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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, kept butts on couches on the small screen, and took over the radio. The stars that appeared on your locker room, your lunchbox, and even as dolls are recognized for the lasting impact they left on America.
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3,320 674
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Michael J. Fox Back to the Future, Teen Wolf, Family Ties

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2,944 852
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Johnny Depp A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

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2,883 712
Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Molly Ringwald The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

4
2,079 992
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Winona Ryder Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids

5
2,052 867
Ralph Macchio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ralph Macchio The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

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2,252 808
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Robert Downey Jr. Less Than Zero, The Pick-up Artist, Back to School

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2,095 719
Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Rob Lowe The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire, The Hotel New Hampshire

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2,028 863
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Alyssa Milano Who's The Boss?

9
2,352 630
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Emilio Estevez The Breakfast Club, The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire

10
2,065 766
River Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
River Phoenix Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Little Nikita

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1,808 573
John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added John Cusack Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything...

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1,577 803
Ally Sheedy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ally Sheedy The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

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1,793 466
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Kevin Bacon National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th, Footloose

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1,758 824
Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Charlie Sheen Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

15
1,758 635
Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Matthew Broderick WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

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1,590 800
Demi Moore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Demi Moore St. Elmo's Fire, One Crazy Summer, About Last Night...

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1,605 871
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Tom Cruise Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

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1,441 858
Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Brooke Shields Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

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1,315 402
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Kiefer Sutherland The Lost Boys, Stand by Me, Young Guns

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1,595 753
Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Corey Feldman The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

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1,464 725
Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Matt Dillon The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

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1,746 629
Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Corey Haim Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive

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1,497 522
Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Anthony Michael Hall National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

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1,544 637
Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
First L added Christina Applegate Married... with Children, Dance 'til Dawn, Grace Kelly

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1,323 417
Jennifer Grey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Jennifer Grey Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Red Dawn

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1,322 656
Patrick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Patrick Dempsey Can't Buy Me Love, Meatballs III: Summer Job

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1,338 739
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Neil Patrick Harris Doogie Howser, M.D., Too Good to Be True

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1,186 449
Lea Thompson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Lea Thompson Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful, Howard the Duck

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1,355 680
Phoebe Cates is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Phoebe Cates Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie

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1,027 749
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Diane Lane National Lampoon's Movie Madness, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

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1,304 627
Andrew McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Andrew McCarthy Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

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846 226
Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Christian Slater Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose

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764 275
Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Elisabeth Shue The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

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1,169 703
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
James Spader Pretty in Pink, Wall Street, Less Than Zero

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1,152 590
Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jason Bateman Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target

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1,190 757
Kirk Cameron is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Kirk Cameron The Best of Times, Growing Pains

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752 513
Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Jennifer Connelly Once Upon a Time in America, Labyrinth

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998 810
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sean Penn Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bad Boys, Colors

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866 355
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sean Astin The Goonies, The War of the Roses

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512 231
Wil Wheaton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added Wil Wheaton Stand by Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Flubber

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664 411
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
NfThrailkill added Brad Pitt Cutting Class, The Dark Side of the Sun

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824 731
Ricky Schroder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ricky Schroder Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

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828 720
Justine Bateman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Justine Bateman Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

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948 562
Jon Cryer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Jon Cryer Pretty in Pink, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Hiding Out

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760 686
Jason Patric is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jason Patric The Lost Boys, The Beast

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452 179
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added Jamie Lee Curtis True Lies, Halloween, A Fish Called Wanda

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894 611
Jami Gertz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jami Gertz The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

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925 633
Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jennifer Jason Leigh Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

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733 590
Mary Stuart Masterson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Mary Stuart Masterson Some Kind of Wonderful, At Close Range

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723 844
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Janet Jackson What Have You Done for Me Lately, Nasty