Star Wars Movies in Order

Here are all the Star Wars movies in order along with the year of release. You’ll see that if you watched them in the order they came out, it might be easy to get the storyline mixed up!

The first Star Wars movie debuted over 40 years ago. George Lucas and Lucas Films LTD likely had no idea that the Star Wars universe would become a cultural icon. Join us as we look back at all the Star Wars movies distributed since the franchise’s original inception in 1977 in timeline order so you can watch them all in the correct sequence.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

  • Release date: May 25, 2018
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2h 15m
  • Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover
  • Synopsis: A young Han Solo finds himself caught up in the criminal underworld when he unknowingly takes part in a heist. It is there that he meets his future millennium falcon co-pilot, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

  • Release date: May 19, 1999
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2h 16m
  • Starring: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd
  • Synopsis: Episode I is set 32 years before the original trilogy. The story follows two Jedis, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, as they work together to protect Queen Padme Amidala. The group investigates the mysterious re-appearance of the Sith, thought to have went dormant long ago.

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

  • Release date: May 16, 2002
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2h 22m
  • Starring: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Lee
  • Synopsis: Ten years after the events in Episode I, Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala share a romantic tryst. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan Kenobi seeks out information about the attempted assassination of the Padme.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

  • Release date: August 15, 2008
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1h 38m
  • Starring: Matt Lanter, Dee Bradley Baker, Tom Kane, Ashley Eckstein
  • Synopsis: The Clone Wars continue in this animated feature film that focuses on the battle between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Follow the movements of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-wan Kenobi, and Yoda during the clone wars.

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)

  • Release date: May 19, 2005
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2h 20m
  • Starring: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson
  • Synopsis: In Episode III, Anakin Skywalker is further lured to the dark side of the force as he and Obi-Wan Kenobi work together to rescue Chancellor Palpatine.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

  • Release date: December 16, 2016
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2h 13m
  • Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Alan Tudyk
  • Synopsis: The future of the galaxy is in the hands of the Rebel Alliance after they learn about a deadly new weapon called the Death Star. If the Death Star has a weakness, they must discover what it is. The Rebel Alliance sends a group of soldiers to embark on a dangerous mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

  • Release date: May 25, 1977
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2h 5m
  • Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness
  • Synopsis: A rebellion is rising against the Galactic Empire. Imperial Forces capture and hold Princess Leia hostage under orders from Darth Vader. After sending a desperate plea, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo form a squad to save the princess and restore freedom to the galaxy.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

  • Release date: May 21, 1980
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2h 7m
  • Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams
  • Synopsis: After fighting back Imperial Forces on the planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Master Yoda. Meanwhile, his comrades are viciously pursued by a mysterious bounty hunter named Boba Fett.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

  • Release date: May 25, 1983
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2h 11m
  • Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels
  • Synopsis: Luke Skywalker must face off against Jabba the Hutt and Darth Vader in an attempt to save his Rebel Alliance comrades from the Galactic Empire.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

  • Release date: December 18, 2015
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2h 18m
  • Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver
  • Synopsis: The Force Awakens follows the story of a scavenger named Rey. Rey teams up with a rogue stormtrooper named Finn and the duo are thrust into an ongoing battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)

  • Release date: December 15, 2017
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2h 32m
  • Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher
  • Synopsis: With the help of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, Rey continues exploring the capabilities of her powers. While Rey tries to master the Force, the Resistance prepares for battle in an attempt to overthrow the First Order.

Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

  • Release date: December 20, 2019
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2h 22m
  • Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Ian McDiarmid
  • Synopsis: The Resistance discovers that Emperor Palpatine is still alive, and they race to find out where he is hiding so that they can bring him to justice. The Resistance, now led by Finn and Poe, work to stop the First Order before they form a new Empire.

That’s All of the Star Wars Movies in Order

You’ll notice that we do provide the years of release just for convenience. We do not recommend you watch the Star Wars movies in order of chronological release. Stick with our guide, and they will be easier to follow! For everything Star Wars, go to www.starwars.com. If you’re interested in George Lucas’s legacy, a great starting point is www.lucasfilm.com.

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