It’s prom season and to get you ready for that really expensive, really long, really tiring night of debauchery, we decided to put together a list of the best prom movies currently on Netflix. My own prom was seven years ago and I also went to three proms that year (please do not hate the player, just hate the game) so this is bringing me back.
Let’s get started!
Never Been Kissed
Ever wanted to do high school over again? No? Same! In Never Been Kissed, Drew Barrymore plays a journalist who enrolls back into her old high school for research on a story. While there, she finally gets to be the popular girl instead of the giant dork she really was.
The best thing about this film is its cast: Drew, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Octavia Spencer, etc… It’s also really silly, sweet and fun. Watch this and take some notes on how to do prom right so you never have to go back.
No prom list is right without the inclusion of this classic (stay far away from that remake). Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, Carrie is about a teenage outcast (Sissy Spacek) with telekinetic abilities. She finally lashes out against the popular kids who have tormented her over the years and it ends with a big ol’ bloodbath (literally) at prom. Carrie is great because if we could, we would all have used our telekinetic abilities to fight bullies or, really, just skip class. It’s a great, fun, cheesy 70’s horror movie that speaks to the struggle of just wanting to fit in and how much of an ordeal prom really is.
The Breakfast Club
Okay, it’s not about prom. It has nothing to do with prom but it’s about high school and no one got high school right more than John Hughes. It really is a big chapter in our lives that we never forget, unfortunately. Just in case you’ve never seen The Breakfast Club (stop reading this and change that immediately), the film follows five misfits who spend a Saturday in detention together. There’s the brain, the jock, the princess, the basket case and the criminal… which are you? The Breakfast Club reminds of us of how important our relationships with other people can be, even those people we initially wrote off.
21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street did the impossible and made us believe in two things: one, reboots can work, and two, Channing Tatum has comedic timing. The film revolves around two officers in training, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) who are sent back to high school in disguise to help crack a drug ring. It’s hilarious, a lot of fun and does a great job capturing the idea that while high school is very much a time about finding yourself, it does not define who you are or who you are going to become.
Pretty In Pink
If I could, I’d try to work Home Alone in this list because as I said with The Breakfast Club, John Hughes really captured what growing up is like. In Pretty In Pink, one of the less popular, less fortunate girls in school Andie (Molly Ringwald) is torn between taking the friend who’s madly in love with her, Duckie (Jon Cryer) to prom or the rich playboy, Blaine (Andrew McCarthy). It’s the classic tale of class warfare but it’s sweet, has some great performances and a gentle reminder: pick the right date for prom (or it will haunt you forever).