TDF Ranks... The Star Wars Films
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Dir: George Lucas | Cast: Christopher Lee, Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman | Writers: George Lucas (screenplay by), George Lucas (story by), Jonathan Hales (screenplay by)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Dir: Irvin Kershner | Cast: Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill | Writers: George Lucas (story by), Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay by), Leigh Brackett (screenplay by)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
Dir: Richard Marquand | Cast: Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill | Writers: George Lucas (screenplay by), George Lucas (story by), Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay by)
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
Dir: J.J. Abrams | Cast: Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill | Writers: George Lucas (based on characters created by), J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Dir: J.J. Abrams | Cast: Adam Driver, Billie Lourd, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson | Writers: Chris Terrio, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly, George Lucas (based on characters created by), J.J. Abrams
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Dir: Gareth Edwards | Cast: alan tudyk, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Felicity Jones | Writers: Chris Weitz (screenplay by), Gary Whitta (story by), George Lucas (based on characters created by), John Knoll (story by), Tony Gilroy (screenplay by)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Dir: Ron Howard | Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson | Writers: George Lucas (based on characters created by), Jonathan Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan
With the final film in the Skywalker Saga - The Rise of Skywalker - hitting cinemas later this year, we've taken the time to rank the Star Wars films in order from best to worst.
We've also linked to our reviews for each film - we were far more positive about the prequel trilogy at the time of its release!
Do you agree? Let us know in the comments below...
1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The most controversial film in the Star Wars series, Rian Johnson's masterpiece is both revelatory and utterly respectful of the series to date. It is also the best looking Star Wars film - from the stunning silent moments after the much discussed 'Holdo' manoeuvre, to the beautiful race across the beach of Canto Bight and on to the contrasting colours of the final battle on Crait. The Last Jedi looks beautiful.
2. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
When George Lucas saw just how big a hit Star Wars was he quickly moved on to turning his one film into a franchise - rewriting history by claiming the first film was just one of the middle parts of a much larger saga, he retitled it as Episode IV - A New Hope and kicked off the development of what would then be a stone cold science fiction classic.
3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One was the first of the modern Star Wars spin-offs - slightly off the track of the overall 'Skywalker' saga it still acts as a direct prequel to the original Star Wars - ending just minutes or hours before the events of that film.
4: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Our first visit to a Galaxy Far Far Away - it was a film like no other. A sweeping science fiction epic inspired by some of the greatest films in Japanese cinema, it ushered in a new era in film.
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Until 2012 it was looking unlikely that George Lucas would return to the Star Wars films and that we might be looking at Return of the Jedi being the last official instalment in the series - and then the news broke that Lucas had sold his company - and Star Wars - to Disney and that we were about to see a whole new era in Star Wars films (and television... and theme parks... and who knows what else?).
6. Solo: A Star Wars Story
So much better than it has any right to be - Solo might well be a story no-one was asking for but it is great fun and the cast is fantastic.
7. Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi
The original saga finale was a brilliant film that had unfair criticism levelled at it mainly aimed at the Ewoks. Originally planned to be Wookiees, Lucas was forced to trim back his plans when it became clear that the budget couldn't stretch to handle the costs of lots of tall walking carpets. It was a lot cheaper to create the much more diminutive and tribal teddy bears that we now know.
8. Star Wars: Episode III - The Revenge of the Sith
The last of the prequels was our pick for the best - for the very reason we get to see the fight between Obi Wan and the recently turned Darth Vader that resulted in the mechanical monster we love to hate in the original series of films.
9: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Going to the cinema in 1999 to see the first new Star Wars film in sixteen years was one of the formative experiences of many people now in their thirties and forties. It might not be the best film ever made, but no-one can argue that the effects were stunning for their time and Lucas had a definitive vision that he attempted to bring to screen.
10 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones is the hardest film to write about. It features the worst of the acting and the writing in the whole saga - we really don't care about Anakin's feelings towards sand.