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List Rules 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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Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Michael J. Fox Midnight Madness, Class of 1984

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Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Molly Ringwald The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Johnny Depp A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

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Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Winona Ryder Great Balls of Fire!, Square Dance, Heathers

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Ralph Macchio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ralph Macchio The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Robert Downey Jr. Back to School, The Pick-up Artist

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Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Rob Lowe The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire, The Hotel New Hampshire

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Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Alyssa Milano Commando, Crash Course

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Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Emilio Estevez The Breakfast Club, The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire

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River Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
River Phoenix Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Little Nikita

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Ally Sheedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ally Sheedy The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

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John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
John Cusack Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything...

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Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Kevin Bacon National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th, Footloose

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Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Charlie Sheen Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

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Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Matthew Broderick WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

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Demi Moore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Demi Moore St. Elmo's Fire, One Crazy Summer, About Last Night...

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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Tom Cruise Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

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Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Brooke Shields Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

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Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Kiefer Sutherland The Lost Boys, Stand by Me, Young Guns

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Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Corey Feldman The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

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Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Matt Dillon The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

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Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Corey Haim Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive

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Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Christina Applegate Married... with Children, Dance 'til Dawn, Grace Kelly

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Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Anthony Michael Hall National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

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Jennifer Grey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jennifer Grey Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Red Dawn

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Patrick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Patrick Dempsey Can't Buy Me Love, Meatballs III: Summer Job

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Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Neil Patrick Harris Doogie Howser, M.D., Too Good to Be True

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Lea Thompson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Lea Thompson Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful, Howard the Duck

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Phoebe Cates is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Phoebe Cates Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie

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Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Diane Lane National Lampoon's Movie Madness, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

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Andrew McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Andrew McCarthy Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

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Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Christian Slater Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose

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Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Elisabeth Shue The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

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James Spader is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
James Spader Pretty in Pink, Wall Street, Less Than Zero

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Kirk Cameron is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Kirk Cameron The Best of Times, Growing Pains

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Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jason Bateman Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target

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Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jennifer Connelly Once Upon a Time in America, Labyrinth

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Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sean Penn Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bad Boys, Colors

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Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sean Astin The Goonies, The War of the Roses

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Wil Wheaton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Wil Wheaton Stand by Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Flubber

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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Brad Pitt Cutting Class, The Dark Side of the Sun

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Ricky Schroder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ricky Schroder Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

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Justine Bateman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Justine Bateman Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

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Jon Cryer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jon Cryer Pretty in Pink, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Hiding Out

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Jason Patric is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jason Patric The Lost Boys, The Beast

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Jami Gertz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jami Gertz The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

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Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jennifer Jason Leigh Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

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Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jamie Lee Curtis True Lies, Halloween, A Fish Called Wanda

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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Janet Jackson What Have You Done for Me Lately, Nasty

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Mary Stuart Masterson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Mary Stuart Masterson Some Kind of Wonderful, At Close Range