All the ‘Star Wars’ Movies, in the Order You Should Watch Them

The force is strong with these movies. For fans looking to do a Star Wars binge before The Rise of Skywalker premieres, we’ve got you covered. Star Wars fans, cast members, and creator George Lucas weigh in on the best order to watch the Star Wars movies.

George Lucas says to watch the ‘Star Wars’ prequels first

The Star Wars prequels tell the story of how Darth Vader turned to the dark side. According to a few fans, you can’t appreciate Darth Vader without knowing the story of Anakin Skywalker. Sure, you’ll have to suffer through Jar Jar Binks, but you’ll also learn about the galaxy before the Empire takes control.

The first episode of the prequel triology released in 1999 and the last in 2005. They feature prominent actors and actresses, including V for Vendetta’s Natalie Portman, Moulin Rouge!’s Ewan McGregor, and Schindler’s List’s Liam Neeson.

Star Wars: Episode VI
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill | Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images

Watch the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy next

According to George Lucas, fans should watch the original trilogy after watching the prequels. “That’s the way they’re supposed to be done. Just because it took a long time to film it doesn’t mean you don’t do it in order,” said George Lucas.

Some would disagree with George Lucas’ order. Actor Mark Ruffalo and musician Janelle Monáe argue to watch the original trilogy before watching the prequels. Lin-Manuel Miranda, who reportedly co-wrote cantina music for The Force Awakens, also states the original movies should be watched first.

“I had a pretty good time experiencing it that way,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda, according to Vulture.“Linear is the best way to do it.”

Rogue One
‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ | Rick Kern/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

There are mixed opinions regarding the placement Rogue One in the Star Wars movie marathon. (This prequel tells the story of how the Death Star plans fell into Princess Leia’s lap.) Samuel L. Jackson, the actor from the Star Wars prequels, suggests watching it after the original movies.

“After episode six,” said Samuel L. Jackson, according to Vulture. “I don’t know. Works for me. But that’s just me. Or maybe you don’t want to know all that other stuff. If you don’t know all that other stuff, maybe it won’t matter to you.”

Watch the new trilogy last

These new Star Wars movies follow Luke, Leia, and Han’s adventures after the fall of the Empire and as they meet some new friends along the way. This cast of characters must pick up the pieces of a fallen rebellion and help save the galaxy from another force of the dark side. It’s only fitting that these should be the last movies to watch along your Star Wars journey.

The newest trilogy, including The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi,already has a few awards under its belt, including the 2016 MTV Movie Award for “Best Villain,” the 2016 MTV Movie Award for “Movie of the Year,” the 2018 Empire Award for “Best Actress,” and the 2018 Empire Award for “Best Director.”

The trailer for the third and final installment to this trilogy, entitled Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, released in April 2019. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 2019.

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