I’ve been a fan of Star Wars ever since I watched all of the movies (only episodes 1-6 at the time) as a young boy. I wouldn’t call myself a mega-fan, but I think I’ve seen them enough to be confident on my rankings. How would I rank one of the biggest franchises on Earth?
I also talk about Episode IX in this list:
11 – Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
There’s not much separating the bottom two on this list, but I think the cringey dialogue and love sub-plot secures “Attack of the Clones” a last place finish. There’s almost no reason to re-watch this – even the final battle is probably the weakest of the franchise.
10 – Episode I: The Phantom Menace
It was hard choosing between this and Clones, but I think Duel of the Fates with its accompanying lightsaber battle is enough to bump this one up a place. Still a bad movie with bad dialogue though.
9 – Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
This list is a list of pairs, as there are a lot of films that I’d consider to be almost equal in quality to other films in the franchise (For example, the standalone films are almost equal in my eyes, as well as two of the films in the original trilogy, but we’ll get to those later).
“The Last Jedi” was as disappointing as “The Rise Of Skywalker”, but the many plot holes and the way they try to subvert expectations mean this is one of the worst Star Wars entries.
8 – Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker
This was arguably even more disappointing than “The Last Jedi”, but I have to admit I was amazed by some of the spectacle and grandeur that this film had to offer. Still, I’m very disappointed the sequel trilogy had to end with two mediocre films.
7 – Rogue One
The quality jumps up from here on out, and I have to say I enjoyed watching “Rogue One” when it hit cinema screens. It’s a bit boring for the first hour, but the last act is some of the best action the entire franchise has ever produced.
6 – Solo
This film doesn’t have the highs that “Rogue One” does, but on the whole I think “Solo” is a more well-rounded movie with fun to be had throughout. It does feel like this film is a bit unnecessary, but at the same time it adds some interesting backstory to some of cinema’s most iconic characters.
5 – Episode VII: The Force Awakens
I fully bought in to the hype when this was released, and I absolutely loved it – it reinvigorated my love for the franchise and introduced some great new plot points and characters.
This movie is let down by it’s sequels, and even on its own I think the quality has faded over time. There are plenty of flaws, but this is definitely the best of the sequel trilogy.
4 – Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
The best Star Wars film of this millenium, “Revenge Of The Sith” made re-watching the prequel trilogy worth it.
Anakin Skywalker’s descent into the Dark Side is both mesmerising and chilling to watch, and there are so many great moments of action – especially the final fight between Anakin and Obi-Wan (which I’d argue is the best lightsaber duel of the entire franchise).
The dialogue is still a bit iffy, but at least it’s funny to re-watch due to all the memes it spawned.
3 – Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi
After a re-watch, I still think the original trilogy provides the best films in the Star Wars franchise.
“Return Of The Jedi” is no exception – this is probably the most fun film in the series. The whole Ewok thing is a bit weird, and the song and dance number in Jabba’s palace rivals the prequel trilogy for cringe, so this was an obvious 3rd place.
2 – Episode IV: A New Hope
The film that started it all – A New Hope takes you on an incredible journey, full of spectacle, action, and a good vs evil battle that rivals any other in cinema history (or any other type of entertainment media for that matter).
I would definitely put this in “all-time great”, but some of the acting (especially Mark Hamill as Luke) is a bit hammy, and the later films in the trilogy do this better. There are also some moments that lull a bit, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything else – they’ve just become too iconic by this point.
1 – Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
This film is just a brilliant roller-coaster ride from start to finish – from the rebel defence on Hoth, to Yoda’s trainging on Dagobah, and the incredible climax that takes place on Cloud City.
I can only imagine what it was like to see this masterpiece in 1980 – from all the iconic lines and moments to the incredible final twist (I won’t spoil it, but come on – who hasn’t seen this film or heard of the twist by now?!?). This is the true peak of Star Wars’s powers, and if I had to pick a film to re-watch it would most likely be this one.
Aaaaaaand that’s my ranking. This is actually my 20th blog post, so that’s something! Check out some of my other lists below:
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