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11 Hottest 1980s Female Teen Heartthrobs

By Agent Bedhead | Seriously Random Lists | September 19, 2012 | Comments ()


I don't know about you, but I think it's pretty damn great that Elisabeth Shue's finally made her way back into films that people will actually watch. In honor of Her Hotness (and as a sort of companion piece to my 1980s male heartthrobs list from a few years ago), here's a list of the hottest 1980s female heartthrobs. I probably left off your favorite though. Let's do this.

Elisabeth Shue: True, she's looked better in the 1990s and beyond than back when she first became a star, but Elisabeth was always a cutie.


Alyssa Milano: Hey, I did the Teen Steam workout video. You didn't?


Lisa Bonet: Oh yeah, she was the Cosby kid with an attitude.


Jami Gertz: That hair would be awful today, but back then? Whoa.


Heather Graham: This little crush is still going strong, I have to admit.


Phoebe Cates: No one could blame poor Brad Hamilton for fantasizing about this in the bathroom.


Beverly D'Angelo: How exactly did Clark Griswold bag this babe?


Joan Jett: Something about a woman who could totally kick your ass is a bit of a turn-on. Not even Kristen Stewart could ruin this one.


Michelle Pfeiffer: Even as the drug-addled Elvira, Pfeiffer was always gorgeous on an ethereal level.


Mia Sara: Man, where did this one disappear to all of a sudden? Perhaps she secretly ran off with Michael Schoeffling.


Jessie's Girl: Wait, you mean this chick was fictional? No way.


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  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    We have to get past our youth obsession and give her due its due:


    Detergent enthusiast

  • Eli

    No Susanna Hoffs....come on. She is still a smoke show

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Interesting. All of the hysteria always circling around Say Anything and no mention of Donovan's daughter? Oh, my.

    I really can't be assed to rattle off a list, but Brooke Shields was IT in those jeans, right? Personally, I don't know why anyone would wear jeans without any undergarments, as three words pop up in my mind whenever that commercial is referenced: terrible yeast infection.

  • xian

    Kerri Green is the major oversight. Goonies, Lucas, the John Candy movie (summer rental?).

  • Haystacks

    No Joyster Hyser? From 'Just one of the Guys'. Even hotter with the short hair. Or Helen Slater from 'The Legend of Billie Jean'? I think those movies might have made me a lesbian.

    Also Pat Benatar.

  • Schwing

    Holy crap, I never realized how much Beverly D'Angelo looks like a soft-focus doppelganger of Amy Poehler with 80's mom hair.

  • suckhole

    This is the stupidest shit I've ever read. And if you're going to include people who were in their 30s you might want to stop calling it a teen heartthrob list. Just god awful, I hope you get SARS.

  • cinekat

    Thank God you didn't add Molly Ringwald. I never got her as a crush item. I guess Ally Sheedy was more my style... Ah, Breakfast Club. How you haunt me still.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Michelle Pfeiffer, 'Even as the drug-addled Elvira'?
    Ain't no 'even' about it. Especially!

  • ,

    '80s hot chick?

    867-5309 Jenny.

    Who can I turn to?

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  • Quatermain

    Mia Sara was on the short lived 'Birds of Prey' along with Dina Meyer. The two fo them were wasted on that show.

    Alyssa Milano was the only reason I watched 'Charmed' even as sporadically as I did. Well, her and Shannen Doherty.

  • Pat C.

    Phoebe Cates is my favorite pick. I would add Jennifer Connelly, Christina Applegate and Emily Lloyd. Joan Jett wasn't a teen in the 80s; does "teen" mean the star was a teen, or the fans were teens?

  • amylu

    Emily Lloyd! I remember that face. Oh no! Why did I Google her to see what she's looking like these days!?


  • Pat C.

    And of course I had to click your link ...
    Great way to start the weekend.

  • Kenny G.

    I always got a "whopper" for Elisabeth Shue when I saw those Burger King commercials she did back in the day...

  • Jami Gertz : That hair would be awful today, but back then? Whoa.

    I wish I could see someone with that crazy 80s hair. Still hot. As is Jami Gertz.

  • Allison

    Ally Sheedy?

  • Sean

    Is that Taylor Kitsch with tits and eyeliner?

  • theotherone

    NO Debra Winger? I know she never played a teenager but if Beverly D’Angelo is on this list then so should she. YES AND HUGE FAIL FOR NO DIANE LANE! GINGERS GET SCREWED AGAIN!

  • PDamian

    No Molly Ringwald? C'mon ...

  • Blake

    Phoebe Cates YES! But Jennifer Jason Leigh should be on here and no list is complete with Diane Lane (Cherry Valance).

    Plus honorable mention to Diane Franklin...

  • Blake

    *without Diane Lane

  • Tammy

    I never realized how much young Joan Jett looks like GothPunk Tim Riggins in Drag.

