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
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    The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

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  4. 4
    + 1,739
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    Great Balls of Fire!, Square Dance, Heathers

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  5. 5
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    - 650


    Back to School, The Pick-up Artist

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  6. 6
    + 1,691
    - 713


    The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

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  7. 7
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    - 699


    Commando, Crash Course

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  8. 8
    + 1,697
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    The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire, The Hotel New Hampshire

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    - 531


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

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

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    The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

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  12. 12
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    National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th, Footloose

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    - 686


    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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  15. 15
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    WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

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

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    Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

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

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    - 317

    added by wiabux
    The Lost Boys, Stand by Me, Young Guns

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    The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

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

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  22. 22
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    Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive

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    The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

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    National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

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    - 351

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

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    - 623


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

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

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    - 570


    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    National Lampoon's Movie Madness, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

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    Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

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    - 156


    Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose

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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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    - 687


    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bad Boys, Colors

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    - 494


    Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target

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    - 407

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    Once Upon a Time in America, Labyrinth

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    - 199

    ranked low on reranks
    The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

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    + 706
    - 614


    Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

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  40. 40
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    - 278


    The Goonies, The War of the Roses

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    + 728
    - 603


    Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

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    + 638
    - 579


    The Lost Boys, The Beast

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    - 536


    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

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    - 510


    The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

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    + 476
    - 304

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

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    - 492

    added by Logan2011
    Some Kind of Wonderful, At Close Range

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  47. 47
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    - 147

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

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    - 427


    Project X, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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

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    - 488

    added by Logan2011
    Pretty in Pink, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Hiding Out

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