Watch Before Galaxy’s Edge! Complete List of Star Wars Movies In Order

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening dates have been announced! Get your family geek ready by watching the Star Wars movies in order before you head to the Disney Parks. And there’s one more movie coming in December, so you definitely want to get on the Star Wars movie marathon train now! This post will help you choose a list of Star Wars movies in order that works for you- and yes, there’s one for every fan level! (Affiliate links included)

 

Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo in star wars movie order

Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. Star Wars movies in order to complete the Star Wars movie timeline including Solo.

 

In case you missed the news, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge now has opening dates at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. And you can bet the Star Wars fans are going to turn out for the new Star Wars Lands at Disney!

Star Wars fans are passionate about their films, and if you are new to the stories, you’ll soon understand why.

People are invested in these characters and the actors that portray them. And I won’t lie, I’m one of them. Losing Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) was rough on me (RIP, Carrie).

When a new film or experience comes out, the fandom gets a little excited- to say the least. Star Wars fans: you never disappoint. I may not always agree with you (I’ll admit right up front, I’m #TeamLastJediWasAwesome) but you definitely love to argue your side with passion.

 

Complete List of Star Wars Movies In Order

And one of the biggest discussions in the fandom is around the order of Star Wars movies. Is the Star Wars movie order of release the best way to watch these movies? Some would say so!

But I’m not sure I agree. So what order to watch Star Wars? I made lists- because that’s what I do!

The Star Wars movies list included in this post is for everyone, but mostly for the newer fan. Check out these Star Wars movies in order (Star Wars movie order of release, episode, or machete) and get started watching this epic franchise!

 

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Searching for the perfect way to watch the Star Wars movies in order?I have lists! Different ways to find your perfect Star Wars movies order. From New Hope to Solo!

 

Find the Star Wars Movies List That’s Right For You

Star Wars can be watched in multiple ways. And honestly, you’ll get a kick out of the franchise no matter which way you go! But I’m a list maker- and a big fan of crossing things off my list.

That’s why I came up with these 5 Star Wars movies list for you to choose from, including a bonus celebrity Star Wars movies list. Ooohh— aahhhh! There is a 6th list I snuck in there at the end: just the basic Star Wars movies in order before Solo.

I’m confident these will help you become a certified Star Wars fan in no time!

 

1. Star Wars Movies in Order of Release

Let’s say you are all in. You want it ALL and you want your list of Star Wars movies in order by release, which means the way they appeared in theaters. You’ll start with the Original Trilogy of Star Wars movies. And this is a great place to start when preparing for Solo: A Star Wars Story because there’s lots of Han and Lando and Chewie in the original trilogy.

Star Wars new hope movie poster- first movie in the star wars movie order of release list

Star Wars: A New Hope movie poster- the first movie in the star wars movie order of release list.

 

Star Wars movie order of release

 

 

 

2. Star Wars Movies In Order: Episode Order

If that list of Star Wars movies wasn’t quite right for you, I get it. Watching Star Wars movies in order of release isn’t for everyone! You can also watch them in Episode Order (I through VIII), just like Geoge Lucas envisioned.

The good news: you are able to totally see where Lucas was going with all this. Mad respect for the guy who’s mind and vision brought us this fantastic space odyssey.

But there’s some bad news too: starting off with a whole lot of Jar-Jar Binks (you’ll learn about him- ugh, sorry!), and I gotta say, no; no to Jar-Jar unless you want to be featured on Buzzfeed for a running costume.

I might have gone to the Dark Side when I put this on, just sayin’…!

 

Star Wars Movies in Order: Star Wars movie timeline includes jar jar binks hat

There was this one time I ran a 10K as Jar Jar Binks. True Story.

 

He’s kinda the worst character they ever put in the Star Wars movie timeline- and he gets a lot of play in the early movies. Episode order also ruins a bunch of plot twists because you learn it all in advance.

MAJOR SPOILER ALERTS if you go this route.

So for a first time Star Wars watcher: say no to Episode Order. Pick one of the other lists of Star Wars movies in order for your first watching.

 

3. The Right Star Wars Movies In Order List: Star Wars Machete Order

Oh, I’m going there. I think this is the Star Wars movies list that beats all lists. I’m a fan of the Machete Order which cuts up (and cuts out some movies) into a different time order.

Raise your lightsaber in salute to blogger Rod Hilton, who came up with this idea in 2011. You can read in detail his reasoning HERE.

The Machete Order is as follows:


 

If you follow this list of Star Wars movies in order, you’ll have a smoother Star Wars movie timeline of events without giving away too many spoilers. And you won’t have to watch too much of Anakin Skywalker: the early whiny years.

But what about the remaining films? Do those need to be watched before Solo comes out if you are new to Star Wars?

Sure- why not? All Star Wars is good Star Wars (minus Jar-Jar as noted above. Ugh that guy).

 

4. Watch Star Wars Movies In Order: After The Machete

I think it’s safe to watch Machete order first, and then go ahead and move on to

Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens

 

 

And then catch your breath, dry your tears (oh, there are tears, people!), and watch


Rogue One

 

 

And again with the tears.

Grab a box of tissue to go alongside your box of popcorn; I’m just sayin’!

And then, of course, wrap it up with The Last Jedi which came out in December 2017. And don’t @ me- I loved this movie and you can’t convince me otherwise!

 

5. Watch Star Wars Movies In Order According to Mark Hamill

If you want the real Jedi approved answer to the question of what order to watch Star Wars, you probably want to go to one of the guys who’s been invested in the franchise from the beginning.

