May the Fourth be with You!

Much like Dave2, I’m taking this “holiday” opportunity to re-assess my Star Wars film rankings. I have actually rewatched all of them in the last three months so it’s a good time to do that.


In case you want a reminder, check out the Rankings page and click on “Star Wars.”

Top Shelf:

  1. V: The Empire Strikes Back
  2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  3. IV: A New Hope
  4. VII: The Force Awakens

Still Enjoy:

  1. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  2. II: Attack of the Clones
  3. VI: Return of the Jedi
  4. III: Revenge of the Sith

Can Do Without:

  1. I: The Phantom Menace
  2. IX: The Rise of Skywalker 
  3. VIII: The Last Jedi

Yes, there has been some pretty serious juggling in the middle and lower tiers. Greater respect for the prequel trilogy, less respect for the sequel trilogy. That sort of thing.

Please note that saying I can do without it doesn’t mean I can’t find some redeeming qualities to it. TLJ does have a killer scene with Holdo’s hyperspace suicide jump and the great bombing run in the beginning. I even like the lightsaber duel. But these are so easy to miss when that same film has an unending Verizon “can you hear me now?” joke, dead space Leia, Canto Bight, a pointless bit with a safecracker when you have highly capable astromechs, and a worthless waste of good actors in Benicio Del Toro and John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran.

’Nuff said.

Now I need to update the Rankings page. 

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Space Leia forever destroyed that film. Still can't believe that Rian Johnson was responsible for the sheer amount of nonsense in that movie.


At the time, I was wholly unfamiliar with who he was. Now though? Yeah, it’s really hard to fathom.

Kevin Spencer

I had a bit of a crisis of faith and went "is Empire Strikes Back really that good?". So I rewatched it. And yes, yes it is. However, and this is a testament to how bloody good Rogue One is, on any given day I go back and forth with those two being 1 and 2.

Your ranking list here is pretty much spot on for my own feelings on the movies. To this day I have no idea how Johnson screwed up The Last Jedi. It's just so bad. I was so put off by that experience I held out for ages to even watch Rise Of Skywalker. And on first watch I only got half way and kinda went "meh, I just don't care" and turned it off. I did eventually finish it on second watch but it's all incomprehensible and I wish those two final movies didn't exist.


100% agree on the last two not existing. I can’t say I disliked Skywalker as much as I did Last Jedi but the film just doesn’t stay with me at all. I’m over Palpatine and the Knights of Ren are garbage characters. Just stop it.

Marty Mankins

I believe your top shelf matches my top 4 Star Wars movies.


You, me, and KevAZ.

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