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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, 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.
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3,579 727
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Michael J. Fox Back to the Future, Teen Wolf, Family Ties

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3,171 929
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Johnny Depp A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

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3,109 770
Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Molly Ringwald The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

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2,283 1,054
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Winona Ryder Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids

5
2,212 935
Ralph Macchio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ralph Macchio The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

6
2,417 875
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Robert Downey Jr. Less Than Zero, The Pick-up Artist, Back to School

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2,271 780
Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Rob Lowe The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire, The Hotel New Hampshire

8
2,181 947
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Alyssa Milano Who's The Boss?

9
2,522 681
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Emilio Estevez The Breakfast Club, The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire

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2,244 829
River Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
River Phoenix Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Little Nikita

11
1,700 867
Ally Sheedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ally Sheedy The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

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1,967 617
John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added John Cusack Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything...

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1,926 504
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Kevin Bacon National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th, Footloose

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1,908 678
Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Matthew Broderick WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

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1,869 895
Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Charlie Sheen Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

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1,709 857
Demi Moore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Demi Moore St. Elmo's Fire, One Crazy Summer, About Last Night...

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1,734 943
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Tom Cruise Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

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1,536 920
Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Brooke Shields Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

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1,445 448
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Kiefer Sutherland The Lost Boys, Stand by Me, Young Guns

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1,720 808
Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Corey Feldman The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

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1,576 776
Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Matt Dillon The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

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1,901 680
Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Corey Haim Lucas^! The Lost Boys^! License to Drive^! Crank: High Voltage

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1,649 566
Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Anthony Michael Hall National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

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1,660 683
Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
First L added Christina Applegate Married... with Children, Dance 'til Dawn, Grace Kelly

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1,433 469
Jennifer Grey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Jennifer Grey Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Red Dawn

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1,417 707
Patrick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Patrick Dempsey Can't Buy Me Love, Meatballs III: Summer Job

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1,445 793
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Neil Patrick Harris Doogie Howser, M.D., Too Good to Be True

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1,417 670
Andrew McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Andrew McCarthy Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

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1,292 496
Lea Thompson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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1,111 801
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Diane Lane National Lampoon's Movie Madness, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

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1,447 730
Phoebe Cates is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Phoebe Cates Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie

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972 267
Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Christian Slater Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose

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872 309
Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Elisabeth Shue The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

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1,246 635
Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jason Bateman Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target

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1,253 759
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
James Spader Pretty in Pink, Wall Street, Less Than Zero

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1,265 816
Kirk Cameron is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Kirk Cameron The Best of Times, Growing Pains

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1,059 869
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sean Penn Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bad Boys, Colors

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832 561
Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Jennifer Connelly Once Upon a Time in America, Labyrinth

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975 393
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sean Astin The Goonies, The War of the Roses

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601 273
Wil Wheaton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added Wil Wheaton Stand by Me^! Star Trek: The Next Generation^! Flubber^! Toy Soldiers

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744 459
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
NfThrailkill added Brad Pitt Cutting Class, The Dark Side of the Sun

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880 770
Justine Bateman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Justine Bateman Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

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872 784
Ricky Schroder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ricky Schroder Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

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1,020 608
Jon Cryer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Jon Cryer Pretty in Pink, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Hiding Out

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813 741
Jason Patric is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jason Patric The Lost Boys, The Beast

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1,000 668
Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jennifer Jason Leigh Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

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533 217
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added Jamie Lee Curtis True Lies, Halloween, A Fish Called Wanda

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961 655
Jami Gertz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jami Gertz The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

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794 633
Mary Stuart Masterson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Mary Stuart Masterson Some Kind of Wonderful, At Close Range

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957 553
Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Helen Hunt Project X, Girls Just Want to Have Fun