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Old 12-09-19, 09:59 AM
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Rank the Star Wars Films

With The Mandalorian currently one of the biggest shows in the world and The Rise of Skywalker about a week away, now's one of the most exciting times in the 42-year old franchise's history. Use the thread below to rank the series installments in your preference and feel free to give a sentence or two explaining your reasoning! Let's try to keep it fun and on-topic, not sniping each other over opinions.

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I'm currently in the middle of a series re-watch, so I'll provide my own ranking when I'm done ;-)
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So far, my rankings would be release order.

The first two films are classics, the third a step down but still above average film. All since have been increasingly mediocre, but still watchable because they’re connected to the first two.
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I’m in the middle of a rewatch as well. I’ll be starting Episode 4 tonight.
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Empire





Force Awakens
A New Hope
Solo
Return of the Jedi
Rogue One


Last Jedi


Rise of Skywalker

Revenge of the Sith
Attack of the Clones
Phantom Menace

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Re: Rank the Star Wars films

  1. Star Wars, Empire (tie)
  2. RotJ
  3. Rogue One (wasn't sure if we're just doing the Episode films)
  4. TFA
  5. Last Jedi
  6. RotS
  7. TPM
  8. AotC
Asking me to choose between Star Wars (or A New Hope for y'all who grew up with the Special Editions) and Empire is like asking me which of my eyes I prefer. Rogue One was a terrific war movie that I ranked just below Return of the Jedi because, despite its insistence on including kid-friendly cutesy furballs, the latter followed our original heroes in a fun adventure and wrapped up the redemption arc.

The Force Awakens was very much the original film with a new coat of paint and some new bells and whistles but it got the tone right and had Harrison Ford coming back as Han Solo, something we never thought we'd see. The Last Jedi went hard in the other direction and gave us a Star Wars story that was a critique on the franchise and fandom...which obviously didn't sit well with a lot of people. As for me, I didn't mind that approach too much and thought it was a decent enough movie.

Revenge of the Sith was easily the best of the worst (aka the Prequels). It had the confrontation that the previous movies were building toward (albeit clumsily) and also had General Grievous and the Battle of Kashyyyk to make it watchable. The Phantom Menace had Jake Lloyd (sorry, bud, you were in over your head), eyeball searing CGI, midi-chlorians, and of course JJB. But it also gave us Qui-Gon Jinn and it *didn't* have that horrendous Padme-Anakin romance that sank Attack of the Clones like a boat anchor. Also, Obi-Wan wasn't a moron in Episode I like he was in the subsequent movie.

For me, the Star Wars theatrical releases have had more good than bad installments. Abrams showed he knew what he was doing with Episode VII (despite riffing heavily off the 1977 film), so I'm hoping that Rise of Skywalker will wind up under the good column.
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Rogue One (wasn't sure if we're just doing the Episode films)
Feel free to include them all! Including Solo.
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Originally Posted by IBJoel View Post
Feel free to include them all! Including Solo.
OK cool. I'd put Solo below TFA and above Last Jedi. It was lightweight but fun...just didn't need that horrible use of the Imperial March and
Spoiler:
the in-your-face Darth Maul appearance.


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Re: Rank the Star Wars Films

From favorite to least...

Empire
Rogue One
New Hope
Jedi
Force Awakens
Solo
Last Jedi
Revenge of the Sith
Attack of the Clones
Phantom Menace
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As of now..

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


**The Original Trilogy films are pretty interchangeable to me and I like them all about the same.

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1. A New Hope
2. Empire Strikes Back
3. Return of the Jedi
4. The Force Awakens
5. Rogue One
6. Solo
7. The Last Jedi

98. The Phantom Menace
99. Revenge of the Sith
100. Attack of the Clones
Old 12-09-19, 05:56 PM
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ANH
ESB
Rogue One
Return of the Jedi
The Force Awakens
Solo
Revenge of the Sith
The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
snuff film featuring my grandmother
The Last Jedi
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The Empire Strikes Back
A New Hope
Return of the Jedi

Couldn't care less about the rest after not being able to get through The Phantom Menace because of how bad it was.
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Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
1. A New Hope
2. Empire Strikes Back
3. Return of the Jedi
4. The Force Awakens
5. Rogue One
6. Solo
7. The Last Jedi

