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.

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.

1980 – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

★★★★★ USA. 2h4m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by Irvin Kershner. Written by Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan. Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky. Edited by Paul Hirsch. Music by John Williams. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz.

Set three years after the events of the first film, the Galactic Empire, under the leadership of Darth Vader and the Emperor, pursues Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Rebel Alliance. While Vader relentlessly pursues Luke’s friends — Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO—Luke studies the Force under Jedi Master Yoda.

2015 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

★★★★☆ USA. 2h15m. Sci-Fi / Adventure. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Written by Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt. Cinematography by Dan Mindel. Edited by Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey. Music by John Williams. Starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Oscar Issac, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Mark Hamill.

Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens follows Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Han Solo’s search for Luke Skywalker and their fight in the Resistance, led by General Leia Organa and veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, a successor to the Galactic Empire.