1977 – Star Wars: A New Hope

★★★★★ USA. 2h1m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas. Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor. Edited by Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas, Richard Chew. Music by John Williams. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker.

Star Wars focuses on the journey of Luke Skywalker (Hamill), who along with Han Solo (Ford) and the wizened Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Guinness), attempt to free Princess Leia (Fisher) from the clutches of the Galactic Empire and the Sith lord Darth Vader (Prowse, voiced by Jones). The heroes, in league with the Rebel Alliance, attempt to destroy the Empire’s planet-destroying space station, the Death Star.

2002 – Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones

★★★☆☆ USA. 2h22m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas, Jonathan Hales. Cinematography by David Tattersall. Edited by Ben Burtt. Music by John Williams. Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz.

Set ten years after the events in The Phantom Menace, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war, with thousands of planetary systems threatening to secede from the Galactic Republic. After Senator Padmé Amidala evades an assassination attempt, Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker becomes her protector, while his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi investigates the attempt on her life. Soon, the trio witness the onset of a new threat to the galaxy: the Clone Wars.

1983 – Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi

★★★★★ USA. 2h12m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by Richard Marquand. Written by Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas (screenplay) and George Lucas (story). Cinematography by Alan Hume. Edited by Sean Barton, Marcia Lucas, Duwayne Dunham. Music by John Williams. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz.

In the film, the Galactic Empire, under the direction of the ruthless Emperor, is constructing a second Death Star in order to crush the Rebel Alliance once and for all. Since the Emperor plans to personally oversee the final stages of its construction, the Rebel Fleet launches a full-scale attack on the Death Star in order to prevent its completion and kill the Emperor, effectively bringing an end to his hold over the galaxy. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker, now a Jedi Knight, struggles to bring his father Darth Vader back to the light side of the Force.

2005 – Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith

★★★★☆ USA. 2h20m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas. Cinematography by David Tattersall. Edited by Roger Barton, Ben Burtt. Music by John Williams. Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz.

Revenge of the Sith is set three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, established in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002). The Jedi are spread across the galaxy, leading a large-scale war against the Separatists. After Count Dooku is killed, the Jedi Council dispatches Obi-Wan Kenobi to eliminate General Grievous, the leader of the Separatist army, and put an end to the war. Meanwhile, after having premonitions of his wife Padmé Amidala dying in childbirth, Anakin Skywalker is tasked by the Council to spy on Palpatine, the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic and, secretly, a Sith lord known as Darth Sidious. Palpatine manipulates Anakin into turning to the dark side of the Force and becoming his apprentice, Darth Vader, with wide-ranging consequences for the galaxy.

1999 – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

★★★☆☆ USA. 2h13m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas. Cinematography by David Tattersall. Edited by Paul Martin Smith, Ben Burtt. Music by John Williams. Starring Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Pernilla August, Frank Oz.

The first installment in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and begins the “Skywalker saga,” though it was the fourth film to be produced chronologically. The Phantom Menace is set 32 years before the original film and follows Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi as they protect Queen Amidala in hopes of securing a peaceful end to an interplanetary trade dispute. Joined by Anakin Skywalker—a young slave with unusually strong natural powers of the Force—they simultaneously contend with the mysterious return of the Sith.

1971 – THX 1138

★★★☆☆ USA. 1h26m. Sci-Fi. Directed by George Lucas. Written by George Lucas, Walter Murch (screenplay) and George Lucas (story). Cinematography by David Myers, Albert Kihn. Edited by George Lucas. Music by Lalo Schifrin. Starring Robert Duvall, Maggie McOmie, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Ian Wolfe.

Set in a dystopian future in which the populace is controlled through android police and mandatory use of drugs that suppress emotions, THX 1138 was developed from Lucas’s student film Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, which he made in 1967 while attending the USC School of Cinematic Arts.