Ranking the Star Wars Movies — 30 Years of the George Lucas Empire

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Ranking the Star Wars Films

Has there been a sci-fi film with more cinematic and cultural impact than Star Wars? Released 30 years ago last week — on a measly 32 screens, by the way — it single-handedly reinvigorated an entire genre and 20th Century Fox. But three decades later, where do you place this landmark movie (and its sequels/prequels) in modern history?

It’s safe to say no recent Star Wars episode (’99-’05) beats any in the original trilogy (’77-’83). Lucas started taking plotlines too seriously, not enough cool ideas for three features, etc. So how do all six films match up against one another?

According to viewer voting on the IMDb, the Star Wars rankings, as of today:

  1. The Empire Strikes Back (#8 in Top 250)
  2. Star Wars (#12)
  3. Return of the Jedi (#111)
  4. Revenge of the Sith (not in 250 — 7.9 / 10)
  5. Attack of the Clones (not in 250 — 6.8 / 10)
  6. The Phantom Menace (not in 250 — 6.3 / 10)

TODAY’S QUESTION: How would you rank the Star Wars films? Has your opinion changed with time? COMMENT

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  1. Chase, 9 years ago Reply

    1. Empire Strikes back- best scene- That is why you fail.
    2. Return of the jedi- Best scene- Vader’s redemption
    3. Revenge of the sith- Best scene- Anakin v.s Obi wan
    4. A New Hope- best scene- Lack of faith disturbing
    5. The Phantom menace- best scene- Darth Maul duel
    6. Attack of the clones- best scene- yoda v.s Dooku


  2. Norm Schrager, 9 years ago Reply

    Chase, are you rating them by which films have the best single scenes? Or you just adding that in?

    And A New Hope fourth?! That might be the only film of the six with any sincere magic and wonder, so I have to disagree with you there.


  3. ugg boots, 7 years ago Reply

    Chase, are you rating them by which films have the best single scenes? Or you just adding that in?


  4. iwasthere, 7 years ago Reply

    1) Empire – Best Scene – Hoth & the Emperor is introduced
    2) Star Wars – Best Scene – Assault on the Death Star
    3) Revenge of the Sith – Best Scene – the dual OBW & Anakin
    4) Attack of the Clones – Best Scene – dual anakin/OBW/Yoda & dooku
    5) Phantom Menace – Best Scene – Opening & dual Darth Maul
    6) Return of the Jedi -Fricken joke. Ewoks? everyone looks bored except luke. script made no sense at all


  5. Norm Schrager, 7 years ago Reply

    @iwasthere-

    Thanks for joining in. I think your disdain for Ewoks is pretty universal.


  6. Online Shopping, 6 years ago Reply

    Chase, are you rating them by which films have the best single scenes? Or you just adding that in?

    And A New Hope fourth?! That might be the only film of the six with any sincere magic and wonder, so I have to disagree with you there.


  7. Big C, 5 years ago Reply

    #6. Episode II Attack of the Clones- The slowest and most tame of all movies. The story line was not very good and it just was not up to par with the rest of the movies
    #5 Episode I The Phantom Menace- Another disappointment lacking a good story. What separated it from Episode II was the fact that the action was better and was a far more intense movie. With the pod racing and one of the best fights in the entire saga it was well choreographed and clearly a better movie than Episode II.
    #4 Episode III Revenge of the Sith- By far the best of the prequels. It was a vital peice of the saga and really brought the whole thing together. Maybe not in league with the originals but really stands out from the other prequels.
    #3 Episode V Empire Strikes Back- Many people think this is the best Star Wars movie with the battle of Hoth, Yoda’s words of wisdom and the ultimate twist at the end “I AM YOUR
    FATHER” Probably the most action packed movie of the saga and a great movie but the other two were better.
    #2 Episode VI Return of the Jedi- This is what the whole saga was leading up to, the redemption of Darth Vader. Vader’s redemption was the best most memorable scene of the entire saga and this movie was the greatest ending to a saga there has ever been. This is how you end a great story like Star Wars.
    #1 Episode IV A New Hope- You can’t debate it. The original is what started it all and this is the only Star Wars movie that could stand alone. My dad always said “The original is always the best” and as for Star Wars he is certainly right. Without this movie there would be no Star Wars. This is what started the greatest fantasy story of all time.


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