Ah, prom. Regardless of how one feels about it, it's hard to deny prom's significance as a cultural touchstone. This teen rite of passage has inspired drama in countless books, tv shows, and films. In honor of prom season, here are my three favorite movie prom scenes.
1. Pretty in Pink  (1986)
I know I'm displaying my ancientness by listing this one, but it's hard to beat. Heroine Andie shows up at the prom alone (in a daring homemade dress), after being humiliated by the rich snobs at school. I won't spoil the ending, but it's a happy one.
2. 10 Things I Hate About You  (1999)
The romance between bad boy Patrick Verona and shrew Kat Stratford hits a high point when he hires her favorite band to perform at their prom. Meanwhile, Kat's younger sister, Bianca, gets memorable revenge on the movie's villain.
3. Carrie  (1976)
Telekinesis comes in handy for high school outcast Carrie White, who gets even more memorable revenge on her classmates after she's the victim of a cruel prom prank. Be warned: this horror classic definitely earned its "R" rating.