Ranking the Star Wars Movies

So with Episode IX having come out, and given the current state of the franchise, I think it's safe to do this thread. If/when another Star Wars film is released, it's at least a long way off.

So, simple ranking. I'm not going to exclude any films, so you can throw in the holiday special in if you care to. For myself, I'm ranking every Star Wars film I've seen except Battle for Endor, which was so long ago I can't really rank it with any real objectivity.

So, on that note:

12) The Clone Wars
11) Attack of the Clones
10) Rogue One
9) The Rise of Skywalker
8) The Phantom Menace
7) The Force Awakens
6) Solo
5) The Last Jedi
4) The Empire Strikes Back
3) Revenge of the Sith
2) Return of the Jedi
1) A New Hope

Agree, disagree, rant, rate, discuss.

Or not.

From best to worst:

New Hope
Empire Strikes Back
Rogue One
Return of the Jedi
Last Jedi
Revenge of the Sith

-Powergap-

Solo
Phantom Menace
Force Awakens
Rise of Skywalker
Attack of the Clones

Haven't seen the Clone Wars movie, the Holiday Special or anything about Ewoks but I don't feel like I'm missing out on much, honestly.

I see it as

1)Star Wars
2)Return of the Jedi
3)The Empire Strikes Back

...what??

Best to wurst

Empire Strikes Back
A New Hope
Return of the Jedi
Revenge of the Sith
The Force Awakens
The Phantom Menace
Rogue One
Attack of the Clones
Last Jedi

Haven't seen Solo or RoS.
In general though, the other SW properties are better than the movies. Though that may come down to being more able to take the good bits and pieces instead of having to judge it on it's own. Like Rebels isn't very good, but it has good bits, including a really great bit with Obiwan and Maul.

Meh, episode 3 kinda fucked up my view of starwars as great so Im just going to say the Family Guy starwars series. Although I did have a lot of fun with the Last Jedi, like the most fun I've had with a starwars movie in years.

Worgen:
Meh, episode 3 kinda fucked up my view of starwars as great so Im just going to say the Family Guy starwars series. Although I did have a lot of fun with the Last Jedi, like the most fun I've had with a starwars movie in years.

I'll take Episode III over any of the Family Guy "parodies" (more like plagiarism). Spaceballs is still the best Star Wars parody ever made.

1. The Empire Strikes Back
2. Rise of Skywalker
3. The Last Jedi
4. Return of the Jedi
5. A New Hope
6. Revenge of the Sith
7. Force Awakens
8. Rouge One
9. Phantom Menace
10. Attack of the Clones

I have no intention of seeing the Solo movie; it's a waste of my time. I don't have Disney+, so Mandolorian can wait on Blu Ray. I never saw the pilot movie for Clone Wars (3D), but the TV series & 2D shorts are better than the whole prequel trilogy, Solo, and Rouge One.

Lets see...

1. Empire Strikes Back
2. Rogue One
3. Return of the Jedi
4. Phantom Menace
5. Revenge of the Sith
6. A New Hope
7. Attack of the Clones
8. The Holiday Special
9. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
10. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
11. Force Awakens
12. Solo
13. Rise of the Skywalker
14. Last Jedi

1. Rogue One
2. New Hope
3. Return of the Jedi
4. Last Jedi
5. Revenge of the Sith
6. Empire Strikes Back
7. Solo
8. Rise of Skywalker
9. Phantom Menance
10. Attack of the Clones
11. Force Awakens

Silentpony:
Lets see...

1. Empire Strikes Back
2. Rogue One
3. Return of the Jedi
4. Phantom Menace
5. Revenge of the Sith
6. A New Hope
7. Attack of the Clones
8. The Holiday Special
9. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
10. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
11. Force Awakens
12. Solo
13. Rise of the Skywalker
14. Last Jedi

Hm, yeah, we can't forget the "lesser known" stuff... This list is pretty good. I would put "Solo" and "The Force Awakens" bit higher, "Rogue One" slightly lower (But still ok - best of the newest ones)...

also i can't really differentiate (and barely remember "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith" - so weird, just have three scenes in my mind total from both of those movies)

Also switch "A New Hope" and "Phantom Menace"

"Last Jedi" was absolutely infuriating (second worst cinema experience i had in my life) and so i didn't see "Rise of Skywalker" yet.

But seriously the Christmas special is still down at the bottom.

1. Empire Strikes Back
2. Return of the Jedi
3. A New Hope
4. Phantom Menace
5. Revenge of the Sith
6. Rogue One
7. Attack of the Clones
8. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
9. Solo
10. Force Awakens
11. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
13. The Holiday Special
14. Last Jedi

Not seen: "Rise of Skywalker", "Clone Wars the Movie"

So do we rate the games and the series too?
Good: Jedi Knight (1+2), Knight of the Old Republic (1+2), Dark Forces, Tie Fighter
Clone Wars (2D), The Mandalorian

Bad: a lot...

