80s The Best Teen Movies of 1980  

241 votes 35 voters 23 items

List of the best 1980 teen movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. If you were in high school when these films came out, these were the movies you saw with your friends when the weekend finally arrived. These are all the teen movies that defined the year 1980, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

Examples include Friday the 13th and Fame. This isn't necessarily a list of all teen movies from 1980, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.

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darbylou added Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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darbylou added The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Movies of 1980
darbylou added Sixteen Candles John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

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darbylou added Pretty in Pink James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

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darbylou added Back to the Future Part II Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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darbylou added Back to the Future Part III Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

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The Blue Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Movies of 1980
The Blue Lagoon Brooke Shields, William Daniels, Leo McKern

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My Bodyguard Matt Dillon, Jennifer Beals, Joan Cusack

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Fame Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly

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Little Darlings Matt Dillon, Tatum O'Neal, Cynthia Nixon

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The Hollywood Knights Michelle Pfeiffer, Fran Drescher, Tony Danza

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Foxes Jodie Foster, Laura Dern, Randy Quaid

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Prom Night Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow, Leslie Nielsen

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Up the Academy Robert Downey Jr., Barbara Bach, Ralph Macchio

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Midnight Madness Michael J. Fox, Paul Reubens, Stephen Furst

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La Boum Sophie Marceau, Dominique Lavanant, Bernard Giraudeau

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Terror Train Jamie Lee Curtis, Vanity, David Copperfield

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Spetters Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbé, Renée Soutendijk

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Long Island Cannibal Massacre Fred Borges, John Smihula, Paul Smihula

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Pick-up Summer Helene Udy, Carl Marotte, Michael Zelniker

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Fade to Black Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Kathy Griffin

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Teen Mothers Vincent Schiavelli, Azizi Johari, Bonnie Bartlett