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The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

Updated April 6, 2020 213.6k votes 14.1k voters 572.2k 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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  • 1
    Michael J. Fox
    4,616
    1,107

    Michael J. Fox

    Back to the Future, Teen Wolf

    Age59

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

  • 2
    Rob Lowe
    3,373
    1,019

    Rob Lowe

    The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire

    Age56

    BirthplaceCharlottesville, Virginia, USA

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  • 3
    Emilio Estevez
    3,280
    990

    Emilio Estevez

    The Breakfast Club, The Outsiders

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 4
    Johnny Depp
    4,418
    1,389

    Johnny Depp

    A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

    Age52

    BirthplaceOwensboro, Kentucky, USA

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  • 5
    River Phoenix
    3,394
    1,044

    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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  • 6
    Anthony Michael Hall
    2,526
    763

    Anthony Michael Hall

    National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

    Age52

    BirthplaceWest Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

  • 7
    Molly Ringwald
    4,247
    1,447

    Molly Ringwald

    The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles

    Age52

    BirthplaceRoseville, California, United States of America

  • 8
    Kevin Bacon
    2,615
    791

    Kevin Bacon

    National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th

    Age62

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

  • 9
    Matthew Broderick
    2,785
    968

    Matthew Broderick

    WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Age58

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

  • 10
    Corey Haim
    2,745
    911

    Corey Haim

    Lucas, The Lost Boys

    AgeDied at 39 (1971-2010)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

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  • 11
    Christian Slater
    1,970
    510

    Christian Slater

    Heathers, The Wizard

    Age51

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

  • 12
    Robert Downey Jr.
    3,225
    1,185

    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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  • 13
    Ralph Macchio
    3,193
    1,332

    Ralph Macchio

    The Karate Kid, The Outsiders

    Age58

    BirthplaceHuntington, Huntington, New York, United States of America

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  • 14
    Elisabeth Shue
    1,624
    601

    Elisabeth Shue

    The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

    Age56

    BirthplaceWilmington, Delaware, United States of America

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  • 15
    Kiefer Sutherland
    2,131
    730

    Kiefer Sutherland

    The Lost Boys, Stand by Me

    Age53

    BirthplacePaddington, London, United Kingdom

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  • 16
    John Cusack
    2,611
    892

    John Cusack

    Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles

    Age49

    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois, USA

  • 17
    Judd Nelson
    1,265
    378

    Judd Nelson

    The Breakfast Club, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

    Age60

    BirthplacePortland, Maine, USA

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  • 18
    Lea Thompson
    1,794
    750

    Lea Thompson

    Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful

    Age59

    BirthplaceRochester, Minnesota, United States of America

  • 19
    Sean Astin
    1,583
    577

    Sean Astin

    The Goonies, The War of the Roses

    Age49

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

  • 20
    Keanu Reeves
    1,449
    347

    Keanu Reeves

    The Matrix, Speed

    Age56

    BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

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  • 21
    Winona Ryder
    3,327
    1,470

    Winona Ryder

    Heathers, Beetlejuice

    Age48

    BirthplaceUSA, Minnesota

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  • 22
    Matt Dillon
    2,229
    954

    Matt Dillon

    The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew Rochelle, New York, United States of America

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  • 23
    Phoebe Cates
    1,886
    890

    Phoebe Cates

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 24
    C. Thomas Howell
    1,417
    589

    C. Thomas Howell

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Outsiders

    Age49

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

  • 25
    Tom Cruise
    2,493
    1,281

    Tom Cruise

    Top Gun, Rain Man

    Age58

    BirthplaceSyracuse, New York, United States of America

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