Child Actors 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
4,433 978
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
3,992 1,210
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

3
3,916 1,046
Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

4
2,949 1,386
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids

5
2,851 1,207
Ralph Macchio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

6
2,999 1,104
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Less Than Zero, The Pick-up Artist, Back to School

7
2,941 949
Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire, The Hotel New Hampshire

8
3,090 846
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
2,908 991
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
2,660 1,261
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Who's The Boss?

11
2,391 646
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
2,457 863
Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

13
2,092 1,121
Ally Sheedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

14
2,454 776
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
2,087 1,095
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
2,205 1,186
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

17
2,241 1,146
Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

18
1,889 1,166
Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

19
1,855 602
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
2,152 1,036
Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

21
2,118 689
Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

22
2,437 838
Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive

23
1,993 937
Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

24
1,996 850
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
1,810 640
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
1,758 855
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
1,406 360
Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose

28
1,238 420
Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

29
1,748 975
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Doogie Howser, M.D., Too Good to Be True

30
1,765 866
Phoebe Cates is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie

31
1,621 642
Lea Thompson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful, Howard the Duck

32
1,707 807
Andrew McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

33
1,373 980
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
1,510 766
Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target

35
1,513 977
Kirk Cameron is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Best of Times, Growing Pains

36
1,497 902
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Pretty in Pink, Wall Street, Less Than Zero

37
1,058 720
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
1,260 1,034
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bad Boys, Colors

39
1,300 508
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Goonies, The War of the Roses

40
870 408
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
1,013 634
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
1,255 725
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
1,044 929
Ricky Schroder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

44
1,052 920
Justine Bateman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

45
796 332
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
987 886
Jason Patric is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Lost Boys, The Beast

47
1,203 781
Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

48
1,202 565
C. Thomas Howell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Outsiders, The Amazing Spider-Man

49
1,173 758
Jami Gertz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

50
962 751
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