Ranking The Star Wars Films From Best To Worst

I'm the biggest Star Wars fan of everyone I know, so I figured I'd rank them from best to worst. Any questions, complaints or debates you have, please post below! :)

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Posted by BumpyBoo

I'd rank them differently, but I respect your opinion :) Nice list!

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Posted by gumflabica

For me, it goes

V

VI

IV

II

III

I

But that's just me.

Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

For me, it goes

V

VI

IV

II

III

I

But that's just me.

Fair enough, I figured having Empire below Revenge would spark controversy.

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Posted by JetiiMitra

A prequel in number 1!?!? Dangerous territory.

Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

@mitran said:

A prequel in number 1!?!? Dangerous territory.

I've already lured the prequel trolls...

Posted by Trevel8182

Love 3 but I hate all the other prequels with a passion.

Posted by BlackArmor

Episode 3 is my favorite as well

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Posted by dngn4774

No. III will never beat V in any universe under any circumstance (Greatest cinematic twist of all time > the redeemable prequel).

Correct order

V

III

IV

VI

I (only because of Darth Maul)

II

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Posted by batkevin74

In order of release: Star Wars A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

One, two & three never happened!

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Posted by CyberWarrior

Nice list!

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@dngn4774 said:

No. III will never beat V in any universe under any circumstance (Greatest cinematic twist of all time > the redeemable prequel).

Correct order

V

III

IV

VI

I (only because of Darth Maul)

II

Posted by dngn4774

In order of release: Star Wars A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

One, two & three never happened!

But what about episode VII ? Do we count the disney ones or should we bury our heads in the sand when they come out. *hint: grabs shovel*

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@dngn4774: The wolf is so angry his vision is so tightly focused!

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Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

In order of release: Star Wars A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

One, two & three never happened!

Those are fighting words batkevin74...

(Charges Sinestro Corps Ring and Turns Into Sinestro Corps Venom as I lick my lips and growl in fury)

Posted by batkevin74

@spideyivydaredevilfan26: One, two and three attempt to RUIN Star Wars.

The Force being explained as nothing more than a yeast/bacterial infection, that technology goes backwards after a war, R2D2 had weapons but decided not to use them in 4-5-6, Darth Maul the baddest evillest looking mofo in the galaxy gets cut in half in the most ridiculous fight ever, ANNIE oh my god ANNIE!, "Are you an angel?", that fat blob who runs the diner, Matt Doran the actor who tries to sell Obi-Wan "death-sticks", the pointless assassination attempts in a homage to 5th Element, the terrible Jedi Vs robot fight in the arena, Anakin's "I killed them! Like animals!" just three movies that really are terrible! Oh JAR-JAR BINKS!

I have more but that should do for now!

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Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

@spideyivydaredevilfan26: One, two and three attempt to RUIN Star Wars.

The Force being explained as nothing more than a yeast/bacterial infection, that technology goes backwards after a war, R2D2 had weapons but decided not to use them in 4-5-6, Darth Maul the baddest evillest looking mofo in the galaxy gets cut in half in the most ridiculous fight ever, ANNIE oh my god ANNIE!, "Are you an angel?", that fat blob who runs the diner, Matt Doran the actor who tries to sell Obi-Wan "death-sticks", the pointless assassination attempts in a homage to 5th Element, the terrible Jedi Vs robot fight in the arena, Anakin's "I killed them! Like animals!" just three movies that really are terrible! Oh JAR-JAR BINKS!

I have more but that should do for now!

-Midchlorians aren't the force, they are merely an aspect of the force that help Jedi to receive their power. Saying that it ruined the magical aspect of it is like saying evolution disproves the existence of God.

-R2-D2 used weapons in Return of the Jedi

-Darth Maul is an uninteresting and stupid villain. The only reason people like him is because he has a double-lightsaber, let's be honest. I'm glad his bland, stupid ass got fried.

