The Greatest '80s Teen Stars People

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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    A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

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    + 1786
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    The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

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  4. 4
    + 1484
    - 481


    Back to School, The Pick-up Artist

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  5. 5
    + 1344
    - 607


    Great Balls of Fire!, Square Dance, Heathers

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  6. 6
    + 1382
    - 531


    Commando, Crash Course

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    + 1276
    - 562


    The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

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    + 1458
    - 430


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

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    + 1251
    - 485


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

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    + 1195
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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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    + 1003
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    Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

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    + 1086
    - 539


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

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

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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

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    + 1012
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    The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

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    WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

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

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    The Lost Boys, Silver Bullet, Lucas

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    The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

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    The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

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

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

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

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    + 942
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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie

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    + 831
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    Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

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    + 812
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    The Best of Times, Growing Pains

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

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    Pretty in Pink, Wall Street, Less Than Zero

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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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    - 385


    National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

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    + 445
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    added by wiabux
    Once Upon a Time in America, Labyrinth

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Logan2011
    Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful, Howard the Duck

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    + 555
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    Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

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    - 475


    Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

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    + 473
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Lost Boys, The Beast

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    + 636
    - 435


    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

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    + 593
    - 422


    The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

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    + 569
    - 328


    Project X, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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    + 283
    - 128


    The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

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    - 515

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ghostbusters, Sweet Liberty

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    - 178

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

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    + 262
    - 96


    Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose

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

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    + 350
    - 207


    The Goonies, The War of the Roses

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    - 414

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

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    added by Logan2011
    Some Kind of Wonderful, At Close Range

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