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What order should you watch the Star Wars movies in?

Star Wars, very like the galaxy itself, is an ever-expanding universe. Since Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney in 2012, two prequel/spin-off movies have been launched (Rogue One and Solo) alongside the now nine-strong ‘Skywalker saga,’ and now The Mandalorian is on streaming service Disney+, marking Star Wars’ stay motion TV debut and the delivery of Child Yoda memes.

So, with so many new releases, animated sequence like The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels plus the authentic trilogy and prequels to contemplate, what is the greatest order to rewatch the Star Wars movies (and affiliated TV reveals) in? Nicely… it relies upon.

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What is the proper order to watch Star Wars in?

Although some sources declare there are as much as 5 completely different orders you might watch the Star Wars saga in, there are three typically accepted methods to do it. One is in order of episodes (following in-movie chronology), the second is in order of manufacturing (going by launch date) and the third (the so-called ‘Godfather lower’) to greatest inform the Skywalker story’s plot twists. All three have their professionals and cons.

Find out how to watch Star Wars movies chronologically 

Star Wars Episode I - Phantom Menace starring Ray Park as Darth Maul (LucasFilm, Sky, HF)

Star Wars Episode I – Phantom Menace
starring Ray Park as Darth Maul (LucasFilm, Sky, HF)

  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Episode II: Assault of the Clones (2002)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-present)
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
  • Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018)
  • Rogue One (2016)
  • Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Again  (1980)
  • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • The Mandalorian (2019-present)
  • Star Wars: Resistance (2018-2020)
  • Episode VII: The Pressure Awakens (2015)
  • Episode VIII: The Final Jedi (2017)
  • Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Or, going by movies solely:

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

If you select to watch Star Wars on this order, you’ll be residing the story together with the characters, following the official chronology of the sequence. It does, nonetheless, include a few downsides. For one, the massive reveal about Luke’s parentage (certainly one of the most iconic scenes in cinematic historical past) is ruined this manner.

Star Wars Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith


2005 Lucas Movies

It additionally makes the saga’s inconsistencies obviously apparent, together with Obi-Wan forgetting about Leia’s existence regardless of being current at her delivery. And that’s assuming you make it by means of the divisive prequels, a feat which may require you to make use of the Pressure, or don’t wish to save the full Mandalorian sequence for later.

By which case, you might attempt…

Find out how to watch Star Wars movies in manufacturing order

Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope Starring Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse

Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope
Starring Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse

  • Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Again (1980)
  • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Episode II: Assault of the Clones (2002)
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-present)
  • Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018)
  • Episode VII: The Pressure Awakens (2015)
  • Rogue One (2016)
  • Episode VIII: The Final Jedi (2017)
  • Star Wars: Resistance (2018-2020)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
  • Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
  • The Mandalorian (2019-present)

Or, going by movies solely:

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

Having fun with Star Wars by launch date, aka the purist method, means you watch the movies in the similar order they initially got here out in cinemas. In spite of everything, that is how most Star Wars followers skilled the intergalactic saga in the first place. Nonetheless, George Lucas made quite a lot of tweaks to the authentic trilogy following the launch of the prequels, and has been vocal about watching them by in-movie chronology as an alternative.

Additionally, due to the creation of spin-off movies and TV reveals watching this manner means you would possibly find yourself leaping round the story a bit.

Find out how to watch Star Wars movies in ‘The Godfather’ order

Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back starring David Prowse as Darth Vader (Voice by James Earl Jones)

Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Again
starring David Prowse as Darth Vader (Voice by James Earl Jones)

  • Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Again (1980)
  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Episode II: Assault of the Clones (2002)
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

The concept of this ordering is to watch the authentic two Star Wars movies then, after the shock reveal at the finish of Empire Strikes Again that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father, soar again to the prequel trilogy to fill in the background of Anakin Skywalker.

After Revenge of the Sith, you then return to watch Return of the Jedi, including new depth to Vader and Luke’s remaining conflict with out disrupting the massive twists of the story.

As you could have seen this ordering evokes the flashback construction of Francis Ford Coppola’s basic gangster film The Godfather Half II (in different phrases it’s Luke, I’m your Godfather…), and is pretty fashionable with followers on-line.

