How to watch Star Wars movies in order: 2 best ways

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StarWars is a cult saga that has fascinated and inspired many generations. Both those in their fifties and today’s teenagers are fascinated by the Star Wars saga and enjoy watching it, as now that’s far more than just a ‘space opera’, that’s something like generations’ code. In December 2020, all Star Wars movies were added to the Disney+ subscription, so now it’s even easier to watch one of the sagas that changed the movie industry.

I think it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t watched a single episode of Star Wars and it’s almost impossible to find someone who doesn’t know who Darth Vader, Han Solo or the Emperor are. So everyone knows about these movies, but not everyone has watched them in the right order. I think if you still haven’t watched all the StarWars movies, this is a great way to start right now. As a true StarWars connoisseur I can suggest three of the best ways you can do that.

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Star Wars chronological order: The best way to start watching saga

Episodes IV, V and VI are the original movies, while Episodes I, II, III are prequels and Episodes VII, VIII and IX are sequels. If you are interested in understanding the story as deeply as possible and not missing any details, this is one of the best ways to watch Star Wars movies. Also, don’t forget to add Solo and Rogue One, as these movies also enrich the story.

This order ruins original twist with Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, but I think almost all people already know that (thanks to memes and spoilers). Also, original movies (Episodes IV, V, VI) wouldn’t look good after prequels trilogy, as they were released in 1970s.

Watching movies in chronological order is, imho, the best way to start your randevu with Star Wars. In case you decided to watch movies in this order, it would be like this:

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Solo
  • Rogue One
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  • Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
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Star Wars theatrical release order: The best way to feel the spirit of the time

That’s the most obvious order, of course, but in my opinion, it’s not the best if you just want to enjoy the story. However, if you want to feel the spirit of the time, that’s the best way.

In this case, you would start with Episodes IV, V, VI and then move towards prequels, and then sequels. It can be a little bit messy for you, especially if you weren’t interested in Star Wars universe before, but it pays off to enjoy the fact that you won’t miss any plot twists.

If you want to watch movies in release order, your path would look like this:

  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Rogue One
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  • Solo
  • Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
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Should you watch optional content?

It’s up to you, but if you want to improve your understanding of the Star Wars universe or are just interested in the story, this content would be a great addition. Especially the Solo and Rogue One movies, as well as the Mandalorian series.

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