When the original Star Wars movie landed on an unsuspecting planet Earth on May 25, 1977, nobody could have predicted the massive multimedia empire it went on to spawn. In fact, …
When the original Star Wars movie landed on an unsuspecting planet Earth on May 25, 1977, nobody could have predicted the massive multimedia empire it went on to spawn. In fact, with 11 movies to date – not to mention numerous TV shows, books and comics – it’s difficult to know where any newbie to that famous galaxy far, far away should get started.
If you are wondering how to watch the Star Wars movies in order, however, we can help. This guide provides a definitive breakdown of how the ever-expanding Star Wars canon fits together, from A New Hope to The Rise of Skywalker – and beyond.
As well as explaining how the nine episodes of the Skywalker saga and spin-off movies Rogue One and Solo slot into the wider continuity, we explain how TV series like The Mandalorian, The Clone Wars and new Disney Plus show The Bad Batch fill narrative gaps between the movies. We also discuss how upcoming shows such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, Ahsoka and The Acolyte will fit into canon.
With all 11 movies available on Disney Plus – along with with more obscure entries from the back catalogue like the 1980s Ewoks cartoon – it’s never been easier to watch the Star Wars movies in order. The Force is strong with this one – as this in-depth viewing guide reveals…
Finding out how to watch the Star Wars movies in chronological order is probably why you’re here. You’ll find every live-action Star Wars movie in the list below, as well as the only two spin-off movies so far, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This will make a fun weekend of movie bingeing in a galaxy far, far away.
Here’s how to watch the Star Wars movies in chronological order:
You’ll only find live-action Star Wars movies on this list, and we’ve used A New Hope as an anchor point in the timeline, which tends to be how the timeline is measured officially in the fictional universe – in-universe dates are traditionally listed relative to the Battle of Yavin, the assault on the Death Star that closes A New Hope.
If you’d like a Star Wars order with the canon TV shows thrown in, including The Mandalorian, we’ve got that, too: you’ll find our Star Wars Ultimate Order list further down this page.
Watching the Star Wars movies in release order isn’t necessarily the optimal way to follow the story of the saga – though, for anyone who’s yet to watch the Original Trilogy, the big reveals (you know the ones we mean…) do work best if you’re not familiar with the events of the Prequel Trilogy.
Either way, this list might be handy to know as you track your own personal chronology with Star Wars. Here’s how to watch the Star Wars movies in release order, going back a frightening 44 years to A New Hope.