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Ranking the Star Wars films — Page 170

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An update of my ranking, now that we have TROS and the Mandalorian:

  1. The Empire Strikes Back
  2. A New Hope
  3. Return of the Jedi
  4. The Mandalorian
  5. The Last Jedi
  6. Rogue One
  7. Clone Wars 2D
  8. The Force Awakens
  9. Solo
  10. Revenge of the Sith
  11. Clone Wars 3D
  12. The Rise of Skywalker
  13. The Phantom Menace
  14. Star Wars Rebels
  15. The Holiday Special
  16. Attack of the Clones

My preferred saga experience:
TPM/AOTC/ROTS (Hal 9000 edits), ANH/ESB/ROTJ (Despecialized), The Mandalorian.
May the midichlorians be with you.

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I’m only going include the “Skywalker Saga” films. My list changes every time I marathon the films but this is my ranking as of now. Just for some context I was -1 years old when TPM came out so the Prequels were always a part of Star Wars when I got into it, which is why they are probably ranked too high.

  1. The Empire Strikes Back 10/10
  2. A New Hope 10/10
  3. Revenge of the Sith 9/10
  4. Return of the Jedi 8/10
  5. The Rise of Skywalker 7/10
  6. The Phantom Menace 7/10
  7. The Force Awakens 6/10
  8. The Last Jedi 4/10
  9. Attack of the Clones 3/10
    (“Relative to its budget, Attack of the Clones is the worst movie ever put to film.” -Rich Evans)

It was the 2016 election…I regret this name choice

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The Eleven Star Wars Films
by Outbound

  1. A New Hope / Star Wars: I rewatched the OT and ST in preparation for TROS this month, and I found myself enjoying this more than Empire. Although it’s production value isn’t ideal, I find this story best captures the essence of Star Wars… despite being the shortest in the franchise. 10/10.

  2. Empire Strikes Back: Standing next to ANH on a pinnacle, Empire is rightfully praised for its shocking story, high production, and darker themes. 10/10.

  3. The Rise of Skywalker: I’m nicknaming this one Fuck It! A Star Wars Story. This is the only ST movie confident in itself, and it has so much fun doing it. It’s sorta a Fast and Furious movie, but with the emotion of the best Star Wars when it needs it. Only problem is it’s too rushed, a direct result of splitting the trilogy to two directors. 9/10.

  4. The Force Awakens: Rewatching this movie I had forgotten how much fun the the little moments are. Rey and Finn talking in the Falcon, Kylo being immature. And TROS makes it even better in retrospect. Only real issues I have is first, Starkiller Base, and second, the intense nostalgia you’d expect from the passing of the torch. It’s a great setup for the sequel trilogy. 8.5/10

  5. Return of the Jedi: This movie has perhaps the best scene in Star Wars - the throne room. Everything else is meh. The plot is broken up and everyone seems to just be there to finish the trilogy up. 7.5/10

  6. Solo: A very basic movie that was unfortunately filled with controversy. Really it’s a solid movie. It’s a bit clunky, but still a fun adventure I can get behind. 7/10.

  7. Rogue One: Everyone talks about the end to this movie, and I agree it’s awesome. But the first half is too boring, imo. It’s a solid Star Wars adventure, but not one we really needed to make into a movie. But Vader’s in it so I guess it’s great? 6.5/10.

  8. The Last Jedi: This is hard for me because I am in a perpetual love/hate relationship with this movie. I really liked everything related to the Jedi, and got really annoyed by the Resistance. It wants to lecture to the audience when we just want to have fun. I still side with Poe on the Holdo debate, and Rose was an unneeded character when Finn was setup in TFA to love Rey. But after all that, we have Luke’s standoff against the First Order: one of the best scenes in the franchise. 6.5/10.

  9. Revenge of the Sith: For the longest time I put this one higher for the memes alone. But as a movie, it’s basically a bunch of people walk and talk until the main character turns evil. Add some random fights to keep people awake, and you got yourself this movie. 5/10.

  10. The Phantom Menace: The most boring of the Star Wars movies. 4.5/10.

  11. Attack of the Clones: I have never understood this movie. The plot is baffling. The characters cringe worthy. The locations aged CGI. Sorry, but this feels less like it’s one movie and more like the bridge between Episodes I and III. 3/10.

Maul- A Star Wars Story

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My revised list

Empire Strikes Back
A New Hope
Return of the Jedi
Rogue One
The Last Jedi
The Force Awakens
Revenge of the Sith
Rise of Skywalker
Solo
Attack of the Clones
Phantom Menace

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For one last time, Skywalker/Palpatine Saga only:

  1. A New Hope : 10/10
  2. The Empire Strikes Back : 10/10
  3. Clone Wars (micro series) : 9/10
  4. Return of the Jedi : 8/10
  5. Revenge of the Sith : 7/10
  6. The Phantom Menace : 5/10
  7. Attack of the Clones : 4/10
  8. The Last Jedi : 3/10
  9. The Force Awakens : 2/10
  10. The Rise of Skywalker : 0/10

I just cannot fathom how Kennedy, who is a skilled producer and a very intelligent woman, could have produced such non sense. Something went wrong with the ST from its very root, I don’t know how to explain… or maybe I don’t really care now. I feel Adam Driver’s pain: such a good actor in such a mess…

To sum up:

  1. OT
  2. PT
  3. ST : but I just want to forget this trilogy.

So real ranking:

  1. OH : Original Hexalogy

See you all. Have fun. I’ll probably come back from time to back to check out OT hybrid cuts and a ROTS conservative edit.

I can finally put SW behind me 😃

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It’s that time of year again!

A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
The Last Jedi
The Force Awakens
Solo
Rogue One
The Phantom Menace
The Rise of Skywalker*
Revenge of the Sith
Attack of the Clones

*Amazing how this has managed to unite people on the opposite side of the TLJ divide. We all wanted something better than this.

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The Empire Strikes Back
The Last Jedi
A New Hope
The Force Awakens
Return of the Jedi
Solo
The Rise of Skywalker <- very subject to change, especially after viewing fan-edits in the future.
The Phantom Menace
Rogue One
Attack of the Clones
Revenge of the Sith

I’m a girl!!!
Champions of the Force

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Current feelings. Ranked by favorite-ness, not critical assessment:

Return of the Jedi
A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back
The Last Jedi
The Force Awakens
Rogue One
The Phantom Menace
Revenge of the Sith
Solo
The Rise of Skywalker
Attack of the Clones
The Clone Wars (for completion’s sake since I included the newer spinoff movies)

This list reflects how the films rank for me in terms of my feelings toward them, not my assessment of them as films, or necessarily even how much I would enjoy watching them.

Worlds serve stories, and once the story is told the world goes away. To set something else in the same world is merely to craft a similar world for a new story.

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ok ,as it stands for me as of now, it may change over time but the OT will ALWAYS be my top 3

  1. The Empire Strikes Back 1980
  2. Star Wars 1977
  3. Return Of The Jedi 1983
    4.Rogue One
    5.The Force Awakens
    6.The Last Jedi
    7.Solo
    8.The Rise Of Skywalker
    9.Revenge Of The Sith
    10.Attack Of The Clones
    11.The Phantom Menace

https://screamsinthevoid.deviantart.com/

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StarkillerAG said:

An update of my ranking, now that we have TROS and the Mandalorian:

  1. The Empire Strikes Back
  2. A New Hope
  3. Return of the Jedi

Good

trillary dump said:

  1. The Empire Strikes Back 10/10
  2. A New Hope 10/10
  3. Revenge of the Sith 9/10

Almost

screams in the void said:

  1. The Empire Strikes Back 1980
  2. Star Wars 1977
  3. Return Of The Jedi 1983

Good

Hal 9000 said:

Return of the Jedi
A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back

Good

snooker said:

The Empire Strikes Back
The Last Jedi
A New Hope

Dude, come on !

AllAboutThatSpace said:

A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi

Perfection

Cthulhunicron said:

Empire Strikes Back
A New Hope
Return of the Jedi

Good

That’s being said, with more EU stuff added:

A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back
Clone Wars (micro series)
Return of the Jedi
Revenge of the Sith
The Mandalorians (yeah it gets better actually; still pointless but nicely pointless)
The Phantom Menace
Rogue One (dumb and doesn’t fit the OT but might be the best looking SW since the OT)
Attack of the Clones
The Last Jedi
Solo
The Force Awakens
The Rise of Skywalker
The Clone Wars

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^ most importantly…

Where is The Holiday Special? and those two Ewok movies too!

😉

originaltrilogy.com Moderator

I find that answer vague and unconvincing. Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves?
Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here? And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

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If you don’t include the official porn parody and rank it highest of all, you’re off-base and Mala will tell you how off-base you are.

“If you err it is not for me to punish you. We are punished by our sins not for them.”

— Elbert Hubbard

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screams in the void said:

^ wow man , I never knew Chewbacca’s wife was so kinky !

She inherited it from Itchy, and we all know from the Holiday Special how deviated a prevert he is.

“If you err it is not for me to punish you. We are punished by our sins not for them.”

— Elbert Hubbard

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Updated ranking for me (decided I like TFA just a tad better than TRoS now):

GREAT
1.SW77 (10/10)
2.TESB (10/10)

GOOD
3.RotJ (9/10)
4.Solo (9/10)

FINE
5.TFA (8/10)
6.TRoS (8/10)
7.RotS (7/10)
8.TPM (6/10)
9.R1 (6/10)
10.TLJ (6/10)

BAD
11.AotC (5/10)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Budu1ux09Rs

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So this is the ranking from Metacritic and I have to say that I think I agree with this for the most part.

