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The list below is the only correct list in the entire galaxy. Any other Star Wars movie list you read is wrong. I've been a Star Wars fan for 40 years and in my own mind I consider myself an expert. On May the 4th, we here at The Feels Good Podcast decided to rank all the films in the franchise. Enjoy our selections!
A ranking of all movies in the Skywalker Saga
Star Wars is the greatest movie franchise in the history of the world. Ever since the first movie hit theaters in 1977, Star Wars fans love to be immersed in that galaxy far, far away. I can remember as kid, sitting down and watching the original trilogy with all of my Star Wars toys and being totally consumed by everything that Lucas had to offer. The joy I have now of being able to share that world with my own kids is very special to me. May the force be with you.
1. The Empire Strikes Back
The best Star Wars movie ever made. This movie has it all. Visiting the planet Hoth and seeing Tauntauns, a Wampa, and the Battle of Hoth itself makes this movie one of the most memorable in the Skywalker Saga. Also, we get great characters like Yoda, Lando, and Boba Fett. Empire has a darker feel that ends with the Vader vs Luke lightsaber battle and the big reveal.
Darth Vader never actually says, "Luke, I am your father," in "The Empire Strikes Back."
2. Revenge of the Sith
The prequels were not well received at the time they were released. I was in the crowd of fans that actually liked them from the beginning. The fall from the light side is told perfectly in this movie. In the original trilogy we get to see the journey of Vader back to the light before his death. In this trilogy, we get to see the path that led him to the dark side. It's a beautifully told story with excellent action sequences and a great ending to the prequels.
"Revenge of the Sith" was released in 2005 and made $868 million worldwide.
3. Return of the Jedi
Absolutely love this film. As a kid, it was probably my favorite. The opening act with Jabba's palace had me hooked. There are so many things to digest in that act: Jabba himself, the Rancor, Slave Leia, Boba Fett, Gamorrean Guards, and the Sarlacc Pit. And that's just the beginning of the movie! Later, we travel to the Endor forest on speeder bikes to visit Ewoks. And finally, we get the final showdown of Luke and Vader and witness Anakin fulfilling the prophecy of bringing balance to the force by defeating the Emperor.
Originally titled "Return of the Jedi," Lucas changed it to "Revenge of the Jedi." Before the movie was released, he changed it back to "Return" as Jedi do not seek revenge.
4. The Phantom Menace
Again, the prequels got plenty of hate by critics and fans. I, for one, do not understand the hate. In this movie, we get the discovery of Anakin, pod-racing, epic light saber duels, and the debut of Darth Maul. I get the Jar Jar hate, but it's not enough to spoil this movie. The Duel of the Fates alone makes this a fantastic Star Wars movie.
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"The Phantom Menace" was released on May 19, 1999, and made $1.027 billion worldwide.
Fun Fact: Benicio Del Toro was originally set to play Darth Maul.
5. A New Hope
The one that started it all. The classic story of a young farm boy saving the Rebellion from annihilation at the hands of the evil Galactic Empire started our love affair with Star Wars. Han shot first.
When "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" originally hit theaters in 1977, it was simply called "Star Wars." It wasn't until the film's theatrical re-release in 1981 that it received the Episode IV marking and the subtitle, "A New Hope."
6. Rogue One
The movie that saved Star Wars. The franchise was in a dark place for awhile and fans were concerned that it would never recover. Along came Rogue One and fans had something to be excited about. The ending with the hallway scene is enough to push this movie up our rankings.
"Rogue One" was released December 16, 2016, and brought in $1.056 billion worldwide.
7. The Force Awakens
I thought the Sequel Trilogy was headed in the right direction after this movie hit the theaters. Seeing Han and Chewie back together had me locked in. I was also excited about Kylo Ren and was looking forward to seeing what that character would bring to the saga. However, this movie—like the trilogy itself—missed so many opportunities. Huge miss not having Han, Luke, and Leia on screen together one more time.
"The Force Awakens" was released December 18, 2015, and made $2.066 billion, proving "Star Wars" is still the king.
8. Attack of the Clones
This movie isn't one of the best, but it certainly isn't one of the worst. Yes, the awkward and stiff scenes exploring Anakin and Padme falling in love are tough to watch, but this movie still has plenty of action. The beginning of the Clone Wars and Jango Fett, as well as a light saber battle ending with Master Yoda finally showing us his light saber skills, are enough to save this movie for me.
"Attack of the Clones" released May 16, 2002, and made $653.8 million.
Samuel L. Jackson has said that the words, “Bad mother-f*cker,” are engraved on the hilt of his lightsaber.
On paper, Solo was a good idea for a movie. We love the characters and love the story. The movie, however, is just ok. I'm not wild about the actor that plays young Solo, but I love Chewie and Lando and all the additions to the Star Wars universe. Ron Howard made this movie watchable, but in the end it was another missed opportunity.
"Solo" was released May 10, 2018, and made $393.2 million.
10. The Last Jedi
The only good thing I can say about this movie is the final scene of Luke vs Kylo. However, even that was a missed opportunity. Luke projecting himself to fight Kylo was worse than actually having him show up to fight. This movie is absolutely awful.
"The Last Jedi" was released December 15, 2017, and made $1.3 billion proving that even bad "Star Wars" is better than no "Star Wars."
11. The Rise of Skywalker
This movie is a mess from start to finish. Light speed skipping makes zero sense. The title doesn't even make sense. The Rise of Skywalker? Shouldn't it be The End of Skywalker? Emperor Palpatine returns? Give me a break.
"The Rise of Skywalker" was released December 20, 2019, and made $1.074 billion somehow.
Agree or Disagree?
There you have it. The only accurate list in the galaxy. Do you agree? Doesn't matter because it's accurate. Let us know what you think and as always don't forget to hear a more in-depth take on each movie over on The Feels Good Podcast!
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