The Best Order To Watch Every ‘Star Wars’ Movie
May the Fourth Be With You!!!
Happy Star Wars Day to all! This is a very special day for us nerds. It really should be a national holiday and businesses should close for the day, just saying. How else are we going to watch every Star Wars movie with no interruptions of adulting?!
Speaking of, there are a TON of
movies, documentaries about this story. After all, these events DID happen A LONG TIME AGO, IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY!
How does one watch these movies? What is the right way to view this galactic story? Experts have told us so many different ways, but there is only one way and one order to watch this space opera.
And I am about to show you. Here's the correct order to watch the Star Wars saga. Starting with...
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (2016)
What better way to start off the Star Wars Saga then by introducing us to a ragtag group of rebels trying to steal the technical plans to the Death Star?
It's the perfect jumping off point for newbies to the franchise and veterans alike.
"Star Wars" (1977)
The one that started it all. Watching this right after Rogue One is almost required. Episode IV, or A New Hope, introduces us to classic character such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, and their adventure throughout the galaxy to destroy the Empire and the Death Star.
"Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)
Some say the best movie of the whole franchise, Empire ranks up there with me but is not the best in my opinion.
In this episode our heroes are on the run from Darth Vader and the Empire as the tide has turned against the rebel alliance.
Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker has just met Jedi Master Yoda and has begun his training to become a Jedi Knight and fight against Darth Vader.
We all know how their first fight turned out.
"Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" (2002)
You're probably questioning why I am going out of order right about now. Like I said, this is the BEST way to view the entire saga.
So we aren't even adding Episode I to the list because it really isn't necessary, nor that good.
At this point we've seen Darth Vader confess to Luke that he is his Father and Ben Kenobi briefly talk about The Clone Wars and how he and Anakin were best friends. So now would be the perfect time then to take a look back at their relationship before things go up in smoke.
While we are here we also get a look at the Jedi Order when they were at their most powerful, the fabled Clone Wars, and the start of Anakin's tragic relationship with Padme.
"Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" (2005)
Without a doubt the best movie in the Prequel Trilogy, Sith puts a nice bow on the end of the Old Republic and shows us finally how Anakin Skywalker turns to the Dark Side and becomes Darth Vader.
"Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" (1983)
Now we get to my favorite movie!
At this point we just saw what happened in the past to explain why things were they way they are. Now jumping back to after Empire we see how everything turns out for our heroes.
Spoiler alert, things turn out great. Luke becomes a Jedi Knight, defeats daddy Vader and the Rebel Alliance jam out with some teddy bears.
Oh, Han and Leia officially become LeHan and have a kid off-screen.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015)
TIME JUMP! 30 years after RotJ we meet a brand new cast of characters and learn what happened to the galaxy after the Empire was defeated.
The First Order have rose up from the ash of the Empire and assumed control of the New Republic. Supreme Leader Snoke leads the charge with his new apprentice Kylo Ren, son of Han and Leia.
The OG cast is still around but rarely shown, save for Han. He takes the lead and helps newcomers Rey and Finn take BB-8 back to Leia with the hopes of finding her brother, failed Master Jedi Luke Skywalker.
Needless to say grown men cried at the sight of an old and aging Han Solo, while Chewy looked questionably good for his age. I was definitely one of them.
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (2017)
The most recent of the Star Wars films, and the most polarizing among the fans. While I enjoyed it, some were not too thrilled with the way director Rian Johnson took the story.
We immediately pick with Rey, who just found Luke and begs him to come back and help defeat the First Order. He says no, which leaves Rey in a conundrum.
Meanwhile Leia and the Resistance try to run away from Kylo Ren and things don't go there way.