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The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

Updated March 25, 2020 262.0k votes 17.4k voters 626.2k views119 items

List RulesVote up the best actors based on their work as teens between 1990 and 1999.

The greatest teen stars of the '90s are well-remembered on this countdown. They were everywhere – they ruled the box office, they 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.

Who are the best teen stars from the 1990s? From Larisa Oleynik to Leonardo DiCaprio, we've got them all. Whether you had a crush on these teenage actors from the 1990s or wanted to be them, the greatest teen actors of the 90s entertained us and taught us a lot of life lessons.

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  • Leonardo DiCaprio1
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    Leonardo DiCaprio

    Titanic, Growing Pains

    Age41

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

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  • Will Smith2
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    Men in Black, I Am Legend

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    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Drew Barrymore3
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    Drew Barrymore

    Poison Ivy, Mad Love

    Age45

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, Culver City, California, United States of America

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  • Alicia Silverstone4
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    Alicia Silverstone

    Clueless, Batman & Robin

    Age39

    BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA

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  • Sarah Michelle Gellar5
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    Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cruel Intentions

    Age43

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Reese Witherspoon6
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    Reese Witherspoon

    Walk the Line, Wild

    Age39

    BirthplaceUSA, New Orleans, Louisiana

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  • Christina Applegate7
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    Christina Applegate

    Married with Children, Up All Night

    Age48

    BirthplaceHollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Jennifer Love Hewitt8
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    Jennifer Love Hewitt

    Party of Five, Can't Hardly Wait

    Age41

    BirthplaceWaco, Texas, United States of America

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  • Tiffani Thiessen9
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    Tiffani Thiessen

    Saved by the Bell, Beverly Hills

    Age46

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California, United States of America

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  • Melissa Joan Hart10
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    Melissa Joan Hart

    Melissa & Joey, Clarissa Explains It All

    Age44

    BirthplaceSmithtown, New York, United States of America

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  • Julia Stiles11
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    Julia Stiles

    The Bourne Ultimatum, 10 Things I Hate About You

    Age39

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Winona Ryder12
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    Winona Ryder

    Edward Scissorhands, Black Swan

    Age48

    BirthplaceMinnesota, United States of America

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  • Freddie Prinze, Jr.13
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    Freddie Prinze, Jr.

    Scooby-Doo, She's All That

    Age44

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas14
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    Jonathan Taylor Thomas

    The Lion King, Home Improvement

    Age39

    BirthplaceBethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Mark Wahlberg15
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    Mark Wahlberg

    Boogie Nights, The Fighter

    Age49

    BirthplaceDorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Brittany Murphy16
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    Brittany Murphy

    King of the Hill, 8 Mile

    AgeDied at 32 (1977-2009)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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  • Christina Ricci17
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    Christina Ricci

    Sleepy Hollow, Monster

    Age40

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

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  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt18
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Inception, The Dark Knight Rises

    Age34

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Kirsten Dunst19
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    Kirsten Dunst

    Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2

    Age38

    BirthplacePoint Pleasant, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Alyssa Milano20
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    Alyssa Milano

    Charmed, Who's the Boss?

    Age47

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

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  • Ashton Kutcher21
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    Ashton Kutcher

    The Butterfly Effect, That '70s Show

    Age42

    BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar22
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    Mark-Paul Gosselaar

    Saved by the Bell, NYPD Blue

    Age46

    BirthplacePanorama City, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Neil Patrick Harris23
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    Neil Patrick Harris

    Doogie Howser, M.D.

    Age47

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

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  • Justin Timberlake24
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    Justin Timberlake

    Love Actually, Get Smart

    Age34

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Neve Campbell25
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    Neve Campbell

    Party of Five, Scream

    Age46

    BirthplaceGuelph, Canada

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