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The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s

Updated July 27, 2020 99.1k votes 7.9k voters 224.6k views259 items

List RulesTeen 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 Club1
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    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off2
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Stand by Me3
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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • Back to the Future4
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • The Goonies5
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High6
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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn

    Released1982

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

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  • The Karate Kid7
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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  • Sixteen Candles8
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    Sixteen Candles

    John Cusack, Molly Ringwald

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • The Lost Boys9
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    The Lost Boys

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • Back to the Future Part II10
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    Back to the Future Part II

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox

    Released1989

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Weird Science11
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    Weird Science

    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Gremlins12
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    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman

    Released1984

    Directed byJoe Dante

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  • E.T13
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    E.T

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Footloose14
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    Footloose

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon

    Released1984

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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  • The Outsiders15
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    The Outsiders

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street16
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

    Released1984

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • Heathers17
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    Heathers

    Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Lehmann

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  • Adventures in Babysitting18
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    Adventures in Babysitting

    Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Released1987

    Directed byChris Columbus

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  • Say Anything...19
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    Say Anything...

    John Cusack, Jeremy Piven

    Released1989

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure20
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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin

    Released1989

    Directed byStephen Herek

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  • WarGames21
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    Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Badham

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  • Better Off Dead22
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    Better Off Dead

    John Cusack, E.G. Daily

    Released1985

    Directed bySavage Steve Holland

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  • Pretty in Pink23
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    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Released1986

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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  • Dead Poets Society24
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    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

    Directed byPeter Weir

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  • Risky Business25
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    Risky Business

    Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally

    Released1983

    Directed byPaul Brickman

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