For me its

1. A New Hope
2. Empire
3. The Force Awakens
4. Rogue One
5. The Last Jedi
6. The Rise of Skywalker
7. Return of the Jedi
8. Solo
9. Revenge of the Sith
10. Phantom Menace
11. Attack of the Clones

But for me there's basically no difference from 2 - 7 so I could make an argument to switch any of those really. And even though Attack of the Clones was terrible... the only time I've seen it (on release day) was the second biggest Star Wars 'event' I ever attended. It was the first entirely digitally shot and displayed movie they showed in my hometown. Our town's at the time largest employer, Boeing, had donated a digital projector to the theater for the event and the party was stellar. Awful movie, and the projector glitched out a few times, but a great time was had by all.

I'd make a list, but I honestly don't feel like grading/ranking stuff anymore. It's a pain.
So I'll just keep it simple: do I feel like maybe watching it again sometime? Yes or no?

Yes
A New Hope
Empire Strikes Back

No
Everything else

Summerstorm:

But seriously the Christmas special is still down at the bottom.

The Christmas special at least has comedic value.

Also.

Summerstorm:
8. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure

My dude!

1. The Last Jedi (yes, really)
2. Empire Strikes Back (very close second)
3. A New Hope
4. The Force Awakens
5. Rise of Skywalker
6. Return of the Jedi
7. Solo (decent)
8. Rogue One (not a fan)
9. Phantom Menace
10. Attack of the Clones
11. Revenge of the Sith

I know I'm probably in the minority here but I think the prequels got progressively worse with each iteration. Yes, Phantom Menace silly and awkard but holy shit Clones and Sith are bad, overloaded with CGI, bad acting, ridiculous fan service, atrocious dialogue and confounding stories that fail to deliver the overall aim of the prequel trilogy -- showing how and why Anakin turned to the dark side and destroyed the Jedi order. There was so much potential there, and it was wasted.

Summerstorm:

Silentpony:
Lets see...

1. Empire Strikes Back
2. Rogue One
3. Return of the Jedi
4. Phantom Menace
5. Revenge of the Sith
6. A New Hope
7. Attack of the Clones
8. The Holiday Special
9. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
10. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
11. Force Awakens
12. Solo
13. Rise of the Skywalker
14. Last Jedi

Hm, yeah, we can't forget the "lesser known" stuff... This list is pretty good. I would put "Solo" and "The Force Awakens" bit higher, "Rogue One" slightly lower (But still ok - best of the newest ones)...

also i can't really differentiate (and barely remember "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith" - so weird, just have three scenes in my mind total from both of those movies)

Also switch "A New Hope" and "Phantom Menace"

"Last Jedi" was absolutely infuriating (second worst cinema experience i had in my life) and so i didn't see "Rise of Skywalker" yet.

But seriously the Christmas special is still down at the bottom.

1. Empire Strikes Back
2. Return of the Jedi
3. A New Hope
4. Phantom Menace
5. Revenge of the Sith
6. Rogue One
7. Attack of the Clones
8. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
9. Solo
10. Force Awakens
11. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
13. The Holiday Special
14. Last Jedi

Not seen: "Rise of Skywalker", "Clone Wars the Movie"

So do we rate the games and the series too?
Good: Jedi Knight (1+2), Knight of the Old Republic (1+2), Dark Forces, Tie Fighter
Clone Wars (2D), The Mandalorian

Bad: a lot...

The reason I put A New Hope so low is because the acting really is atrocious. Mark and Harrison are just terrible. Their lines are horrible, they sound awkward and like they're doing this as a college favor. Its just awkward compared to the other movies.
and I think the Darth Maul duel is the best ever done in a Star Wars movies. The newest trilogy are just horrible - they feel more like Game of Thrones 'just stab them in the dick' fights than what are supposed to be Samurai western duels.

Solo I couldn't get into because what's his face is just terrible as Han. And what's his face as Lando was equally bad. They come off like they can't really believe they're in a Star Wars movie. Hell, Childish Gambino felt more like he was in a Community spiff episode of star wars than a serious young Lando.

As for the Christmas episode, its better than all the new trilogy and Solo 'cause at least it didn't fuck up the established canon for cheap twists. Like Bea Arthur singing about closing the Cantina is goofy, but at least they didn't turn Luke Skywalker into a bitter, cowardly, hopeless old curmudgeon who has given up on fighting the Empire after failing to kill his nephew.
It just turned him into a Ken Doll

Okay...

1. A New Hope
2. The Empire Strikes Back
3. Return of the Jedi
4. The Last Jedi

5...the 3 prequels, I have little memory of them.

I can't quite decide if I would put Rise of Skywalker above the prequels or below. It was vaguely entertaining to start with, but I'd really had enough by a certain point

, the film really sledged downhill after that for me. Some parts had me grimacing.

Not seen The Force Awakens, although I quite like the Last Jedi, so would probably get 4th or 5th place

I really do need to watch all the Star Wars movies, I think it would be a fun marathon thing I could do. Also where all the Star Wars memes?

Exley97:

11. Revenge of the Sith


See like that.

Well, the originals are still the best. That has never changed and nor is it likely too. I like the sequel trilogy more than the prequels, but the prequels have the better expanded universe with the as of yet unequaled "The Clone Wars".

