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The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

Updated April 6, 2020 212.3k votes 14.0k voters 570.9k views110 items

List RulesVote up the best actors based on their work as teens between 1980 and 1989.

The greatest teen stars of the '80s are well-remembered on this countdown. They were everywhere; they ruled the box office; they kept butts on the couch; and they took over the radio. The 80s actors and actresses that appeared on your locker door, your lunchbox, and even as dolls are recognized for the lasting impact they left on America. So, who's your favorite teen star from the 80s?

From Molly Ringwald to Matthew Broderick, this list of top 80s teen stars features everyone we've all come to love so much. Whether you're talking hit TV shows or classic 80s movies, these teens truly ruled the decade. Check them all out below and vote up your favorites.

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  • 1
    Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    Michael J. Fox

    Back to the Future, Teen Wolf

    Age59

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

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  • 2
    Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    Emilio Estevez

    The Breakfast Club, The Outsiders

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 3
    Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    1,015

    Rob Lowe

    The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire

    Age56

    BirthplaceUSA, Virginia, Charlottesville

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  • 4
    Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    1,386

    Johnny Depp

    A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

    Age57

    BirthplaceOwensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • 5
    River Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    River Phoenix

    Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    AgeDec. at 23 (1970-1993)

    BirthplaceMadras, Oregon, United States of America

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  • 6
    Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
    2,510
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    Anthony Michael Hall

    National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

    Age52

    BirthplaceWest Roxbury, Boston, USA, Massachusetts

  • 7
    Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    Molly Ringwald

    The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles

    Age52

    BirthplaceRoseville, California, United States of America

  • 8
    Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    789

    Kevin Bacon

    National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th

    Age62

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

  • 9
    Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    963

    Matthew Broderick

    WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

  • 10
    Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    910

    Corey Haim

    Lucas, The Lost Boys

    AgeDied at 39 (1971-2010)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

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  • 11
    Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    506

    Christian Slater

    Heathers, The Wizard

    Age51

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 12
    Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    1,180

    Robert Downey Jr.

    Less Than Zero, The Pick-up Artist

    Age55

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 13
    Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    594

    Elisabeth Shue

    The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

    Age56

    BirthplaceWilmington, USA, Delaware

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  • 14
    Ralph Macchio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    Ralph Macchio

    The Karate Kid, The Outsiders

    Age58

    BirthplaceHuntington, Huntington, New York, United States of America

  • 15
    Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
    2,112
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    Kiefer Sutherland

    The Lost Boys, Stand by Me

    Age53

    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

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  • 16
    John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    891

    John Cusack

    Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles

    Age54

    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois, United States of America

  • 17
    Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
    3,317
    1,463

    Winona Ryder

    Heathers, Beetlejuice

    Age48

    BirthplaceUSA, Minnesota

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  • 18
    Judd Nelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    375

    Judd Nelson

    The Breakfast Club, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

    Age60

    BirthplacePortland, Maine, USA

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  • 19
    Lea Thompson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    743

    Lea Thompson

    Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful

    Age59

    BirthplaceRochester, Minnesota, United States of America

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  • 20
    Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    571

    Sean Astin

    The Goonies, The War of the Roses

    Age49

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

  • 21
    Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
    1,432
    344

    Keanu Reeves

    The Matrix, Speed

    Age56

    BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

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  • 22
    Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    Matt Dillon

    The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew Rochelle, New York, United States of America

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  • 23
    Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    1,102

    Corey Feldman

    The Goonies, The Lost Boys

    Age49

    BirthplaceChatsworth, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • 24
    Phoebe Cates is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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    889

    Phoebe Cates

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

  • 25
    Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
    2,483
    1,274

    Tom Cruise

    Top Gun, Rain Man

    Age58

    BirthplaceUSA, New York, Syracuse

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