If you haven’t seen any Star Wars movies, then where have you been living? This series has brought the world a unique take on love, life, and faith for over 40 years.
Several movies have become part of this franchise over the decades. Three separate trilogies have brought audiences to movie theaters, along with some standalone options to consider.
This list will let you know what the best movies are… and the ones you might want to avoid.
1. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
The original is still the best. It might offer a story that seems simple, but the presentation is deceptive enough to remain captivating to new generations.
2. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Blurring the lines between good and evil was a genius move. It turned Star Wars into a family story instead of something predictable with good versus evil.
3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
This movie fits nicely between the prequels and the original trilogy. It fills in some of the story gaps that bothered fans over the years with some entertaining cinematography.
4. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
The whole reason why the prequels had some popularity was a desire to see Anakin’s fall from grace. Lucas goes to a dark place at times, perhaps a little too dark with the killing of the younglings.
5. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
The new characters go to bold, unexpected places with this film. It tells us that anyone can become a hero if they’re willing to forge a path toward that outcome.
6. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
This movie could have been the best one in the series. The Ewoks made it silly, and the scenes with Jabba overstay their welcome.
7. Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
This movie has big ideas that never reach fruition. Characters lack development, Palpatine comes back from the dead, and Finn barely even gets a story arc.
8. Solo: A Star Wars Story
We already knew what would happen in this movie. That predictability became its downfall.
9. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
George Lucas changed his approach to this movie after Episode I flopped. It has more lightsabers and battles, but the film also gives you a side story with Obi-Wan. The rest is forgettable.
10. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Even though this movie might be one of the most anticipated of all time, the recycled content from the original made it challenging to watch. Then there are the scientific plot holes from which you can’t escape to consider.
11. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
This movie got billed as the origin story of Darth Vader. It fell flat. You could watch the pod race scene 10 times to have more entertainment.