List of Star Wars films and television series

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The Star Wars films include two complete trilogies: the original trilogy released between 1977 and 1983, and the prequel trilogy released between 1999 and 2005. A third trilogy that follows the first two began in 2015. Other films have taken or will take place between the trilogy films. There have also been several Star Wars television series and films, with the first being released in 1978.

Feature films[edit]

Film series[edit]

Main series[edit]

The films in the main series include an opening crawl, which establishes where the tone of the film.

Film Release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s) Distributor(s)
Original trilogy
Episode IV –
A New Hope
May 25, 1977 (1977-05-25) George Lucas Gary Kurtz 20th Century Fox[a]
Episode V –
The Empire Strikes Back
May 21, 1980 (1980-05-21) Irvin Kershner Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan George Lucas
Episode VI –
Return of the Jedi
May 25, 1983 (1983-05-25) Richard Marquand
George Lucas[1]
Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas Howard Kazanjian
Prequel trilogy
Episode I –
The Phantom Menace
May 19, 1999 (1999-05-19) George Lucas George Lucas Rick McCallum 20th Century Fox[a]
Episode II –
Attack of the Clones
May 16, 2002 (2002-05-16) George Lucas
and Jonathan Hales
George Lucas
Episode III –
Revenge of the Sith
May 19, 2005 (2005-05-19) George Lucas
Sequel trilogy
Episode VII –
The Force Awakens
December 18, 2015 (2015-12-18) J. J. Abrams Lawrence Kasdan & J. J. Abrams and Michael Arndt Kathleen Kennedy, J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Episode VIII –
The Last Jedi
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15) Rian Johnson Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman
Episode IX December 20, 2019 (2019-12-20)[2] J. J. Abrams J. J. Abrams & Chris Terrio[3][4] Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan and J. J. Abrams

Standalone films[edit]

Stand-alone films don't feature an opening crawl.

Film Release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s) Distributor(s)
Animated film
Star Wars:
The Clone Wars
August 15, 2008 (2008-08-15) Dave Filoni Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching and Scott Murphy George Lucas and Catherine Winder Warner Bros.
Anthology films
Rogue One:
A Star Wars Story
December 16, 2016 (2016-12-16) Gareth Edwards Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy John Knoll and Gary Whitta Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur & Simon Emanuel Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Solo:
A Star Wars Story
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)[5] Phil Lord &
Christopher Miller

Ron Howard
Lawrence Kasdan & Jon Kasdan

Cast[edit]

Technical information[edit]

All seven films of the Star Wars series were shot in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1. The original and sequel trilogies were shot with anamorphic lenses. Episodes IV, V, and VII were shot in Panavision, while Episode VI was shot in Joe Dunton Camera (JDC) scope. Episode I was shot with Hawk anamorphic lenses on Arriflex cameras, and Episodes II and III were shot with Sony's CineAlta high-definition digital cameras.[6]

Lucas hired Ben Burtt to oversee the sound effects on the original 1977 film. Burtt's accomplishment was such that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented him with a Special Achievement Award because it had no award at the time for the work he had done.[7] Lucasfilm developed the THX sound reproduction standard for Return of the Jedi.[8] John Williams composed the scores for all seven films. Lucas's design for Star Wars involved a grand musical sound, with leitmotifs for different characters and important concepts. Williams's Star Wars title theme has become one of the most famous and well-known musical compositions in modern music history.[9]

