Want to see all the Star Wars movies in order? With every movie in a galaxy far, far away now streaming on Disney Plus-in 4K and HDR, no less-this is a great time to enjoy the Star Wars movies in both their chronological and release order. This service is also the exclusive home of The Mandalorian and will be the destination for a whole new slate of Star Wars TV shows and movies coming in 2021 and beyond. There’s never a bad time to catch up.
In this guide, we’ll break down the order of the Star Wars movies, including an ultimate order in which the Clone Wars series and the Mandalorian are inserted into the Star Wars timeline. The chronological order is nice and straightforward-you start with Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and end with Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker-it gets more complicated when you throw in Solo and Rogue One. Below, we’ll break it all down.
As Disney ramps up its Star Wars production, with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, Ahsoka, Rangers of the New Republic, The Acolyte, Star Wars: Visions, Rogue Squadron, The Bad Match and A Droid Story, commissioning the Star Wars movies will help you prepare for the wave of new projects in the works.
Here’s how to watch the Star Wars movies in order.
What is the best Star Wars viewing order?
Our recommendation is that chronological viewing is the best Star Wars viewing order for most people. For one thing, it doesn’t take as long to watch as the ultimate order, which requires a huge time commitment that will be a bit much for most viewers. 11 films is enough for a solid Star Wars marathon, and the two spin-offs Rogue One and Solo add texture to the universe that you don’t necessarily get from the main Star Wars films. That’s the Star Wars lineup we’d pick in 2021.
Star Wars movies on Disney Plus
Disney Plus now has every Star Wars movie available to stream, including The Rise of Skywalker and Solo. These are the Star Wars movies on Disney Plus:
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Knights
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Note that this only applies to Disney Plus in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, and selections may vary where you are located
When Disney acquired Lucasfilm and the Star Wars rights, it reset the extended universe continuity of other related media that had been building in the background. This meant that only the prequel trilogy, the original trilogy, and the Clone Wars CG animated series remained canon.
Disney has since contributed significantly to the canon, with books, games, comics and more in the same continuity as the Star Wars films. This list below doesn’t include everything, but it will certainly keep you busy – it’s pretty much every movie and TV show compiled in canonical order. We’ll add the newer Disney Plus Star Wars shows like Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Bad Batch and Cassian-Andor to this list if you let go.
– Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (32 Years Before A New Hope).
– Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (22 years before A New Hope).
– The Clone Wars animated movie (represents the beginning of the animated series).
– The Clone Wars animated series (begins 22 years before A New Hope, ends 19 years before).
– Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (19 years before A New Hope)
– Solo: A Star Wars Story (about ten years before A New Hope).
– Star Wars: Rebels animated series (five years before A New Hope, with an epilogue much later)
– Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (ends moments before A New Hope).
– Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
– Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (three years after A New Hope).
– Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (set four years after A New Hope)
– The Mandalorian (set about nine years after A New Hope)
– Star Wars: Resistance animated series (set 34 years after A New Hope))
– Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (set 34 years after A New Hope)
– Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (set 34 years after A New Hope)
– Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (set 35 years after A New Hope)