98. The Phantom Menace
99. Revenge of the Sith
100. Attack of the Clones
This is pretty close to how I would rank them.
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Empire
a New Hope
Return of the Jedi
The Phantom Menace - it wasnít that bad or boring. Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Darth Maul - second coolest villain imo.

and I didnít care for the rest.
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  1. Star Wars
  2. Empire
  3. Revenge of the Sith Anakin goes dark,but does not make me cringe as much as the first two films.
  4. Return of the Jedi Ewoks bumps this down some
  5. Attack of the Clones Yoda plus many other jedis in action .But damn that love story and Hayden Christensen.
  6. The Phantom Menace Damn that kid and Jar Jar and the story. But had Qui-gon and Darth Maul and some good actions.
  7. The Force Awakens I really enjoyed the beginning.But do not care for most of the new characters.
  8. The Last Jedi
  9. Solo First SW movie that I turned off and was a chore for me to watch to the end a few months latter.
I'm going to rank them a little different from most other posters. But agree with others after ROTJ most of the sw movies went way downhill.
Going to have to watch Rogue One again before I rank it.
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Rogue One
Return Of The Jedi
Solo
Empire Strikes Back
A New Hope
Force Awakens
Phantom Menace
Attack Of The Clones
Last Jedi
Revenge Of The Sith
Clone Wars
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Originally Posted by MR Round View Post
Rogue One
Return Of The Jedi
Solo
Empire Strikes Back
A New Hope
Force Awakens
Phantom Menace
Attack Of The Clones
Last Jedi
Revenge Of The Sith
Clone Wars
Please take this Ace of Spades for including The Clone Wars, which I saw in theaters and constantly forget exists.
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1. ESB
2. New Hope
3. ROTJ
4. The Last Jedi
5. Rogue One
6. Force Awakens
7. Solo (never seen it)
8. Phantom Menace
9. AOTC
10. Revenge
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1. Empire Strikes Back/Star Wars
3. Return of the Jedi
4. The Last Jedi
5. The Force Awakens
6. Rogue One
7. Solo
8. Revenge of the Sith
9. The Phantom Menace
10. Ewok Adventure/Battle for Endor
12. Clone Wars
13. Watching Kids Play with Star Wars Toys
14. Watching Adults Fight Over Star Wars Toys
15. Attack of the Clones/Star Wars Holiday Special
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Originally Posted by JeremyM View Post
1. Empire Strikes Back/Star Wars
3. Return of the Jedi
4. The Last Jedi
5. The Force Awakens
6. Rogue One
7. Solo
8. Revenge of the Sith
9. The Phantom Menace
10. Ewok Adventure/Battle for Endor
12. Clone Wars
13. Watching Kids Play with Star Wars Toys
14. Watching Adults Fight Over Star Wars Toys
15. Attack of the Clones/Star Wars Holiday Special
Truly, the one true ranking
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I haven't watched a Star Wars movie since Revenge of the Sith. So,


A New Hope
Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
Revenge of the Sith
The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
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Originally Posted by Deadman31 View Post
1. ESB
2. New Hope
3. ROTJ
4. The Last Jedi
5. Rogue One
6. Force Awakens
7. Solo (never seen it)
8. Phantom Menace
9. AOTC
10. Revenge
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1. The Empire Strikes Back
2. STAR WARS (so annoying when it's referred to as "A New Hope")
3. Return of the Jedi
4. Revenge of the Sith
5. The Phantom Menace
6. Attack of the Clones
7. The Force Awakens

Didn't care for Solo or Rogue One and absolutely HATED The Last Jedi
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Re: Rank the Star Wars Films

1. The Empire Strikes Back
2. Star Wars

3. Return of the Jedi
4. The Force Awakens
5. The Last Jedi

6. The Phantom Menace
7. Revenge of the Sith
8. Attack of the Clones

9. Rogue One
10. Solo

The first group are classics. The second group could be in any order depending in my mood. All are flawed but have redeeming qualities. Ep IX will go a long way towards solidifying VII and VIII's placement. The prequels are the prequels and those other two are fine but I could not care less about them. Product for the sake of product.

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