How do you rank the Star Wars films? [SPOILERS!]

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  1. Turnaround

    Turnaround Long Time Listener, First Time Caller Thread Starter

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    How do you rank the Star Wars films, including Rogue One?

    I would guess most people will place the original trilogy films ahead of the prequel films; rank the original trilogy with IV (New Hope) or V (Empire) as the best and VI (Return of the Jedi) as the least; and rank the prequels as III-II-I, best to worst. I think opinions will vary for the newer films, VII (Force Awakens), Rogue One, and VIII (Last Jedi).

    I added the spoiler warning in the thread title, as people may talk about Last Jedi here!

    Here's my list. VIII and VI are a tie for me, and Rogue One and II are also a tie for me.

    Best to Worst:
    Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
    Episode IV – A New Hope
    Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
    Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
    Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
    Episode VII – The Force Awakens
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    Episode II – Attack of the Clones
    Episode I – The Phantom Menace
     
  2. Encuentro

    Encuentro Forum Resident

    I’m going to give it a shot, but with the exception of number 1, the list isn’t set in stone.

    1. The Empire Strikes Back
    2. Star Wars
    3. Return of the Jedi
    4. The Last Jedi
    5. The Force Awakens
    6. Rogue One
    7. Revenge of the Sith
    8. The Phantom Menace
    9. Attack of the Clones
     
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  3. Edwin Hawley

    Edwin Hawley Forum Resident

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    1. Star Wars
    2. Empire
    3. Return of the Jedi

    I'm not aware of any others.
     
  4. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

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    That looks about right. :righton:

    Btw, I don’t think I saw any of the last three, at least not all the way through.
     
  5. rednax

    rednax Forum Resident

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    1. Empire Strikes Back
    2. Star Wars
    3. Return Of The Jedi
    4. Force Awakens
    5. Revenge Of The Sith
    6. Phantom Menace
    7. Attack Of The Clones
    8. Last Jedi
     
  6. anthontherun

    anthontherun Forum Resident

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    Not too dissimilar from the OP:

    1. The Empire Strikes Back
    2. A New Hope [I had these two reversed before but recently rewatched IV-VII and I'm officially on board with Empire at the top]
    3. The Last Jedi
    4. The Force Awakens
    5. Return of the Jedi
    6. Rogue One
    7. Revenge of the Sith
    8. The Phantom Menace
    9. Attack of the Clones
     
  7. delmonaco

    delmonaco Forum Resident

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

    Gregster Forum Resident

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    Yo,

    This is not easy ! I rate all of them as equals, though there are a few slips with some films, but one really stands out as a truly stand-alone success....Episodes I-III offer a complete historical perspective of the series, & are much better in appeal after a few viewings IMO. Growing-up with Episode IV-VI makes them special for sure, & in contrast to the others, it was certainly the acting & actors that made these films great, as opposed to modern technologies & special effects visually engaging you. (If episodes IV-VI are compared to say J.R.R.Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings", then episodes I-III are like the "Silmarillion", (a historical narrative with tales, compared to a singular tale)).

    I'm voting for "Rogue One" here as my favorite film. It really surprised the heck-out-of-me as to how well the story was crafted to perfectly fit-in with the series. And the characterizations were more human, & believable IMO. - ( Great acting & casting here too I thought ). It also has no real happy ending, as our hero's die for the belief in a greater cause. Awesome.

    Here's to episode 3.5 LOL !

    Cheers,

    Gregster
     
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  9. Wounded Land

    Wounded Land Forum Resident

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

    benjaminhuf Forum Resident

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

    Fan since 1977. Just saw The Last Jedi for the 3rd time today in Cinemark XD 3D. The Last Jedi is now my favorite Star Wars movie. Spectacular. Emotional. Thought-provoking. Very good characters and character arcs. And I really enjoyed the story. I realize this is a controversial view perhaps shared by no one else here.
     
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  11. bferr1

    bferr1 Forum Resident

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    Oh, great! Thanks for spoiling!

    (I kid!)
     
