Actresses 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
4,334 955
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
3,821 987
Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

3
3,879 1,176
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

4
2,867 1,320
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids

5
2,782 1,159
Ralph Macchio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

6
2,856 932
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
2,934 1,084
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
3,023 823
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
2,812 970
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
2,616 1,201
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Who's The Boss?

11
2,387 816
Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

12
2,045 1,072
Ally Sheedy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

13
2,332 631
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th, Footloose

14
2,393 760
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
2,040 1,048
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
2,151 1,133
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

17
2,202 1,088
Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

18
1,845 1,115
Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

19
1,803 586
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added The Lost Boys, Stand by Me, Young Guns

20
2,107 1,000
Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

21
2,059 670
Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

22
2,378 820
Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive

23
1,936 923
Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

24
1,952 832
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
1,777 611
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

26
1,719 835
Patrick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Can't Buy Me Love, Meatballs III: Summer Job

27
1,343 355
Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose

28
1,710 954
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Doogie Howser, M.D., Too Good to Be True

29
1,192 405
Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

30
1,585 623
Lea Thompson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful, Howard the Duck

31
1,728 846
Phoebe Cates is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie

32
1,677 787
Andrew McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

33
1,347 963
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
National Lampoon's Movie Madness, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

34
1,478 748
Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target

35
1,488 957
Kirk Cameron is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Best of Times, Growing Pains

36
1,471 883
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Pretty in Pink, Wall Street, Less Than Zero

37
1,027 704
Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Once Upon a Time in America, Labyrinth

38
1,232 1,015
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bad Boys, Colors

39
1,263 495
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Goonies, The War of the Roses

40
841 392
Wil Wheaton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added Stand by Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Flubber

41
983 612
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
NfThrailkill added Cutting Class, The Dark Side of the Sun

42
1,228 707
Jon Cryer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Pretty in Pink, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Hiding Out

43
1,024 913
Ricky Schroder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

44
1,031 902
Justine Bateman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

45
762 318
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added True Lies, Halloween, A Fish Called Wanda

46
967 869
Jason Patric is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Lost Boys, The Beast

47
1,179 770
Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

48
1,145 747
Jami Gertz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

49
1,161 551
C. Thomas Howell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Outsiders, The Amazing Spider-Man

50
944 734
Mary Stuart Masterson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Some Kind of Wonderful, At Close Range