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41 Iconic TV And Movie Prom Dresses, Ranked

This is not subjective at all.

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41. Teen Josie, Never Been Kissed

This was deliberately bad. So it was effective, at least.
20th Century Fox

This was deliberately bad. So it was effective, at least.

40. Monica, Friends

NBC
NBC

Monica always got a raw deal in flashbacks.

39. Andie, Pretty in Pink

It's iconic but seriously, did this look good — even in the '80s?!
Paramount

It's iconic but seriously, did this look good — even in the '80s?!

38. Rachel, Friends

NBC
NBC

Those sleeves!

37. Kelly, Saved By The Bell

At least she was comfy.
NBC

At least she was comfy.

36. Lucy, Crossroads

So swirly.
Columbia

So swirly.

35. Sharpay, High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Disney

A little too Broadway Barbie.

34. Andie, Dawson's Creek

Warner Bros

That eyeshadow!

33. Theresa, The O.C.

CW
CW

She doesn't even go here!

32. Bella, Twilight

Summit

Look, Bella wasn't known for her style, but the dress is cute.

31. Hanna, Pretty Little Liars

Honestly, what are those shoes?
Freeform

Honestly, what are those shoes?

30. Taylor, High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Disney

It was certainly unique.

29. Mona-as-Ali, Pretty Little Liars

Complete with creepy-doll mask.
Freeform

Complete with creepy-doll mask.

28. Gabriella, High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Disney

There's A LOT happening here.

27. Joey, Dawson's Creek

Warner Bros

Elegant but not all that exciting.

26. Jen, Dawson's Creek

Warner Bros

Pretty, but it feels very un-Jen.

25. Serena, Gossip Girl

This has to be Serena's least iconic look.
CW

This has to be Serena's least iconic look.

24. Buffy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie

Fox

How amazing was it when she ripped the bottom off to fight vampires though?

23. Romy, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Touchstone

Pure '80s gold.

22. Taylor, The O.C.

CW
CW

Classic.

21. Ali, Pretty Little Liars

Following a fairy-tale theme, Ali really did look like a princess.
Freeform

Following a fairy-tale theme, Ali really did look like a princess.

20. Bonnie, The Vampire Diaries

CW

Basic but beautiful in navy.

19. Summer, The O.C.

CW
CW

Very ~summery~.

18. Buffy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Warner Bros

It's not perfect, but she looked so pretty.

17. Courtney, Jawbreaker

Tristar

This gets points for that iconic headgear alone.

16. Marissa, The O.C.

Sure, it's kinda reminiscent of toilet paper, but she manages to pull it off.
CW

Sure, it's kinda reminiscent of toilet paper, but she manages to pull it off.

15. Emily, Pretty Little Liars

She looks like an evil queen, aka amazing.
Freeform

She looks like an evil queen, aka amazing.

14. Taylor, She's All That

Literally no one else could look that good in that dress.
FilmColony

Literally no one else could look that good in that dress.

13. Julie, Valley Girl

Atlantic

Oh, so '80s, but weirdly it still works (maybe minus the baby's breath).

12. Kat, 10 Things I Hate About You

Buena Vista

Sure, it's basic, but the colour and fabric is so great. And the rose and pearls add extra emotional weight.

11. Michele, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Touchstone

Michele's Madonna look was honestly the greatest.

10. Aria, Pretty Little Liars

So cute!
Freeform

So cute!

9. Spencer, Pretty Little Liars

Sophisticated and sleek.
Freeform

Sophisticated and sleek.

8. Laney, She's All That

FilmColony
FilmColony

It's not as iconic as the red makeover dress, but this sparkly number was smokin'.

7. Elena, The Vampire Diaries

SLAY.
CW

SLAY.

6. Adult-pretending-to-be-teen Josie, Never Been Kissed

20th Century Fox

Definitely a massive improvement on her first prom dress. She worked that theme.

5. Bianca, 10 Things I Hate About You

Buena Vista

This might be divisive, and maybe it's the nostalgia talking, but this just screams ICONIC in a good way.

4. Carrie, Carrie

MGM

Before it got covered in pig's blood, this dress meant a lot to Carrie – and she totally shone in it.

3. Lorraine, Back to the Future

Amblin

Vintage perfection.

2. Caroline, The Vampire Diaries

This was definitely a show-stopper.
CW

This was definitely a show-stopper.

1. Blair, Gossip Girl

CW
CW

She was Queen B for a reason.

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