In a Galaxy Far Far Away, There Were Rankings


*Spoilers Ahead*

1. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 

The reason why this movie is ranked number one is because it’s such a classic. It sets up everything in the Star Wars universe. It has amazing fight scenes, and the plot is very well developed. This is the pinnacle movie in the Star Wars franchise, and it was way ahead of its time. All of the main characters are amazing, and the series doesn’t get much better than this. This film has the iconic Death Star scene, and we are introduced to the Millennium Falcon and the iconic gang of Princess Lei, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, R-2 D-2, C3-PO, and Chewbacca. It was a pinnacle moment in cinematic history when this film was released.

2. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

The reason why it is ranked so high for me is because of the plot. This movie, by far, has the best plot in the Star Wars franchise. It has the perfect amount of betrayal to keep it interesting, and the fight scenes in the movie are top tier. It also gives you a deeper look into the Star Wars universe. It creates depth within the film with the betrayal because Anakin was supposed to be one of the good guys, but it all takes a dark turn. I like this because too many stories have happy endings, but this one is different. It makes the main characters suffer rather than killing them off initially, which creates more emotion in the audience and a more profound attachment and understanding of the characters.

3. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

I like this movie for selfish reasons, hence why it is ranked so high. It is a feel-good movie with a bit of a plot twist, and it has one of the most iconic lines in Star Wars history: “Luke, I am your father.” It was a good plot twist, but I saw it coming. Darth Vader literally means “dark father” in German and Dutch, so it was kind of obvious but was still an amazing cinematic moment. The fight scenes in this movie are on par with the two ranked above, but I didn’t think they were as well planned out as the other two. This is still a phenomenal movie, especially with the cliffhanger ending.

4. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

I like this movie because it was similar to A New Hope in the fact that it focused on the same three main characters and their development on screen. It also resolves the cliffhanger ending of The Empire Strikes Back, giving a sense of completion once the movie is over. I liked the “Java the Hut” scene a lot because it introduced the idea that there were crime lords in space. I like that it had a lot of ship fighting scenes with loads of action because it added to the movie as a whole.

5. Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace

There weren’t as many fight scenes in this movie, but I did enjoy the dune buggy race. We get a better look into Darth Vader’s past and how he came to use the force. It’s not my favorite, but I could see how others would like it. It gives us background on some of the characters we know and love today.

6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The reason why I ranked this movie around the middle is because I didn’t like the characters. I found them to be less lovable than they could have been, and they all died at the end. What kind of an end is that?! I think that some should have died, not all. It eliminates the hope that Star Wars should inspire.

7. Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie because we get a look at characters that we’ve seen in previous films. The fight sequences were good but not A-tier. I also feel like the plot is repetitive. There’s not much else to say about it. I don’t think it’s really note-worthy.

8. Star Wars: Episode VIII-The Last Jedi

 This film is way too repetitive. It is so similar to The Force Awakens, it’s uncanny. It has similar fight scenes as well. I’m not a huge fan of this movie, and that’s the nicest thing I can say about it.

9. Star Wars: Episode IX-The Rise of Skywalker 

I had such high expectations for this movie, and I’m sad to say that this movie did not meet them. The ending where they finally defeat the sith was not well thought out. Also, making Rey and Kylo kiss was pointless because he literally hunted her down for most of the franchise. If it were more natural and less forced at the end, maybe it would have been better. Overall, I was very disappointed because of what it could have been.

10. Star Wars: Episode II-Attack of the Clones

This movie is by far my least favorite Star Wars movie of all time. Star Wars is meant to be action-packed and fun. This movie was a romance, and I think Lucas Films should stay far away from that genre. Also, the romance felt forced and was not well thought out, like they were just thrown together on a whim. I also did not like that they had clones. I do not know why; I just did not. It was not a good plot in my opinion. The plot was all over the place hence, why I ranked it last.