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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    The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

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  7. 7
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    Commando, Crash Course

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

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

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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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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

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

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

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

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    The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

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    Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

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    WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

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    Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

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    - 283

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

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

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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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    Dirty Dancing^! Ferris Bueller's Day Off^! Red Dawn^! Bounce

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    Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

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

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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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    - 132


    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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    - 176

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    The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

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    - 572


    Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

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    - 559


    Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

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    - 541

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

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    - 508


    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

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    - 258

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    Cutting Class, The Dark Side of the Sun

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    added by Logan2011
    Some Kind of Wonderful, At Close Range

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    - 259


    The Goonies, The War of the Roses

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  46. 46
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    - 490


    The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

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

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    - 114

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

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    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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