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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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3,435 696
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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2
3,061 883
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Johnny Depp A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

3
2,977 734
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

4
2,180 1,018
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Winona Ryder Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids

5
2,124 890
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
2,322 832
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

7
2,171 742
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
2,095 897
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Alyssa Milano Who's The Boss?

9
2,427 652
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

10
2,146 787
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
1,637 825
Ally Sheedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ally Sheedy The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

12
1,879 589
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...

13
1,851 483
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

14
1,813 847
Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Charlie Sheen Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

15
1,820 655
Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Matthew Broderick WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

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1,645 819
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...

17
1,654 903
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Tom Cruise Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

18
1,484 881
Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Brooke Shields Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

19
1,373 420
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

20
1,659 770
Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Corey Feldman The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

21
1,818 644
Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Corey Haim Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive

22
1,516 742
Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Matt Dillon The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

23
1,569 538
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

24
1,600 652
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

25
1,373 437
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

26
1,365 676
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

27
1,396 757
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

28
1,228 470
Lea Thompson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Lea Thompson Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful, Howard the Duck

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1,346 645
Andrew McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Andrew McCarthy Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

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1,399 697
Phoebe Cates is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Phoebe Cates Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie

31
1,057 769
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Diane Lane National Lampoon's Movie Madness, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

32
905 244
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

33
810 288
Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Elisabeth Shue The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

34
1,185 612
Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jason Bateman Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target

35
1,201 728
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

36
1,226 779
Kirk Cameron is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Kirk Cameron The Best of Times, Growing Pains

37
1,025 833
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

38
787 531
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

39
915 370
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sean Astin The Goonies, The War of the Roses

40
554 244
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

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701 431
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

42
847 741
Justine Bateman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Justine Bateman Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

43
838 754
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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978 584
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

45
786 707
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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489 196
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added Jamie Lee Curtis True Lies, Halloween, A Fish Called Wanda

47
961 646
Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jennifer Jason Leigh Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

48
925 630
Jami Gertz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jami Gertz The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

49
919 526
Helen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Helen Hunt Project X, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

50
756 606
Mary Stuart Masterson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Mary Stuart Masterson Some Kind of Wonderful, At Close Range