Which Star Wars Movie Is Darth Vader in the Most?

If you’re a fan of Star Wars, you are undoubtedly familiar with Darth Vader, one of the most iconic villains in movie history. But which Star Wars movie features Darth Vader the most? We’ve taken a closer look at each film in the original trilogy and prequel trilogy to help answer this question.

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

The first Star Wars film, A New Hope, introduced us to Darth Vader. He doesn’t appear on screen until about 19 minutes into the movie when he boards Princess Leia’s ship. While his presence is certainly felt throughout the rest of the film, he only appears on screen for a total of 12 minutes and 34 seconds.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back is widely regarded as one of the best Star Wars films ever made, and it’s also the movie where we see the most of Darth Vader. He appears on screen for a total of 16 minutes and 22 seconds, including his iconic battle with Luke Skywalker.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi wraps up the original trilogy and features several memorable scenes with Darth Vader. However, he only appears on screen for a total of 8 minutes and 16 seconds.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Moving on to the prequel trilogy, The Phantom Menace introduces us to a young Anakin Skywalker before he becomes Darth Vader. While we do see Anakin throughout much of the film, we don’t actually see him become Vader until near the end. Overall, Darth Vader (or rather, Anakin) only appears on screen for about three minutes in this movie.

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

Attack of the Clones is another prequel film that features Anakin Skywalker before he becomes Vader. While we do get to see more of Anakin in this movie, he doesn’t actually become Vader until the very end. In total, Darth Vader (or rather, Anakin) appears on screen for just over two minutes.

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Revenge of the Sith is where we finally get to see Anakin Skywalker become Darth Vader. As a result, Vader appears on screen for a total of 20 minutes and 16 seconds in this movie, making it the film where he has the most screen time.


So there you have it – if you’re looking for the Star Wars movie with the most Darth Vader, Revenge of the Sith is your best bet. However, The Empire Strikes Back is a close second and arguably features some of his most iconic moments. Regardless of which movie you prefer, there’s no denying that Darth Vader is one of cinema’s most enduring villains.