2. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
> IMDb rating: 8.6 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 92%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 96%
> Domestic box office: $460,998,007
The “Star Wars” franchise likely never would have become the major force in entertainment it is today without the major success of the original movie, retitled “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” upon its rerelease in 1981. The groundbreaking blockbuster follows an unassuming Luke as he learns the truth about the Empire, the Jedi, and The Force. Along the way he meets some of the most subsequently famous characters in movie history — Princess Leia, Han Solo, Darth Vader, and more. The movie was critically lauded, as more than 90% of critics gave it positive marks. But the real impact of “A New Hope” comes from its fans — nearly all who have reviewed it on Rotten Tomatoes said they enjoyed it. When the film came out in 1977, it smashed box office records and instantly became one of the most iconic films ever made.
1. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
> IMDb rating: 8.7 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 94%
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 97%
> Domestic box office: $291,738,960
Of all the beloved Star Wars films, “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” stands out as the best. The film takes on a darker tone than the original, and delivers some of the most memorable moments in cinema history, including Han Solo replying “I know” when Leia says she loves him, and Darth Vader’s shocking reveal that he is Luke Skywalker’s father. On Rotten Tomatoes, 94% critics and 97% of fans say they liked the movie. The film has the 15th highest user rating of all films on IMDb, at 8.7/10. It also took home the Oscar for Best Sound in 1981.