You can now watch the entirety of the Star Wars franchise with a Disney+ subscription. This includes the original trilogy, the prequel movies, and the sequel series released over the last few years. You can also watch standalone films like Rogue One and Solo, as well as Disney's growing collection of Star Wars TV shows, like The Mandalorian and The Bad BatchThe Bad Batch.
It's never been easier to marathon the whole series, but before you press play on the first movie, it's important to decide your preferred viewing order. Do you start with the original trilogy or the prequel movies? What about the standalone films and the television shows? Here is how to watch Star Wars in order, whichever order you choose.
George Lucas had always intended for the original Star Wars film to be a small part of a much larger story. So just because it was the first film to be released doesn't mean it's the start of the story. Instead of going with release order, you can also try chronological order based on when the movies are supposed to take place.
This would mean starting with Episode I, II, and III of the prequel trilogy, before moving to IV, V, VI of the original movies, then finishing with VII, VIII, IX from the sequels. If you're adding the standalone films, you can fit Rogue One and Solo in between Episodes III and IV, and it should work fine.
However, since this order completely ruins the Darth Vader reveal in the original films, it is not advisable that anyone should watch these movies for the first time in this order. Watching Star Wars in chronological order is more of a fun experiment for longtime fans to see the series from a new perspective.
If you were to watch the Star Wars films in chronological order, it would look like this:
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom MenaceStar Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the ClonesStar Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the SithStar Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- SoloSolo (optional)
- Rogue OneRogue One (optional)
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New HopeStar Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes BackStar Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the JediStar Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars Episode VII: The Force AwakensStar Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
- Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last JediStar Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
- Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of SkywalkerStar Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker