Celebrities 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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1
4,639 1,030
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Back to the Future, Teen Wolf, Family Ties

2
4,137 1,110
Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

3
4,169 1,300
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

4
3,125 1,463
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids

5
3,025 1,265
Ralph Macchio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

6
3,106 1,005
Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire, The Hotel New Hampshire

7
3,140 1,175
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Less Than Zero, The Pick-up Artist, Back to School

8
3,259 900
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire

9
3,109 1,048
River Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Little Nikita

10
2,762 1,358
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Who's The Boss?

11
2,514 706
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th, Footloose

12
2,608 920
Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

13
2,202 1,193
Ally Sheedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

14
2,597 835
John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything...

15
2,186 1,167
Demi Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
St. Elmo's Fire, One Crazy Summer, About Last Night...

16
2,355 1,242
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

17
2,342 1,216
Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

18
1,979 1,236
Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

19
2,282 726
Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

20
2,276 1,096
Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

21
1,955 654
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added The Lost Boys, Stand by Me, Young Guns

22
2,591 885
Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive

23
2,125 978
Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

24
2,089 898
Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
First L added Married... with Children, Dance 'til Dawn, Grace Kelly

25
1,914 689
Jennifer Grey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Red Dawn