I Ranked All 11 "Star Wars" Movies From Worst To Best, And I'm Sure This Will Open A Calm And Collected Discourse

My entire childhood was molded by Star Wars. As a kid, I collected all the action figures, owned the special edition VHS collection, and even fought Darth Vader as a Padawan at Disney World (I won, but almost fell off the stage beforehand).

Stormtroopers waving to Darth Vader on the Dumbo ride at Disney
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I have gone a full calendar year without watching a single Star Wars movie just for a chance to create this list. Truly, I am trusting the Force to guide me in making this list.

Yoda from Star Wars, holding a cane, in a swampy terrain for a movie scene
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Here is how I ranked all 11 live-action Star Wars films:

Disclaimer: I love all the movies, but I can acknowledge their flaws. This list is based purely on how I feel about them years later.


11.Solo: A Star Wars Story

A man in a yellow jacket looks away from an explosion in a futuristic spaceship setting

The movie answers Han Solo questions that didn't really need to be asked.

Chewbacca and Han Solo in "Star Wars" peek out of the Millennium Falcon's cockpit

10.Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones

Character in Mandalorian armor walking in a desert-like setting from the TV series "The Mandalorian."

Episode II has it moments, but ultimately, is the weakest of the Skywalker Saga.

Two characters from Star Wars, a hologram of an alien figure and a person in a dark robe, stand inside a sci-fi themed room

9.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

stormtroopers fire blasters on a beach

There is so much to love about Rogue One, especially its commitment to honoring what came before it, but it deserves criticism with what didn't work, too.

Darth Vader holding a red lightsaber in a dark, foggy corridor

8.Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith

Palpatine looking pensive

As a prequel, Episode III had the easiest path to finish the story, yet it still managed to stumble into the lava of Mustafar.

Obi-Wan Kenobi using the Force in a scene from Star Wars

7.Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace

Darth Maul from Star Wars with face markings and hooded cloak, looking intense

Focusing on the movie itself, I find Episode I to be the most enjoyable story of the prequel trilogy.

Padmé Amidala and young Anakin Skywalker in a scene from Star Wars

6.Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Chewbacca and Rey in the Millennium Falcon cockpit with controls and screens in the background

Episode IX was destined for failure thanks to the internet, and there is a lot to love about the flawed film, but it is VERY flawed.

Leia Organa embracing Wookiee Chewbacca in a scene from a Star Wars film

5.Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Kylo Ren from Star Wars in a dark outfit with a lightsaber, looking intense

Despite the divisiveness of this film among fans, Episode VIII is actually a well-done and beautiful film, but the story needed more critical eyes.

Kylo Ren and Rey engaged in a lightsaber battle with Praetorian Guards in a scene from Star Wars

4.Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi

Ewok looks confused

Episode VI features some legendary moments and was a sound conclusion to the original trilogy.

Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars in dark hooded robe, standing in dimly lit room

3.Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rey walks the desert with BB-8

Flowers will eventually be showered upon Episode VII for being a film that revived an entire franchise with hope.

Finn holds a lit blue lightsaber

2.Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope

Princess Leia in a white gown

A case can easily be made for Episode IV as not only the best Star Wars film, but the greatest sci-fi flick ever made.

Harrison Ford as Han Solo smiles with a headset in the Millennium Falcon cockpit

1.Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back

Darth Vader stands ominously on a bridge in a scene from Star Wars

No amount of words in any amount of essays can describe how special Episode V is to cinema.

Princess Leia in white robe with hair buns, surrounded by Rebel fighters in orange jumpsuits

The claymation tauntaun looks dated, I guess. I don't know. I can't find anything I dislike about this movie.

The greatest twist in movie history comes from a space soap opera that was always labeled for "nerds." Everything about this script was a huge risk, and it paid off.


I know how civil Star Wars fans can be, so please drop your own full Star Wars movie ranking in the comments below! Feel free to share your favorite moment, too!

(And remember: This is just a list and can't hurt your Star Wars viewing experience.)