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
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    Great Balls of Fire!, Square Dance, Heathers

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  5. 5
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    Back to School, The Pick-up Artist

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  6. 6
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    Commando, Crash Course

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    + 1,536
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    The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

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  8. 8
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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
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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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    Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything...

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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

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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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    WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

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    Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

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    Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

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    The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

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    The Lost Boys, Stand by Me, Young Guns

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

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

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    Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Red Dawn

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

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

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    National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie

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    Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

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    The Best of Times, Growing Pains

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    Pretty in Pink, Wall Street, Less Than Zero

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    Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful, Howard the Duck

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    Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bad Boys, Colors

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    Once Upon a Time in America, Labyrinth

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    Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose

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    Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

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    ranked low on reranks
    The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

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    - 548


    Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

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    - 529


    The Lost Boys, The Beast

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  42. 42
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    - 497


    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

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    - 477


    The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

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    The Goonies, The War of the Roses

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    - 385


    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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    - 244

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

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    - 107

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

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

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

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