10-List: Star Wars Movies Ranked (plus one)

Counting Solo and Rogue One (and not really counting The Clone Wars), there have been eleven motion pictures in the Star Wars universe. That’s one too many for a true 10-List. But, hey, I’m the one who makes the rules here.

Around three years ago, I put up a post that ranked every Star Wars movie that I had watched. This did not include Solo or The Rise of Skywalker, which I had not seen at that time. It’s past time that I revist this ranking and include the last two movies.

That’s what I’m doing now. Only, I’m altering my previous ranking a little. It seems that my opinion has changed over the past few years. I’ll let you know where the changes are today.

No phony buildup here. I’m writing this ranked 10-List (11-List?) in descending order, from favorite Star Wars movie to least-favorite.


The Empire Strikes Back

No surprises here. It’s still my favorite of the bunch. Yes, it’s the darkest of the original trilogy, certainly. I’ve discussed my Sith tendencies before. It seems I most enjoy it when my favorite characters are being tortured and wounded.


A New Hope

I loved this movie back in 1977, when it was simply “Star Wars.” You never experience a second first time, but, upon revisiting it even forty years later (and numerous times in-between), I find I still love this movie. In fact, some days it even threatens to take over the top spot.


The Force Awakens

I don’t know if you’re surprised to see this movie ranked so high on my list, but I surprised myself a little. Watching this one for the first time in the theater made me feel a lot like I felt in 1977. I didn’t like it quite as much as A New Hope, but it touched on some of the same emotions as that movie.


Rogue One

A surprisingly bleak but effective entry in the series. There can never be a true sequel, which is one of the things I love about this movie.


Revenge of the Sith

My top-five hasn’t changed since 2018. This was a respectable finish to the prequel trilogy. Yes, it has a laughably long and mobile lightsaber duel that ends with Annakin Skywalker’s final step into the role of Darth Vader. Easily my favorite of the prequels.


Solo

This is where the list begins to change, since Solo wasn’t on it before. I stand by my own review of the movie, in which I said this movie wasn’t exactly necessary but was a lot of fun nonetheless.


Attack of the Clones

Since the last ranking, Attack of the Clones has leapfrogged over The Last Jedi, which I seem to like less and less as time passes. There’s a lot of cool stuff going on in this movie, including the solution to that age-old (1977-old, at any rate) mystery about the Clone Wars, a throwaway line of dialogue in the very first movie.


Return of the Jedi

This one also leapt over The Last Jedi. It’s still my least-favorite of the original trilogy. I watched this one the first time with friends in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We were drinking grain alcohol that day and were in a rowdy frame of mind. I can recall throwing popcorn at the screen and referring to this movie as “the goddamn Muppet Show.” I blame the Ewoks, mostly. I’ve become more fond of the movie over the years, mostly from nostalgia, but I think it slightly tarnished the original trilogy. I would prefer that all three of the OT were ranked in the top-three. Two-out-of-three ain’t bad (according to Jim Steinman and Meatloaf), but this one was a disappointment.


The Last Jedi

Magic mirrors and cute Disney plush toys have dragged this one down on the list for me. Plus, it radically changed the narrative vector established in The Force Awakens, and—worst sin of all—was very boring in places.


The Phantom Menace

In my original ranking, this was dead last. It is saved from the same fate today only because a new one took its place. Lil’ Ani and the Hannah-Barbera Wacky Race is almost too much too stomach. Throw in midichlorians and Jar-Jar Binks, and we’re in serious digestional trouble.


The Rise of Skywalker

As of today, this is the only Star Wars movie I’ve watched only once. Its last-place finish may be a little unfair, for that reason. It is conceivable that my opinion of this movie could improve with repeated viewings. But, I doubt it. I’m having trouble even remembering what happened in the movie. It’s not a good sign that I ranked Jar-Jar’s pratfalls higher on the list.



That’s my list, and my opinion, today. As always, it’s subject to change. I’ll check in again in a few years.

One thought on “10-List: Star Wars Movies Ranked (plus one)

  1. Cool list, and funny how our preferences can change over the years with a re-evaluation.
    I too would put The Force Awakens high up, and most definitely Rogue One (absolutely cracking film). Solo was also good. Out of the Prequel Trilogy I still rank TPM as my fave with ROTS close on its tail.

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