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
4,490 992
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
4,045 1,230
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

3
3,985 1,059
Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

4
2,992 1,413
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids

5
2,889 1,223
Ralph Macchio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

6
3,038 1,120
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
2,983 964
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
3,134 863
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
2,966 1,004
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
2,684 1,289
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Who's The Boss?

11
2,431 655
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
2,494 882
Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

13
2,117 1,140
Ally Sheedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

14
2,493 791
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
2,109 1,117
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
2,240 1,203
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

17
2,263 1,166
Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

18
1,910 1,188
Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

19
1,886 618
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
2,188 1,051
Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

21
2,166 701
Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

22
2,028 951
Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

23
2,480 856
Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive

24
2,026 861
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
1,839 654
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
1,779 871
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
1,450 367
Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose

28
1,768 991
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
1,261 436
Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

30
1,786 880
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
1,642 658
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
1,731 822
Andrew McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

33
1,398 995
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
1,528 781
Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target

35
1,533 990
Kirk Cameron is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Best of Times, Growing Pains

36
1,522 915
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Pretty in Pink, Wall Street, Less Than Zero

37
1,071 734
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
1,279 1,045
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bad Boys, Colors

39
1,321 517
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Goonies, The War of the Roses

40
893 419
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
1,035 646
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
1,271 737
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
1,059 942
Ricky Schroder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

44
1,066 933
Justine Bateman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

45
819 339
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
1,003 894
Jason Patric is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Lost Boys, The Beast

47
1,192 768
Jami Gertz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

48
1,218 795
Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

49
1,220 575
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
971 767
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