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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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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Say Anything... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Fast Times at Ridgemont ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Can't Buy Me Love is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Risky Business is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Revenge of the Nerds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Back to the Future Part ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Some Kind of Wonderful ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s
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Bill & Ted's Excelle... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s