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Star Wars Movie Order

18 Jan 2022
Joseph

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The Star Wars franchise has a very, very deep history in popular culture; movies, tv shows, comic books, novels and video games. Think of any form of media and you'll find a Star Wars branded version of it (looking at you Ewok Adventures).

Continuing on from our Complete MCU Timeline where we gave you the best order to watch the MCU films for the full viewing experience, we're doing the same for Star Wars.

The Chronological Order of Star Wars Movies

The first thing to know about Star Wars movies is that the mainline story is broken up into 3 trilogies (Original, Prequel and Sequel) which make up the Skywalker Saga. The second most important to know is that the Original trilogy was released before the Prequel trilogy, but the former takes place before the latter chronologically.

Image Credit Disney

Image Credit: Disney

In 2012, George Lucas sold the rights to Star Wars and resulted in Disney's acquiring of Lucasfilm. This was a huge deal and it opened the door to spin-off films and tv shows that would fill in the gaps between the trilogies. So before you hop onto Disney+ and struggle to decide what to watch first, we're here to lay it all out.

  1. Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  2. Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
  3. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  4. Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  5. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  6. Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
  7. Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
  8. Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
  9. Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

If you want to watch the Star Wars movies in release order, the way that audiences watched them one by one as they were released, then follow this order:

  1. Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  2. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  3. Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
  4. Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  5. Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
  6. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  7. Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
  8. Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
  9. Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Confusing, we know. But, you can always watch the movies in whichever order you like, release order or chronological order.

What if I want the whole Star Wars story?

Star Wars is a massive franchise with endless amounts of storytelling possibilities. That's why Disney has been hard at work delivering Star Wars tv shows offering fans different perspectives of the galaxy far, far away.

While they don't really offer anything that changes the Skywalker Saga, they do fill in the gaps between the main trilogies and answer a lot of important questions that were raised.

Image Credit: Disney

Image Credit: Disney

In this list, we’ve put the Star Wars TV shows in bold to help you keep track of all these titles.

  1. Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  2. Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
  3. The Clone Wars (2003, 2008-2020) Long-running and popular series that continues on from Episode II about the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin and other Jedi's during the Clone War period. Introduces franchise favorites such as Ahsoka Tano, Bo-Katan and even re-introduces characters such as Darth Maul.
  4. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  5. The Bad Batch (2021) Takes place directly after the events of Episode III and follows a group of rogue Clone troopers that survived Order 66.
  6. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) An origin story for a younger Han Solo and Chewbacca that involves the early days of the Empire.
  7. Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018) A series about the beginnings of the Rebellion, and also the earliest (canonical) appearance of Darth Vader in the timeline.
  8. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) The first original Star Wars film outside of the main trilogies that leads directly into the beginning of Episode IV and how the Rebels stole the Death Star plans.
  9. Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  10. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  11. Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
  12. The Mandalorian (2019-present) Takes place 5 years after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and follows a bounty hunter as he gets caught up in a dangerous conspiracy involving a force-sensitive child, otherwise known as Baby Yoda.
  13. Star Wars Resistance (2018-2020) An animated series that spans the entire length of the Sequel trilogy.
  14. Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
  15. Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
  16. Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Image Credit: Disney

Image Credit: Disney

What is still to come?

The Star Wars train is at full speed and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Disney is invested into expanding the Star Wars universe as far as it can go. And now that you are all caught up on the chronological order, and to avoid any confusion in the future, we'll let you know what is coming.

There isn't a Star Wars movie on the horizon (for now) and that is why Disney is focusing their efforts on expanding the story through limited tv series'. Check out what has been announced so far and where they fit in the timeline:

  1. The Book of Boba Fett (2021) Set after the end of Season 2 of The Mandalorian and follows Boba Fett as he seeks to take over Jabba the Hutt's criminal operation
  2. Ahsoka (2022) Another spin-off series of The Mandalorian that focuses on Ahsoka Tano, former Jedi apprentice of Anakin Skywalker in the Clone Wars series and was also featured in Rebels and The Mandalorian season 2.
  3. Kenobi (2022) Set ten years after Revenge of the Sith, the limited series will follow an exiled Obi-Wan as he begins to watch over Luke Skywalker
  4. Andor (2022) Follows the formative years of Cassian Andor from Rogue One and will lead directly into the beginning of that movie

While the main episode Star Wars films can give you everything you need to see and know about the Star Wars saga, jumping into the spin-offs can help you get the most out of this enormous franchise. And it's always fun to catch references from to the movies in the shows and vice versa.

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