Updated: My Ranking of the ‘Star Wars’ Films

The Skywalker Saga has come to an end and who knows when we’ll be getting another Star Wars movie. So, this will be my final ranking for a while now that I have The Rise of Skywalker to add to the collection. So, with no further delay, here goes.

1. Rogue One

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This still cannot be topped. Featuring a gritty story that didn’t play by the rules, Rogue One is practically a condensed Star Wars: Rebels spin-off in movie form. It even features Darth Vader in a really exciting way at certain points.

2. The Empire Strikes Back

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I mean, come on. You don’t get much better than this. The worlds were fascinating, the character developments were perfect, and the last thirty minutes of the film are utter perfection.

3. The Force Awakens

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Joy. Oh, so much joy. This is the movie that made me believe in Disney. Why is writing that sentence now making me emotional?

 4. Revenge of the Sith

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After revisiting Revenge of the Sith again I’ve realized more and more how good this movie actually is. The climactic tones are there, the lightsaber duels are the bomb, and boy that ending. That’s how the ending of a trilogy is supposed to be! Tears. So many tears.

5. The Last Jedi

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The Last Jedi isn’t perfect but what it gets right allows the film to soar. The evolutions of the Force, the character developments, that jaw-dropping ending, The Last Jedi moves the franchise forward in a fresh, new way that is truly brilliant at times.

6. A New Hope

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This was the movie that started it all. Yeah, it can be a bit boring now but overall, its simplicity and innovation/genius filmmaking is still astounding.

7. The Phantom Menace

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I’m not going to lie; I love The Phantom Menace. It has so many elements that I absolutely love and Darth Maul is still one of the greatest characters ever to be created for the franchise.

8. Return of the Jedi

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I enjoy Return of the Jedi, mainly the ending, but I’m not a fan of the Ewoks (especially after The Rise of Skywalker.) Hence, this sits at #8 on this list.

9. The Rise of Skywalker

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If you had told me a month ago that I would place The Rise of Skywalker at #9 on this list I probably wouldn’t have believed it but unfortunately, this is the case. Honestly, I almost made this my least favorite Star Wars movie of all time but because I love the characters so much and because there were a few ideas that were actually kind of good in the context of the film and the saga, I have it here instead.

10. Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Solo isn’t a bad movie, not in the slightest, but I find it to be the least watchable of the Star Wars movies. So, #10 it is.

11. Attack of the Clones

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Irritating conversations about sand? Check. Icky suck-facing between two actors who have zero chemistry? Check. A ridiculous lightsaber duel between Yoda and Count Dooku? Check. Horrible dialogue that can sometimes make you cringe. Yep, this is the worst Star Wars movie.

Well, that’s my newest ranking of the Star Wars movies.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you, always.

4 thoughts on “Updated: My Ranking of the ‘Star Wars’ Films”

  1. My own (current) ranking of the be-numeral’ed nine is 5, 4, 3, 6, 7, 1, 8, 2, 9. I would probably put Rogue One just ahead of Phantom Menace or Force Awakens and Solo near the bottom. When I first saw 9 I had 7 and 8 above 1 and 2 and then immediately moved both below. I might still feel like they’re worse, I’m in the process of rewatching them. It was my conclusion after 9 that it actively made 6, 7, AND 8 worse. Palp returning diminishes Vader’s sacrifice in 6, and the reduction of Snoke to a sock puppet for Palp diminishes his entire presence in both 7 and 8. It gets real hard to take him seriously when one is thinking, “yeah, Snokey, but I’d like to see you say that while Palpatine is drinking a glass of water” in the back of one’s mind.

    I do appreciate Rey better, especially the raging she does on Kylo in 7 and Luke’s fear of the ease with which she embraces the dark side in 8, now that I know who she is. I now see her as a character who is a mirror of Anakin in the prequels, who starts from the dark and rises into the light instead of sinking the other way around. That said… the sequel trilogy is still probably the weakest of the three, and I’m half likely to drop both 7 and 8 back down a spot when I’ve thought it over again.

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    1. I get what you’re saying. I just recently rewatched The Force Awakens after having revisited The Rise of Skywalker and I was surprised at how lackluster the story that I once loved with every fiber of my being had become. The trilogy devolved into a jumbled disaster…unfortunately. I’m interested in seeing how I now see The Last Jedi after TROS. I hope it’ll be a better experience than I had with TFA.

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      1. Yeah… I mean, that’s kinda where I left it, and it’s why I (currently) have to put 9 at the bottom. When it makes three other movies worse… that’s bad. I haven’t gone back through 8 yet, but the feature length chase scene just… I’m prob still gonna have trouble with that. That’d be the one where they broke both the rules that you can’t track an enemy through hyperspace and that relativistic projectiles aren’t a thing, and also narratively the chase went on so long that people literally had time to leave the pursued ships, go hit a casino party for (I don’t even remember what plot device they were after, I’ll recall once I rewatch), find it, somehow find their original ships, and somehow there’s no problem either escaping outward through hostile pursuit OR finding their ships again while they’re madly going through multiple light speed trips. The Luke-Rey and Rose-Finn arcs will still be fine… but that’s gonna hurt. Plus Johnson obviously had something against Snoke, because his death scene diminished him so much.

        As for Rogue One… I think the movie was fairly good, but I can’t quite put it up with any of the originals or ROTS. If you took the awesome Vader rampage scene out, that by itself would probably drop the movie about two or three slots. It’s probably the best Vader scene that wasn’t in Empire. That said, I also found the resources the rebels had available in RO a little jarring. They seemed so hardscrabble in the first two movies that seeing a whole fleet going after Scarif just seemed… a little out of sorts in how much throw weight they had at the time this took place. It’s just hard to go from “rebel spies” as Vader described them in ANH to “massive armed assault” in RO and keep the continuity. Still entertaining, and better than a lot of the numbered movies… but just a little off, IMO.

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      2. Fair assessment of Rogue One. I love the movie because of its ruggedness, I love the characters, I love the darker theme, and it’s impressive to be invested in a story that doesn’t heavily feature the struggle between the Jedi and the Sith.

        In terms of the infamous space chase in The Last Jedi, Finn and Rose had a total of, if I remember correctly, 16 hours to find the codebreaker and save the fleet.

        I think the thing I’m most bummed about is that Rose was basically thrown to the dumpster in The Rise of Skywalker yet she had such a large role in The Last Jedi. She even kissed Finn for crying out loud! It’s entirely ridiculous that she was relegated to a cameo role in the final installment in the Skywalker Saga.

        Yeah, when a movie makes other movies that you previously liked worse that film is pretty dismal.

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