirby added Chris Evans, Lacey Chabert, Melissa Joan Hart

Released: 2001

Directed by: Joel Gallen

Not Another Teen Movie is a 2001 American teen comedy film directed by Joel Gallen, released on December 14, 2001 by Columbia Pictures. It is a parody of teen movies which had accumulated in ...more

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Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Prom Movies
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Released: 2011

Directed by: Gil Junger

Teen Spirit is a 2011 drama film written by David Kendall, Kathryn McCullough and Bob Young and directed by Gil Junger.
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Wish Upon a Star is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Prom Movies
smeteorx314 added Katherine Heigl, Danielle Harris, Lois Chiles

Released: 1996

Directed by: Blair Treu

Wish Upon a Star is a 1996 television film directed by Blair Treu, written by Jessica Barondes, and starring Katherine Heigl and Danielle Harris. It focuses on two teenage sisters that magically ...more

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Prom Wars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Prom Wars Rachelle Lefevre, Meaghan Rath, Alia Shawkat

Released: 2008

Directed by: Phil Price

Prom Wars is a comedy featuring Raviv Ullman, Alia Shawkat, Rachelle Lefèvre, and Nicolas Wright.
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The Spectacular Now is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2013

Directed by: James Ponsoldt

The Spectacular Now is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by James Ponsoldt, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. The ...more

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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Lee Kirby added Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

Released: 2008

Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke

Twilight is a 2008 American vampire romance film based on Stephenie Meyer's popular novel of the same name. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. ...more

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Bee Movie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Prom Movies
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Released: 2007

Directed by: Simon J. Smith, Steve Hickner

Bee Movie is a 2007 American computer animated family comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It stars Jerry Seinfeld and Renée Zellweger. Bee ...more

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Bart Got a Room is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Prom Movies
Ashley Benson, Jennifer Tilly, William H. Macy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Brian Hecker

Bart Got a Room is a 2008 comedy film written and directed by Brian Hecker, and stars Steven Kaplan, Alia Shawkat, William H. Macy, and Cheryl Hines. Also appearing in the film are Ashley ...more

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