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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    Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Johnny Depp A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

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    Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Molly Ringwald The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

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    Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Robert Downey Jr. Back to School, The Pick-up Artist

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    Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Winona Ryder Great Balls of Fire!, Square Dance, Heathers

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    Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Alyssa Milano Commando, Crash Course

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    The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

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

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    Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


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

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    Demi Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


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

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    John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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    John Cusack Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything...

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    Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Matthew Broderick WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

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    Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Brooke Shields Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

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    Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Charlie Sheen Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

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    Ally Sheedy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Ally Sheedy The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

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    Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Tom Cruise Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

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    Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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    Kiefer Sutherland The Lost Boys, Stand by Me, Young Guns

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    Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive

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    Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Corey Feldman The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

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    Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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

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    The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

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

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    Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Neil Patrick Harris Doogie Howser, M.D., Too Good to Be True

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    Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


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

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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie

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    Andrew McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Andrew McCarthy Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

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    The Best of Times, Growing Pains

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    James Spader is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    James Spader Pretty in Pink, Wall Street, Less Than Zero

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    Jennifer Grey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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

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    National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

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    Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target

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    Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Sean Penn Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bad Boys, Colors

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    Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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    Jennifer Connelly Once Upon a Time in America, Labyrinth

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

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    Ricky Schroder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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    Ricky Schroder Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

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    Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

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    The Lost Boys, The Beast

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    Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Elisabeth Shue The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

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    Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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    Christian Slater Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose

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    Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Jennifer Jason Leigh Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

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    The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

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    Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Sean Astin The Goonies, The War of the Roses

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    Project X, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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    Debbie Gibson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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    Debbie Gibson Ghostbusters, Sweet Liberty

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    Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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    Brad Pitt Cutting Class, The Dark Side of the Sun

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    Jon Cryer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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    Jon Cryer Pretty in Pink, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Hiding Out

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

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    Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars


    Janet Jackson What Have You Done for Me Lately, Nasty

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