All George Lucas Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best

7. Thx 1138 (1971)

A solid, well-made film, produced on a low budget presenting a Kubrick style vision of the future. There are big hints at Lucas’s genius at work here, this being his debut release, such as the robotic policemen and the ideas that he was to take into Star Wars. General audiences as well as fans of the Star Wars franchise might be left frustrated and baffled as ‘THX 1138’ means more towards the artistic side than commercial. It is more of a sobering, intelligent and superbly designed film rather than a great epic, far-reaching odyssey.


6. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)

A powerful and glorious, albeit flawed, conclusion to the classic trilogy. It’s everything it ought to be — exhilarating, exciting, absorbing, and technically wondrous. Despite its non stop entertainment and never ending fun, the film strangely showcase a fitting maturity and weight. Perhaps it’s the knowledge that we are bidding a fond farewell to the characters we’ve learned so much about. The film is slow to pick up its pace but once it does, the Star Wars finale ends on a satisfying and rewarding note.


5. Indiana Jones And the Temple of Doom (1984)

I don’t get why there is so much hatred for this amazing film. Of course it has its flaws, but there is so much excitement and thrills to make this one a top notch flick. The visuals are amazing and the John William score is capable of raising every single hair in the human body. The tone of the film much darker than it’s predecessor but the fun and entertainment is never taken away. Fast paced action scenes with great laughs and cheesy romance, what more can you ask for.


4. American Graffiti (1973)

American Graffiti is a funny, nostalgic, and bittersweet look at a group of recent high school grads’ last days of innocence. The film is perfectly summed up by critics Roger Ebert who says “American Graffiti acts almost as a milestone to show us how far we have come.” It is a timeless classic that still feels relevant to this day.

American Graffiti” captures youthful nostalgia almost perfectly, with believably charming, yet confused characters. The retro-ness of the film will put a smile on your face.


3. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

The original that created one of the most iconic and well loved character in the history of cinema. A mainstream commercial film has very rarely been as good as Raiders of the Lost Ark. This film is a volcano of creative ideas in full eruption — the modern high action adventure against which all others must now be measured. A roller-coaster ride that puts the paddle to the floor and never slows down its engine. The plot is amazing, the cinematography is stunning and the score is a timeless classic.


2. Star Wars – A New Hope (1977)

If ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ created onE OF the most beloved characters, ‘A New Hope created one of the most beloved franchise to ever play the big screens. Was it casting, music, imagination, ingenuity, or luck? Whatever it is, this timeless classic gave birth to a whole fictional universe that even Tolkien would be proud of. It is responsible for making George Lucas a household name that we know today, and yes also making him a billionaire. A film entirely Entertaining at its Core and like all Classics can be viewed with multiple Meanings with Layers of Characters both Good and Evil Battling for the Control of Existence.


1. Stars Wars: Empire Strikes Back (1980)

After the groundbreaking impact ‘A New Hope’ had made, there were serious expectations for the sequel. Empire Strikes Back finally releases and leaves you open mouthed as it surpasses even the original. Dark, sinister, but ultimately even more involving than A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back defies viewer expectations and takes the series to heightened emotional levels.

It was everything the fans could’ve hoped for and even more. The sequel was darker, more mature and the Star Wars became more sophisticated.

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