Teen Movies The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s  

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List Rules Teen movies from the 1980s. Vote up the greatest 80s teen movies.

Few decades have made their mark on film quite like the 1980s did. The era of John Hughes and oh so many classic teen movies, the 80s was the decade of classics like Heathers, Sixteen Candles, Can’t Buy Me Love, and Some Kind of WonderfulThis ilst has been voted on by men and women to rank the all time best teen movies from the 1980s.

Movies have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. Teen movies often resonate with us the most as our teenage years are the most angst-ridden and formative years of our lives. Movies that tell the story of nerds and outcasts connect with many people. It is with a peek into the lives of these individuals that we can either find solace, live vicariously, or connect with a story similar to our own. These movies vary in their genre but they are all equally fascinating.

They 80s was also a decade that created many iconic stars like Molly Ringwald, River Phoenix, John Cusack, and Matthew Broderick. Many of these 80s teen movie stars went on to have successful film careers as they grew older as well, and some are still working today.

Vote up the best teen movies from the 1980s or add the greatest 80s films about teenagers that you love, if they aren't already on the list.

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...more

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Sixteen Candles John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes.

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Pretty in Pink James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more

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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. Based on the novella ...more

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
wiabux added Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen ...more

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Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Say Anything... John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack Say Anything... is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe in his directorial debut. In 2002, Entertainment Weekly ranked Say Anything... as the greatest ...more

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
liberajamesmordauntfan66 added Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
The Lost Boys Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, ...more

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Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Weird Science Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton Weird Science is a 1985 American teen sci-fi comedy film written and directed by John Hughes and starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly LeBrock. The film's producer, Joel ...more

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by Cameron Crowe, adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. As a freelance writer for Rolling Stone ...more

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the first film in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two slackers travel through time to assemble ...more

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Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Can't Buy Me Love Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green Can't Buy Me Love is a 1987 teen comedy feature film starring Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson in a story about a nerd at a high school in Tucson, Arizona who gives a cheerleader $1,000 to ...more

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Risky Business is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Risky Business Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally, Rebecca De Mornay Risky Business is a 1983 American romantic comedy film written by Paul Brickman in his directorial debut. It stars Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay. The film launched Cruise to stardom. It ...more

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Lasbas added A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher horror film written and directed by Wes Craven, and the first film of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The film stars ...more

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Revenge of the Nerds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
wiabux added Revenge of the Nerds John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards Revenge of the Nerds is a 1984 American comedy film about social life on a college campus. The film stars Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards, with Curtis Armstrong, Ted McGinley, Julia ...more

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Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
ronnie-delong added Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then ...more

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Teen Wolf Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy comedy film released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation starring Michael J. Fox as Scott Howard, a high school student who discovers that his family has an ...more

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Some Kind of Wonderful is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Some Kind of Wonderful Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure, Mary Stuart Masterson Some Kind of Wonderful is a 1987 American romance film starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Lea Thompson. It is one of the several successful teen dramas written by John Hughes in ...more

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St. Elmo's Fire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Lasbas added St. Elmo's Fire Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson St. Elmo's Fire is a 1985 American coming-of-age film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film, starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Mare ...more

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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater Heathers is a 1988 comedy, drama film written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann.

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Back to the Future Part II is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Connor Reis added Back to the Future Part II Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue Back to the Future Part II is a 1989 American comic science fiction film and the second installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, who directed all three ...more

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Porky's is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Porky's Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle Porky's is a 1981 Canadian-American sex comedy film about the escapades of teenagers at the fictional Angel Beach High School in Florida in 1954. Released in the United States in 1982 with an R ...more

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Adventures in Babysitting is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
ForestMays added Adventures in Babysitting Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller Adventures in Babysitting is a 1987 American comedy film written by David Simkins, directed by Chris Columbus, and starring Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp, Penelope Ann ...more

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Better Off Dead is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Better Off Dead John Cusack, E.G. Daily, David Ogden Stiers Better Off Dead is a 1985 American teen romantic comedy film starring John Cusack and written and directed by Savage Steve Holland. It tells the story of high school student Lane Myer who is ...more

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License to Drive is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
serrudoandreina added License to Drive Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Heather Graham License to Drive is a 1988 teen adventure film starring Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Heather Graham, Carol Kane, Richard Masur, Michael Manasseri, and Nina Siemaszko. The film was written by Neil ...more

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Lucas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
liberajamesmordauntfan66 added Lucas Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder, Corey Haim Lucas is a 1986 American teen tragicomedy film directed by David Seltzer and starring Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen and Courtney Thorne-Smith. The film was Winona Ryder's screen debut.