-ANNIE was a little kid, and I already pointed out that I don't like him

-The "Death sticks" scene was one of the funniest moments in the saga and a nice homage to the "These are not the droids you're looking for

-How are the assassination attempts pointless? They were intense and fun to watch

-Why is the Jedi vs Droid fight pointless? The Jedi had no idea the Clone Troopers existed at the time, and didn't have a necessary army to combat them, so naturally they have no choice but to fight themselves. And if they are the "guardians of peace in the galaxy" then it makes sense that there would be one big fight

-Seriously? That's one of the best scenes of the saga, if not Sci-Fi history. Hayden has to show so many emotions; fear, rage, immaturity, anxiety, confusion, despair. It is so well acted and the score complements it all perfectly. "Life is seems so much simpler when your fixing things..." PERFECT

-Jar Jar was lame in Episode I, but in Episode II he is actually really interesting, as he hammers in the message about how even childlike or just people can be manipulated into doing terrible things when he gives executive powers to Palpatine.

So, Episodes I, II and III did NOT ruin the saga, and Episode II is actually better than Episode IV and VI, and Episode III is even better than Episode V. Good day sir. :)

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@spideyivydaredevilfan26: You're entitled to your wrong opinion, as much as I am entitled to mine. Your counter argument, while well thought out, doesn't change my mind that all three were rubbish!

Being probably significantly older than you, seeing 1-3 was horrific! It was painful and it didn't match up to 4-6. And coming down on Jar-Jar's side....good day sir!

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Posted by CuddleBear

Go watch 5 hours of the Plinkett reviews and be converted on how bad the prequels are

Edited by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

Go watch 5 hours of the Plinkett reviews and be converted on how bad the prequels are

Oh God, do you honestly think I haven't watched those already? They're really quite horrendous reviews, filled with nitpicking, dishonesty and mysogninistic and stupid jokes about raping women in basements. They leave out plenty of what makes the prequels great, or nitpick the hell out of them to make those things look bad. Mike Stokalsa is an idiot with a lot of time on his hands.

Edited by CuddleBear

i have no problem with your opinion but i think the one rock solid point made in that review is the lazy film-making thing where the non-action scenes actually look like they were shot like soap opera's (A shot B shot)... if your not familiar with his point i'll link and tell you the time to watch in the review. just in case your interested i would rank (1) Return of the Jedi (2) A New Hope (3) The Empire Strikes Back (4) The Phantom Menace (5) Revenge of the Sith (6) Attack of the Clones

Does he nitpick? Of course! they are an hour and half or two hours per movie. but there are solid points made in there about how you could at least see the prequels as a missed opportunity at greatness instead of OKness. i don't really care about logic mistakes he makes about the movies but there are good critiques on the storytelling and film-making. P.S. i once thought as you did ;) i am the age where i grew up on the prequels not the original but over the years this is where i have evolved to... my pre-evolution list would probably be (1) ROTJ (2) Prequels (3) New Hope (4) Empire

Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

i have no problem with your opinion but i think the one rock solid point made in that review is the lazy film-making thing where the non-action scenes actually look like they were shot like soap opera's (A shot B shot)... if your not familiar with his point i'll link and tell you the time to watch in the review. just in case your interested i would rank (1) Return of the Jedi (2) A New Hope (3) The Empire Strikes Back (4) The Phantom Menace (5) Revenge of the Sith (6) Attack of the Clones

Does he nitpick? Of course! they are an hour and half or two hours per movie. but there are solid points made in there about how you could at least see the prequels as a missed opportunity at greatness instead of OKness. i don't really care about logic mistakes he makes about the movies but there are good critiques on the storytelling and film-making. P.S. i once thought as you did ;) i am the age where i grew up on the prequels not the original but over the years this is where i have evolved to... my pre-evolution list would probably be (1) ROTJ (2) Prequels (3) New Hope (4) Empire

I am familiar with this point, and no I'm not watching Plinkett's horrendous reviews again. And they weren't shot like soap operas; they were shot like classic Shakesperean playwrights or ancient Greek mythology and were really entertaining to watch. And how dare you claim that you are more "evolved" because you like the originals more than the prequels/ You're not. You're opinion doesn't make you smarter or better or more evolved than me.