The apparent draw back is that it’s tough to suit the newer Star Wars movies and TV sequence into this construction – in all probability the greatest technique to watch them on this model is in manufacturing order following Return of the Jedi – so it will not be for everybody.

Find out how to watch Star Wars movies in The Machete Order

Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope Starring Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse

No, that is nothing to do with knives or, sadly, the Danny Trejo Spy Youngsters character. As an alternative, the identify comes from Rod Hilton, writer of weblog nomachetejuggling.com, who sought to repair certainly one of the saga’s largest issues: if watched chronically, the massive ‘No Luke, I’m your father’ revealed is ruined.

Just like the Godfather order, the Machete order permits you to take pleasure in the first two authentic Star Wars movies – and the shock Empire Strikes Again ending – earlier than leaping into Vader’s backstory.

Nonetheless, you would possibly discover a giant distinction from the Godfather order: The Phantom Menace is lacking. Why? As Hilton explains: “The rationale to skip Episode I isn’t that it’s unhealthy, it’s that it’s irrelevant.”

The pondering is that the Star Wars saga higher works as the story of Luke Skywalker, not Darth Vader. At its core, it’s a narrative of how the youthful Skywalker takes on a huge burden, saving the Galaxy – and his father – from the Darkish Facet. Hilton argues Episode I provides nothing to this story and all of its noteworthy occasions are summed up in the opening crawl to Episode II.

If that clarification doesn’t win you over, this thought would possibly: eradicating Episode I signifies that, other than a number of strains in Episode II, Jar Jar is just about faraway from the Star Wars story.

  • Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Again (1980)
  • Episode II: Assault of the Clones (2002)
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

The whole Star Wars saga order

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - Unit Stills

Though a few of the orders above embody choose Star Wars TV reveals and specials produced since 1977, there are extra on the market. Much more.

Whereas a number of are both unknown to many followers (like area of interest 1980s animation sequence Droids), others have been fully disavowed by Star Wars creator George Lucas (taking a look at you, Vacation Particular). All, nonetheless, are a part of the prolonged Star Wars Universe, formally or not.

For these courageous sufficient to view all of it, right here’s the complete Star Wars Saga and restricted specials in chronological order.

  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Episode II: Assault of the Clones (2002)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles (2013 to 2014)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (2011)
  • The Clone Wars (2008 to 2014)
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Solo (2018)
  • Star Wars Rebels (2014 to 2018)
  • Rogue One (2016)
  • Star Wars: Droids (1985 to 1986)
  • Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  • Star Wars: Vacation Particular (1978)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out (2012)
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Again (1980)
  • Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (2016 to 2017)
  • Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales (2015)
  • Ewoks (1985 to 1986)
  • The Mandalorian (2019)
  • Star Wars: Resistance (2018 to Current)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Resistance Rises (2016)
  • Episode VII: The Pressure Awakens (2016)
  • Episode VIII: The Final Jedi (2017)
  • Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

How lengthy will it take to watch all the Star Wars movies?

It’s going to take you 25 hours and seven minutes to watch all 11 live-action Star Wars movies (authentic variations).

This rely contains the 9 instalments from the Skywalker saga and the two anthology movies, Rogue One and Solo.

Excluding the anthology movies, Episode I to IX will take you 20 hours and 39 minutes to watch.

Listed here are the run instances of all Star Wars movies, from shortest to longest…

  • A New Hope – 121 minutes
  • The Empire Strikes Again — 124 minutes
  • Return of the Jedi — 131 minutes
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — 133 minutes
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story — 135 minutes
  • The Phantom Menace — 136 minutes
  • The Pressure Awakens — 138 minutes
  • Revenge of the Sith — 140 minutes
  • Assault of the Clones — 142 minutes
  • The Final Jedi — 152 minutes
  • The Rise of Skywalker – 155 minutes

The place can I watch the Star Wars movies?

If you have NOW TV can watch the authentic trilogy (Episodes IV-VI), the prequels (Episodes I-III) and Solo on the streaming service.

As for Rogue One and Episodes VII and VIII, they’re solely that can be purchased from the standard channels – Amazon, iTunes and Google Play. Now Disney Plus has launched in the UK  you can watch all the movies together with Rise of Skywalker. On Amazon Prime Video the movies vary in worth.

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