Star Wars Movies in Chronological Order

The best way to watch the Star Wars saga films is in its chronological order. Because the movies were released on different decades and the production order does not match the story order, watching it in its release order requires you to jump around the timeline quite a bit. It also makes it feel less like a linear narrative.

With new Star Wars story movies that are meant to tell stories apart from the Skywalker family saga, we have to know where they fit on the timeline.

Chronological Order of Star Wars Movies:

MovieRelease DateDirectorBox Office (Budget)
Episode I: The Phantom MenaceMay 19, 1999George Lucas$1.027 B ($115 M)
Episode II: Attack of the ClonesMay 16, 2002George Lucas$649.4 M ($115 M)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Animated)August 15, 2008Dave Filoni$68.3 M ($8.5 M)
Episode III: Revenge of the SithMay 19, 2005George Lucas$848.8 M ($113 M)
Solo: A Star Wars Story
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May 25, 2018Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Ron Howard$392.9 M ($275 M)
Episode IV: A New HopeMay 25, 1977George Lucas$775.4 M ($11 M)
Episode V: The Empire Strikes BackMay 21, 1980Irvin Kershner$538.4 M ($33 M)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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December 16, 2016Gareth Edwards$1.056 B ($265 M)
Episode VI: Return of the JediMay 25, 1983Richard Marquand & George Lucas$572.7 M ($42.7 M)
Episode VII: The Force Awakens
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December 18, 2015J. J. Abrams$2.068 B ($306 M)
Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
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December 15, 2017Rian Johnson$1.332 B ($200 M)
Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
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December 20, 2019J. J. Abrams$1.074 B ($275 M)

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