Posted by CuddleBear

woah woah woah... I'm not claiming to be more evolved, I'm not a mutant don't turn me in!!! Seriously it wasn't meant as an insult it is just the word I used to describe my "journey" from the opinion you have now (which i used to share years ago) to the one I have now which you disagree with. The word was meant for me, not meant to call you un-evolved for having different tastes in movies. I sincerly apologize for being unclear and inarticulate (which I can often be as a bad writer) with that. If it was the "i once thought as you did" line that was just a refrence to the line vader tells luke (obi-wan once thought as you did) I meant no disrespect just an attempt at brevity in our discussion and I have a genuine interest in your response to the critiques I'm pointing out to you.

I have little to no knowledge of Shakespeare or Greek mythology. I'm sure Lucas the writer drew from many of these things and I really enjoy star wars for that, including the prequels. As far as your "shooting scenes like Shakespearean plays" defense goes I would urge you to watch a soap opera and not see the similarities. These are action adventure movies and most importantly movies. There are so many scenes of sitting on a couch and talking. They should have them do stuff while they talk, like luke practicing blind with a lightsaber on the millennium falcon. As far as storytelling goes not seeing anything about anakins training and how obi-wan and anakins relationship grew is a problem storytelling wise. Hey listen, you like the prequels better that is totally fine, i like ROTJ and New Hope better than Empire and I'm sure original trilogy purist would bury me as an un-evolved, stupid and totally not better them. I just wonder as a prequel fan if you think opportunities were missed and what they are. I personally would have liked Episode 1 to be obi training anakin Episode 2 be anakin turned into vader and Episode 3 to be the jedi purge. I felt kinda cheated get 5 seconds of vader.

P.S. my favorite character in star wars is palpatine so yeah i like the prequels... no judgements here i eagerly await your response comrade.... one more P.S. now that i read this over i see myself verbatum just repeating plinkett talking points so i will just say i'm much more interested in the "missed oppurunities" question than rehashing a probably done to death thing on the internet argueing about the plinkett reviews. plinkett is more my catalyst than something i want to sepcifically argue about but have it either way

Posted by SithLantern93

Sorry but giving Revenge of the Sith the same rating you gave to Empire Strikes Back is blasphemy.

Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

woah woah woah... I'm not claiming to be more evolved, I'm not a mutant don't turn me in!!! Seriously it wasn't meant as an insult it is just the word I used to describe my "journey" from the opinion you have now (which i used to share years ago) to the one I have now which you disagree with. The word was meant for me, not meant to call you un-evolved for having different tastes in movies. I sincerly apologize for being unclear and inarticulate (which I can often be as a bad writer) with that. If it was the "i once thought as you did" line that was just a refrence to the line vader tells luke (obi-wan once thought as you did) I meant no disrespect just an attempt at brevity in our discussion and I have a genuine interest in your response to the critiques I'm pointing out to you.

I have little to no knowledge of Shakespeare or Greek mythology. I'm sure Lucas the writer drew from many of these things and I really enjoy star wars for that, including the prequels. As far as your "shooting scenes like Shakespearean plays" defense goes I would urge you to watch a soap opera and not see the similarities. These are action adventure movies and most importantly movies. There are so many scenes of sitting on a couch and talking. They should have them do stuff while they talk, like luke practicing blind with a lightsaber on the millennium falcon. As far as storytelling goes not seeing anything about anakins training and how obi-wan and anakins relationship grew is a problem storytelling wise. Hey listen, you like the prequels better that is totally fine, i like ROTJ and New Hope better than Empire and I'm sure original trilogy purist would bury me as an un-evolved, stupid and totally not better them. I just wonder as a prequel fan if you think opportunities were missed and what they are. I personally would have liked Episode 1 to be obi training anakin Episode 2 be anakin turned into vader and Episode 3 to be the jedi purge. I felt kinda cheated get 5 seconds of vader.