Mark Hamill (aka Luke Skywalker for the folks new around here!) gave his list for watching the Star Wars movies in order.

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi review for parents. Can you take the kids to see Episode 8?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi..Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)..Photo: John Wilson..?2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

 

At first, he was going for the Star Wars movie order of release- the way everyone his age saw it in the theaters. But then he made a change and altered his choice.

His vote for the Star Wars movies list to watch is this: Episode One, Two, Three, Rogue One, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight. So basically he agrees with George Lucas- but thinks Rogue One needs to squeeze in there.

I’m not going to fight with a Jedi Master over this one; I see your point, Master Luke.

 

Why you need to know where Solo fits into the Star Wars movie timeline

I’m looking at you, parents of young kiddos who suddenly find yourself deep in discussion with your children who know way more about the Star Wars movie timeline than you do!

 

chewbacca mask mom watching Star wars movie order with child

My own little Star Wars movie fan! She can tell you the Star Wars movie order and Star Wars movie timeline better than most kids her age. Raise ’em right!

 

Let’s just be honest here. We’re among friends, right?

Your kids are going to beg to see it. You’re going to be curious, too, despite all the “concerns” with casting and the storyline.

But GUYS forget all that: as Han says I have a really good feeling about this! 

Solo: A Star Wars Story was so much fun- and my kiddos agreed. Make sure you add this to your Star Wars movie marathon list!

 

 

I’ve seen it- twice. And I can assure you that watching Solo: A Star Wars Story is a must for any Star Wars fans. And I think you guys- if you’re being honest- will too.

As Han says: PUNCH IT! And get into the theaters to see this one!

 

Where Does Solo Fit Into the Star Wars Movie Timeline?

Solo: A Star Wars Story is said to take place between the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. So if you are short on time and just need to know the basics, I have a Star Wars movies list for that as well.

You want to know who these guys are and why on earth are we watching a whole backstory on them this is the Star Wars movies in order list for you.

 

Han Solo and Chewbacca in A Solo Story: Star Wars movies in order

Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo is Chewbacca in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.

 

Short answer: he’s Han Solo, a smuggler, a smart ass, and a reluctant hero. And when you catch up on the Star Wars movie timeline you’ll see that we really *need* his backstory. And yes, Solo answers the questions of who and where they all come from.

And now that we have Donald Glover as Lando? Swoon. He is fantastic in this role and I cannot say enough about the dynamic between him and Alden (Han Solo). They work- they are even better in my opinion than the original duo. Okay, maybe not better… but just as good. Don’t believe me? GO SEE SOLO!

 

Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.

Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.

 

The final list of Star Wars Movies in Order Before Galaxy’s Edge

So here are the five I think would be most important to bring you up to speed as a new Star Wars fan before you watch head into Galaxy’s Edge at Disney. This wraps up my Star Wars movies list with just the basics.

If you don’t watch anything else before you walk into the new Star Wars Land, my vote will be to watch these Star Wars movies in order:

 

May the Force Be With Us! (and if you don’t know what that means, for the love of Han Solo, PLEASE watch some of these movies! Or check out the Star Wars Memes | May the Fourth Be With You Meme post.)

 

Ticket Sales For Solo: A Star Wars Story Make The Leap To Hyperspace

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Star Wars Parent Movie Reviews

My children are teens, tweens, and a 6-year-old.

And in full disclosure, the youngest has seen all of these movies as well as most movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And yes, they’ve seen the Star Wars movies in order: release, episode and machete! Ha! We do love our Star Wars over here.

After watching the movies, I always include a parent movie review that aims to answer the question: is the movie kid-friendly?

Now that THE LAST JEDI has broken box office records, I’ve got answers to that question: is The Last Jedi kid-friendly? Is it appropriate for your younglings? Read the parent movie review and you’ll see my thoughts on it.

I’ve also reviewed The Force Awakens for parents. Be sure to check both these out before adding your kiddos to your Star Wars movies list watching!

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story Parent Movie Review

Can You Take the Kids to Solo: A Star Wars Story? | Parent Movie Review

 

Which List of Star Wars Movies In Order is Best For You?

It’s a question I hope you now have the answer to. You certainly have all the Star Wars movie lists you could ever need! I hope you’ll make good use of them.

If you decide to watch Star Wars movie order of release, in episode order, or by way of the Machete Order, I know you’ll love catching up on these characters. What order to watch Star Wars is up to you, but falling in love with the stories is completely out of your control- sorry, guys. They are just so loveable!

 

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What order to watch Star Wars? Honestly… they all have their merits! Here are 5 Star Wars movies list for you to choose from.

 

And if you’re up to getting super nerdy, check out this fun site with origami ideas. I found this origami Millennium Falcon that my fam is going to try this weekend!

Once you’ve gone to the Light or Dark side, get caught up with the list of Harry Potter movies in order and the Marvel movies in order as well! 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Watching Movies in Order

 

About Solo: A Star Wars Story

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga?s most unlikely heroes. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany.

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Visit the official SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY site: http://www.starwars.com/films/solo

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY opens in theatres everywhere on May 25th!

 

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If she isn’t chasing her four kids around Northern Virginia, Patty is chasing four bars on her phone to share her authentic and fun stories on social media and her blog, My No-Guilt Life. She’s also one half of the Marvel Moms, an online community for discussing the Marvel fandom. You can catch up on her runDisney fun at No-Guilt Disney.

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