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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.

list ordered by
1
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
Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink
3
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon
4
Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire, The Hotel New Hampshire
5
Ralph Macchio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid
6
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
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire
8
River Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Little Nikita
9
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids
10
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th, Footloose
11
Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory
12
Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles
13
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Who's The Boss?
14
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added The Lost Boys, Stand by Me, Young Guns
15
John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything...
16
Ally Sheedy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit
17
Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins
18
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders
19
Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive
20
Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son
21
Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose
22
Demi Moore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
St. Elmo's Fire, One Crazy Summer, About Last Night...
23
Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
First L added Married... with Children, Dance 'til Dawn, Grace Kelly
24
Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn
25
Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting