What Order to Watch the Star Wars Movies in if You Have Never Seen Them Before

Star Wars is a movie franchise loved by millions. I am part of that group of Star Wars lovers, having watched the franchise from a very young age, but a lot of my friends have never actually seen the films. Some say it is just something they wouldn’t be interested in – which is perfectly fine. But some say they are willing to give them a go. After all, what better time to try out a new set of films than a time when we are all encouraged to stay at home. Watching the franchise for the first time can be pretty tough given that the films were made in a confusing order. Well, as a lover of Star Wars, I am here to recommend what order to watch the movies in if you are in that group of people who have never ventured to a galaxy far, far away…

Okay so the first way you can approach the films is in episode order. This means you would watch them in the following order:

  • The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • A New Hope (1977)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • The Force Awakens (2015)
  • The Last Jedi (2017)
  • The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Watching the films in episode order makes sense right? I mean that means you’re watching from the beginning of the franchise to the end as you do with other franchises. I mean, you wouldn’t recommend someone to watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire first and then watch The Philosopher’s Stone next. But Star Wars isn’t like other movie franchises out there given that the first films that were made are episodes IV, V and VI. This is why jOpinion recommends watching the films in trilogy order:

Watch the Original Trilogy (and in my opinion, the best trilogy) first:

  • A New Hope (1977)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Return of the Jedi (1983)

Then watch the Prequel Trilogy:

  • The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Finally, watch the sequel trilogy:

  • The Force Awakens (2015)
  • The Last Jedi (2017)
  • The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

The reason why I believe this is the better order to watch the movies in is because, for me, the Original Trilogy is the core story to the franchise and the other trilogies stem from this. Naturally, the Prequel Trilogy shows what happens before the events that take place in A New Hope (which is why you could watch the Prequel Trilogy first) and the Sequel Trilogy depicts what takes place after the events in Return of the Jedi (which is why it’s probably best to watch this trilogy last regardless of what order you choose to watch the films in).

What about Rogue One and Solo?

Rogue One and Solo are both Star Wars stories so I would recommend watching the films after you have completed the trilogies. Although, Rogue One shows a series of events that take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, so if you are watching the films in episode order you could watch this after episode III and before episode IV. With Solo, the movie shows Han Solo’s past so it is probably best to watch this once you are done watching the trilogies.

So now you have my recommendations I hope you get to loving Star Wars (all films can be streamed on Disney+). As a bonus for you lot, I am going to give you my personal (and in my opinion, the correct) ranking of the Star Wars movies:

  1. The Empire Strikes Back
  2. Return of the Jedi
  3. A New Hope
  4. The Force Awakens
  5. Revenge of the Sith
  6. The Rise of Skywalker
  7. The Last Jedi
  8. The Phantom Menace
  9. Attack of the Clones

May the force be with you, my dear readers.

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