The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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List Criteria: TV and film actors who were teenage stars in productions that aired in the 90s

The greatest teen stars of the '90s are well-remembered on this countdown. They were everywhere – they ruled the box office, they 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.

Who are the best teen stars from the 1990s? Whether you had a crush on these teenage actors from the 1990s or wanted to be them, the greatest teen actors of the 90s entertained us and taught us a lot of life lessons.
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Titanic, Growing Pains

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Sarah Michelle Gellar Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cruel Intentions, The Grudge

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    Clueless, Batman & Robin

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Jennifer Love Hewitt Party of Five, Can't Hardly Wait, I Know What You Did Last Summer

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    Drew Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Drew Barrymore Poison Ivy, Mad Love, Batman Forever

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    Jessica Biel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Jessica Biel 7th Heaven, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Rules of Attraction

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    Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, (500) Days of Summer

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    Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Claire Danes My So-Called Love, Romeo + Juliet

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    Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Neil Patrick Harris Doogie Howser, M.D.

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    Tiffani Thiessen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Tiffani Thiessen Saved by the Bell, Beverly Hills, 90210

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    Saved by the Bell, NYPD Blue, Franklin & Bash

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    Christina Ricci is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Christina Ricci Sleepy Hollow, Monster, The Opposite of Sex

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Beverly Hills 90210, The Fifth Elements, Jeremiah

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    Melissa Joan Hart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Melissa Joan Hart Melissa & Joey, Clarissa Explains It All, Drive Me Crazy

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    Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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    Christina Applegate Married with Children, Up All Night, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy ...

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    Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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    Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line, Wild, Legally Blonde

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    Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Kirsten Dunst Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3

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    Party of Five, Scream, Wild Things

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    Alyson Hannigan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Alyson Hannigan How I Met Your Mother, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Pie

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    Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Will Smith Men in Black, I Am Legend, I

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    Requiem for a Dream, Dallas Buyers Club, Mr. Nobody

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    Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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    Mila Kunis Black Swan, That '70s Show, Ted

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    Katie Holmes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Katie Holmes Batman Begins, Dawson's Creek, Go

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    Scooby-Doo, She's All That, I Know What You Did Last Summer

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    Seth Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Seth Green The Italian Job, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Austin Powers: The Spy Who ...

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    The Butterfly Effect, That '70s Show, Two and a Half Men

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    Jennie Garth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Jennie Garth Beverly Hills, 90210, What I Like About You

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    Charmed, Who's the Boss?, Commando

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    Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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    Christina Aguilera Get Smart, Moulin Rouge, Burlesque

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    Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor

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    V for Vendetta, Black Swan, Léon: The Professional

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    Love Actually, Get Smart, Inside Llewyn Davis

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    Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Aaliyah Boyhood, Anastasia, Romeo Must Die

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    Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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    Britney Spears Bridesmaids, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Spring Breakers

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    Extra, Pet Star, The X Factor

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    Mandy Moore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Mandy Moore Tangled, A Walk to Remember, The Princess Diaries

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    127 Hours, Spider-Man, This Is the End

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    Danielle Fishel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Danielle Fishel Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World, The Dish

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    Role Models, American Wedding, Dude

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    Brittany Murphy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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    Brittany Murphy King of the Hill, 8 Mile, Clueless

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    Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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    Jessica Alba Sin City, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

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    Dawson's Creek, Castle in the Sky, The Rules of Attraction

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    Melissa & Joey, Blossom, Oliver & Company

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    Jonathan Taylor Thomas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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    Jonathan Taylor Thomas The Lion King, Home Improvement, Tom and Huck

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Dead Poets Society, The Good Wife, Sports Night

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    Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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    Scarlett Johansson Lost in Translation, The Avengers, The Prestige

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, All My Children, EuroTrip

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    Juliette Lewis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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    Juliette Lewis Natural Born Killers, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, From Dusk Till Dawn

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    Julia Stiles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

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    Julia Stiles The Bourne Ultimatum, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Bourne Supremacy

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    Shannen Doherty is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest '90s Teen Stars


    Shannen Doherty Charmed, Beverly Hills, 90210

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