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The Top 5 Prom Movies of All Time

It’s that time of year again—prom season! Whether you’re attending prom this year, in the middle of prom dress shopping or just reminiscing about your own prom experience, there’s nothing like a classic prom movie to get in the spirit. From the lighthearted to the serious, here are five of the best prom movies ever made.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)  – This romantic comedy stars Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles as two high schoolers who can’t stand each other—until they find themselves falling in love with one another. While it is set around the time of their prom, it’s less about dancing and more about romance and growing up. It was also an ode to William Shakespeare’s classic play Taming of the Shrew.

Grease (1978) – Starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, this musical masterpiece is set at Rydell High School shortly before their senior class attends their big dance. With its catchy songs and memorable characters, this movie has become a timeless classic that many people watch over and over again every year to get ready for their own prom night.

Sixteen Candles (1984) – Molly Ringwald stars in this coming-of-age story about a young girl named Samantha who is trying to make her way through her first big crush while navigating family drama that comes along with being a teenager. This movie featured one of the hottest prom dresses to come out of the 80’s and is considered one of the greatest teen movies of all time, sure to give you all the warm fuzzy feelings you need for your own prom night.

Pretty in Pink (1986) – Another Molly Ringwald classic, Pretty in Pink follows Andie Walsh as she navigates high school cliques while trying to figure out where she fits in during her senior year. When her wealthy classmate Blane asks her to senior prom, she has no idea how much stress she will endure from both sides of town as she struggles with whether or not going with him will be worth it in the end.

Carrie (1976) – Based on Stephen King’s novel by the same name, Carrie follows high school student Carrie White as she deals with bullying from her peers and an overly religious mother at home while trying to navigate senior year—including going to the infamous senior prom! The movie quickly became a horror classic for its incredible use of suspenseful music throughout its runtime climaxing at the climactic ending at senior Prom gone wrong!

We hope one of these five movies inspired you enough that you can’t wait for your own prom night —or maybe even reminiscence on your past experiences! Whichever movie appealed most to you, we wish you luck during this special season! Have fun!

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