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Star Wars:

Films

Following the success of 1977′s Star Wars, two additional movies were released in 1980 and 1983. Together, they told a complete story, now referred to as the original trilogy. After 1983, cartoon shows and new toys were released, attempting to keep the franchise going, but these dried up within a few years, and the Star Wars franchise entered an extended period of hibernation (although it experienced a renaissance in novels and comics in the early 1990s).

George Lucas helmed a prequel trilogy, released in 1999, 2002, and 2005. It was poorly reviewed overall, although it did flesh out the Star Wars franchise in important ways. After 2005, Star Wars returned to TV, much as it had after the original trilogy.

In 2012, Disney bought Lucasfilm, including the Star Wars franchise, and began production of a sequel trilogy, released in 2015, 2017, and 2019. In between these years, Disney released “anthology films,” including Rogue One (2016), which led directly into the original film, and Solo (2018), which took place between the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy.

Prequel Trilogy

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

directed by George Lucas; written by George Lucas; 136 minutes; released 19 May 1999

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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

directed by George Lucas; script by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales; story by George Lucas; set 10 years after Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace; the Clone Wars begin; Anakin Skywalker marries Padmé Amidala; 142 minutes; released 16 May 2002

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

directed by George Lucas; written by George Lucas; set three years after Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones; Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader; the Clone Wars end, and the Galactic Empire begins; 140 minutes; released 19 May 2005

In-Between Years

Solo: A Star Wars Story

directed by Ron Howard; 135 minutes; released 25 May 2018

Original Trilogy

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

directed by Gareth Edwards; leads directly into Episode IV; 133 minutes; released 16 Dec 2016

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

directed by George Lucas; written by George Lucas; a.k.a. Star Wars; 125 minutes; released 25 May 1977

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

directed by Irvin Kershner; script by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan; story by George Lucas; set three years after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope; a.k.a. The Empire Strikes Back; 129 minutes; released 21 May 1980

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Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

directed by Richard Marquand; script by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas; story by George Lucas; a.k.a. Return of the Jedi; set about one year after Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back; 136 minutes; released 25 May 1983

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Sequel Trilogy

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

directed by J.J. Abrams; 135 minutes; released 18 Dec 2015

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

directed by Rian Johnson; continues directly from The Force Awakens (in theory, although for some characters, some time has passed); 152 minutes; released 15 Dec 2017

Star Wars Episode IX

directed by J.J. Abrams; released 20 Dec 2019


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