9 Star Wars Movies That You Should Watch in Chronological Order

| Updated on November 3, 2023

Who hasn’t heard about Star Wars? You must have come across people who are avid Star Wars fans. And there’s no denial to their craze because Star Wars is literally a Universe in itself.  

It is a space opera multimedia franchise that was started in 1977 with its first film and soon became a pop-culture phenomenon. If we talk about today, the Star Wars franchise not only has several highly anticipated films but animated movies, short films, and even video games that entertain people worldwide.

If you are new to the Star Wars fan group. Well, here’s some advice for you. Watch the Star Wars movies in sequence to not get lost in the ocean of its characters. We know you are excited and we swear we’ll not give you spoilers but a bit of a summary. In this blog, we will explain to you what lessons Star Wars Universe has taught everyone and the reason for the huge fan following. 

 

The Star Wars Movies

Star Wars: A New Hope 

This is the debut film of the Star Wars Saga. Released in 1977, it is considered a classic cult film even today. The story revolves around fictional characters- Darth Vader (David Prowse), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and droid team R2-D2 and C-3PO (Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels) who fight and form an alliance to bring freedom and justice to the galaxy.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

The first sequel of the Star Wars original film was released on 21 May 1980 and made history at the box office with its performance. The movie received many nominations for awards in many categories and went on to win a BAFTA, two Grammy Awards, and two Academy Awards. It has the 13th-highest domestic box office receipts in both the US and Canada.

Since its release, The Empire Strikes Back has received many reviews and is now acknowledged as one of the best movies ever made and the best in the Star Wars franchise.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

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Return Of Jedi 

After a period of 3 years, Star Wars launched its second sequel Return of the Jedi on 25 May 1983. The film got mixed reviews and couldn’t outdo its prequels. Yet it was an action-packed and highly entertaining film according to the critics.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%

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Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi played the role of Jedi Knights in the film who fought to prevent the Trade Federation from attacking Naboo. This Star Wars Film received many nominations and won MTV Movie Award for Best Action Sequence, and Satellite Award for Best DVD Extra. 

Rotten Tomatoes: 51%

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Star Wars: Attack of the Clones 

Another George Lucas Directed Star Wars film collected 65.38 crores USD since its release on 16 May 2002. With impeccable screenplay, great acting, electrifying lightsabers and dialogues, this Star Wars Saga movie was a hit at the box office. 

Rotten Tomatoes: 65%

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Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith 

With many new character additions, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith made a mark at the box office with a total earning of 86.84 crores USD. With twisted characters, an engrossing storyline, and world-class VFX, this film is a must-watch. 

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

Released on 25 December 2015, this is the seventh film in the Sky Wars Saga. Directed by J.J. Abrams, its total box office collection is 206.59 crores USD. It received much appreciation from film critics. 

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released on 15 December 2017. Produced by Lucasfilm and directed by Rian Johnson, fans love to rewatch this film over and over again. Its total box office collection is 133.25 crores USD. 

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 

This film revolves around Emperor Palpatine and the war between the Jedi with the Sith Lord. Released worldwide on 20 December 2019, collected 107.4 crores USD at the box office. 

Rotten Tomatoes: 52%

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Chronological Order Of Watching Star Wars Movies.

Many fans like watching the sequels according to the storyline without the suspense. If you too fall into this category of fans then you can follow the sequence below:

  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
  • Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Star Wars Movies By Release Date Order

If you want to watch all the sequences like the world did, you must follow the release date sequence. It will build a lot of suspense and surely give you goosebumps.

  • Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
  • Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
  • Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

The Craze Of Star Wars

Star Wars is not just limited to screen but you can see them in the market as well. With the rising popularity of the film franchise, fans wear Star Wars T-shirts, and not only that you will find Star Wars-themed Black Lightsabers, stationeries, and Gym accessories everywhere. 

Star Wars movies are filled with emotions and have given many meaningful life lessons around friendship, love, victory, fighting, and respect. With all this information now, Are you ready to watch Star Wars?





Jeremy L. Price

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