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
4,379 966
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
3,870 1,019
Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

3
3,937 1,192
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

4
2,910 1,352
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids

5
2,820 1,183
Ralph Macchio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

6
2,901 937
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
2,967 1,093
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
3,057 831
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
2,863 978
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
2,637 1,230
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Who's The Boss?

11
2,423 841
Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

12
2,363 637
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th, Footloose

13
2,071 1,098
Ally Sheedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

14
2,428 765
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
2,059 1,075
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
2,177 1,159
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

17
2,224 1,115
Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

18
1,863 1,141
Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

19
1,831 594
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
2,134 1,016
Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

21
2,093 677
Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

22
2,412 826
Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive

23
1,962 931
Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

24
1,965 846
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
1,797 620
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
1,739 845
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
1,374 358
Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose

28
1,727 965
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
1,213 411
Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

30
1,745 854
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
1,694 795
Andrew McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

32
1,600 632
Lea Thompson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful, Howard the Duck

33
1,360 971
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
1,491 757
Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target

35
1,503 966
Kirk Cameron is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Best of Times, Growing Pains

36
1,482 894
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Pretty in Pink, Wall Street, Less Than Zero

37
1,040 709
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
1,245 1,022
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bad Boys, Colors

39
1,279 501
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Goonies, The War of the Roses

40
856 399
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
994 623
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
1,246 712
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
1,033 920
Ricky Schroder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

44
1,041 911
Justine Bateman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

45
775 324
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
979 875
Jason Patric is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Lost Boys, The Beast

47
1,192 775
Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

48
1,162 751
Jami Gertz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

49
1,184 557
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
952 742
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