What Star Wars Movie Came Out in 1973?

If you’re a Star Wars fan, you might be curious about which movie came out in 1973. Well, the truth is that there was no Star Wars movie released in that year. The first Star Wars movie, later titled “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” was released on May 25th, 1977.

However, there were some significant events that took place in the world of Star Wars in 1973. Let’s take a closer look.

The Early Days of Star Wars

In the early 1970s, George Lucas had just finished directing his second feature film, American Graffiti. He was looking for his next project and had an idea for a space adventure film.

Lucas began writing the script for what would eventually become “Star Wars.” He drew inspiration from classic sci-fi movies like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, as well as from ancient myths and legends.

The Road to Production

Lucas spent several years developing his script and shopping it around to various studios. Many studios passed on the project, but eventually, Lucas found a home at 20th Century Fox.

In 1975, Lucas began pre-production on the film. He assembled a talented team of filmmakers and began designing sets and costumes.

The Release of “Star Wars”

After several delays and setbacks during production, “Star Wars” was finally released on May 25th, 1977. It was an instant success and became one of the highest-grossing films of all time.

The film’s success spawned two sequels – “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Return of the Jedi” (1983) – as well as numerous spin-offs and adaptations over the years.


So while there wasn’t a Star Wars movie released in 1973, it was still a significant year in the history of the franchise. It was the year that George Lucas began writing the script for what would become one of the most beloved and iconic film series of all time.