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The Greatest '80s Teen Stars 

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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

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

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 USA

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

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

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

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

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8
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 53 from Manhattan

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

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9
Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Dec. at 39 (1971-2010) from Toronto

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

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10
Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 50 from West Roxbury

Credits: National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

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

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

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12
Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
13
John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Age 52 from Evanston

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

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

Credits: Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids

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15
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
16
Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 49 from New York City

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

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17
Lea Thompson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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Credits: Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful, Howard the Duck

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18
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
19
Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
20
Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
21
Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Age 44 from Chatsworth

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

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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
23
Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
First L added Age 47 from Hollywood

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

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

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

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Jennifer Grey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Age 58 from New York City

Credits: Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Red Dawn, Bounce

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