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

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

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2,087 381
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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2,001 404
The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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1,635 470
Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
Sixteen Candles John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack

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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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1,403 546
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Pretty in Pink James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

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1,746 324
Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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1,362 524
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wiabux added Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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1,302 436
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The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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978 550
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Say Anything... John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Joan Cusack

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1,328 368
Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
liberajamesmordauntfan66 added Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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1,673 413
The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
The Lost Boys Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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Weird Science Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

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1,240 397
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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1,095 532
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

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900 472
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Risky Business Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally, Rebecca De Mornay

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1,044 353
A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
Lasbas added A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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Can't Buy Me Love Paula Abdul, Patrick Dempsey, Seth Green

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1,020 381
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wiabux added Revenge of the Nerds John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

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474 97
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ronnie-delong added Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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1,038 418
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Teen Wolf Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton

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720 503
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Some Kind of Wonderful Lea Thompson, Candace Cameron-Bure, Mary Stuart Masterson

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Lasbas added St. Elmo's Fire Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson

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Porky's Kim Cattrall, Alex Karras, Art Hindle

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746 483
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Heathers Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, Christian Slater

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

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651 443
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Better Off Dead John Cusack, E.G. Daily, David Ogden Stiers

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ForestMays added Adventures in Babysitting Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller

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588 376
License to Drive is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Teen Movies
serrudoandreina added License to Drive Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Heather Graham

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Real Genius Val Kilmer, Chevy Chase, Deborah Foreman

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487 403
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liberajamesmordauntfan66 added Lucas Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder, Corey Haim

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

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ElizabethWonderham added Girls Just Want to Have Fun Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Cyndi Lauper

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334 138
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Brian James added Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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Just One of the Guys Sherilyn Fenn, William Zabka, Joyce Hyser

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366 359
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ElizabethWonderham added One Crazy Summer Demi Moore, John Cusack, Jeremy Piven

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Valley Girl Nicolas Cage, E.G. Daily, Colleen Camp

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372 393
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jeffreytonsi added Blade Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

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120 109
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Kevin Laverty added Flashdance Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri

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390 483
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Less Than Zero Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

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402 332
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ForestMays added The Legend of Billie Jean Christian Slater, Helen Slater, Dean Stockwell

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69 73
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swirlyt added Teen Witch Robyn Lively, Zelda Rubinstein, Marcia Wallace

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David Campbell added SpaceCamp Joaquin Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Lea Thompson

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323 468
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All the Right Moves Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson

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29 68
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swirlyt added For Keeps Pauly Shore, Molly Ringwald, Conchata Ferrell

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331 330
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ForestMays added Dream a Little Dream Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Victoria Jackson

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186 182
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Brian James added Once Bitten Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally, Lauren Hutton

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173 172
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Brian James added Bad Boys Sean Penn, Ally Sheedy, Clancy Brown

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224 353
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ElizabethWonderham added Class Rob Lowe, John Cusack, Jacqueline Bissett