Lucas hired 'the Dean of Special Effects' John Stears, who created R2-D2, Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder, the Jedi Knights' lightsabers, and the Death Star.[10][11] The technical lightsaber choreography for the original trilogy was developed by leading filmmaking sword-master Bob Anderson. Anderson trained actor Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and performed all the sword stunts as Darth Vader during the lightsaber duels in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, wearing Vader's costume. Anderson's role in the original Star Wars trilogy was highlighted in the film Reclaiming the Blade, where he shares his experiences as the fight choreographer developing the lightsaber techniques for the movies.[12]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Budget Box office revenue Box office ranking
North America Other
territories
Worldwide Adjusted for
inflation
(North America)[b]
All-time
North America
All-time
worldwide
Star Wars[14] May 25, 1977 US$11 million $460,998,007 $314,400,000 $775,398,007 $1,330,752,155 #11 #68
The Empire Strikes Back[15] May 21, 1980 $11–$33 Million $290,475,067 $247,900,000 $538,375,067 $760,289,658 #76 #151
Return of the Jedi[16] May 25, 1983 $32.5–42.7 Million $309,306,177 $165,800,000 $475,106,177 $732,821,128 #60 #180
Original trilogy total $54.5–86.7 Million $1,060,779,251 $728,100,000 $1,788,879,251 $2,823,862,941
Episode I – The Phantom Menace[17] May 19, 1999 US$115 million $474,544,677 $552,500,000 $1,027,044,677 $707,521,232 #10 #24
Episode II – Attack of the Clones[18] May 16, 2002 US$115 million $310,676,740 $338,721,588 $649,398,328 $419,876,095 #58 #104
Episode III – Revenge of the Sith[19] May 19, 2005 US$113 million $380,270,577 $468,484,191 $848,754,768 $466,315,785 #29 #54
Prequel trilogy total US$343 million $1,165,491,994 $1,359,705,779 $2,525,197,773 $1,593,713,112
Star Wars: The Clone Wars[20] August 15, 2008 US$8.5 million $35,161,554 $33,121,290 $68,282,844 $39,112,474 #2,187
Star Wars: The Force Awakens[21] December 18, 2015 US$245 million $936,662,225 $1,131,516,000 $2,068,178,225 $936,662,225 #1 #3
Rogue One[22] December 16, 2016 US$200 million $532,091,909 $523,762,890 $1,055,854,799 $532,091,909 #7 #20
All films total $806–838.2 Million $3,546,178,698 $3,489,843,069 $7,036,021,767 $5,741,434,426

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Star Wars 93% (106 reviews)[23] 92 (20 reviews)[24]
The Empire Strikes Back 94% (89 reviews)[25] 81 (17 reviews)[26]
Return of the Jedi 80% (85 reviews)[27] 53 (15 reviews)[28]
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 55% (216 reviews)[29] 51 (36 reviews)[30] A−[31]
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 66% (245 reviews)[32] 54 (39 reviews)[33] A−[31]
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 79% (286 reviews)[34] 68 (40 reviews)[35] A−[31]
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 19% (167 reviews)[36] 35 (30 reviews)[37] B−[31]
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 93% (378 reviews)[38] 81 (54 reviews)[39] A[31]
Rogue One 85% (365 reviews)[40] 65 (51 reviews)[41] A[31]
Star Wars: The Last Jedi 94% (199 reviews)[42] 86 (50 reviews)[43]
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Academy Awards[edit]

The eight live-action films together have been nominated for 29 Academy Awards, of which they won seven. The films were also awarded a total of three Special Achievement Awards. Star Wars received seven awards and four nominations,[44] The Empire Strikes Back received one awards, one Special Achievement Award, and two nominations,[45] Return of the Jedi received one Special Achievement Award and four nominations,[46] The Phantom Menace received three nominations,[47] Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith received one nomination each,[48][49] The Force Awakens received five nominations,[50] and Rogue One received two nominations.[51]

Four films in the franchise, Return of the Jedi,[46] The Phantom Menace,[47] The Force Awakens,[50] and Rogue One,[51] were nominated for Best Sound Mixing; two films, Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back,[45] won the award. Four films, The Phantom Menace,[47] Attack of the Clones,[48] The Force Awakens,[50] and Rogue One,[51] were nominated for Best Visual Effects; Star Wars won the award, while The Empire Strikes Back[45] and Return of the Jedi[46] received Special Achievement Awards for their visual effects and Star Wars received a Special Achievement Award for its alien, creature and robot voices. Three films, The Empire Strikes Back,[45] Return of the Jedi,[46] and The Force Awakens,[50] were nominated for Best Original Score; Star Wars won the award. The Force Awakens was nominated for Best Film Editing,[50] and Star Wars won the award. The Empire Strikes Back[45] and Return of the Jedi[46] were nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, and Star Wars won the award. Three films, Return of the Jedi,[46] The Phantom Menace,[47] and The Force Awakens,[50] were nominated for Best Sound Editing. Star Wars won Best Costume Design, and it also received nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Alec Guinness), Best Director (Lucas), Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay. Revenge the Sith also received a nomination for Best Makeup.[49]

