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The Best Prom Movies

Updated November 11, 2020 4.4k votes 1.3k voters 137.4k 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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  • She's All That1
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    She's All That

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin

    Released1999

    Directed byRobert Iscove

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  • Teen Wolf2
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    Teen Wolf

    Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant

    Released1985

    Directed byRod Daniel

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  • Never Been Kissed3
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    Never Been Kissed

    Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore

    Released1999

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

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  • Pretty in Pink4
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    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Released1986

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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  • Footloose5
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    Footloose

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon

    Released1984

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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  • Grease6
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    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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  • 10 Things I Hate About You7
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    10 Things I Hate About You

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gabrielle Union

    Released1999

    Directed byGil Junger

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  • Teen Spirit8
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    Teen Spirit

    Cassie Scerbo, Chris Zylka

    Released2011

    Directed byGil Junger

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  • Prom9
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    Prom

    Aimee Teegarden, Danielle Campbell

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Nussbaum

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  • Prom Night10
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    Prom Night

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow

    Released1980

    Directed byPaul Lynch

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  • Mean Girls11
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    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

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  • Napoleon Dynamite12
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    Napoleon Dynamite

    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder

    Released2004

    Directed byJared Hess

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  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High13
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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn

    Released1982

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

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  • American Pie14
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    American Pie

    Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid

    Released1999

    Directed byChris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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  • Carrie15
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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • Wish Upon a Star16
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    Wish Upon a Star

    Katherine Heigl, Danielle Harris

    Released1996

    Directed byBlair Treu

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  • Prom Wars17
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    Prom Wars

    Rachelle Lefevre, Meaghan Rath

    Released2008

    Directed byPhil Price

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  • Back to the Future18
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Not Another Teen Movie19
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    Not Another Teen Movie

    Chris Evans, Lacey Chabert

    Released2001

    Directed byJoel Gallen

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  • Drive Me Crazy20
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    Drive Me Crazy

    Ali Larter, Melissa Joan Hart

    Released1999

    Directed byJohn Schultz

    Drive Me Crazy is a 1999 teen romantic comedy based on the novel How I Created My Perfect Prom... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Encino Man21
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    Encino Man

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rose McGowan

    Released1992

    Directed byLes Mayfield

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  • The Spectacular Now22
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    The Spectacular Now

    Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Ponsoldt

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  • Jawbreaker23
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    Jawbreaker

    Rose McGowan, Julie Benz

    Released1999

    Directed byDarren Stein

    Jawbreaker is a 1999 American black comedy film written and directed by Darren Stein. The film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Just One of the Guys24
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    Just One of the Guys

    Sherilyn Fenn, William Zabka

    Released1985

    Directed byLisa Gottlieb

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  • Love & Basketball25
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    Love & Basketball

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union

    Released2000

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

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