Best Prom Movies for Teens

Few rites of teenage passage are as memorable -- both in real life and in the movies -- as prom. The dates, the dresses, the drama, the decorations: As long as real-life teens' dance doesn't go the way of Carrie's, they'll end up OK. From laugh-out-loud comedies to coming-of-age classics, our list of movies with great prom scenes is almost as much fun as the event itself (and, let's be honest, maybe more). For more great tales of teen life, try our Best High School Movies and Teen Romance Novels lists.

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A Cinderella Story Movie Poster Image
Funny and sweet update of the Cinderella tale.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Radio Rebel Movie Poster Image
Sweet story celebrates self-expression and conquering fears.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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High School Musical 3: Senior Year Movie Poster Image
Predictable but enjoyable musical is fine for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Napoleon Dynamite Movie Poster Image
One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Footloose (1984) Movie Poster Image
A dated rebellion tale.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Never Been Kissed Movie Poster Image
Sweet, romantic story for teens has some edgy scenes.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Peggy Sue Got Married Movie Poster Image
'80s time-warp tale is meaty teen-parent viewing.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Pretty in Pink Movie Poster Image
Dated high school tale is still fun for teens.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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The Prom Movie Poster Image
Star-studded, slightly edgy musical is all about acceptance.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Teen Wolf (1985) Movie Poster Image
Cheesy '80s comedy still works thanks to Fox-y star.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You Movie Poster Image
Sunny sequel to fan-fave follows ups & downs of first love.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Twilight Movie Poster Image
Teen fans will love faithful -- if uneven -- adaptation.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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10 Things I Hate About You Movie Poster Image
Engaging but edgy update of Taming of the Shrew.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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The Kissing Booth Movie Poster Image
Quirky romcom has strong language, teen drinking, sex.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Mean Girls Movie Poster Image
Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Saved! Movie Poster Image
Dark comedy about religion has cursing, sex, drinking.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Teen Spirit Movie Poster Image
Teen comedy's stereotypes help illustrate pro-social themes.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Carrie Movie Poster Image
Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic.
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(Release Year: 1976)
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Movie Poster Image
Book-based drama for mature teens tackles tough subjects.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Prom Night in Mississippi Movie Poster Image
Inspiring docu tackles a tough topic: racism.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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21 Jump Street Movie Poster Image
TV-based buddy comedy is crude but hilarious.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Alex Strangelove Movie Poster Image
Comedy with heart about teen sexuality; language, drinking.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Lady Bird Movie Poster Image
Touching, funny, personal, and mature coming-of-age comedy.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Selah and the Spades Movie Poster Image
Edgy, drug-filled look at dark side of upscale prep school.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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The Spectacular Now Movie Poster Image
Poignant teen drama doesn't shy away from alcohol or sex.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Worst. Prom. Ever. Movie Poster Image
Funny comedy plays up teen friendships, sexiness, drinking.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Blockers Movie Poster Image
Sex comedy has worthy messages amid all its raunchy humor.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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