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

What do you guys think?

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Just going off all the ones that I’ve seen

  1. ESB
  2. SW
  3. ROTS
  4. ROTJ
  5. PM
  6. TFA
  7. R1
  8. TLJ
  9. TROS
  10. AOTC
  11. Solo
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  1. Empire Strikes Back:
    No other SW film, in my opinion, nails a sense of true dread and the most organic connection between the cast.
  2. Return of the Jedi:
    I know the scorn brewing, and while I don’t like the first half, the last half still stands the best way to end a trilogy.
  3. Star Wars 77:
    It’s a good introduction to the ever expanding universe. It tends to be straightforward and a rather simple story. Nothing inherently wrong with that, but knowing how well the following sequel is crafted and how emotionally investing the finale is, the shadow tends to fall here.
  4. The Force Awakens:
    It’s no wonder it’s the least offending for most viewers. It treads lightly and borrows heavily from all three of the OT.

…and the rest of the movies more or less fall into relatively the same category of mediocrity or frustratingly dropped the ball when it had the right pieces.

The Rise of Failures

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Well after letting TROS settle, I think this is ultimately how I feel -

Near Perfect
Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back

Excellent
The Last Jedi

Great
The Force Awakens

Good
Return of the Jedi
Solo

Okay
The Rise of Skywalker
Revenge of the Sith
Rogue One

Not Great
The Phantom Menace

Not Good
Attack of the Clones
The Clone Wars

Bad
Caravan of Courage
The Battle for Endor

Worst Thing I Have Ever Attempted to Watch
Holiday Special

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Omni said:

Updated ranking after second TROS watch:

  1. Star Wars
  2. The Empire Strikes Back
  3. Return of the Jedi
  4. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  5. Rogue One
  6. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  7. Solo
  8. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  9. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  10. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  11. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Having seen TROS a third time recently - and I only saw Solo once, 3 days before TROS’ release, so… that’s two movies I’ve had to allow to sink in.

  1. Star Wars
  2. The Empire Strikes Back
  3. Return of the Jedi
  4. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
  5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  6. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
  7. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  9. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  10. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
  11. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Might as well break it down since it’s not your usual ranking:

TROS is such a wild beast. I enjoy it, but… there’s nothing there. It’s so hollow. It’s dumb, fan-fic-y, and that’s fun, but at the same time that’s not really what this should be about. So it’s only above the two films I actually don’t really like at all.

It also hurts to put TLJ ‘last’, so to speak (it’s the last one of the ones I can really have a good time with), but what can I do. The less interesting part of the film is… well… I don’t really like it. And it feels like a different movie. And the more interesting part depends on some key things that just don’t work for me. They almost do, but they don’t. But it’s a bold and beautiful film, and I’ve grown to appreciate it a lot more recently, especially after TROS.

Solo was fun, even if there seemed to have something missing. But I liked it. Not much to be said I think.

AotC reminds me of TLJ in lots of ways. Out of the two stories going on, one is very good and the other not so much (for different reasons). I can excuse AotC’s stupidly cringy moments though, because the story the movie’s telling is just so interesting. TLJ’s story didn’t get me as hooked (mostly TFA’s fault) and so whatever felt off felt much more off than in AotC for example. AotC also makes the galaxy feel like such a huge and mysterious world. What I’m trying to say is that I see some redeeming qualities to this film and I just enjoy it for the most part.

Rogue One is a near perfect SW film to me: its faults are mainly in a couple of underdeveloped characters. Only reason it’s fifth is because RotS is also a near perfect SW film in my book and there’s more emotional investment to that one than to RO. And then, well, the OT’s above it as well because, well, it’s the OT.

Speaking of the OT, I sooo wish I could place RotJ higher. Maybe even first. But its first and second acts are just not on par with Star Wars or TESB. There’s also the sister thing, and the underutilized written-in-in-the-last-couple-of-weeks Han Solo… but, to me, Luke still manages to carry it fairly well. And what the heck it’s still Return of the Jedi, it’s still fucking awesome.

And TESB and SW are perfect.

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Here is my new updated ranking.

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

Noah Lawson

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I have not come to the place where I can rank the movies individually yet. But I can rank the trilogies (internally and externally).

Trilogies
1 - OT
2 - ST
3 - PT

OT
1 - TESB
2 - ANH
3 - ROTJ

PT
1 - TPM
2 - ROTS
3 - AOTC

ST
1 - TLJ
2 - TROS
3 - TFA

I need to watch them all again and see if some rise higher. all I can say for sure is I think TROS, TLJ, TPM, ROTS are better than TFA and AOTC but not as good as ANH or TESB. But what order I can’t say.

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Great:

  1. TLJ
  2. ESB

Really (really) good:
3. ROTJ & ANH
5. Rogue One

Good:
6. ROTS
7. Solo & TFA

Alright or worse:
9. TROS
10. TPM
11. AOTC

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