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Every Star Wars Movie, Ranked Best to Worst

Updated January 22, 2021 139.3k votes 22.5k voters 272.6k views11 items

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Here is a list of the best Star Wars movies, ranked by fans and critics. Since the premiere of the first Star Wars movie (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 - and make some admittedly dumb decisions along the way.

Sixteen 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 2015, a new Star Wars trilogy began with The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Adam Driver. Star Wars anthology movies, like Rogue One and Solo, are also ranked here. Vote for your favorites to move them to the top of the list. May the Force be with you.

After you've voted, check out the best Star Wars TV shows - some of which are no longer even part of the Legends timeline.

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  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back / 20th Century Fox

    "It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces from their hidden base and pursued them across the galaxy.

    Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker has established a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth.

    The evil lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding young Skywalker, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space...."

    Box Office: $550.9 Million

    Budget: $33 Million

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

    • Released: 1980
    • Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness
    • Directed by: Irvin Kershner
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  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

    "It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.

    During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.

    Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy..."

    Box Office: $775.8 Million

    Budget: $11 Million

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

    • Released: 1977
    • Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness
    • Directed by: George Lucas
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  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox

    "Luke Skywalker has returned to his home planet of Tatooine in an attempt to rescue his friend Han Solo from the clutches of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt.

    Little does Luke know that the GALACTIC EMPIRE has secretly begun construction on a new armored space station even more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star.

    When completed, this ultimate weapon will spell certain doom for the small band of rebels struggling to restore freedom to the galaxy..."

    Box Office: $475.1 Million

    Budget: $32.5 Million

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

    • Released: 1983
    • Actors: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness
    • Directed by: Richard Marquand
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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    Photo: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    "The Jedi are all but extinct, the Republic has fallen and in their wake, the Galactic Empire has engulfed the far reaches of the galaxy in fear. Persecuted members of the Old Republic have been thrust into hiding. Only members of the REBEL ALLIANCE dare take a stand against the ruthless Imperial forces. Deep in the Outer Rim territories, the dastardly Director Krennic has discovered the location of a long lost friend; one capable of completing the Empire's most powerful weapon yet…"

    Box Office: $1.056 Billion

    Budget: $200-265 Million

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

    • Released: 2016
    • Actors: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen
    • Directed by: Gareth Edwards
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