P.S. my favorite character in star wars is palpatine so yeah i like the prequels... no judgements here i eagerly await your response comrade.... one more P.S. now that i read this over i see myself verbatum just repeating plinkett talking points so i will just say i'm much more interested in the "missed oppurunities" question than rehashing a probably done to death thing on the internet argueing about the plinkett reviews. plinkett is more my catalyst than something i want to sepcifically argue about but have it either way

Yeah, it's fine, don;t worry about it. Just a misinterpretation by me. As for your question about whether the prequels could have been better, I think Phantom Menace could have been better, but as far as Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith go, I can't imagine better films there. I feel like if Anakin turned into Vader in Episode II, Episode III would have just felt soulless and boring, especially since we haven't gotten to know Anakin as a person. And although we didn't see Anakin training with Obi Wan we DID see a friendship there. They have a ton of chemistry in their speeder banter, and there are not one but TWO elevator scenes where they seem to show warm feelings for each other.

Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

Sorry but giving Revenge of the Sith the same rating you gave to Empire Strikes Back is blasphemy.

I honestly thought it was better than Empire. Come at me.

Posted by CuddleBear

At least give me Vader 30 minutes into ROTS... seriously felt cheated with that as I'm sure everyone did. There isn't much reason to like Anakin in episode 2 or 3 its not long until we go from brash hero to war criminal in episode 2. I wonder if anyone gave Lucas notes on some of the stuff he put in these movies. We can have a the journey from Anakin to Vader without killing "young-lings." I mean this is star wars not full metal jacket.

These movies are not going to be boring with the 50 millions people working on the CGI but soulless is, what i would argue it goes to pretty quickly in episode 2. I mean for the jedi purge to be a few cut shots of Jedi's dying just screams missed opportunity. There is alot of great things about these movies concept wardrobe but it needed to be re-structured it need some more drafts. i am a bigger batman fan than star wars myself and think batman begins is the best superhero movie ever and dark knight is one of the best just movies period ever. TDKR has the perfect actors lines effects sequences but man would I restructure the heck out of the story of dark knight rises. I view it kind of like sports just because you have all the best players you still need good planning and execution.

Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

At least give me Vader 30 minutes into ROTS... seriously felt cheated with that as I'm sure everyone did. There isn't much reason to like Anakin in episode 2 or 3 its not long until we go from brash hero to war criminal in episode 2. I wonder if anyone gave Lucas notes on some of the stuff he put in these movies. We can have a the journey from Anakin to Vader without killing "young-lings." I mean this is star wars not full metal jacket.

These movies are not going to be boring with the 50 millions people working on the CGI but soulless is, what i would argue it goes to pretty quickly in episode 2. I mean for the jedi purge to be a few cut shots of Jedi's dying just screams missed opportunity. There is alot of great things about these movies concept wardrobe but it needed to be re-structured it need some more drafts. i am a bigger batman fan than star wars myself and think batman begins is the best superhero movie ever and dark knight is one of the best just movies period ever. TDKR has the perfect actors lines effects sequences but man would I restructure the heck out of the story of dark knight rises. I view it kind of like sports just because you have all the best players you still need good planning and execution.

Anakin wasn't a war criminal in Episode II. If you're going to use the Tusken Raider argument, need I remind you that they ARE animals. Obi Wan and Owen Lars describe them as animals, and while murdering them was a path to the dark side, it doesn't make him evil. And there's a lot to like about him. He's generally fun loving and charming, he is extremely sensitive and kind towards Padme, he tries his best to succeed unrealistically high expectations. As for the younglings thing, I believe that Anakin thought that once those children had entered the Jedi Academy, they were already dead. They weren't allowed to know the feeling of love towards a significant other, or the joy of a family. Obviously, I (And most people) think differently, but I can at least see where he was coming from.

Also, I really don't think Episode II was soulless at all. It had a lot of really smart themes on family, fear, love, morality, terrorism, political upheaval, arrogance and the unrealistically high pressure we put on ourselves. As for Order 66, I feel it was done perfectly. The score, the looks on the faces of the Jedi as they're being slain. I really do think it's one of the best movie scenes ever.

