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The Best Prom Movies

Updated November 11, 2020 5.3k votes 1.3k voters 137.9k views43 items

List RulesMovies 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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    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
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    She's All That

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin
    She's All That is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy film directed by Robert Iscove and...  more

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    Never Been Kissed

    Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore
    Never Been Kissed is a 1999 romantic comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Drew...  more

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  • 4

    10 Things I Hate About You

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union
    10 Things I Hate About You is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Gil Junger, and...  more

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    Aimee Teegarden, Danielle Campbell
    Prom is a 2011 American teen romance comedy-drama film directed by Joe Nussbaum written by...  more
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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon
    Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren...  more

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  • 7

    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon
    Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in...  more

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  • 8

    Napoleon Dynamite

    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder
    Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American independent art-house comedy film written by Jared and...  more

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  • 9

    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
    Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty...  more

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  • 10

    Drive Me Crazy

    Ali Larter, Melissa Joan Hart
    Drive Me Crazy is a 1999 teen romantic comedy based on the novel How I Created My Perfect Prom...  more

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  • 11

    Prom Night

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow
    Prom Night is a 1980 Canadian slasher film directed by Paul Lynch, based on a story by Robert...  more

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  • 12

    Teen Wolf

    Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant
    Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy comedy film released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation...  more

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  • 13

    Wish Upon a Star

    Katherine Heigl, Danielle Harris
    Wish Upon a Star is a 1996 television film directed by Blair Treu, written by Jessica...  more

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  • 14

    Teen Spirit

    Cassie Scerbo, Chris Zylka
    Teen Spirit is a 2011 drama film written by David Kendall, Kathryn McCullough and Bob Young...  more
  • 15

    American Pie

    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid
    American Pie is a 1999 teen comedy film written by Adam Herz and directed by brothers Paul and...  more

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  • 16

    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams
    Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the...  more

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  • 17

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by...  more

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    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek
    Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974...  more

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  • 19

    Not Another Teen Movie

    Chris Evans, Lacey Chabert
    Not Another Teen Movie is a 2001 American teen comedy film directed by Joel Gallen, released...  more

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    The Spectacular Now

    Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
    The Spectacular Now is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by James Ponsoldt,...  more

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  • 21

    Encino Man

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rose McGowan
    Encino Man is a 1992 comedy film directed by Les Mayfield and starring Brendan Fraser, Sean...  more

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  • 22


    Rose McGowan, Julie Benz
    Jawbreaker is a 1999 American black comedy film written and directed by Darren Stein. The film...  more

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  • 23

    Just One of the Guys

    Sherilyn Fenn, William Zabka
    Just One of the Guys is a 1985 comedy film, directed by Lisa Gottlieb. The film is marketed...  more

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  • 24

    Love & Basketball

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union
    Love & Basketball is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan....  more

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  • 25

    Prom Night

    Idris Elba, Brittany Snow
    Prom Night is a 2008 American slasher film from Screen Gems directed by Nelson McCormick. The...  more

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