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The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

Updated April 6, 2020 206.9k votes 14.3k voters 578.1k views110 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. 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. Fox1
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    Michael J. Fox

    Back to the Future, Teen Wolf

    Age59

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

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  • Rob Lowe2
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    Rob Lowe

    The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire

    Age56

    BirthplaceCharlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

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  • Emilio Estevez3
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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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  • Johnny Depp4
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    Johnny Depp

    A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

    Age57

    BirthplaceOwensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • River Phoenix5
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    River Phoenix

    Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    AgeDec. at 23 (1970-1993)

    BirthplaceMadras, Oregon, United States of America

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  • Molly Ringwald6
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    Molly Ringwald

    The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles

    Age52

    BirthplaceRoseville, California, United States of America

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  • Kevin Bacon7
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    Kevin Bacon

    National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th

    Age62

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Anthony Michael Hall8
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    Anthony Michael Hall

    National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

    Age52

    BirthplaceWest Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Matthew Broderick9
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    Matthew Broderick

    WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Age58

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

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  • Corey Haim10
    2,670
    912

    Corey Haim

    Lucas, The Lost Boys

    AgeDied at 39 (1971-2010)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

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  • Robert Downey Jr.11
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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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  • Christian Slater12
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    Christian Slater

    Heathers, The Wizard

    Age51

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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  • Elisabeth Shue13
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    Elisabeth Shue

    The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

    Age56

    BirthplaceWilmington, Delaware, United States of America

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  • Ralph Macchio14
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    Ralph Macchio

    The Karate Kid, The Outsiders

    Age58

    BirthplaceHuntington, Huntington, New York, United States of America

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  • John Cusack15
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    John Cusack

    Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles

    Age49

    BirthplaceUSA, Evanston, Illinois

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  • Kiefer Sutherland16
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    Kiefer Sutherland

    The Lost Boys, Stand by Me

    Age53

    BirthplacePaddington, London, England

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  • Winona Ryder17
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    Winona Ryder

    Heathers, Beetlejuice

    Age48

    BirthplaceMinnesota, United States of America

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  • Lea Thompson18
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    Lea Thompson

    Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful

    Age59

    BirthplaceRochester, Minnesota, United States of America

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  • Judd Nelson19
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    Judd Nelson

    The Breakfast Club, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

    Age60

    BirthplacePortland, Maine, USA

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  • Keanu Reeves20
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    Keanu Reeves

    The Matrix, Speed

    Age56

    BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

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  • Sean Astin21
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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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  • Matt Dillon22
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    Matt Dillon

    The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew Rochelle, New York, United States of America

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  • Phoebe Cates23
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    Phoebe Cates

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Corey Feldman24
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    Corey Feldman

    The Goonies, The Lost Boys

    Age49

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California, Chatsworth

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  • C. Thomas Howell25
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    C. Thomas Howell

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Outsiders

    Age49

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

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