As it’s prom season, and we love a good prom almost as much as a good movie, we thought we’d combine our two favourite things, creating a list of the best prom scenes from the very best prom based movies.
Everything from horror and fashion fails, to important messages and personal breakthrough moments, we’ve covered it all.
Carrie – The Blood Prom Scene
We had to start our list off with a truly terrifying, yet utterly unforgettable prom scene. This is the one from horror movie epic, Carrie.
After being crowned Prom queen in a cruel prank, Carrie gets soaked in pigs’ blood on stage.
Her rage makes her believe the entire school hall has erupted with laughter and Carrie snaps. Using her telekinesis to lock all the exits to the hall, trapping the pranksters and the rest of the school inside, she kills every one.
American Pie – Jim’s Monologue Prom Scene
After spending an entire movie trying to have sex, the gang from American Pie are at a pivotal moment at prom. Realising that the stress and pressure they’ve put on themselves just wasn’t worth it.
“You know what, I am so sick and tired of all this bullsh*t pressure. I mean, I haven’t even had sex and already, I can’t stand it. I hate sex! I’m not gonna stand around here busting my balls over something that….quite frankly isn’t that damn important. Now I’m gonna go hang out with that geek over there because at least SHE has something else to talk about BESIDES SEX. Goddamn!” JIM GOLDSTEIN.
And we know how the rest goes. Jim marries “that geek” and they live happily ever after.
She’s All That – The Best Routine Prom Scene
Apart from the sickening storyline of She’s All That, the prom scene featuring baby Usher and a really lil, Lil Kim is up there with our pick of the very best prom scenes ever.
The reason for the appearance of the perfectly choreographed routine was simply a case of the director’s love of dance, and the producer having a brother who just happened to be a choreographer.
It’s not what you know but who, right?
Back to the Future – Inventing Rock and Roll Prom Scene
After travelling back in time to his mother and fathers high school years, Marty McFly takes the opportunity to wow the crowds by inventing rock n’ roll in Back to The Future.
Of course, another memorable, yet disturbing moment from this movie is the stomach-wrenching moment when Marty’s mom comes onto her future son, kissing him after a few cheeky drinks.
Twilight – Love Behind the Scenes Prom Scene
Perhaps one of the most glamourous prom scenes in movie history, Twilight has it all. Beautiful vampires, moody music, overly passionate discussions of darkness and death.
The best thing we discovered about the prom scene in Twilight though, is what happened behind the scenes.
“It was the end of the shoot, and we were all so close and not wanting to go home yet. That’s the one scene I look at and always start crying,” Kristen explains. “And I’m not a bit embarrassed about it.”
Remember when R-Pat and K-Stew were once a thing, for real, well at the time she was asked which scene was her favourite from the movie franchise, she chose the prom scene.
For various mushy reasons of course.
10 Things I Hate About You – Sucker Punch Prom Scene
An insanely complex plot for a teen movie, based on the Shakespearean play The Taming of the Shrew, with a fantastic prom scene that showcases a little female empowerment.
After a lot of big reveals, the instigator who hurt so many people throughout the whole movie gets his comeuppance, receiving two punches to the nose and a kick to the groin as punishment for his indiscretions.
Never Been Kissed – Dog Food Queens Prom Scene
After being cruelly tricked at her own prom, Josie “Grossy” Geller gets a chance to live the perfect prom all over again in Never Been Kissed.
All is going well until she sees another girl about to become the butt of a cruel joke.
In a stroke of conscience, Josie foils the prank and three “prettiest girls” in school are showered in dog food.
Jaw Breaker – The Meltdown Prom Scene
After a birthday prank between three cliquey friends goes wrong with one of them ending up dead, a spiral of lies and deceit unfolds with Courtney (Rose McGowan) as the ringleader.
This is All American high school movie has a disturbing dark side that culminates in one of the most amazing prom scenes of all time.
Courtney and her accomplices are discovered and her meltdown at prom is what put Jawbreaker on our list.
Grease – Cha-Cha Steals the Prom Scene
The main characters from Grease may be the ones we all remember but the prom scene that stands out among our list is when sassy dancer Cha-Cha busts out the moves with old partner Danny Zucko.
Poor Sandy, we know but, she really is the “best dancer at St Bernadette’s” even if she does have “the worse reputation”.
Teen Wolf – Fight Prom Scene
Another moment when the bad guy gets a walloping makes Teen Wolf one of the best movies with the best prom scene.
Let’s face it Michael J. Fox is a prom, scene-stealing King.
Napoleon Dynamite – So Wrong Its Right Prom Scene
We love Napoleon Dynamite for its cringe-worthy awkwardness, that’s why we’d expect nothing less than the hardest to watch prom scene ever to come out of this movie.
From stiff as a board dance moves, lingering too long looks in the eyes and some of the gaudiest fashion choices ever made on film, this prom scene is so wrong its just right.
Pretty in Pink – That Dress Prom Scene
Fashion fails are our favourite, and one that tops the list is the ghastly Pretty in Pink ensemble that aspiring “fashion designer” Andie creates for prom.
This dress truly does steal the entire prom scene, regardless of which ending writers went with (there were two) it’s not the storyline of the movie but that dress that audiences will remember forever.
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion – Threesome Dance Prom Scene
Following a miserable time in high school and a largely unsuccessful few years after, Romy and Michelle are determined to turn their high school dance memories around.
Their plot backfires, of course, until they are saved by an equally geeky guy who happens to have become a billionaire.
Their three-way dance is the stuff of legend and, although technically not a prom scene, there are high school alumni present so we’re going to include it.
Prom Night – Jamie Lee Saves the Day Prom Scene
Not the only thing that we love from the original Prom Night (check out Jamie Lee’s dance moves)
But without a doubt, one of the greatest prom scenes of all time is when Jamie Lee Curtis, the first lady of slasher movies, takes out the bad guy with an axe to the face.
Footloose – The Final Dance Scene
After arriving in the sleepy town of Bomont Utah, Ren McCormack played by Kevin Bacon, discovers music and dancing have been banned. A decision made after a town authority’s son died in a car crash, coming home from a night of dancing.
The final dance of the film at senior prom is a culmination of all the storylines, showing the joy dancing can bring to both the young and old.
Plus, we simply adore Bacon’s moves throughout this entire movie.
Mean Girls – Crown Breaking Scene
Straying away from the silly and scary, we’ve picked the prom scene from Mean Girls because of its inclusive and moving crowning moment.
When Cady is crowned Prom Queen but instead of taking the crown for herself, she breaks it into pieces and shares it amongst the crowd.
A gesture that demonstrated her personal growth and acceptance of self. A touching moment indeed.
Lady Bird – Best Friend Date Prom Scene
An amazing coming of age movie, Lady Bird highlights the struggles a young girl faces, trying to escape the confines of the small town she’s grown up in.
After working her way through the usual “hot boy” suspects for potential prom dates, Lady Bird realises it’s her best friend who she’d like to mark the special occasion with.
The two-attend prom together and dance . . . and then we cry.
Not Another Teen Movie – Another Routine Prom Scene
Who knew there were so many prom scenes that involved perfectly choreographed dance routines?
This one, a spoof of all the top teen movies of our time, wraps things up with a montage song of all the characters getting ready to go to prom.
High School Musical 3 – Zac Efron’s Crotch Prom Scene
More dancing but this time its not the carefully choreographed routine that caught our eye.
It’s the sight of heartthrob Zac Efron, thrusting his crotch at the camera every given moment.
Down Boy! You’re still in high school!
Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Hilary Swank Gets Knocked Out Prom Scene
Okay so technically not a prom, but the “last dance of their last year” turns into a blood bath when several seniors turn Vampire and crash the party.
We love how, after the Vampires have their way and Buffy returns for the big climax and one of the cliquey girls, played by Hilary Swank, is knocked out by the principal.
As Prom season approaches, we encourage you to enjoy every moment and make the most of the simpler years of your life. Things only get harder from here on in, as these top prom scenes show, it’s not all plain sailing after high school and college either.
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