May the Fourth Be With You: Ranking the Star Wars Films

In honor of this great day, I thought I would rank every Star Wars film from worst to best (except the Holiday Special for, obvious reasons. I haven't even seen it all the way through, but we all

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Star Wars is undoubtedly the biggest movie franchise of all-time. After all, it has its own holiday. It has made a big impact on me, and a ton of people around me. I can have hours of conversation about it because there is hours of content to come from it. I’m sure no one would have believed it would grow as big as it has.

In honor of this great day, I thought I would rank every Star Wars film from worst to best (except the Holiday Special for, obvious reasons. I haven’t even seen it all the way through, but we all know where it would land on the list). Why is Empire Strikes Back so high up the list? Read ahead to find out.

12. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

From “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”

Although it spawned a great TV show. this movie is a gigantic misstep. It’s messy, boring, dull, slow, and dumb. Even bringing back Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Lee couldn’t save it. The opening battle feels like it goes on for two hours. It’s so slow that I started it one June and then I paused it, and finished the movie in August. Ahsoka is more annoying here than ever, and the plot about saving Jabba’s son sounds fun, but is just dumb at the end of the day. There’s like one interesting fight with Count Dooku, but again, it’s just boring and panders too much to a younger audience.

Final Rating: 5/10

11. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

From “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”

Ah, politics. Didn’t you want that in Star Wars? I sure didn’t. The Phantom Menace is boring and cheesy. The best thing I can say is that the fights are cool, and we got Darth Maul. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon are cool characters of course, but the rest of the movie is dumb. An easy target is Jar Jar, along with the racial stereotypes. Just like The Clone Wars, it feels really slow. Podracing is fun I guess, and it’s great seeing Samuel L. Jackson and Natalie Portman, but the simple fact is that the movie isn’t good.

Final Rating: 5.5/10

10. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

From “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”

I don’t have much to say about this movie. Jango Fett is cool, I really like Obi-Wan in this chapter, and again, the fights are neat. Compared to the others, this film is just fine. Relatively more entertaining than the last for sure. Everything on Kamino is really cool, but my favorite sequence as a kid was the chase on Coruscant. There’s just not much it does right. It’s probably the most forgettable film in the series.

Final Rating: 6/10

9. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

From “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith”

I really like this movie. I grew up when the prequels were coming out, so this movie is really close to me. I really dig Anakin’s darkness and transformation. This movie is DARK (in terms of Star Wars). The focal point of Anakin and Obi-Wan’s conflict, and Obi-Wan really wanting to save his Padawan, is the best thing about this film. Everything with General Grievous is awesome as well, but the movie does fall into the same traps as the other prequels.

Final Rating: 7/10

8. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

From “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi”

I don’t dislike this movie as much as other people do. There’s a lot of good things about it, and a lot of bad. I think Luke is great in this movie. I was upset that he died, but I thought it was a cool death. This movie made me like Poe as a character, but I hate Admiral Holdo, even though I love Laura Dern. I thought Leia’s death fakeout was cheap. and you could cut out the Canto Bight storyline easily. The rest of the movie I liked, including the third act, the Yoda scene, and Kylo’s fight with Rey against Snoke. I also love Porgs, sue me.

Final Rating: 7/10

7. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

From “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

The movie is good, but not great. I love the action, Krennic, and a lot of the film. The problem comes with the second act. I felt really bored during the second act and thought it dragged on forever, but it’s great aside from the second act. I didn’t feel attached to most of the characters though, only some. The final scene with Vader is worth the price of admission overall. It’s probably my favorite scene in Star Wars history. 

Final Rating: 7.5/10

6. Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

From “Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker”

It’s a whole lot of fun. It has really memorable, awesome scenes, but it’s kind of really dumb. I don’t know how to describe it but a lot of it doesn’t make sense and is really fan service-y. I still really enjoy it. The only things I didn’t like was Rey and Kylo’s kiss, and the fact that she chose to be a Skywalker. She should have owned her heritage and changed what it meant to be a Palpatine. It ultimately doesn’t feel like a satisfactory ending. I really liked Han’s cameo. It’s a shame Finn was wasted after The Force Awakens.

Final Rating: 7.5/10

5. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

From “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

I really love Solo. Every time I watch it I love it more. I know I’m in the minority, but it’s such a fun romp and feels so different. It’s a fun, fast paced adventure. I loved when Maul showed up, but the reason for Han’s name is dumb. It may not be perfect, but I love it.

Final Rating: 8/10

4. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

From “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”

Return of the Jedi gets more hate than it should in recent years. Sure, the Ewoks are annoying and it has pacing issues, but I’d say the original trilogy is pretty consistent. Even with its pacing issues, it is probably the fastest paced film in the trilogy. The opening Jabba Palace rescue and closing duel with Vader are pretty perfect.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

3. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

From “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”

It started it all. It’s almost perfect. I’d say it’s only problem is it’s a bit slow, but we all know everything great about it. I don’t need to say much else.

Final Rating: 9/10

2. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

From “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”

I think The Force Awakens is amazing. Is it similar to A New Hope? Yes, but there isn’t one scene I can think of that I dislike. I loved seeing Han back. The only other setbacks I can think of are that I really didn’t care about Poe and they wasted Phasma. I loved everything else the movie did though. 

Final Rating: 9/10

1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

From “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”

IT’S PERFECT. “I am your father”, Hoth, Cloud City, Lando, Carbonite. It’s most people’s favorite for a reason. Just watch it. Right now. Do it.

Final Rating: 9.5/10

I hope you enjoyed my ranking, and just remember it’s my personal opinion. I hope it at least made you think about some things. This is probably the longest I’ve worked so far but it was worth it. I hope you had a good May 4th and enjoy the holiday for many years to come.

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