Special Report

Every Star Wars Movie Ranked From Worst to Best

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7. Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
> IMDb rating: 6.6 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 51%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86%
> Domestic box office: $515,202,542

This entry wrapped up the third “Star Wars” trilogy as Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron sought to bring balance to the Force by fighting against the First Order, and the Dark Side. In terms of reception, “Episode IX” is the inverse of its predecessor, as the vast majority of fans, 86%, loved the film, but critics were largely unimpressed, with only about half giving it positive marks. The film brought back J.J. Abrams from Episode VII after director Colin Trevorrow was dismissed by Disney.

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6. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
> IMDb rating: 7.5 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 80%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 66%
> Domestic box office: $380,270,577

“Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” sees Anakin complete his journey to the Dark Side and transformation into Darth Vader. As the Clone Wars rage on, Chancellor Palpatine strengthens his hold on power in the galaxy at the expense of the Jedi. Though many “Star Wars” fans lump all three prequels into the same box of disappointment, some might forget that “Revenge of the Sith” is generally well-regarded. The film is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with 80% of critics and two-thirds of movie-goers offering positive reviews..

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5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
> IMDb rating: 7.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 84%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86%
> Domestic box office: $532,177,324

This film served as an important proof of concept for Disney — that they could create a crowd-pleasing blockbuster set in the “Star Wars” universe that took place outside of a trilogy. The movie proved to be a smash hit, with a half-billion dollar box office haul and positive reviews from over 80% of both fans and critics, per Rotten Tomatoes. Set just before the events of Episode IV, “Rogue One” tells the story of a courageous group of rebels who risk their lives to find the one weakness in the Death Star. The Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus said the film “draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground.”

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4. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
> IMDb rating: 7.9 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 93%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86%
> Domestic box office: $936,662,225

The third Star Wars trilogy got off to a terrific start with “The Force Awakens.” The film introduces brand new characters, like Finn, Rey, Poe Dameron, and more — as well as some familiar faces from past films. The plot involves the Dark Side attempting to seize hold of the galaxy once again — this time, in the form of the First Order, led by the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke and Kylo Ren. The film was an all-around smash hit, grossing nearly $1 billion in the U.S. alone. More than 90% of viewers and 86% of critics said they enjoyed “The Force Awakens” as well, with the Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus saying the picture “successfully recalls the series’ former glory while injecting it with renewed energy.”

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3. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
> IMDb rating: 8.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 82%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94%
> Domestic box office: $309,205,079

“Return of the Jedi” brings the original trilogy to a satisfying conclusion. After rescuing Han from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt, Luke, Leia, and the rest of the Rebel Alliance launch one last attack to take down the second Death Star — all while Luke must resist the temptation of joining his father, Darth Vader, on the Dark Side. As with the other two original trilogy entries, moviegoers and critics alike loved “Return of the Jedi.” It ranks among the 100 top-rated films of any kind, per IMDb users, and was nominated for four Academy Awards.