Are you a Star Wars fan who is curious about who directed the movies in this epic franchise? Look no further! In this article, we will be exploring the directors behind each of the Star Wars movies.
Episode IV: A New Hope
The first Star Wars movie was directed by George Lucas. It was released in 1977 and became an instant classic. The film introduced us to iconic characters like Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo.
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
The sequel to A New Hope was directed by Irvin Kershner and released in 1980. Many fans consider this movie to be the best one in the franchise. It features the unforgettable reveal of Darth Vader as Luke’s father.
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
The third installment in the original trilogy was once again directed by George Lucas and released in 1983. This movie concluded the story arc of Luke Skywalker’s journey to become a Jedi Knight and defeat the Empire.
Episode I: The Phantom Menace
After a long hiatus, George Lucas returned to direct The Phantom Menace which was released in 1999. This film introduced new characters like Qui-Gon Jinn, Padmé Amidala, and Darth Maul.
Episode II: Attack of the Clones
The second prequel film was also directed by George Lucas and released in 2002. This movie explored more of Anakin Skywalker’s backstory and his romance with Padmé Amidala.
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
The final prequel movie was once again directed by George Lucas and released in 2005. This film depicted Anakin Skywalker’s descent into darkness as he becomes Darth Vader and ultimately leads to the downfall of the Jedi Order.
Episode VII: The Force Awakens
The first movie in the sequel trilogy was directed by J.J. Abrams and released in 2015. It introduced us to new characters such as Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren while also bringing back familiar faces like Han Solo and Chewbacca.
Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
The second movie in the sequel trilogy was directed by Rian Johnson and released in 2017. This film divided fans with its bold choices such as the fate of Snoke and Luke Skywalker’s character arc.
Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
The final movie in the Skywalker saga was directed by J. Abrams once again and released in 2019. This film concluded the story of Rey, Finn, and Poe while also providing closure to the Skywalker family saga.
- Episode IV – George Lucas
- Episode V – Irvin Kershner
- Episode VI – George Lucas
- Episode I – George Lucas
- Episode II – George Lucas
- Episode III – George Lucas
- Episode VII – J. Abrams
- Episode VIII – Rian Johnson
- Episode IX – J. Abrams
Now that you know who directed each Star Wars movie, which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!