  12. bluesbro

    bluesbro Forum Hall of Shame

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    1. Empire
    2. Return of the Jedi
    3. A new hope
    4. Rogue one
    5. The Force Awakens
    6. The Last Jedi
    7. Revenge of the sith
    8. Attack of the clones
    9. The phantom menace
     
  13. Captain Leo

    Captain Leo Well-Known Member

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    Empire Strikes Back
    Star Wars
    Revenge of the Sith (especially if you include the deleted scenes showing the formation of the Rebellion)
    Phantom Menace (I loved it, sorry)
    Return of the Jedi
    Attack of the Clones
    Rogue One
    Force Awakens
    The Last Jedi
     
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  14. MekkaGodzilla

    MekkaGodzilla Forum Resident

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    1. The Empire Strikes Back
    2. Star Wars: A New Hope
    3. The Return of the Jedi
    4. The Force Awakens
    5. Revenge of the Sith
    6. Rogue One
    7. Attack of the Clones
    8. The Last Jedi
    9. The Phantom Menace
     
  15. amonjamesduul

    amonjamesduul Forum Resident

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    1-A new hope
    1.5-The Empire strikes back
    2-Return of the Jedi
    3-Rogue one
    4-The force awakens
    5-Revenge of the sith
    6-Attack of the clones
    7-Ewoks:the battle for Endor
    8-Caravan of courage:an Ewok adventure
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    98-The holiday special
    99-The phantom menace
    100-the last Jedi
     
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  16. Captain Leo

    Captain Leo Well-Known Member

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    The Battle for Endor wasn't too bad considering what it was and the small budget. I like it better than the sequels if I am being truly honest.

    The Holiday Special...I don't know (or want to know) what the creator(s) were on when they made that. Did Lucas have much to do with the Holiday Special?
     
  17. The Zodiac

    The Zodiac God's Lonely Man

    1. Empire Strikes Back
    2. Star Wars
    3. Return of the Jedi
    4. Force Awakens
    5. Last Jedi
    6. Rogue One
    7. Attack of Clones
    8. Revenge of Sith
    9. Phantom Menass
     
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  18. Orion XXV

    Orion XXV Music Enthusiast

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    I think 4 or 5 is a good ranking for the latest one. Rogue One would be around that region had it been part of the series (in a sense, episode 3.5... exactly)

    1. The Empire Strikes Back
    2. A New Hope
    3. Return of the Jedi
    4. The Last Jedi
    5. The Force Awakens
    6. Revenge of the Sith
    7. Attack of the Clones
    8. The Phantom Menace
     
  19. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

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    I hate the prequels so much, I want them off my list.
     
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  20. Flippikat

    Flippikat Forum Resident

    Top tier
    1 Rogue One (No kidding)
    2 Empire Strikes Back
    3 A New Hope
    Top 3 is easy. No problem there. In that order too

    Mid-tier
    4 The Last Jedi
    5 Return of the Jedi
    6 The Force Awakens
    These are tough to separate. They're all mid-tier for me, and the order of these 3 could change day-to-day.

    The bottom end.
    7 Revenge of the Sith
    --huge gap--
    8 The Phantom Menace
    9 Attack of the Clones

    The Phantom Menace just pips Attack of the Clones because it doesn't have cringy Jedi-love plus PM has Darth Maul.
    Yeah, yeah.. Revenge of the Sith has cringy Jedi-love, but the Anakin/Obi-Wan fight at the end redeems it.
     
  21. ohnothimagen

    ohnothimagen I don't suffer fools or trolls gladly...

    5,4,6,8,7,3, Rogue One, 1,2
     
  22. daglesj

    daglesj Forum Resident

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    It's not 'A New Hope'

    It's just 'Star Wars' okay! That's what it said on the huge banner on the cinema when I saw it as a kid in 77.
     
  23. NightGoatToCairo

    NightGoatToCairo Forum Resident

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    Swap Attack for 9th place and I'm with you.
     
  24. SurrealCereal

    SurrealCereal Forum Resident

    The Empire Strikes Back
    Star Wars
    Return of the Jedi
    The Last Jedi
    The Force Awakens
    Rogue One
    Revenge of the Sith
    The Phantom Menace
    Attack of the Clones
     
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  25. jdlaw

    jdlaw Forum Resident

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    Michigan
    1. Star Wars
    2. Empire Strikes Back
    3. Return of the Jedi
    4. Rogue One
    5. Revenge of the Sith
    6. The Last Jedi
    7. The Force Awakens
    8. The Phantom Menace
    9. Attack of the Clones
     

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