My slightly definitive ranking of my second favorite film series (Lord of the Rings would be too short of a list)
  1. 7) Episode I - The Phantom Menace
    Ironically, the first Star Wars film I saw, and the first film I remember seeing period, is my least favorite. Qui-Gon Jinn is perfect, young Obi-Wan is fantastic, Darth Maul is legend. The pieces were there, but unfortunately this movie is, for the most part, one of the worst things any movie can be. Boring.
  2. 6) Episode II - Attack of the Clones
    I seriously loved this movie as a kid, although admittedly now I skip every scene that doesn't have Obi-Wan and the final twenty minutes. Seeing Boba Fett's backstory is one of the few nods to the original trilogy that really fits in my opinion. Plus seeing all those Jedi let loose on Geonosis? Worth the ticket price alone.
  3. 5) Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
    This used to be my favorite Star Wars and I have no idea why. It's Han and Leia at their least interesting and for as good as the first 30 minutes is, the film really slows down on Endor with the Ewoks. Of course, the climax with Luke, Palpatine and Vader is among the best moments of the whole series.
  4. 4) The Empire Strikes Back
    The critical side of me recognizes that this is probably the best Star Wars film. The battle on Hoth is one of my favorite scenes in film. Lando is fabulous. The chemistry between Han and Leia is perfectly done. I think part of the reason this film isn't higher on my list is that I grew up knowing Vader was Luke's father. I can't remember not knowing and thus the reveal has never been solidly impactful to me.
  5. 3) The Force Awakens
    When I went into this movie I was excited, but admittedly nervous. The Hobbit had been a grand disappointment to me, but I trusted JJ and the cast. My expectations were met and exceeded. This film has everything that makes Star Wars so great. Han Solo's death is more emotionally upsetting to me than any other scene, but I LOVE it. It's necessary. I empathize with Kylo Ren. The villain who kills my favorite hero. That's good cinema.
  6. 2) Revenge of the Sith
    Controversial placement? You bet. Here's why: every time I watch this film I find something new. This movie hasn't just challenged what I think of Jedi and Sith, it's changed my worldview. What is goodness? What is evil? Can good be achieved through evil means? Is indoctrination wrong, even if it teaches the right ideals? I've grown with this movie moreso than any other. Plus the final fight between Anakin and Obi-Wan? The best fight scene of the whole series
  7. 1) A New Hope
    If you ask me what Star Wars I want to watch, I probably won't say this one. However, I think it's the best. I didn't truly appreciate this movie until this year. There aren't big battles or lots of Jedi or even a lot of the Force. It's strange and confusing. So few questions are answered. And none of that matters. It's so well contained and iconic and beautiful. The story is succinct and perfect in its simplicity. In the current age, it's hard but vital to appreciate the oddness of New Hope.