Ranking The Star Wars Movies

Today is the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars, so we're ranking every movie in the saga!

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9. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

9. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

This isn't a bad movie, it's just the least good Star Wars movie. It gets lots of unfair criticism but some that's fair too. Sure, Jar Jar Binks is a divisive character, but like George Lucas says, these are movies made for 12-year-olds, and most 12-year-olds like the goofy Gungan. The story of The Phantom Menace is actually well put together even if it's not well executed. This is a political drama wrapped in a space adventure. That pod race scene will always be one of the best action sequences in movie history and this movie overall is still one of the great achievements in visual effects. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan's final duel with Darth Maul is unforgettable, and this film introduced concepts essential to Star Wars mythology, whether you like it or not.

8. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

8. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

Attack of the Clones brought us some amazing action set pieces from the opening chase, to the huge battle on Geonosis, and the epic lightsaber duel with Count Dooku. While of the acting can be a bit stiff at  times and the dialogue isn't that great, it's still an intriguing story that delves deeper into the mythology of the Jedi and the Sith. The movie also has a lot to say about political deception and the cost of war. Bringing in some fun new characters like Jango Fett and Count Dooku make this one more engaging overall too. It's also tonally complex as we go from some fun, lighter moments to serious, darker ones as Anakin begins his path towards the dark side of the Force by losing his mother to the sand people and forming an attachment to Padme. 

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