What’s the First Star Wars Movie in Order?

If you’re a fan of the Star Wars franchise and want to watch the movies in chronological order, you might be wondering which one comes first. The answer is not as straightforward as you might think. There are two ways to approach this question: in terms of release date or in terms of the chronological order of events within the Star Wars universe.

Release Date Order

The first Star Wars movie ever released was “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” back in 1977. This movie introduced us to a galaxy far, far away and its iconic characters like Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Darth Vader. It kicked off a pop culture phenomenon that has lasted for decades and still captures the imagination of fans young and old.

After “A New Hope,” two sequels followed – “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” These three movies make up what is known as the original trilogy.

In 1999, George Lucas returned to the Star Wars universe with a prequel trilogy that explored the backstory of Darth Vader. The first movie in this trilogy is “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” followed by “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith.”

Finally, after a long hiatus, Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 and began developing new Star Wars movies. The first one released under Disney’s ownership was “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” in 2015. This movie takes place after the events of “Return of the Jedi” and introduces us to new characters like Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, and BB-8.

Since then, we’ve had more movies released including “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, which takes place just before “A New Hope”, followed by “Solo: A Star Wars Story” that follows Han Solo’s backstory before the original trilogy.

Chronological Order

If you’re interested in watching the Star Wars movies in chronological order, then you’ll need to start with “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.” This movie takes place 32 years before the events of “A New Hope” and introduces us to a young Anakin Skywalker, who will eventually become Darth Vader.

Next up is “Attack of the Clones,” which takes place 10 years after “The Phantom Menace.” This movie shows us the beginnings of the Clone Wars and continues Anakin’s story as he becomes a Padawan learner to Obi-Wan Kenobi.

After “Attack of the Clones,” we have “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” which takes place three years later. This movie shows how Anakin falls to the dark side and becomes Darth Vader, while also exploring themes of betrayal and redemption.

Then we have Solo: A Star Wars Story that follows Han Solo’s backstory before he meets Luke Skywalker in “A New Hope”. After that comes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is set just before “A New Hope” and tells the story of how a group of rebels stole the plans for the Death Star.

Finally, we have the original trilogy – “A New Hope,” followed by “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” These movies take place several years after “Revenge of the Sith” and show us how Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca work together to defeat Darth Vader and his forces.


So there you have it – if you want to watch all of the Star Wars movies in order, you can either follow their release dates or watch them in chronological order within their universe. Whatever order you choose, there’s no denying that Star Wars is one of pop culture’s most beloved franchises and will continue to inspire and entertain generations to come.