The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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List Criteria: Actors who were under 20 years old in 1980s films

The greatest teen stars of the '80s are well-remembered on this countdown. They were everywhere--they ruled the box office, kept butts on couches on the small screen, and took over the radio. The stars that appeared on your locker room, your lunchbox, and even as dolls are recognized for the lasting impact they left on America.
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Midnight Madness, Class of 1984

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  2. 2
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

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  3. 3
    + 2,303
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    The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

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  4. 4
    + 1,663
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    Great Balls of Fire!, Square Dance, Heathers

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  5. 5
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    - 617


    Back to School, The Pick-up Artist

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  6. 6
    + 1,621
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    The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

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  7. 7
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    - 662


    Commando, Crash Course

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    The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire, The Hotel New Hampshire

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    The Breakfast Club, The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire

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  10. 10
    + 1,591
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    Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Little Nikita

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    National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th, Footloose

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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

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    added by Logan2011
    Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything...

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    The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

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    St. Elmo's Fire, One Crazy Summer, About Last Night...

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  16. 16
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    WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

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    Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

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    The Lost Boys, Stand by Me, Young Guns

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  20. 20
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    The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

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    Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive

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    Married... with Children, Dance 'til Dawn, Grace Kelly

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    The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

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    National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

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    - 591


    Doogie Howser, M.D., Too Good to Be True

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    added by Logan2011
    Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful, Howard the Duck

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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux
    Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Red Dawn

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    National Lampoon's Movie Madness, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

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    Can't Buy Me Love, Meatballs III: Summer Job

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    Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

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    Pretty in Pink, Wall Street, Less Than Zero

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    The Best of Times, Growing Pains

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    - 140


    Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose

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    Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target

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    Once Upon a Time in America, Labyrinth

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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bad Boys, Colors

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    - 186

    ranked low on reranks
    The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

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    Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

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    - 574


    Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

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    - 555


    The Lost Boys, The Beast

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  42. 42
    + 568
    - 263

    ranked low on reranks
    The Goonies, The War of the Roses

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    - 518


    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

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    - 273

    added by NfThrailkill
    Cutting Class, The Dark Side of the Sun

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  45. 45
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    - 468

    added by Logan2011
    Some Kind of Wonderful, At Close Range

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  46. 46
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    - 497


    The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

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    + 262
    - 123

    added by slaft
    Stand by Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Flubber

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    What Have You Done for Me Lately, Nasty

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    - 408


    Project X, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ghostbusters, Sweet Liberty

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