Do you know these '80s teen stars?

ENTERTAINMENT

Annette

5 Min Quiz

Image: Paramount Pictures

About This Quiz

"I feel the need...the need for speed!" The 1980s was a huge decade when it came to TV and film. While there were tons of blockbusters and sitcoms that everyone loved, it was largely due to the teen sensations who made their works iconic. From Tom Cruise to Brooke Shields, do you know these '80s teen stars?

If you think about the greatest TV shows of the '80s, you might name Growing Pains, Family Ties, and Charles in Charge. When it comes to the films that were lighting up the movie screen, you might remember Top Gun, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Back to the Future. While these are some of the biggest works of the decade, they shot to fame for their young, but talented casts. 

Kirk Cameron and Scott Baio were favorites on the TV screen while Michael J. Fox brought his talents from the TV screen to the movie screen. The elite '80s group of young talent, often referred to as the Brat Pack, was led by actors Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, and Ally Sheedy. This young group of stars was responsible for films like The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, and Pretty in Pink.

These teen actors and actresses shone throughout the decade, but how well do you know them? Could you name the actor who starred in Top Gun? What about the beautiful red-head who led the casts of Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink? There's only one way to find out! Let's travel back to the 1980s and see if you can name these popular teen stars!

Who is that "Top Gun" hunk?

If anyone needs an '80s heartthrob, this is the one. Did you have a poster?

Advertisement

Which of these heartthrobs was in "The Breakfast Club"?

Judd Nelson was so great in this movie. And so cute!

Advertisement

Who captured a nation as Doogie Howser, M.D.?

Neil Patrick Harris played the unforgettable Doogie Howser, M.D. He's now on "How I Met Your Mother."

Advertisement

Which Canadian-American actor stole hearts as Alex P. Keaton from "Family Ties"?

Michael J. Fox was the unforgettable Marty McFly from "Back to the Future" and Alex P. Keaton from "Family Ties."

Advertisement

Who played Ferris Bueller?

It's one of the most unforgettable movies of the '80s. You better have gotten this one right!

Advertisement

What famous TV actor played the villain in "Pretty in Pink"?

James Spader played the bad guy in "Pretty in Pink," but he was so handsome while doing it!

Advertisement

Who was the hottie on "Growing Pains"?

Oh, that hair! He had fantastic '80s hair.

Advertisement

Who was the female hottie in "The Lost Boys," "Sixteen Candles" and "Endless Love"?

She was so beautiful! We all wanted to be her.

Advertisement

Who stole our hearts in "Beverly Hills 90210"?

Oh, that hair! He was great in this show. Where is he now?

Advertisement

Who did we love from "Charles in Charge"?

Remember Scott Baio from "Charles in Charge"? You better!

Advertisement

Who was the blonde hottie in "Karate Kid"?

He was so sexy as the bad guy! He's still sexy today.

Advertisement

Which of these cuties is NOT in "St. Elmo's Fire"?

This movie was basically a hottie fest. But there was no River.

Advertisement

Who played the hot guy drugged out of his mind in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"?

Charlie Sheen was looking pretty good in the '80s. Now, he's kinda crazy.

Advertisement

Which songstress starred in "What Have You Done for Me Lately"?

Janet Jackson was an '80s icon! Can't forget her.

Advertisement

Who was the actress from "The Blue Lagoon" with the great eyebrows?

Who can forget her in that island attire? Or lack thereof.

Advertisement

Who was the blonde hottie in "Married with Children​"?

Fun and pretty! She's a talented lady.

Advertisement

Who's that pretty girl in "Labyrinth"?

She's still got it today! Jennifer Connolly is a super star.

Advertisement

Who is the unforgettable guy in "Say Anything"?

Can we ever forget when he held up that boom box? Classic '80s.

Advertisement

Who is that cute guy in "Sixteen Candles"?

He was so sweet! He did eventually grow up, though.

Advertisement

Who is the heartthrob in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"?

Sean Penn is extraordinary! We still love him today.

Advertisement

Who went from "scream queen" to mainstream?

She started out in horror movies, but then went on to be a box office legend.

Advertisement

Who stole hearts in "Batman Forever"?

He was pretty hot in "The Doors" movie as well.

Advertisement

Which "80s heartthrob is now a pirate?

Johnny Depp is now Disney's favorite pirate, and still a heartthrob.

Advertisement

Who kicked up his heels in "Footloose"?

He really had the moves back then! Perhaps he still does.

Advertisement

Who was Michael J. Fox's mom in "Back to the Future"?

Lea Thomson was her name! She was great in that movie.

Advertisement

What lady do we love from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"?

Known for playing druggies and prostitutes, Jason Leigh steals the show in this movie.

Advertisement

Who's the hottie in "Heathers"?

Everybody had a crush on Slater in the '80s.

Advertisement

Who is unforgettable in "Stand By Me"?

You gotta love that movie, and Wil was so cute!

Advertisement

Who is our favorite "Pretty in Pink" lady?

She stole many hearts in that movie! Time to watch it again.

Advertisement

Who did we love in "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"?

That's right. Remember that movie? Classic!

Advertisement

Which of these singers was also an actress in the '80s?

These ladies acted too! Did you see "Desperately Seeking Susan"?

Advertisement

Who played Mallory Keaton in "Family Ties"?

All the guys had a crush on Justine Bateman!

Advertisement

Who did we love in "Leaving Las Vegas"?

Classic Nicholas Cage flick. Lots of Elvis impersonators.

Advertisement

Who was the pretty girl in "Great Balls of Fire!"

This was vintage Winona Ryder. She went on to make a lot of hits!

Advertisement

Who takes our breath away in "The Lost Boys"?

He's so scary and sexy at the same time! Love him in this movie.

Advertisement

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!

Explore More Quizzes