Nice debating with you man. You're a good debating partner. ;)

Posted by CuddleBear

Sand PEOPLE they shoot guns, they are not a pack of bison. he slaughtered a village of them. saying that they are primitive or animals is one thing killing a village of them is another thing. its not a grey line he is a war criminal arresthim, give him a military tribunal and hang him end of story. but no at this point is where our love story begins! i dont see how you justify that with passing dialogue about "they are animals." Was it this act that he confessed to padme that led her to fall in love with him? this movie has problems.

so you are saying the youngling slaughter was a comment on the jedi needing to have families and love partners or are you saying he was argueing against it? cause anakin had a pregnant wife at this point in the film

remember when he killed dooku at the beggining of episode 3? see thats the kind of thing that should slowly lead him to the dark side. but no he slaughters a village no slow burn happening there pure evil not slowly widdling away his morality till there is nothing left... ok now boom goes the debate dynamite comrade

Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

Sand PEOPLE they shoot guns, they are not a pack of bison. he slaughtered a village of them. saying that they are primitive or animals is one thing killing a village of them is another thing. its not a grey line he is a war criminal arresthim, give him a military tribunal and hang him end of story. but no at this point is where our love story begins! i dont see how you justify that with passing dialogue about "they are animals." Was it this act that he confessed to padme that led her to fall in love with him? this movie has problems.

so you are saying the youngling slaughter was a comment on the jedi needing to have families and love partners or are you saying he was argueing against it? cause anakin had a pregnant wife at this point in the film

remember when he killed dooku at the beggining of episode 3? see thats the kind of thing that should slowly lead him to the dark side. but no he slaughters a village no slow burn happening there pure evil not slowly widdling away his morality till there is nothing left... ok now boom goes the debate dynamite comrade

Dude, the Tusken Raiders are not people. They attack anything not from their troop on sight, they BARELY know how to use blasters, they don't appear to have any organized langauge, their only relations with alien/human races are killing them, stealing their kids and raping their women. So stop treating them like they're actual people and stop treating Anakin like he's a "war criminal". He killed an entire family of ANIMALS. Is that bad? Yes. But it's not unforgivable and it doesn't make him "evil". Padme was a bit disturbed by this but again they are ANIMALS, not people, and pretty much everybody in the Star Wars universe acknowledges them as such.

Edited by CuddleBear

@spideyivydaredevilfan26 just because anakin says "he slaughted them like animals." To the viewer they appeared to be humanoid bandits. just as the jawas are humanoid traders. whatever it is wookiepedia says and whatever racist things ol' ben kenobi and psycho anakin want to say they are as far as morality is concerned are people. the children that he killed, do they rape and kill

Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

@spideyivydaredevilfan26 just because anakin says "he slaughted them like animals." To the viewer they appeared to be humanoid bandits. just as the jawas are humanoid traders. whatever it is wookiepedia says and whatever racist things ol' ben kenobi and psycho anakin want to say they are as far as morality is concerned are people. the children that he killed, do they rape and kill

They have no non-violent relations with others, they don't have writing or record their history or culture, they are xenophobic animals. Name ONE character that doesn't view them as such? Just one.

Posted by CuddleBear

you see describing them as xenophobic is why they are not animals. would it be okay to slaughter the KKK?

Edited by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

you see describing them as xenophobic is why they are not animals. would it be okay to slaughter the KKK?

No, but I don't think he's EVIL for slaughtering them.

Posted by CuddleBear

You would not consider it evil to slaughter the KKK?

Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

You would not consider it evil to slaughter the KKK?

I'd consider it extremely, EXTREMELY bad and misguided...But not necessarily evil. And besides, the KKK have a system of writing, and are human.

Edited by CuddleBear

Wow, well i feel we are at an impasse here then. dumb and primitive is no basis for a death sentence.

Edited by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

Wow, well i feel we are at an impasse here then. dumb and primitive is no basis for a death sentence.

It's no different from Homo Sapiens murdering agressive, violent Neanderthals, which I wouldn't consider murder.

Posted by CuddleBear

Again this is where we are at an impasse because i most definitely would. Anakin is not some primitive humanoid either he is a Jedi ,the power he has and the code he lives by makes this evil act even more evil.

Posted by DoctorXander

5,4,3,6,2,1 No way is Attack or Return better than A New Hope

Posted by Deathstroke19

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