  • Guest

    Joan Jett is the reason I get all hot and bothered whenever Shane steps onto "The L Word" screen. Man alive, do I have a type.

  • RAS

    Jennifer Connelly? Lea Thompson? Jennifer Beals?

  • Plenty of misses here, but, at least, you got Heather Graham right.

  • I'm assuming Diane Lane doesn't make the list because she was equally hot in the 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s?

  • HUGE miss. Biggest one yet.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    You missed Diane Franklin.

    I mean, look, I get it, she wasn't exactly the most famous or talented 80s female teen heartthrob, but in a pure hotness contest she definitely, *definitely* rates in the top eleven. Dump Heather Graham for her.

  • Kelly LeBrock - English brunettes = still a serious problem for me.
    Nicollette Sheridan, esp in 'The Sure Thing'

    Editorially speaking, some of these (as noted with Ms Shue) became even more stunning with a little age. Check out the closeup shots of Ms Bonet in 'High Fidelity'. I was taken aback a bit, I must say.

    To the bunk!

  • Alyssa Milano remains the only celebrity to whom I've ever written a fan letter. What? Yes I WAS that goober. Whatareya gonna make of it?

  • simplysarah

    Jami Gertz....ah Star... my first girl crush.
    Alyssa Milano was my second (still have a huge crush on her)

  • damnitjanet

    Read Chez at Deus Ex Malcontent about meeting Phoebe Cates at her store in NY. She's still a 12.5

  • Kate at June

    Oh God, thats what my hair looks like right now. Because I was sleeping on it wet and didn't fix it.

    That was a style??

  • John W

    Damn near a perfect list. The only ones missing are Nicole Eggert and Mary Stuart Masterson.

  • Nicole Eggert...*drool*

  • Samantha Klein

    Mia Sara! In Legend. You heard me.

  • Socrates_Johnson

    Honestly, 80's hair is starting to grow on me.

  • Get a trim before it's too late.

  • Repo

    Ami Dolenz was my drug of choice back then. Miracle Beach FOREVER.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Here's what I don't understand:

    We went from 'He says he's going to marry me' (which is your clue to flee in fear if that 'me' is sixteen) Ferris and Sloane in all of their swarthy/pasty goodness to a couple of sun-slapped chuckleheads who wouldn't look out of place at a Hitler Youth rally in that horrible televised version.; Oh, wait the film Ferris was a glorified documentary with terrible casting in his estimation (evidenced by the Matthew Broderick effigy living in his closet who meets a violent end) and must be harshly condemned to death, for--I don't know--sedition or regicide, or something. Knives out, this show is from 1990, I think, and I was six years old so I think it's pretty remarkable that I remember anything from that year that wasn't Mr. Dressup, or Violator. Anyway, that swooning love song of a film paid for that effigy so attention must be paid. At least Leatherface did the gentlemanly thing by sawing off his own legs as an act of chivalry:That's Loving, NuFerris goes at that thing like he's Bates being blown by Borden on television. At least trap your depravity in the closet (you know, the place that houses your personal chainsaw, you sad little fake-ass Scarface), we can see your psychosis.

    A secret crush on Sloane? Man alive. And this is coming from the kid who is purported to be the most confident little shithead in all this land (others too)? They had not only re-programmed the genetic code of the kids, they used retroactive continuity to break the binds of science and the mind.

    Retroactive continuity alert: She show takes place, what, four years after the film did and yet, no one has managed to graduate. either that or the film kingmakers collected data when they were pre-teens. Now, I'm not suggesting ephebophilia,...Or maybe everyone was already into their twenties but they lie to keep media in check. Hmm.

    Where my soothsayers at? The show suggests that the film was made and set years ago, and yet it chronicles events that would be happening four space years into the future and seems to be more aware of the eponymous character's life trajectory in a way that the 'real' Ferris is not. Nuts. And has anyone told all the major players in the story that someone is making a sci-fi , time-travelling coming of age teen comedy that's half-documentary, half-premonition, semi-biography movie about them that is a presentation of their fated futures? Do they know they're being watched and syndicated?

    And where IS Charlie Schlaetter these days? Just shootin' the shit (not literally) with Shelley Miscavige or that dude who decided to go down Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1920 and all they ever found of him was his arm?

  • BlackRabbit

    Yeah, she could have been something. Not a big box-office star, but good. And she didn't look much at all like Mickey.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Elisabeth Shue STILL looks fantastic. In fact, "Elisabeth Shue plays a prostitute" was all it took to get me to watch Leaving Las Vegas back in the day. But sadly, in her return to Sin City, she is just AWFUL on CSI. Which is disappointing considering Ted Danson has been surprisingly excellent (I say surprisingly because it's CSI, not because of Ted).

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