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List Rules Teen movies from the 1980s. Vote up the greatest 80s teen movies.

Few decades have made their mark on film quite like the 1980s did. The era of John Hughes and oh so many classic teen movies, the 80s was the decade of classics like Heathers, Sixteen Candles, Can’t Buy Me Love, and Some Kind of WonderfulThis ilst has been voted on by men and women to rank the all time best teen movies from the 1980s.

Movies have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. Teen movies often resonate with us the most as our teenage years are the most angst-ridden and formative years of our lives. Movies that tell the story of nerds and outcasts connect with many people. It is with a peek into the lives of these individuals that we can either find solace, live vicariously, or connect with a story similar to our own. These movies vary in their genre but they are all equally fascinating.

They 80s was also a decade that created many iconic stars like Molly Ringwald, River Phoenix, John Cusack, and Matthew Broderick. Many of these 80s teen movie stars went on to have successful film careers as they grew older as well, and some are still working today.

Vote up the best teen movies from the 1980s or add the greatest 80s films about teenagers that you love, if they aren't already on the list.
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Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
Sixteen Candles John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

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Pretty in Pink James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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Say Anything... John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
The Lost Boys Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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Weird Science Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

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Risky Business Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally, Rebecca De Mornay

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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Can't Buy Me Love Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

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Revenge of the Nerds John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

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Teen Wolf Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton

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Some Kind of Wonderful Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure, Mary Stuart Masterson

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St. Elmo's Fire Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson

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Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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Porky's Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle

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Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

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Better Off Dead John Cusack, E.G. Daily, David Ogden Stiers

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Adventures in Babysitting Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller

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License to Drive is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
License to Drive Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Heather Graham

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Real Genius Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase, Deborah Foreman

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Lucas Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder, Corey Haim

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Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Cyndi Lauper

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Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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Just One of the Guys Sherilyn Fenn, William Zabka, Joyce Hyser

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Back to the Future Part II Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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One Crazy Summer Demi Moore, John Cusack, Jeremy Piven

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Blade Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

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Valley Girl Nicolas Cage, E.G. Daily, Colleen Camp

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Flashdance Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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Less Than Zero Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

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The Legend of Billie Jean Christian Slater, Helen Slater, Dean Stockwell

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Teen Witch Robyn Lively, Zelda Rubinstein, Marcia Wallace

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SpaceCamp Joaquin Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Lea Thompson

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All the Right Moves Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson

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Dream a Little Dream Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Victoria Jackson

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Once Bitten Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally, Lauren Hutton

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Bad Boys Sean Penn, Ally Sheedy, Clancy Brown

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Class Rob Lowe, John Cusack, Jacqueline Bissett

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Goldblum