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The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

Updated May 10, 2021 203.4k votes 14.6k voters 584.1k views109 items

List RulesVote up the best actors based on their work as teens between 1980 and 1989.

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. But which were the greatest 1980s teens?

The 80s actors and actresses that appeared on your locker door, your lunch box, and even as dolls are recognized for the lasting impact they left on America. So, who's your favorite teen star from the 80s? Michael J. Fox tops our list for 1980s teens, having appeared in popular TV series like Family Ties and cult classics like Back to the Future. Other famous 80s actors who happened to be teens include Johnny Depp, Ralph Macchio, and River Phoenix.

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 80s celebrities - and teens! - truly ruled the decade. Check out these young 1980s celebrities below and vote up your favorites.

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    Michael J. Fox

    Back to the Future, Teen Wolf

    Age59

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

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    Johnny Depp

    A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

    Age57

    BirthplaceOwensboro, Kentucky, USA

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    River Phoenix

    Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    AgeDec. at 23 (1970-1993)

    BirthplaceMadras, Oregon, USA

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    Rob Lowe

    The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire

    Age56

    BirthplaceCharlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

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    Emilio Estevez

    The Breakfast Club, The Outsiders

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    Molly Ringwald

    The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles

    Age52

    BirthplaceRoseville, California, USA

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    Kevin Bacon

    National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th

    Age62

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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    Anthony Michael Hall

    National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

    Age52

    BirthplaceWest Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA

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    Corey Haim

    Lucas, The Lost Boys

    AgeDec. at 39 (1971-2010)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

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    Matthew Broderick

    WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

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    Christian Slater

    Heathers, The Wizard

    Age51

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

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    Robert Downey Jr.

    Less Than Zero, The Pick-up Artist

    Age55

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Elisabeth Shue

    The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

    Age56

    BirthplaceWilmington, Delaware, USA

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    Ralph Macchio

    The Karate Kid, The Outsiders

    Age58

    BirthplaceHuntington, New York, USA

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    John Cusack

    Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles

    Age54

    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois, United States of America

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    Kiefer Sutherland

    The Lost Boys, Stand by Me

    Age53

    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

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    Winona Ryder

    Heathers, Beetlejuice

    Age48

    BirthplaceWinona, Minnesota, USA

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    Lea Thompson

    Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful

    Age59

    BirthplaceRochester, Minnesota, USA

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    Keanu Reeves

    The Matrix, Speed

    Age56

    BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

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    Judd Nelson

    The Breakfast Club, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

    Age60

    BirthplacePortland, Maine, USA

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    Sean Astin

    The Goonies, The War of the Roses

    Age49

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

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    Phoebe Cates

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

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    Matt Dillon

    The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew Rochelle, New York, United States of America

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    Tom Cruise

    Top Gun, Rain Man

    Age58

    BirthplaceSyracuse, New York, United States of America

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    Jennifer Grey

    Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Age60

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

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