My Celebrity Life

What order should you watch the Star Wars films in?

Are you a fan of the intergalactic franchise? (Pocture: Getty)

May the 4th be with you – today is Star wars day, which means many fans of the franchise will be diving into their favourite entries in the series.

Star Wars has been entertaining audiences since the release of the original film back in 1977, where it instantly became a phenomenon.

Across the years, the franchise has expanded into sequels, spin-offs, TV shows, video games, comic-books, LEGO sets, kitchen appliances and much more.

But just what is the correct order to watch the films in? If you’re planning a Star Wars viewing marathon, here’s what you need to know…

What order should you watch the Star Wars films?

In the Star Wars fandom, there have been a number of different approaches to watching the films in the franchise.

If you’re thinking about watching some Star Wars films to mark May 4th, allow us to guide you through some of these alternative ways to view the series.

You will largely only find live-action movies in this list (bar the last suggestion), to keep things relatively clean and easier to categorise in the context of the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.

The Skywalker Saga

Film order:

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (2002)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi (1983)
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Star Wars Episode XI: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Arguably the cleanest way to watch the franchise, The Skywalker Saga will help keep you to its core, letting events take place in chronological order.

Simply start with Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and work through to Episode IX:, The Rise of Skywalker, keeping the storyline focused on the main characters.

This is definitely the best order for kids, as it allows the story to flow in a straightforward fashion, without having to take into consideration the release dates of the films, or the growing number of spin-offs and TV shows.

It is also the order most favoured by the creator of the franchise, George Lucas.

Star Wars movies in release order

Star Wars has been a worldwide phenomenon since its release back in 1977 (Picture: Getty)

Film order:

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

Yes, Star Wars technically started with the fourth movie: confusing, right?

Originally released with the title Star Wars, the first film did not become known as Episode IV: A New Hope until the film’s theatrical re-release in 1981, where the franchise potential was beginning to be truly realised.

Watching the films in order of release is a great way for someone who has never seen the franchise before to experience how it has evolved over its 40-year-plus history.

Never underestimate a droid (Picture: Getty)

Including the spin-off films as well, this order will allow viewers to see how technology and approaches to story have changed throughout these different moments in the history of the franchise.

It may make the progression of narrative feel less focused, but you will technically be watching the films in their intended order, considering this is how they were introduced to the world.

Star Wars movies in chronological order

Daisy Ridley starred as Rey in the sequel trilogy (Picture: Getty)

Watching all the movies in chronological story order is very similar to the Skywalker saga, except this time the spin-off movies are slotted in to represent where in the timeline of the overall story they take place.

Film order:

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

Star Wars the Ernst Rinster Order

Who’s the daddy? (Picture: Fox)

The Ernst Rinster order is a way to watch the franchise that has proven to be very popular with longtime fans.

Named after the man who suggested the order in a fan forum, it rejigs the position of the prequels in the narrative to make them act like an extended flashback.

Film order:

  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (2002)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi (1983)
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Star Wars Episode XI: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Using Darth Vader’s iconic ‘I am your father’ moment as the catalyst, this order then takes viewers back to experience the origins of Darth Vader in the prequel trilogy, before returning to Return of the Jedi and its sequels.

This order doesn’t allow for a natural place for the spinoffs, but gives fans a less traditional path to experience the core Skywalker saga.

Star Wars movies the Machete order

The Star Wars machete order is very similar to the Ernst Rinster lineup, but with much less Jar Jar Binks.

Film order:

  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (2002)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi (1983)
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Star Wars Episode XI: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

This the order preferred by fans who don’t much care for George Lucas’ first prequel offering.

While it may seem harsh to suggest The Phantom Menace offers nothing to the overall narrative, it is a film that has proved to be a contentious one amongst fans since its much anticipated release back in 1999.

Star Wars the ultimate viewing order

Now, this is where it all gets a bit silly.

While Star Wars began life as a film franchise, it has since expanded to include multiple TV shows, film spin-offs and animated series alongside the prequels and sequels.

If you did ever feel so inclined (and had plenty of time on your hands) you could embark on watching EVERYTHING in story narrative order, with most titles being available on Disney Plus.

The latest show, Star Wars: The Bad Batch – which operates as both a prequel to A New Hope, and a sequel to the animated series – was released on May 4 2021.

Film/show order:

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles (2013 to 2014)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace (2011)
  • Star Wars: The Clones Wars – Animated featured (2008)
  • The Clone Wars – TV Show (2008 to 2014)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
  • Star Wars: Rebels (2014 to 2018)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
  • Star Wars: Droids (1985 to 1986)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars: Holiday Special (1978)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out (2012)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Star Wars 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 to Present)
  • Star Wars: Resistance (2018 to Present)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Resistance Rises (2016)
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2016)
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
  • Star Wars: Forces of Destiny (2017 to Present)
  • The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)

Ewan McGregor is set to return Obi-Wan in an upcoming Disney Plus seires (Picture: Rex)

Many more new Star Wars movies and TV shows are being planned for the future, including the third season of The Mandalorian, and a show focused on the return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The ultimate viewing order therefore will only ever get bigger, so choosing such an approach will take a considerable amount of time!

There are many ways to enjoy a love of Star Wars on both May 4th and beyond – which order will you pick, or is the force telling you to follow your own path this Star Wars day?


Credit: Original article published here.

Related posts

Suicide Squad director James Gunn reveals death threats for killing off character: ‘Every single day’

John Turner

Spiral: From The Book Of Saw review – Same old tricks and traps that need fine tuning

John Turner

‘Is this real?!’ NSFW Grease 2 wardrobe malfunction goes viral and we can’t believe this made the final edit

John Turner
%d bloggers like this: