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y is upon us once again.
Because it's May the 4th, nerds and civilians alike will again be hitting Disney+ and busting out their tapes, DVDs and Blu-rays to rewatch all 11 "Star Wars" films (the nine-chapter Skywalker Saga, plus a couple of spinoffs) in this galactic franchise. (Pro tip: If you're a total newbie, watch the original 1977 "Star Wars" first.)
But which is the best of the best? These are the rankings you're looking for.
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11. 'Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace' (1999)
George Lucas' prequels get a bad rap and, well, they kind of deserve it at times. Especially this one. What basically is a two-hour trailer for the rest of Anakin Skywalker's story is kind of a mess he was immaculately conceived? What's this about midichlorians and the Force? The pod-race set piece is fun the first five times yet gets old quick, Darth Maul is the coolest guy in the movie and he's in it for all of three minutes, trade negotiations are not the way to start a sci-fi movie, and as for Jar Jar Binks yeah. One thing it does do well is set up the political atmosphere that leads to the Empire and introduces Anakin as the chosen one who will bring balance to the Force. Just not in the way anybody expects.
10. 'Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones' (2002)
There are so many sleek special effects used in this thing that you miss the trash heaps and spit-and-gum film...