Ranking Star Wars Movies
The “Star Wars” franchise has made its mark on the movie industry as the second highest grossing movie franchise. One of the biggest debates among “Star Wars” fans is the ranking of them. Here is my ranking of every “Star Wars” movie from best to worst.
1.Episode IV – A New Hope
“A New Hope” makes the top of my list because it is the most iconic movie in the Star Wars franchise. We see exactly what Luke’s journey to becoming a Jedi is and how he becomes an important part of the Rebel Alliance. The destruction of the first Death Star as well as the introductions to the characters that we would all fall in love with set the stage for what was to come.
2.Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
“The Empire Strikes Back” has many iconic moments, helping it reach number two on my list. The Hoth battle, the Luke vs. Darth Vader lightsaber battle, and Han Solo being lowered into the carbonite are the best scenes in the film.
3.Rogue One – A Star Wars Story
“Rogue One” makes my top three on the list because the movie as a whole was put together so well. It captures the sacrifice by the Rebel Alliance in their attempts to obtain the Death Star plans, demonstrated by Jyn Erso and others losing their lives for the Alliance. This movie also includes the badass Darth Vader scene, where he force chokes Director Krennic.
4. Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
“Revenge of the Sith” has one of, if not the most, iconic lightsaber battles of all time. The lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker is one that I enjoy watching every single time. Obi-Wan and General Grievous’s battle, as well as Chancellor Palpetine taking on five Jedi at once, were also staple moments in the movie.
5. Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
“The Return of the Jedi” was a great ending to the original trilogy. Luke was faced with potentially joining the dark side but showed his true colors by sticking with the Rebels. Escaping Jabba’s Palace, the Battle of Endor, and the second destruction of the Death Star were more great moments throughout the film.
6. Solo – A Star Wars Story
“Solo” captures the young life of Han Solo that every Star Wars fan has always wondered about. It shows us how the iconic Han Solo came to be and how his upbringing and mischievous ways began from a young age. The movie captures exactly how I expected Solo and Chewbacca to meet and become best friends.
7. Episode I – The Phantom Menace
I personally enjoyed “The Phantom Menace” even though it does get some hate from certain die-hard fans. The pod race was the most iconic scene from the movie and really showed us what Anakin Skywalker could do from a young age. The battle between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Darth Maul was also a staple in the movie. Lastly, Jar Jar Binks added some funny elements to the film, being a general in the Gungan army.
8. Episode II – Attack of the Clones
“Attack of the Clones” is my least favorite of the prequel trilogy but the movie offers a great battle scene. The battle on Geonosis was easily the best sequence of the film and is enjoyable to watch every single time. Watching Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padme fight off the beasts in the colosseum was incredible. Not to mention, the clone army swooping in to save the day.
9. 10. and 11. The Sequel Trilogy: Star Wars – The Force Awakens; Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker; Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The sequel trilogy in the “Star Wars” franchise is easily the worst trilogy and the worst movies. I believe that there are some good aspects of the films but some of the scenes in the movies are too far-fetched. For example, Princess Leia flying in space in “The Last Jedi” was the worst scene that I have seen in all the movies. I personally thought they should have let her character die then.
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” was not added to this list because I wanted to only focus on the live action movies. The animated movie is very underrated for that exact reason. Although I enjoy some Star Wars movies more than others, all of the movies offer something different. The 40+ year old franchise has made its mark and is going to be around for many more years to come.