With “The Last Jedi” due in theaters this week, fans of the “Star Wars” film franchise will have a chance to rank all nine chapters so far in the galactic saga. One critic who has already done it is Brian Truitt, who revealed his rankings of the nine movies today in USA Today.
Somewhat predictably, the original trilogy released from 1977-1983 generally ranks near the top while the much maligned prequel trilogy from 1999-2005 occupies the bottom positions on the list.
Truitt puts “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) at No. 1, followed by “Star Wars” (1977) at No. 2. “The Force Awakens” from 2015 cracks the top three at No. 3, followed by “Return of the Jedi” (1983) at No. 4 and the new one, “The Last Jedi,” at No. 5.
Rounding out the Top 9 are “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2016) at No. 6; “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” (2005) at No. 7; “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones (2002) at No. 8; and “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” (1999) at No. 9.
We encourage readers to click on the link above to USA Today to read Truitt’s reasons for his rankings.