The Best Star Wars Movies
MFC TOP 5
Every year, fans of the saga around the world celebrate May 4th as Star Wars Day, because the date closely resembles the famous phrase of the movies “May the Force be with you“. Thus, “May the Force be with you” is transformed into “May the 4th be with you”, a celebration that, although it was created by fans, has been accepted by both Lucasfilm and Disney. That is why in MFC we celebrate the date with a TOP 5 of The Best Star Wars Movies. May the 4th be with you!
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Gareth Edwards, 2016)
Rogue One takes place just before the events of the first Star Wars film and introduces Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a stubborn young woman who, along with a team of rebels, fights against the Galactic Empire to get the plans of the fearsome Death Star. It is the first Star Wars spin-off after the acquisition of the franchise by Disney and a great introduction to the Star Wars universe beyond the main story of the saga.
From a few lines of dialogue in the first film of the franchise, Gareth Edwards managed to create a film that feels fresh, of great visual and artistic merit and that still feels part of the established Star Wars universe. Disney is planning to explore this story further in a series focused on Cassian Andor‘s character (Diego Luna), which will premiere on the Disney+ streaming platform.
4. Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, 2017)
The Last Jedi is the sequel to The Force Awakens (J. J. Abrams, 2015) and the second film in the new Star Wars trilogy produced by Disney. The film continues the story of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) in their efforts to defeat the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), leader of the military organization known as the First Order.
The Last Jedi went down in history as one of the most controversial films in the series. Although J. J. Abrams inaugurated the new trilogy with a narration quite similar to that of the original, director Rian Johnson made the bold decision to turn the story around and reinterpret the narrative themes that characterize the saga. It is a film that breaks beyond expectations and bets on a different path, for which it obtained very positive opinions from the critics, but extremely negative from the audience.
3. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (George Lucas, 2005)
Revenge of the Sith is the third film in the prequel trilogy and conclusion to the story of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker. Both of the two previous films, The Phantom Menace (George Lucas, 1999) and The Attack of the Clones (George Lucas, 2002), showed us Anakin’s growth and his fight against the Dark Side, but in this film he must face his own darkness.
Unlike the previous two titles, Revenge of the Sith received very positive reviews. The special effects, action scenes and the impressive score by John Williams make this film a great closure to its story and one of the best productions of the saga.
2. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (George Lucas, 1977)
Although originally released as Star Wars, the title of the first film in the franchise was changed to Episode IV – A New Hope, as one of the episodes in a much bigger narrative. It tells the story of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), a young pilot whose destiny leads him to be part of a rebellion against the Galactic Empire. In his adventure he will meet smuggler Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his partner Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), brave Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), a mysterious knight of the ancient Jedi Order.
Thanks to its new special effects, the premiere of Star Wars in 1977 revolutionized the film industry forever, making the brand one of the most important entertainment franchises in the world. The film won six Academy Awards out of a total of ten nominations, including the award for Best Picture, and its cultural impact is incalculable.
1. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to Star Wars and the second production in the franchise. The film sets us three years after the events of A New Hope and shows us the development of the characters, now organized in a Rebel Alliance against the Galactic Empire. In this film we learn more about the Force thanks to Yoda, who trains Luke in the ancient arts of the Jedi for his final confrontation with Darth Vader.
This is the first Star Wars movie that was not directed by its creator, George Lucas. It is a sequel that successfully builds on the foundations of the previous one to create a great story, full of action and with one of the most famous revelations of pop culture. The Empire Strikes Back was the highest grossing film of 1980 and is considered one of the best movies in cinema history.