In movies, the prom is either a gut-wrenching disaster (blood gets dumped on the queen; someone gets dumped), or a heartwarming success (the wallflower blossoms; the beauty wilts). But whatever the plot trajectory, one thing nearly always happens: a key character wears an unforgettable dress -- as in Footloose, Twilight, Carrie, and most any other film with a standout prom scene.
Prom movies, whether horror flicks, teen rom-coms, or dramas, can serve as inspiration for a high school fashionista's dream night out, as examples of what not to wear, or as reminders of how none of us want to be remembered in our frilly prom finery. Maybe all of the above at the same time.
Actors: Sissy Spacek
Actors: Rachael Leigh Cook
Actors: Molly Ringwald
Actors: Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, James Franco, Leelee Sobieski, John C. Reilly, + more