Best and worst of movie prom dresses

The dress worn by Sissy Spacek in the 1976 version of “Carrie” remains one of the most memorable cinematic prom gowns — primarily when coated in blood. Here are a few other unforgettable movie prom dresses, the good and the bad.

The good

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“10 Things I Hate About You”

  • Julia Stiles shows us the quintessential prom look of the late 1990s with a spaghetti-strap column dress.

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

  • In the 1992 film, Kristy Swanson goes to the prom looking like Grace Kelly, but a Grace Kelly who isn’t afraid to show a little décolletage.

“Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”

  • Using Madonna as prom inspiration is naturally the right choice for Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino.

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“Napoleon Dynamite”

The bad

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“Pretty in Pink”

  • Even in 1986, the refashioned pink dress was a baffling choice for Molly Ringwald’s cooler-than-thou character. Despite the dress, the movie is, excuse the dated vernacular, totally awesome.

“Never Been Kissed”

It’s tough to decide which dress is worse, the one Drew Barrymore’s character wore to her 1980s prom, or the one she wears to her 1999 prom.

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Kristen Stewart shows up to prom wearing a bridesmaid’s dress with a granny cardigan and Converse sneakers. The best part of the outfit is Robert Pattinson on her arm.

Christopher Muther can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Chris_Muther.
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