A decisive ranking of all eleven Star Wars films, from best to worst


Disney Plus launches in a UK currently and with it a ability to watch all eleven feature-length Star Wars movies, a word that in 1985 would have sounded preposterous. With so many to select from (and that’s not even including a Holiday Special or a Ewok’s Caravan Of Courage), GQ’s proprietor discontented Star Wars superfan offers a helpful, totally design and decisive list of a best of a original, prequel, supplement and Story films.

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The Empire Strikes Back

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1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Virtually flawless. This is a Star Wars homogeneous of Casablanca. Directed by Irvine Kirshner, constructed by Gary Kurtz with a screenplay in partial by Lawrence Kasdan (in other words, not George Lucas), this has a best dialogue, a deepest characterisation, a many constrained story and a best sold moments of a lot: a Millennium Falcon drifting into a asteroid field, Han being solidified in carbonite, Luke and Darth Vader fighting amid a industrial dejection of a frozen chamber, Chewbacca resounding during Vader (a large deal). As good as a categorical tract twist, that need not be steady here, there is also a steer of Vader kneeling before a formerly secret Emperor (also a large deal). And it has Boba Fett. 

Star Wars: A New Hope

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2. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

The significance of a strange Star Wars was a perfect refreshing newness of a thing. The tract is utterly classic and spasmodic clunky. Lucas picked adult all sorts of duplicate and pastes during his film tyro tutelage and valid discourse was not indispensably his clever point, yet roughly each thought was memorable: a Jawas and Tusken Raiders in a desert, a canteen scene, a beauty of a Millennium Falcon, a threat of Darth Vader and a stormtroopers, a space battles and lightsabers. It is an unconditional fun and it’s not tough to see given it was such a infirm knowledge for children during a time. If this was partial of your life, it only doesn’t leave you.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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3. Rogue One (2016)

Everyone dies, that is many some-more in a suggestion of “Empire” than “Jedi”. It has good casting, generally Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Forest Whitaker. The reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO is a neat thought and a kind of adroitness lacking in both a prequels and a newer films, while a elementary and pacy tract provides a unequivocally intelligent couple to A New Hope. The clarity of unavoidable doom gives a assembly a critical dose of angst, that is apparently a good thing. Because it’s so good offset between a Skywalker films and can live as a standalone story and it feels like correct Star Wars, that creates it flattering many a sum success.

Return Of The Jedi

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4. Return Of The Jedi (1983)

Flawed yet underappreciated and perpetually sinister by a Ewoks, a initial hour of a film builds easily towards something it never utterly delivers. If, as has been rumoured for years, a strange diagnosis had Wookiees instead of Ewoks, a film would have been inestimably improved and done a whole lot some-more sense. In a end, though, a teddy bears kind of killed it for everyone. The final space conflict is beautifully choreographed and Luke’s scuffle with a Emperor brings that sold account to a gratifying end. The remastered chronicle serve tarnished a knowledge by creation a infinite preference to finish a film with a redeemed Hayden Christensen rather than a aged Anakin.

Revenge Of The Sith

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5. Revenge Of The Sith (2005)

This is a many beguiling of a prequels given it’s a pantomime, lacking any refinement and nuance, yet somehow, given it is heading us behind to a strange films, it grows into something imitative entertainment. The finale manages to communicate a small of a unhappy that saves a improved films from galactic schmaltz. However, it does enclose a jump-the-shark impulse for Yoda when he says, “Not if anything to do with it, we have.”

The Force Awakens

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6. The Force Awakens (2015)

It looked like “real” Star Wars, that was a earnest start after a ever-decreasing circles of a prequels. It introduced Rey, a one unequivocally decent impression in a newer films, yet it also introduced a whole bucket of other purposeless ones (Finn, Poe, Captain Phasma, General Hux etc), all of whom start their journeys down account passed ends that camber a lives of a subsequent dual films. Han Solo’s genocide and Chewbacca’s demented response is a many relocating moment, that rather demonstrates a problems it has reaching over a strange characters.

The Phantom Menace

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7. The Phantom Menace (1999)

More a record of George Lucas’ mind farts than a movie, it was a biggest let down given a Munich Agreement. There’s infrequent (if unintended) racism, Jar Jar Binks, midi-chlorians (the singular many self-defeating thought Lucas ever came adult with), an overcomplicated tract about a trade guild and a awful casting of Anakin, who resembled a impression from a Nickelodeon family sitcom rather than a selected one who would move change to a Force. Despite everything, there are a few good moments and Liam Neeson is a unequivocally convincing Jedi who saves several scenes singlehandedly. The lightsaber conflict during a finish is extensive fun and John Williams’ measure combined something uninformed and noted to his famous leitmotifs.

The Rise Of Skywalker

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8. The Rise Of Skywalker (2019)

A rather fatuous try to move all a strands of a Skywalker account together. It looks and sounds great, yet ends a final trilogy with a same problems that had hamstrung it given a inception: lifeless characters, prosaic attempts during humour and a star that could not live within a possess rules. The lapse of Emperor Palpatine should have been a acquire showstopper, yet we couldn’t assistance feel it was all partial of an try to scratch behind belligerent mislaid so conspicuously by The Last Jedi.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

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9. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

This is a lot of fun yet doesn’t unequivocally go over that. Donald Glover is superb as Lando Calrissian and given I’ve motionless Chewbacca is my favourite impression – and a best actor of a lot (I do know he’s not real, right?) – afterwards a some-more of a walking runner there is a better. The downside is that start stories can kill a mystique and so deconstructing Han Solo fundamentally takes some of a glaze off a many puzzling and essential impression of them all.

Attack Of The Clones

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10. Attack Of The Clones (2002)

This has one good stage when a Jedi all seem in a locus on Geonosis, something many fans had always fantasised about, yet a rest of a film is a mess. Hayden Christensen’s stipulations as Anakin Skywalker are rather painfully unprotected and viewers are left unsettled by a Princess descending in adore with a teenage Christensen, whom she initial met when he was nine. This is a film in that a miss of intuition into how a prequels pronounce to a strange films unequivocally kicks in, with some of a misfortune smoothness errors ever committed to celluloid (if such a thing still existed).

The Last Jedi

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11. The Last Jedi (2017)

Makes no sense, purposeless storylines, humourless, incomprehensible characters… This film – unforgivably – contains flashback scenes and not even Lucas stooped to such a low, idle pretence of bad storytelling. The tract was probably abandoned by a one that followed it, that tells a possess story. The biggest beating of all (and they were legion) is that it reliable a producers of a 3 final films had conjunction a bravery or a wit to come adult with any strange ideas of their own, yet elite a array of bad photocopies of a early trilogy.

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