Actresses 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.

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4,214 927
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

2
3,713 937
Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Molly Ringwald The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

3
3,756 1,140
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Johnny Depp A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

4
2,765 1,263
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Winona Ryder Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids

5
2,711 1,105
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

6
2,781 900
Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Rob Lowe The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire, The Hotel New Hampshire

7
2,869 1,044
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Robert Downey Jr. Less Than Zero, The Pick-up Artist, Back to School

8
2,560 1,148
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Alyssa Milano Who's The Boss?

9
2,947 791
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
2,730 945
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

11
2,311 779
Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Matthew Broderick WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

12
1,987 1,028
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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2,312 738
John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added John Cusack Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything...

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2,267 611
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Kevin Bacon National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th, Footloose

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15
1,990 1,009
Demi Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Demi Moore St. Elmo's Fire, One Crazy Summer, About Last Night...

16
2,147 1,051
Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Charlie Sheen Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

17
2,095 1,086
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Tom Cruise Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

18
1,803 1,074
Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Brooke Shields Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

19
1,745 561
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

20
2,046 963
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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2,308 790
Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Corey Haim Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive

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1,881 901
Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Matt Dillon The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

23
1,980 654
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

24
1,910 807
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

25
1,728 582
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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1,680 808
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

27
1,674 922
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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1,632 764
Andrew McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Andrew McCarthy Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

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1,534 602
Lea Thompson is listed (or ranked) 29 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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1,680 828
Phoebe Cates is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Phoebe Cates Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie

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1,321 933
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Diane Lane National Lampoon's Movie Madness, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

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1,284 344
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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1,143 387
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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1,447 727
Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jason Bateman Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target

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1,440 860
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
James Spader Pretty in Pink, Wall Street, Less Than Zero

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1,460 930
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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1,002 680
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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1,206 989
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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1,221 479
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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805 367
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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946 583
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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1,006 878
Justine Bateman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Justine Bateman Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

The Greatest Former Child Stars

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999 888
Ricky Schroder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ricky Schroder Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

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1,191 689
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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734 294
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added Jamie Lee Curtis True Lies, Halloween, A Fish Called Wanda

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952 844
Jason Patric is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jason Patric The Lost Boys, The Beast

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1,156 753
Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jennifer Jason Leigh Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

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1,120 728
Jami Gertz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Jami Gertz The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

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1,117 538
C. Thomas Howell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added C. Thomas Howell E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Outsiders, The Amazing Spider-Man

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920 719
Mary Stuart Masterson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Mary Stuart Masterson Some Kind of Wonderful, At Close Range