Star Wars Ranked
Star Wars is a worldwide phenomenon that has brought people of so many kinds together. It’s a series that has changed the way of movies. It was one of the first franchises and is the inspiration behind many successful series we see today. Star Wars has captured the hearts of so many people that we still get excited 30 years later anytime we hear something Star Wars related. I wouldn’t consider this list fact by any means. The great thing about Star Wars is each movie has a special connection to each & every fan and we all have our favorite Star Wars movie for our own particular reasons. For me the entire series was a huge part of my child hood, I even enjoy the prequels. Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars movie I saw in theaters and I really cherish that memory even if it includes nightmares like Jar Jar Binks. And to be honest, we hate the prequels not because they’re bad movies, because they’re disappointments to the high standard we hold Star Wars too. They’re most certainly better than most blockbusters that come out these days and even though George Lucas has done a lot to piss me off as fan, I have to thank him for giving us these beautiful characters and I’m glad he sold it to fans who would love to continue his magnificent world so another generation can experience it.
8. Star Wars: Rogue One
Maybe this ranking might be too harsh but I absolutely hated this film. While Attack of the Clones and Phantom Menace meander on being bad, at least they're entertaining which Rogue One was not. The direction is poor, the plot is cliche & predictable, the characters are all terrible and super undeveloped. Not to mention the bland leads in Felicity Jones & Diego Luna (who are great actors). It doesn't even feel like a film part of the Star Wars universe and the film is a drag. It lacks any action and when it does it's bland generic gun shooting. Gareth Edwards direction has always been mostly boring and Rogue One again showcases that. Also the plot keeps going forward but there is hardly any development. It moves because the movie needs to move towards the inevitable conclusion. Also the first Star Wars film without John Williams and Michael Giachinno comes back to impersonate Williams again but his score lacks absolute life. Not a surprise, since he wrote it in a month. The whole production with the film was a mess, constant reshoots & constant rewriters by multiple people. Rogue One screams cash cow and it's noticeable. The film has a cool Darth Vader sequence that's 30 seconds long but that's not enough to save a movie that's longer than 2 hours.
7. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
You probably didn’t see this one coming. I have a odd relationship with AOTC, it’s the only Star Wars movie that on first viewing has left an icky taste in my mouth and over repeated viewings that taste still remains there but the hate has faded out slightly. The movie starts off as a huge improvement over Phantom Menance. It manages to have a slightly better plot the first half is really good with Obi Wan investigating the clone conspiracy. His showdown with Jango Fett is a lot of fun. We even get to see Boba as a little Mexican boy with an accent. Okay that’s not really cool but at least we get to see what caused the birth of Boba. I liked that part, I just don’t like how Jango is treated in the climax. I don’t know what it is with Lucas & Fetts but that guy treats them like shit in their final moments. I’ll have to get back to that because I’ll start with the true downfall of the movie. The Anakin/Padme love story is so awful. It’s poorly writen. In the beginning she’s creeped out by him and he’s saying some creepy things to her. He’s not the little adorable kid anymore. Those lines won’t work as an adult bud. The dialogue between the two is just so bad that I thought about pulling up quotes but going over some of the things they say to each other, I want to take my laptop and destroy it. Bad writing is one thing but Lucas doesn’t know how to direct actors, so having inexperienced actors say these lines is damaging to their careers. Luckily Natalie Portman managed to get past the damage, Hayden Christensen did not. He’s actually become a good actor. I saw him in a movie a couple of years ago and was impressed by how he was. A shame he didn’t use any of that talent in Attack of the Clones. He’s completely awful in this movie and he’s kind of unbearable to watch. Then you have Ewan McGregor trying his best to breathe chemistry into this relationship. It’s painful. But back to Anakin/Padme stuff, the Obi Wan Kenobi stuff is exciting as well as the Jedi stuff but the back and forth with Anakin/Padme is just brutal. That whole sequence is shot beautifully but it contains some bad acting and dialogue. Frolicking in the fields? Really George Lucas? I blame George Lucas entirely for that entire sequence. The guy doesn’t know how to write love stories at all or character dynamics. Otherwise film is decent because of everything else going on. When I watch Attack of the Clones I skip those scenes anyway. There’s some important stuff in those scenes though to keep an eye out for like Anakin stating his belief in a dictatorship as rule to govern a proper society. It makes me understand where Darth Vader is coming from better. Their story improves slightly when they travel to Tatooine and Anakin gets revenge for his mother. Pivotal moment for Anakin joining the dark side. Anakin’s brattiness finally pays off because now we’re getting the true change to the dark side. After that the film falls apart, Count Dooku is the bad guy and there’s no reason explained for why he joined the dark side, confusing plot points and twists start to come in, Obi Wan does nothing for a long time. It then picks up at the battle but then it becomes a snoozefest as it just drags on and on. Then we get a lame lightsaber battle but on a positive we get a badass moment of Yoda fighting Count Dooku. Too bad it happens for 30 seconds. The last couple of minutes aren’t too bad in its set up for the sequel but to summarize, AotC kills itself with some awful writing, an inconsistent tone and a movie that drags way too long. It’s the longest Star Wars movie for no reason. I applaud Attack of the Clones for its much more action paced tone then it’s predecessor, more depth on the jedis and some of the cinematography but overall I cannot watch it in its entirety. I have to skip scenes to get through it and that’s not right.
6. Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
Many might want to argue with me that Phantom Menace should be lower but there’s a couple of reasons why I put it above. For one I have to admit, I kind of enjoy the movie. Not to mention it has the best fight scene in the entire series. Darth Maul vs Obi Wan & Qui Gon is pure epicness but the film is heavily flawed. Not flawed in as its a bad movie, it has way too many mistakes from a poor director. The entire’s movie flaws lie solely on Lucas. The direction is very choppy and the acting is very poor besides Liam Neeson. I think the actors struggled with George Lucas’ odd writing but Terrence Stamp summed it up well. Lucas was more focused on the effects than the actual movie and it shows. Terrence gets 2 lines? How do you get Terrence Stamp in your movie and not give him anything to do? Another reason TPM is problematic is it suffers from a story that makes no sense unless you’ve seen the other Star Wars. To be fair, there hardly seems to be story as it’s just all background stuff on existing characters. It comes off as a one off film that seems like prologue for the entire series. Nothing really happens in the movie that’s relevant to the others except the discovering of Anakin. Anakin turns out to be played by an annoying little kid who loves to say yippee and I know that turned of a lot people off seeing Darth Vader like that. I’m okay with Anakin being innocent, it’s the only movie in the prequel trilogy to actually show him as a noble figure (that he’s described to be in the OG trilogy) and innocent from the dark side. I wish they showed him meeting Palpatine & seeing Palpatine insert his seed into the mix. Or even hints of the dark side. It would have made the Darth Vader transition easier and not trying to rush it in Revenge of the Sith Instead it relies on knowledge from viewers but you cannot introduce a new Star Wars fan with Episode I. It would turn them off from Star Wars. The correct viewing order should be IV, V, I, II, III, VI. Another thing that’s wrong with TPM is interesting characters are introduced and then killed off or never seen from again. I would have loved to see Qui Gon return (which he almost did in Revenge of the Sith. Wish that still happened) and I’m not mad that they killed Darth Maul but he’s such an interesting threatening character, that they couldn’t bother to put him more in the movie? Had Phantom Menace been in the hands of a more capable director, I think it could have extraordinary. For example someone like Spielberg. Phantom Menace needed to get rid of the political nonsense, have a focused plot. Like trade issues are causing a turbulence in the force? WTF? After witness all the Star Wars movies, I’ve come to assume the plot as Darth Sidious planning to screw a lot of people over. It makes TPM more enjoyable for me and then you have the cat & mouse game with Maul in the background. It could have done with a lot more Maul. It’s minor fixes that could have improved the movie. Now what about Jar Jar Binks? Look I don’t think the idea of Jar Jar Binks was bad. Comedic relief is always good. C3PO has a special place in all Star Wars fans’ hearts and I think Lucas wanted to recreate that effect but it’s so forced. Jar Jar has annoying voice, his comedic beats are not out of humor but annoyance. Even Liam Neeson is like get the this stupid mothereffer out of here. He’s incredibly rude at dinner, he’s a coward (he learned nothing from spending time with the jedis) and a complete moron. Every problematic situation he gets himself into, like getting paralyzed by the pod racer, getting into a fight with Sebulba is because he didn’t use his head. Qui Gon tells him to not touch anything and he goes and touches something. That’s not funny, that’s being an annoying little shit and I can imagine Lucas sitting in chair laughing to himself thinking this trash is funny. Phantom Menace made me realize that Lucas is a glorified producer with way too much creative control. Even with all its flaws, I enjoy Phantom Menace. It’s the first Star Wars movie I’ve seen in theaters, I find joy in the pod racing, I love Qui Gon Jinn & Darth Maul and I think John Williams’ score reached a new high. Duel of the Fates anyone? Phantom Menace benefits from a viewing experience if seen right after Empire Strikes Back because it helps you understand certain things better. I even get to see my favorite character Obi Wan Kenobi kick some ass in an amazing fight scene towards the end. I can’t even tell you how many times I have watched that end fight. That end fight alone gives it points above Attack of the Clones. I think I’m going to go watch that fight again right now.
5. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Return of the Jedi is such a weird movie. It’s the end of the entire Star Wars story but it’s the beginning of George Lucas’ descent into ego mania. I know Lucas hates directing but he practically hired a yes man and micromanaged him the entire movie. That’s one of the reasons a great director by the name of David Lynch turned him down. One can imagine what Lynch would have done with Return of the Jedi. Return of the Jedi gets a lot of slack from Star Wars fanatics but I have to say its flaws put it on a level with the prequels. I don’t hate it, I still like it but it’s full of 80s cheese. While the other 2 Star Wars movies felt like actual award worthy movies, Return of the Jedi feels like an 80s action sci/fi. Return of the Jedi suffers from an inconsistent tone, it starts off with the whole Jabba the Hut plot which I found awful. It reeks of B movie vibes and goes on for way too long. Then you get Boba Fett getting treated like a fool, and AN AWFUL MUSICAL NUMBER. After Empire Strikes Back, I wanted to see Luke go back to his training and confront Yoda & Obi Wan first but apparently Luke went & did his training and became a jedi in this time jump. And that’s the thing that I hate about Star Wars, it has these weird time jumps that sometimes skip over pivotal details and this time jump bothered me the most, Luke doesn’t confront Yoda & Obi Wan about the twist till the middle of the movie, so what the hell was training like? And Lando & Chewie chilled for a year to rescue Han? And this is a minor quibble but the film then turns into a comedy with the Ewoks. I know they get a lot of hate but I like them & dislike them at the same time. They’re adorable and I would love to have my own Ewok that I could hang out with. What I don’t like is I’m supposed to accept cute teddy bears as warriors that can take out stormtroopers? Uhhhh that’s a little weird & silly but it’s what happened and I’m not going to cry about it. I didn’t like how the movie becomes a comedy for a good part especially when there’s a dark story going on in the background. I enjoyed the comedy but I think it went overboard. Leia turns in hammed out performance, she goes from strong female character, to dimwit in love, to bad acting. I guess Carrie Fisher & George Lucas were too busy fooling around & partying to give a shit. My hate for Lucas piles up. It’s the most unprofessional thing to do and you shouldn’t encourage behavior like that which nearly destroyed Fisher’s life. Especially when you know better. The movie in its third act becomes an action movie with some emotional drama in the background. And it’s so stagnant, it takes place in 3 locations for an hour straight which seems like a letdown from the adventures of the previous 2 movies. Then you also get this stupid and I mean STUPID twist that Leia is Luke’s sister. It’s such a bullshit cop out that added nothing to the series. It’s so bad that it kind of ruins the first 2 movies where all Luke does is talk about how beautiful Leia is and then the kiss in the second one, and him sitting proud. Yuck. What really made Return of the Jedi enjoyable for me was that we still get the same characters we love doing the same stuff we love and Luke’s story from beginning to end was a spectacular. I’m glad it wasn’t an action oriented showdown. It’s the most emotion and development we get from Vader. I think Revenge of the Sith makes that story even more interesting, and when Vader finally leaves the dark side, I find it bittersweet. The whole time Vader wanted was a better world for his children & his willingness to do anything for them led him to the dark side but he comes to a realization that this was all for nothing and sacrifices his life for Luke. It almost got me teary. Even with Return of the Jedi’s flaws & inconsistent tones & cheesiness like General Ackbar, teddy bear warriors, Lando’s Co Pilot (THAT LAUGH HE HAS OH DEAR) and the B movie vibes, the story of Luke & Vader has a perfect wrap and it’s a satisfying conclusion to a great saga.
4. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
It’s widely agreed that Force Awakens was an unnecessary movie as the story reached closure with Return of the Jedi but it’s still exciting to have a new trilogy be added to the original 6. Sadly Force Awakens is a disappointment. It’s a good movie but is a rehash of the plot points from the original trilogy and brings nothing new to the table. Force Awakens was shrouded heavily in mystery during marketing but as time went on people came up with fan theories on what will happen in the movie. Instead Force Awakens feeds you information you already know and reveals nothing. Force Awaken’s biggest issue is that it’s not fresh, it’s not new and recycles old plot points and feels like a trailer for the next 2 movies. That’s a problem neither Phantom Menace or New Hope had. They feel like their own separate entities that leave room for sequels. Even the climax is underwhelming and the final fight is a bore. Force Awakens is so confident that they’ll be a sequel that literally nothing is accomplished from beginning to end. The film also tends to suffer from potholes that could be fleshed out as sequels come out. What makes Force Awakens better than some of the other Star Wars movies is it feels better directed, lacks the cheese, the entire cast is full of solid performances & Kylo Ren and Rey are welcome additions to the universe. Force Awakens entertains but it fails to live up to its own hype and comes off as an extended exposition movie.
3. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
The one that started it all and still remains to be a classic film to this very day. It’s not a perfect movie by any means and I think it’s best to say that For the people who are interested in getting into the franchise and for those who hail it at as a holy grail without flaws. I’m not going to bother pointing out the flaws in the movie because there’d be no point. Every movie has its flaws and its flaws aren’t detrimental to ruin the quality. There’s something magical about Star Wars. It’s one of the first movies of its kind and it really played a huge factor on my life. I’ll give George Lucas respect on this one for a job we ll done. Star Wars was the reason I developed a love for Sci/Fi movies. There’s a lot more nostalgia associated with it as I watched it a million times as a kid but re watching it, it still holds up. It’s adventurous, the characters are great, the whole mythology of Star Wars is enticing. I can go on hours on how great everything about the movie is. It’s funny, it’s entertaining, and it’s got good action. It’s the movie in the series that makes the others better. It’s pure fun from beginning to end and is full of quotable moments. It’s the only movie you can show to anyone to make them a Star Wars fan. At a time where science fiction movies were riddled with cheese, Star Wars stepped up and showed how much can be accomplished if we let our imaginations ruin wild and A New Hope has a special place in kids of all ages growing up.
2. Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
Blasphemy that Empire Strikes Back isn’t my top movie and that doesn’t mean I hate it. I absolutely love it, it’s terrific, it’s thrilling and a huge improvement on Star Wars. It doubles all the stuff that worked in New Hope, it’s more adventurous, it’s insanely tense, its the introduction of Yoda into the series! And it offers further progress on the characters. The one thing that annoys me about Empire Strikes Back is that it heavily relies on the weaker Return of the Jedi to conclude its story. It did change the dynamics of franchise movies by ending on a dark note and it’s become a film thing where every series has its Empire Strikes Back movie, not in quality but in structure. It’s heavily influential. I hate to go on how about how influential a movie is because at the end, entertainment is the most important thing to an average audience member and luckily Empire Strikes Back is a film beyond its time. Of course the effects are dated but it’s the 70s, who cares!? It has one of the greatest twists ever, the hero is easily defeated, the empire has got 1 up on rebels, and Han Solo has been captured. Empire Strikes Back is the one of few if not only films that made me want to watch more. It’s a long movie and it just breezes by. That’s an accomplishment on its own. The only reason I didn’t give it a higher ranking is because it doesn’t feel complete until you see Return of the Jedi. It needs Return of the Jedi to wrap up the plot points and Return of the Jedi is so weak it kind of has its effect on Empire, many would disagree with me on this but I still love Empire Strikes Back. It’s a classic sequel and what sequels should be. Also it’s the best directed movie in the series (LOL NO LUCAS DIRECTION)
1. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Yes. Revenge of the Sith is my number one Star Wars film. For many, I’ve probably lost my credibility but you know what? It’s unfair the hate this movie gets. Yes it’s part of the inferior prequel trilogy and it has some of the problems that plagued the other Star Wars movies, but I feel this is the movie where Lucas thought hey, I seriously need to try my best to make it up to the fans. I wasn’t too crazy about his direction and hated the obscene amount of green screen used in the movie but for the first time in the prequel trilogy we finally get a focused story. The cheese has been cut down to a minimum, and the movie is a joyride from the beginning to end. I had so much fun watching it. The pacing is proper, the action sequences are awesome, the dialogue scenes in my opinion were not boring for once. I loved seeing Palpatine corrupt Anakin, more Jedi mythology and the stakes felt high the whole movie. Obviously you know that things aren’t going to end right but wow this movie is dark. Killing children? That’s insane for a movie that’s supposed to appeal to masses. Then you have an epic climax with Anakin dueling Obi Wan on a lava planet. That’s pure awesomeness and then Darth Sidious vs Yoda at the same time? I honestly believe it has the best third act out of all the Star Wars movies. Now there are problems, I know people complain about the dialogue scenes but it’s a stupid complaint. People are trying to find reasons to hate the movie. I’ll admit, the Padme & Anakin scenes suck once again except the one where Anakin is debating on interfering with Mace’s arrest plans. That’s one of my favorite scenes in the movie when Anakin sheds a tear. For the first time in the prequels I felt a dilemma in Anakin. I wish Lucas utilized more of those moments. Some of the dialogue is absolutely atrocious like, “Love won’t save you, my new powers will” That line is awful and I feel bad for Hayden trying to give life to it but I kind of accepted Lucas’ mediocre screen writing and it was an emotional powerhouse. I know overall people weren’t happy with this portrayal of Anakin as a whiner but look, Darth Vader was always kind of a brat. Look past his cool voice and costume. He still doesn’t listen to the advice of others and uses his powers to bully others. He’s still a lackey, he’s a lackey to Tarik in New Hope. and then Sidious in the other 2. I used to think Anakin saying my master was stupid but Darth Vader said it all the time. Of course between the two during the climax Ewan McGregor is outacting Hayden but his performance really drives that final dagger. It’s actually pathetic to see an innocent kid who only wanted to do good for people and try to save his family to be left to die. I know a lot of people weren’t hopping seeing their favorite character like that but the transition of Anakin to Darth Vader makes perfect sense and it improves the character in Return of the Jedi. The rushed pace to wrap up the storyline was kind of a nuisance because Lucas wasted so much time with the other 2 prequels that most of this movie is playing catch up. It’s no big deal, I’ve been thinking about what would cause the dark force to entirely corrupt and you the concept kind of makes sense . Anakin rushing to kill children shows that dark side once active starts eating parts of the individual’s humanity. Kind of like an addiction to a drug He feels guilty for his first 2 innocents kills but by Mace, the guilt has started to fade away. So the flow worked for me. I even think John Williams really manages to have one of his best works in Episode 3 because it’s using the best from all the movies in here. Revenge of the Sith might have not been a great telling of Anakin’s demise but it’s a great telling of Yoda & Obi Wan’s stories and that I’m okay with. To summarize, I know Revenge of the Sith has its flaws, there’s some silly bad direction at times, but its an emotional dark story for fans of Star Wars lore, it’s action packed with fun sequences, it’s paced properly and ends beautifully with a great end shot and you can’t tell me you didn’t get an adrenaline rush seeing Darth Vader in costume. The “Nooooo” was a bit silly but I was too wrapped up in the moment. For some, they won’t be able to look past Revenge of Sith and its flaws but if you truly let yourself get wrapped into it, it’s a blast. The other Star Wars movies had flaws too, the only sad thing is that it’s part of an inferior trilogy. I had read an article on Revenge of the Sith where they pointed out the flaws but then realize they were getting immersed into the story as it went on. It’s not a bad movie at all, a bad movie is say something like Transformers.