What is the order of Star Wars?

Here is a chronological and release date guide to the Star Wars movie universe

Want to know the order of Star Wars to watch the movies? This guide will explain which Star Wars order for you to see chronologically or by release, helping you to familiarize yourself with how the timeline works before the release of the 2021 series, which are Star Wars The Bad Batch and The Book of Boba Fett, on Disney Plus (Disney plus link).

First you'll find the chronological order of the Star Wars movies, starting with Episode I and ending (now, at least) with The Skywalker Ascension. Also, we have the movies listed in release order – which is less likely to be the Star Wars order you choose, but it's good to get a sense of.

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Baby Yoda has become one of Star Wars fans' favorite characters (Image via Lucasfilm)

If you want to know the Star Wars order for watching movies, plus the series included, continue down the page for a definitive list of Star Wars, which includes The Mandalorian and animated series like The Clone Wars and Rebels.

Want to know what else is to come in the world of Star Wars besides the Boba Fett and Bad Batch series? Lucasfilm is working on Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, Ahsoka, Rangers of the New Republic, The Novice, Star Wars: Visions, Rogue Squadron, The Mandalorian Season 3 and A Droid Story. Knowing the order of Star Wars and watching the movies will surely help you pass the time, until all these things arrive.

Now, see the Star Wars order to enjoy all the movies and stories in the best way.

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Star Wars Order

By release date

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Rey and Kylo Ren in The Skywalker Ascension, last film in the saga (Image via Lucasfilm)

Watching the Star Wars movies in release order isn't really the best way to enjoy the story, but maybe it's closer to how you would originally watch the movies. Here's how to watch Star Wars movies in release order, going back 44 years to A New Hope.

  • Episode IV of Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story(2016)
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
  • Star Wars Episode IX: The Skywalker Ascension (2019)

Also check out: Order of Marvel Movies.

Chronological order

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Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back (Image via Lucasfilm)

The chronological order of the Star Wars movies is probably what you're looking for here. You'll find all the Star Wars movies on this list, as well as the two live-action movie spin-offs, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, placed in a simple order that you can marathon in one Weekend.

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See the Star Wars order in chronological order of the films:

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (set 32 ​​years before A New Hope)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (22 years earlier)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (19 years earlier)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (about a decade earlier)
  • 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 (Four Years Later)
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (34 years later)
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (34 Years Later) Star Wars Episode IX: The Skywalker Rise (35 Years Later)

You'll only find live-action Star Wars movies on this list, and we use A New Hope as an anchor point on the timeline, which tends to be how the timeline is officially measured.

If you want a Star Wars order with the canonical series, including The Mandalorian, we have it too: you'll find our definitive Star Wars order list later on this page.

Final form

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Final order with movies and series (Image via Disney Plus)

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm and the Star Wars rights, it redefined the continuity of the Expanded Universe from other related media that had emerged in the background. This meant that only the CG animated series of the Prequel Trilogy, Original Trilogy, and The Clone Wars remained canonical.

Disney has significantly added to the canon since then, with books, games, comics, etc., existing in the same continuity as the Star Wars movies. The list below isn't all-encompassing, but it's sure to keep you busy – it's pretty much every movie and series grouped in canonical order. This list does not include future Disney Plus Star Wars series such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Bad Batch and Cassian Andor.

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  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (set 32 ​​years before A New Hope)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (set 22 years before A New Hope)
  • The animated film Clone Wars (represents the beginning of the animated series)
  • The Clone Wars animated series (starts 22 years before A New Hope, ends 19 years earlier)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (set 19 years before A New Hope)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (set about a decade before A New Hope)
  • Star Wars: Rebels animated series (set five years before A New Hope, with an epilogue set 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 (set 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 onwards)
  • Episode VII of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (set 34 years after A New Hope)
  • Episode VIII of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (set 34 years after A New Hope)
  • Star Wars Episode IX: The Skywalker Rise (set 35 years after A New Hope)

Where does the Mandalorian come in?

We hope that all three spin-offs of The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, The Book of Boba Fett and Rangers of the New Republic, will be set before The Force Awakens. The Acolyte will be set in the High Republic era, years before The Menace Ghost. Star Wars: The Bad Batch, an animated spin-off from The Clone Wars, debuting on May 4, 2021, will be set after that series.

This is probably the list you want if you're curious about the Jedi character Ahsoka Tano after she appeared in Season XNUMX of The Mandalorian last year. Ahsoka becomes part of the story in The Clone Wars animated film, and her story continues through The Clone Wars series and then Star Wars: Rebels – with The Mandalorian picking up her story much later.

In terms of how future Star Wars series will fit into this viewing order, expect Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi to be set 10 years after Revenge of the Sith – so reasonably close to Solo's timeframe. Meanwhile, Star Wars: Andor, a spin-off from Rogue One, takes place five years before this film, which means it is very close to the Rebels period.

Machete shape

Machete's order is a well-known visualization order created by Rod Hilton in 2011. It's a Star Wars order without The Phantom Menace, essentially, and it changes the way the story is told. He focuses entirely on the story of Luke Skywalker, with the idea that, in theory, he is the one who sustains the big turnaround in The Empire Strikes Back. He also misses what many consider to be a disappointing portion of prequels.

Machete's order begins with A New Hope, moves on to The Empire Strikes Back, then the first two prequels are seen as a flashback to Anakin's story, before the final battle in Return of the Jedi.

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  • Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • To continue Machete's order from there, also watch the saga of the sequel:
  • Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  • Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

What is the best?

Our recommendation is that the chronological Star Wars order be the best to watch for most people. For one thing, it doesn't take that long to watch the final order, which requires a huge time commitment that will be a bit much for most viewers. 11 movies are enough for a solid Star Wars marathon, and the two spin-offs, Rogue One and Solo, add texture to the universe that you won't necessarily get from the main Star Wats movies.

This is the Star Wars order that we would choose in 2021. Do you have a specific order? What is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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