star wars Every Star Wars Movie, Ranked Best to Worst  

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A list of the best Star Wars movies, ranked by fans and critics. Since the premiere of the original Star Wars (A New Hope) in 1977, the saga of the Jedi, the Sith, and the Skywalker family have been favorites of movie-goers. Along with the original film, its sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and The Return of the Jedi (1983) are considered some of the best movies of all time. The stories follow Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, and their friends and droids as they battle the evil Sith lords Darth Vader and Darth Sidious.

Sixteen years after the release of the initial films, a trilogy of Star Wars prequels were created, beginning with Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999. Attack of the Clones was released in 2002, and Revenge of the Sith (2005) was the final film. This set of films followed Anakin Skywalker, Luke's father, from his youth to his becoming Darth Vader as well as his relationships with wife Padme Amidala, mentor Obi Wan Kenobi, and eventually Emperor Palpatine.

In 2012, it was announced that Disney bought Lucasfilms and was planning three new Star Wars films, sequels that follow the end of The Return of the Jedi. In light of this, we look back at the "original" films to let the crowd decide, once and for all, which are the best films int he Star Wars franchise. Vote for your favorites to move them to the top of the list. May the Force be with you.


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Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones Alec Guinness, + more

Initial Release: 1980

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

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#2 on The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

#11 on The Best '80s Action Movies

#7 on The Best Robot & Android Movies

#20 on The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones Alec Guinness, + more

Initial Release: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

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#1 on The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

#3 on The Best Robot & Android Movies

#1 on The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

#19 on The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones Alec Guinness, + more

Initial Release: 1983

Directed by: Richard Marquand

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#9 on The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

#9 on The Best '80s Action Movies

#9 on The Best Robot & Android Movies

#18 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

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64 people just voted on Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith


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Actors: Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee Hayden Christensen, + more

Initial Release: 2005

Directed by: George Lucas

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#24 on The Best Robot & Android Movies

#82 on The Best Fantasy Movies

#14 on The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins

#45 on The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Lupita Nyong'o Max von Sydow, + more

Initial Release: 2015

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

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#23 on The Best 3D Films

#50 on The Best Movies for Tweens

#1 on Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth the Wait

#4 on Best Oscar Isaac Movies

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Actors: Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Felicity Jones, Alan Tudyk

Initial Release: 2016

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

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#3 on The Best Action Movies of 2016

#2 on The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

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Actors: Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson, Rose Byrne Christopher Lee, + more

Initial Release: 2002

Directed by: George Lucas

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#27 on The Best Robot & Android Movies

#72 on The Best Movie Sequels

#69 on The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

#61 on The Best Space Movies

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Actors: Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson Samuel L. Jackson, + more

Initial Release: 1999

Directed by: George Lucas

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#36 on The Best Robot & Android Movies

#19 on The Best Movies of 1999

#66 on The Best Space Movies

#70 on The Best Movies for Tweens

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