1. Anne Hathaway in the The Princess Diaries
Before her turn in heavy-hitting dramas like Les Misérables, Anne Hathaway won our hearts playing the loveable underdog Mia Thermopolis in 2001’s The Princess Diaries. Beyond subtly (and hilariously) poking fun at Mia’s snooty makeover guru, this film taught us the importance of brow grooming and frizz taming.
2. Rachael Leigh Cook in She's All That
No roundup of makeover montages would be complete without this metamorphosis from scruffy Laney Boggs to total teenage dreamboat. And let’s be honest: Who among us hasn’t secretly dreamed about a slow-motion, stair-descending moment? Later lampooned in the equally hilarious Not Another Teen Movie (jeans and a ponytail!), this flick proved that even jockey heartthrobs appreciate a sleek, razor-cut bob.
3. Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman
Haughty saleswomen of Beverly Hills be warned: Dismissing a scantily clad hooker is a big mistake. In this 1990 hit, down-on-her-luck prostitute Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) undergoes a herculean transformation as an escort to wealthy businessman Edward Lewis (Richard Gere). (Personally, we kind of prefer her hair untamed.)
4. Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club
When five high-school students from opposing cliques are left to their own devices during Saturday morning detention, personal revelations, unlikely romances, and a serious makeover are inevitable. In this John Hughes classic, Ally Sheedy’s goth character Allison Reynolds receives a memorable makeover from Claire Standish, the most popular girl in school (played by fellow brat packer Molly Ringwald). Goodbye, frightening levels of dandruff—hello, impeccable coif and sparkly skin!
5. Candice Chan in Drab to Fab in One City Block
We know, we know. This doesn’t technically count as a full-length motion picture, but we couldn’t help giving a shout out to our girl Candice for expertly illustrating every city dweller’s worst nightmare: an unexpected invitation to an impromptu gathering. Candice shows us how to get party-ready in one city block.