Can't Attend Prom ... Watch a Movie Instead

Prom is a rite of passage for many teenagers and has become common fodder for coming-of-age movies through the years.

With so many films taking their cinematic turn at portraying prom and graduation, there's a host of movies from which to choose. Whether you want to get into the prom spirit or choose to forgo the festivities and enjoy a movie night at home, consider these popular choices.

"Grease" (1978): The "Thunderbirds" and the "Pink Ladies" are the popular cliques at school who wonder whether to welcome Aussie Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton John) into their inner circle after she has a summer romance with Danny Zucko (John Travolta). While the gang attends the "National Dance Off" and later the Rydell High end-of-year carnival instead of a prom, the movie still tells the tale of fitting in and coming of age during high school.

"Footloose" (1984): City boy Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) moves to a small, religious town where rock music and dancing are banned. When Ren falls for the preacher's rebellious daughter, he has to win over her dad and show that letting loose can be a good thing.

"She's All That" (1999): Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Zach Siler, a high school hunk and jock who makes a bet with his friends that he can turn mousey Laney Boggs into prom queen. It's a modern-day "Pygmalion" tale, where once Laney is transformed, Zach starts to notice there's more to her than just lipstick and heels.

"Pretty in Pink" (1986): Financially challenged Andie (Molly Ringwald) falls for rich and sensitive Blane (Andrew McCarthy) and wonders if people from two different worlds can really work out. Things come together thanks to a little compromise and a thrifty, original pink prom dress.

"Encino Man" (1992): Stoney and Dave (Pauly Shore and Sean Astin) find a caveman (Brendan Fraser) frozen in their backyard. They try to pass off this creature as a regular student and name him Link. Soon Link becomes popular at school and Stoney and Dave find their own popularity grows by default.

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992): Popular teen Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson) is an airhead who learns she's part of an ancient lineage of individuals destined to fight evil vampires. She goes on to defend her town and school against these relentless bloodsuckers.

"Never Been Kissed" (1999): Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore), a 25-year-old copy editor who gets the once-in-a-lifetime chance to return to high school and serve as an undercover reporter. She goes back to the high school where she was better known as Josie Grossie, an unpopular, nerdy student. Josie falls into old habits, but with the help of her older brother, soon is embraced by the popular crowd and makes it all the way to prom this time around.

"10 Things I Hate About You" (1999): A modern-day remake of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," this flick tells the tale of the Stratford sisters; popular Bianca who is dying to date, and Kat, the sullen older sister who has sworn off boys. Bianca can only go out if Kat does, too, per daddy's orders. Therefore Cameron, who has his eye on Bianca, pays odd outcast Patrick to try to win Kat's heart.

"American Pie" (1999): Four guys make a pact to lose their virginity by prom night. However, this mismatched group of students finds the task isn't easily achieved as they go through the ups and downs of finding the perfect lady.

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