Every STAR WARS Main Saga Movie And Spinoff Ranked From Worst To Best

Every STAR WARS Main Saga Movie And Spinoff Ranked From Worst To Best

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi now in theaters and dividing fans of the franchise, we've decided to rank every single instalment from worst to best and we're confident you'll have some thoughts on this...

Between the Skywalker Saga and Disney's spinoffs, there have now been a total of nine instalments of the storied Star Wars franchise. That number is going to increase over the next couple of years with Solo: A Star Wars Story and Episode IX, not to mention rumoured releases like Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Time will tell when it comes to how they turn out but what about those we have seen?

With The Last Jedi now in theaters
 and generating an awful lot of discussion, we've decided to rank all nine movies from worst to best, taking a look at what does and doesn't work about each of them.

If you're a fan of the series, you'll no doubt already have a ranking in your head but we're confident you may be surprised by how this list plays out, especially now that Disney has released THREE Star Wars movies. So, to check out the list in its entirety, simply click on either one of the buttons below.


9. Attack Of The Clones



Attack of the Clones certainly had its moments but far too many of them fall into the "WTF?" category to remember this sequel with anything other than disdain. From the awful subplot revolving around Anakin and Padme to Yoda's almost comical duel with Count Dooku, this movie did some good with the introduction of Clone Troopers and a strong villain.

However, for every plus point, there were moments like Jango Fett being the basis for those clones (and Boba thereby being one of them too) to ruin that. Attack of the Clones was simply one of those sequels that tried going bigger and better but ultimately failed in nearly every respect. 

 

8. The Phantom Menace



The Phantom Menace is often cited as the worst of the Star Wars prequels but that's simply not fair. While it's true that George Lucas' ambitions got the better of him and resulted in a bloated and oftentimes boring movie, there was some good in here which goes some way in redeeming the first of these divisive prequels.

The
podrace is undeniably thrilling and that final duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui Gon Jinn and Darth Maul was downright amazing even if he was an underwritten villain who is mostly remembered solely because of his appearance and cool lightsaber. 
 

7. Revenge Of The Sith



The final chapter of Lucas' prequel trilogy, expectations were high on this one to finally reveal how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. The answer was mostly satisfying but plot points like the Clone army being turned against the Jedis and Palpatine's horrible appearance the result of deflected force lightning felt forced and downright stupid at times.

On the plus side, an amazing opening battle, the fight between Obi-Wan and Anakin, and those final few minutes managed to save Revenge of the Sith from complete mediocrity. It's just a shame about that damn "Nooooo!" from Vader...

 

6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story



The first of Disney's Star Wars spinoffs, Rogue One may have ultimately failed to be the dark and gritty war movie we were promised but a strong female lead and heaps of great characters and action scenes ensured that the prequel to A New Hope was definitely memorable.

It's actually a miracle that this movie was as good as it ended up being, especially as extensive reshoots and various other issues plagued the production. Dodgy looking CGI characters aside, Rogue One did a spectacular job of providing us with an 
old school Star Wars feel while delivering one of the franchise's best sequences when Darth Vader slaughtered all those Rebels! 
 

5. Return Of The Jedi



Return of the Jediwas by no means a bad way to wrap up the original Star Wars trilogy but it was always going to struggle following what came before and the inclusion of both a second Death Star and all those silly shenanigans on Endor with the Ewoks felt like a failed attempt to go bigger and better than Empire.

On the plus side, we got all that good stuff on Tatooine (slave Leia included) and an awesome final battle which pulled back the curtain on the Emperor (who, just like Supreme Leader Snoke, had no backstory at the time). Lucas gave us a happy ending with this movie and while it may not have been the perfect way to wrap things up, it was still pretty damn satisfying! 
 
 

4. A New Hope



A New Hope is a great film but the fact it's the first Star Wars movie has made it a masterpiece in the eyes of some despite it actually being a relatively straightforward affair in terms of the story. I'm not going to hold that against it, though, because not loving this classic should probably be considered a crime!

Sure, Luke Skywalker is a bit of a whiner and that battle between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan is tame by today's standards and arguably even a little dull but there's enough greatness here to justify the love fans have for this movie even if it is ultimately overshadowed by a lot of Star Wars movies which are a little better. 

 

3. The Last Jedi


The Last Jedi has been an extremely divisive movie but so was The Empire Strikes Back when it was released! Yes, there was a lot of humour and the answers Rian Johnson provided to some long-standing questions were a tad underwhelming but he deserves to be praised for helping the franchise move on from what's come before and setting the stage for an amazing finale in the form of Episode IX.

Things may not have panned out exactly as some fans wanted but this was an incredible addition to the series and one which blew us all away with a plethora of breathtaking sequences and memorable character moments. Oh, and
Porgs. Definitely Porgs
 

2. The Force Awakens



While J.J. Abrams has been criticised for following a similar story template to A New Hope with The Force Awakens, that did nothing to change just how special this return to form for the franchise felt and what a superb job the filmmaker did of introducing new characters and a bold new direction for the series.

Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Kylo Ren were all excellent as were returning cast members like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. Sure, it was a shame that Mark Hamill was relegated to a cameo and that Starkiller Base was a Death Star ripoff but the movie more than made up for that with that stunning lightsaber battle in the snow and another long list of memorable moments. 

 

1. The Empire Strikes Back



A true masterpiece, The Empire Strikes Back is almost flawless and it's leaps and bounds ahead of the other two instalments of the original trilogy (both of which were helmed by George Lucas). From that opening battle on Hoth to literally everything in between and that climactic battle between Luke and Vader, this is perhaps the greatest sequel in history and it's a movie packed full of truly iconic moments.

Of all the older Star Wars movies, this one holds up the best and that's in terms of both special effects and the quality of storytelling on display. Like The Last Jedi, this release took the franchise in some bold and exciting new directions none of us could have seen coming at the time. 

Do you agree with this ranking of the Star Wars movies? Would you list them any differently? As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts on that in the comments section down below. 

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