Television and internet[edit]

Animated series[edit]

Title Sea­sons Epi­sodes Release year Supervising Director Production company Network Setting Canon
Star Wars: Droids 1 13 1985–86 Nelvana ABC Between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope No
Star Wars: Ewoks 2 35 1985–86 Before Return of the Jedi
Star Wars: Clone Wars 3 25 2003–05 Genndy Tartakovsky Cartoon Network Studios Cartoon Network Between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 6 121 2008–14 Dave Filoni Lucasfilm Animation Cartoon Network (Season 1-5) & Netflix (Season 6) Between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith Yes
Star Wars Rebels 4 68 2014–present Dave Filoni (Season 1-2) & Justin Ridge (Season 3-4) Disney XD Between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope
Star Wars Forces of Destiny 2 16 2017 Youtube Across all eras

Television films and specials[edit]

Film Release date Director(s) Screen­writer(s) Network Setting Canon
Holiday Special
Star Wars:
Holiday Special
November 17, 1978 David Acomba & Steve Binder Bruce Vilanch CBS Between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back No
Ewok television films
Caravan of Courage:
An Ewok Adventure
November 25, 1984 John Korty Bob Carrau
Story by: George Lucas
ABC Between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi No
Ewoks
The Battle for Endor
November 24, 1985 Jim Wheat & Ken Wheat Jim Wheat & Ken Wheat
Story by: George Lucas

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Star Wars Holiday Special 43% (7 reviews)[52]
Caravan of Courage:
An Ewok Adventure
25% (12 reviews)[53]
Ewoks
The Battle for Endor
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Parodies[edit]

Lucasfilm Star Wars parodies[edit]

The following parodies were directly produced by Lucasfilm.

Title Release year Notes
Mockumentaries
Return of the Ewok 1982 24-minute fictional mockumentary-style movie, focusing on Warwick Davis' decision to become an actor and act as Wicket in Return of the Jedi.
R2-D2: Beneath the Dome 2002 20-minute mockumentary-style movie, focusing on the "true" story of R2-D2's life. It was made as a fun side-project by some of the crew of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but was later released for television and its own DVD.
Animated series
Star Wars Detours N/A Produced between 2012 and 2013, this animated animated Star Wars parody series from the creators of Robot Chicken was never released. Star Wars Detours was produced prior to the Disney acquisition,[54] but its release was postponed in 2013 and it ultimately never aired,[55] despite 39 episodes having been completed and 62 additional scripts finished.[56]

Lego Star Wars[edit]

To promote its sets, Lego has created multiple short films, television special and animated series, that parody the Star Wars saga.

Short films[edit]

Title Release date Notes
Lego Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick 2005 Short film based on Revenge of the Sith
Lego Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 2009 Short film based on Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Lego Star Wars: Bombad Bounty 2010 Short film that follows up The Quest for R2-D2

Television specials[edit]

Title Release year Notes
Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace 2011 Half hour TV special
Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out 2012 Half hour TV special

Animated series[edit]

Title Release year Episodes Notes
Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles 2013–14 7 Comic television series also known as Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles.
Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales 2015 5 Comic television series retelling Episodes I-VI and Star Wars Rebels episode "Droids in Distress".
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures 2016–present 26 Comic television series set between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Until 2020
  2. ^ Adjusting for inflation is complicated by the fact that the first four films have had multiple releases in different years, so their earnings cannot be simply adjusted by the initial year of release. Inflation adjusted figures for 2005 can be found in Block, Alex Ben; Wilson, Lucy Autrey, eds. (2010). George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-By-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success. HarperCollins. p. 519. ISBN 978-0061778896.  Adjustment to constant dollars is undertaken in conjunction with the United States Consumer Price Index provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, using 2005 as the base year.[13]

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