Taking your first dip into the Star Wars universe or wanting to revisit some classic sci-fi adventures? Well, doing exactly that has become quite difficult. That’s because knowing how to watch the Star Wars movies in order has become a challenge in itself. Do you embark on this journey in chronological order, as George Lucas – creator of Star Wars – would want? Or, as the vast majority of fans believe, should you watch these masterful movies in release order?
As you may have expected, there’s no right answer. Yes, that’s frustrating, but we’re here to help. Our team of Star Wars aficionados have spent a long, long time in that galaxy far, far away to bring you multiple ways of watching the Star Wars movies in order. But, before we dive in, we should clarify a few things.
Firstly, we are just looking at the major movies, which means no Star Wars: The Clone Wars, or those infamous Christmas specials. And we haven’t included The Mandalorian, as that just overcomplicates things – though, just for reference, the show takes place post-Episode 6 and Pre-Episode 7.
In terms of how to watch Star Wars online, your best bet is Disney Plus. All the movies can be found there. And once you’re subscribed, make sure to check in here on how to watch the Star Wars movies in order.
Best for: Newcomers who don’t want to overcomplicate things.
Why? While the original movie from 1977 was originally titled simply “Star Wars”, it was later amended to be known as Star Wars: Episode 4 – A New Hope. As a result, the order in which the films were released is not the order in which the events depicted in the galaxy far, far away happen. Watching the movies in episodic order lines the films up chronologically and, as it happens, is series creator George Lucas’s preferred watching order. And who are we to argue with the man who created Jedi, The Force, and Luke Skywalker?
- Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Star Wars: Episode 4 – A New Hope
- Star Wars: Episode 5 – The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: Episode 6 – Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens
- Star Wars: Episode 8 – The Last Jedi
- Star Wars: Episode 9 – The Rise of Skywalker