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The Greatest '80s Teen Stars 

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Updated April 6, 2020 237.4k votes 13.7k voters 565k views 114 items

List Rules Vote 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. 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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Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 55 from Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

Credits: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

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Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 51 from Roseville, California, United States of America

Credits: The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

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4
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 56 from New York City, New York, United States of America

Credits: The Breakfast Club, The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire

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5
Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 54 from Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

Credits: The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire, The Hotel New Hampshire

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6
River Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Dec. at 23 (1970-1993) from Madras, Oregon, United States of America

Credits: Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Little Nikita

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Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 60 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Credits: National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th, Footloose

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Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 50 from West Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Credits: National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

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9
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 53 from Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Credits: Less Than Zero, The Pick-up Artist, Back to School

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10
Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Dec. at 39 (1971-2010) from Toronto, Canada

Credits: Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive, Crank: High Voltage

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11
Ralph Macchio is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 57 from USA, Huntington, New York, Huntington

Credits: The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid, Part II

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Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 56 from New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

Credits: WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

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13
John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Age 52 from USA, Evanston, Illinois

Credits: Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything...

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14
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 47 from USA, Minnesota

Credits: Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids

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Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Age 52 from Paddington, London, United Kingdom

Credits: The Lost Boys, Stand by Me, Young Guns

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Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 49 from New York City, New York, United States of America

Credits: Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose

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Lea Thompson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Age 57 from Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Credits: Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful, Howard the Duck

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18
Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 55 from Wilmington, USA, Delaware

Credits: The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

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Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 55 from USA, New York, New Rochelle

Credits: The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

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20
Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 47 from Los Angeles, USA, California, Chatsworth

Credits: The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins, Stand by Me

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21
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 56 from Syracuse, New York, United States of America

Credits: Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders, Risky Business

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Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 46 from Bensonhurst, New York City, New York, United States of America

Credits: Who's The Boss?

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Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
First L added Age 47 from Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Credits: Married... with Children, Dance 'til Dawn, Grace Kelly

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Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 53 from New York City, USA, New York

Credits: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

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Phoebe Cates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 55 from New York City, USA, New York

Credits: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie

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