Which Is the Oldest Star Wars Movie?

Star Wars is an epic space opera franchise that has captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. The movies, books, and TV series take place in a galaxy far, far away and follow the adventures of various characters as they fight against evil forces and restore balance to the universe.

But which is the oldest Star Wars movie? Let’s dive into the history of this iconic franchise.

The Original Trilogy

The first Star Wars film was released in 1977 and was later renamed “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.” It was directed by George Lucas and starred Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Alec Guinness. A New Hope introduced audiences to the Jedi Order, the Force, and iconic characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The success of A New Hope led to two sequels: “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) directed by Irvin Kershner and “Return of the Jedi” (1983) directed by Richard Marquand. The original trilogy follows Luke’s journey from a young farm boy to a Jedi Knight as he battles against Darth Vader and his empire.

Special Editions

In 1997, Lucas released special editions of the original trilogy with updated visual effects and added scenes. These versions were controversial among fans who preferred the original theatrical releases. However, for many younger viewers who were introduced to Star Wars through these special editions, they are considered as canon.

The Prequel Trilogy

After a 16-year hiatus from making Star Wars films, Lucas returned with a new trilogy set before the events of A New Hope. “The Phantom Menace” (1999), “Attack of the Clones” (2002), and “Revenge of the Sith” (2005) explore Anakin Skywalker’s fall to the dark side, the rise of the Galactic Empire, and the birth of Luke and Leia.

The prequel trilogy received mixed reviews from critics and fans, with some praising the world-building and visual effects while others criticized the dialogue and acting. Nevertheless, it introduced new characters like Obi-Wan’s mentor Qui-Gon Jinn, Senator Amidala, and Jedi Master Mace Windu.

The Sequel Trilogy

In 2015, Lucasfilm was sold to Disney, who announced a new trilogy set after the events of Return of the Jedi. “The Force Awakens” (2015), “The Last Jedi” (2017), and “The Rise of Skywalker” (2019) follow a new generation of heroes like Rey, Finn, and Poe as they fight against Kylo Ren and the remnants of the Empire.

The sequel trilogy received mixed reviews from fans who were divided over its plot twists and character arcs. However, it introduced new fan-favorite characters like BB-8, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo, Admiral Holdo, and Rose Tico.


So which is the oldest Star Wars movie? Technically it’s A New Hope (1977), but many fans prefer to watch all three movies in their original theatrical releases without any added special effects or scenes. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual viewer, there’s no denying that Star Wars has left an indelible mark on pop culture with its timeless story of good versus evil in a galaxy far away.