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Real Genius is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Real Genius Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase, Deborah Foreman Real Genius is a 1985 satirical comedy film directed by Martha Coolidge. The film's screenplay was written by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, and Peter Torokvei. It stars Val Kilmer and Gabriel Jarret. ...more

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Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
ForestMays added Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. The film concerns a group of teenagers who are murdered one by one while attempting ...more

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
ElizabethWonderham added Girls Just Want to Have Fun Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want to Have Fun is a 1985 American romantic comedy dance film directed by Alan Metter and starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt. For many years, Comedy Central, Lifetime, USA ...more

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Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Brian James added Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson Red Dawn is a 1984 American war film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin Reynolds. It stars Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, and Jennifer ...more

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Just One of the Guys is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Just One of the Guys Sherilyn Fenn, William Zabka, Joyce Hyser Just One of the Guys is a 1985 comedy film, directed by Lisa Gottlieb. The film is marketed with the tagline "Terri Griffith is about to go where no woman has gone before." It ranked ...more

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Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Kevin Laverty added Flashdance Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri Flashdance is a 1983 American romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne. It was the first collaboration of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and the presentation of some sequences in ...more

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One Crazy Summer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
ElizabethWonderham added One Crazy Summer Demi Moore, John Cusack, Jeremy Piven One Crazy Summer is a 1986 romantic comedy film written and directed by Savage Steve Holland, and starring John Cusack, Demi Moore, Bobcat Goldthwait, Curtis Armstrong, and Joel Murray. The ...more

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Valley Girl is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Valley Girl Nicolas Cage, E.G. Daily, Colleen Camp Valley Girl is a 1983 romantic comedy film, starring Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Meyrink, Elizabeth Daily, Cameron Dye, and Michael Bowen, directed by Martha Coolidge. The American ...more

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Teen Witch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
swirlyt added Teen Witch Robyn Lively, Zelda Rubinstein, Marcia Wallace Teen Witch is a 1989 fantasy teen comedy film starring Robyn Lively and Zelda Rubenstein. It was originally pitched as a female version of the 1985 Teen Wolf, although it later was reworked and ...more

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ghost busters is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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E.T is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Tiffany Renee Sill added Labyrinth Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive produced by George Lucas and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film stars ...more

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Less Than Zero is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Less Than Zero Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader Less Than Zero is a 1987 American drama film very loosely based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same name. The film stars Andrew McCarthy as Clay, a college freshman returning home for ...more

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The Legend of Billie Jean is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
ForestMays added The Legend of Billie Jean Christian Slater, Helen Slater, Dean Stockwell The Legend of Billie Jean is a 1985 American drama film, directed by Matthew Robbins.

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Mannequin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
iknowwhatawesternis added Mannequin Kim Cattrall, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy Mannequin is a 1987 romantic comedy fantasy film starring Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Meshach Taylor, James Spader, G. W. Bailey, and Estelle Getty. Directed and written by Michael Gottlieb, ...more

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All the Right Moves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
All the Right Moves Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson All the Right Moves is a 1983 drama film directed by Michael Chapman and starring Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson, Chris Penn, and Gary Graham. It was filmed on location during WPIAL ...more

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SpaceCamp is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
David Campbell added SpaceCamp Joaquin Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Lea Thompson SpaceCamp is a 1986 American space adventure film based on a book by Patrick Bailey and Larry B. Williams and inspired by the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Directed by Harry Winer from ...more

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Once Bitten is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Brian James added Once Bitten Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally, Lauren Hutton Once Bitten is a 1985 American horror comedy film starring Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey and Karen Kopins. Carrey stars as Mark Kendall, an innocent and naive high school student who is seduced in a ...more

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For Keeps is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
swirlyt added For Keeps Pauly Shore, Molly Ringwald, Conchata Ferrell For Keeps is a 1988 American coming of age comedy drama film starring Molly Ringwald and Randall Batinkoff as Darcy and Stan, two high school seniors in love. Complications ensue when Darcy ...more