It is the film franchise that you will never tire of and is arguably the greatest set of movies ever to be made.
All seven feature films are fantastic in different aspects, but which one is the best of the bunch?
Just as a disclosure there is not one film of the franchise that I don’t love and will defend against any movie critic or fan and I choose to highlight the best moments from each respective film and not concentrate too much on the flaws.
Here we countdown the series set in a galaxy far, far away from worst to best. Punch it Chewie.
7. Episode II: Attack of the Clones
This is seen by many Star Wars fans as the worst of a great bunch, yet the second instalment of the prequels has a lot going for it.
On top of some of the best actions scenes, an interesting backstory of how and why the Stormtroopers were created and Anakin Skywalker’s continuation towards the dark side, Attack of the Clones receives a lot of anger, yet it is a good standalone movie.
6. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
The film that finally showed us how Anakin became Darth Vader and despite it’s critics it took in a whopping $848 million in total at the box office.
Episode III did a great job of tying up those loose ends from the first two prequels and completed several different character arcs. From Ankin’s aforementioned transformation, How and why both Obi Wan and Yoda went into hiding, why the Jedi council seized to exist and saw the births of both Luke and Leia.
5. Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
The final film from the original trilogy saw Vader save his son Luke in the final moments of one of the most anticipated scripts of all time, as we finally saw Darth Sidious’ empire crumble.
Episode VI has in my opinion the second best action sequence out of the seven movies and narrowly misses out on the top spot to the battle of Hoth (more of that later) in the form of the rescue mission, where we see our heroes Luke and Lando Calrissian save Leia and Han Solo from the evil Jabba the Hut.
We see Luke telling Leia that he is her brother, we say a sad farewell to Yoda and apart from the Ewok’s (which in some scenes are awesome) we got to see a great final to the original trilogy.
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The latest instalment of the Star Wars saga saw us find new heroes in the form of Rey and Finn as JJ Abrams directed a new beginning in the franchise’s history as for the first time since Episode IV we had no idea who and why we should care about these characters.
But, after one of the best first acts of a movie that you will ever see, we fall in love with Finn, the Stormtrooper, who has a heart and Rey, who was abandoned by her parents when she was young.
Throw in for good the measure of Han Solo’s death as we said goodbye to my favourite character, along with seeing nods to the original trilogy and several old faces returning to our screens most notably Leia and Luke.
A lot of people questioned why we only saw Luke for the final moments of the film, but I loved that as it leaves us as an audience with so many questions for what he will teach Rey or if he will teach her anything at all. The only thing wrong with the movie was that the second act felt a little bit like A New Hope, but it’s an origin story and I’m nit-picking.
3. Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Ok, so here is where some controversy comes into play. As I previously stated I will defend all seven films, but I feel as though I might have to defend this one the most.
Phantom Menace gets a lot of stick and to some it is seen as the worst of the seven movies, but I love this movie and here is why:
We are introduced to Obi Wan, arguably the best character in the whole franchise and we get to see him as a Padawan under the guidance of Jedi master Qui-Gon Jin with both Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson putting in stellar performances. We see how Anakin was seen as the chosen one who would eventually bring balance to the force, we get to see one of the coolest looking characters from the franchise in Darth Maul and we get to see the illustrious Jedi Council.
After learning about the Jedi from the original trilogy it was amazing to actually be able to see the stunning views of Coruscant and despite Jar Jar Binks’ annoyance the movie brought back the franchise with the best lightsaber duel from all seven feature-films.
2. Episode IV: A New Hope
The movie that started the world’s love affair with Star Wars and it takes the number two spot on this list.
George Lucas’ vision saw fans gifted a near-perfect film that told us about the force, the unrest in the Galaxy and re-defined the Sci-Fi genre as we saw Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan, Han Solo, Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca and the Millennium Falcon for the first time.
The story was simple, a Princess needs the help of an old Jedi, who finds a Padawan, who just happens to be the Princess’ brother, who pick up some friends along their magical journey, but left us with so many questions about the backstory of the Jedi and the Dark Side.
1. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Yeah, like there was going to be another choice for top spot on this list. As mentioned before the battle of Hoth is the greatest action sequence from the franchise, as we not only see Luke use his much-improved Jedi skills from Episode IV, but there is a lot of emphasis of how great a pilot he is.
We hear one of the greatest lines in Hollywood, when Vader reveals the chilling fact that he is Luke’s Father just moments after chopping his son’s hand off, which on the first viewing is one of the most plot-twisting images in cinema history.
Along with this we come across Lando for the first time who is in charge of the visually stunning Cloud City, Yoda is introduced to fans as Luke begins his Jedi training and Leia and Han’s relationship is elevated to the next level as they profess their love for one another.