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The Greatest '80s Teen Stars  

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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; 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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Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon
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Patrick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Can't Buy Me Love, Meatballs III: Summer Job
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Lea Thompson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added 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
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie
30
Andrew McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang
31
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Doogie Howser, M.D., Too Good to Be True
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Jennifer Grey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Red Dawn
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Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Goonies, The War of the Roses
34
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
nortoy added The Matrix, Speed, John Wick
35
Judd Nelson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added The Breakfast Club, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Suddenly Susan
36
Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target
37
Wil Wheaton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added Stand by Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Flubber
38
C. Thomas Howell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Outsiders, The Amazing Spider-Man
39
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added True Lies, Halloween, A Fish Called Wanda
40
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
National Lampoon's Movie Madness, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish
41
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Pretty in Pink, Wall Street, Less Than Zero
42
Kirk Cameron is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Best of Times, Growing Pains
43
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
NfThrailkill added Cutting Class, The Dark Side of the Sun
44
Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
malmrphy added Notting Hill, Closer, Erin Brockovich
45
Jon Cryer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Pretty in Pink, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Hiding Out
46
Val Kilmer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added Heat, Batman Forever, Top Gun
47
Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money
48
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added Working Girl, Say Anything..., Toy Story 3
49
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bad Boys, Colors
50
Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jake Jump added Friends, We're the Millers, The Iron Giant