Rogue One and Solo I felt were both excellent side stories in the universe, although I don't blame anyone who looked at a movie about Han Solo that didn't star Harrison Ford and ask "What is the point of this?"

1) The original trilogy.
2) The rest.

1. Revenge of the Sith
2. Rogue One
3. A New Hope
4. Return of the Jedi
5. Empire Strikes Back
6. The Force Awakens
7. Rise of Skywalker
8. The Phantom Menace
9. Rise of Skywalker
10. Attack of the Clones
11. The Last Jedi

Still have yet to see Solo. I imagine it'll probably be put somewhere between 6-10 or so

1. Empire Strikes Again
2. A New Hope
3. Return of the Jedi
4. The Force Awakens
5. Revenge of the Sith
6. The Last Jedi
7. Rogue One
8. Solo
9. The Phantom Menace
10. Attack of the Clones

PENDING - Rise of the Skywalker

Planned to watch it in my local cinema on thursday, but the only play it dubbed. Might see it when it's out on discs/streaming platforms then.

1. Empire Strikes Back
2. The Last Jedi
3. A New Hope
4. Return of the Jedi
5. The Force Awakens
6. Phantom Menace
7. Solo
8. Rogue One
9. Revenge of the Sith
10. Rise of Skywalker
11. Attack of the Clones

Empire Strikes Back likely only makes the number 1 spot due to nostalgia, otherwise The Last Jedi meets if not exceeds it in pretty much every way. Phantom Menace (I never really was annoyed by Jar Jar or kid Anakin) was easily the best of the Prequel Trilogy, it would work as an entirely self contained thing and didn't require everybody to be massive morons 9/10ths of the time for the plot to work... just 6/10ths, which is typical of a Star Wars movie. Solo was decently plotted and the guy they got to play young Han was a pretty good fit, but I feel like the movie would've clicked with me a lot better had it came out before The Force Awakens thanks to Solo meeting his end in that movie. Rogue One had some interesting characters like the K2 Droid but really felt like this movie would've worked a LOT better as a few episodes of a TV series like Rebels than it would have as a live action movie. The story of how the Death Star plans got to the Rebels has been told far better before, and it just had this... tone over it that just didn't feel right.

Revenge of the Sith was decent but far too much idiocy, and I put Rise of Skywalker almost at the bottom due to retroactively making the rest of the Sequel Trilogy much much worse due to utterly ignoring or retconning rather than making use of the numerous plot setups The Last Jedi had like it should have, otherwise it was watchable. Attack of the Clones has to take the bottom spot by virtue of being the first and I hope only Star Wars movie I will never watch more than once, just from how generally blah it is and being even worse about the idiot plotting than Revenge of the Sith.

Yeah, I'd probably just rank them in chronological order too. Star Wars just kept getting worse and worse and I gave up on the franchise after the boring mess that was The Force Awakens.

immortalfrieza:
and it just had this... tone over it that just didn't feel right.

Rogue One, to me, feels like Star Wars trying to go down the "dark and gritty" route. And while Star Wars is a big enough franchise (both in and out of universe) to tell that kind of story, for me, least for the films, it isn't my thing. For me, Star Wars is escapist space adventure. That doesn't preclude it from having deeper themes at time (see RotS and TLJ for instance), but Rogue One has a "grunge" feel that feels out of place. So did Solo in a sense, but even if its aesthetic was grim, it was still a fun film.

Hawki:

immortalfrieza:
and it just had this... tone over it that just didn't feel right.

Rogue One, to me, feels like Star Wars trying to go down the "dark and gritty" route. And while Star Wars is a big enough franchise (both in and out of universe) to tell that kind of story, for me, least for the films, it isn't my thing. For me, Star Wars is escapist space adventure. That doesn't preclude it from having deeper themes at time (see RotS and TLJ for instance), but Rogue One has a "grunge" feel that feels out of place. So did Solo in a sense, but even if its aesthetic was grim, it was still a fun film.

I just wish they stuck with the original idea for Rogue One, about a high stakes ensemble heist movie. I would have 100% been down for a Mission Impossible in space instead of... whatever the hell that movie was.

If ye'd be willing to listen to the opinion of someone who really doesn't give a shit about Star Wars..

Empire Strikes Back and A New Hope are really the only ones that I find entertaining enough. I'll even give a passing grade to The Force Awakens for being a pretty entertaining space adventure movie, if you disregard its lazy attempts to recapture the old Star Wars feeling.

Everything else.. just ugh. I mean, the prequels can be seen as enjoyable in a Doctor Quinn: Medicine Woman kind of way, but Rogue One was dull as fuck, and The Last Jedi gave me Batman v. Superman flashbacks. And I'm never going to bother with Rise of Skywalker or probaly any future Star Wars movie.

Fun

New Hope
Empire
Revenge of the Sith

Decent
Return of the Jedi
Phantom Menance
Force Awakens

Semi Decent
Last Jedi

Worthless
Attack of the Clones
Rogue One
Solo

 

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