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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 list 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
Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Hughes

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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

Released: 1984

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

Released: 1987

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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9
Fast Times at Ridgemont ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 1982

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

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Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Released: 1984

Directed by: Herbert Ross

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

Released: 1983

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Released: 1984

Directed by: Wes Craven

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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

Released: 1986

Directed by: Howard Deutch

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15
Bill & Ted's Excelle... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Adventures in Babysittin... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Released: 1987

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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17
Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Released: 1984

Directed by: Joe Dante

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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

Released: 1988

Directed by: Michael Lehmann

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Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

Released: 1989

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

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20
Risky Business is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally, Rebecca De Mornay

Released: 1983

Directed by: Paul Brickman

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21
Back to the Future Part ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
22
Better Off Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
John Cusack, E.G. Daily, David Ogden Stiers

Released: 1985

Directed by: Savage Steve Holland

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23
Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

Released: 1987

Directed by: Steve Rash

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Some Kind of Wonderful ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure, Mary Stuart Masterson

Released: 1987

Directed by: Howard Deutch

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Released: 1987

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

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