Update: The Opening Scenes in ‘Star Wars’; Ranked from Worst to Best

Back in January of this year I wrote a post displaying my ranking of the opening scenes in Star Wars. Now, with Solo arriving, it’s time to update that list. Enjoy!

10. Return of the Jedi


Return of the Jedi’s opening scene is my least favorite because it’s kind of boring. Yes, it shows the half-constructed Death Star and yes it highlights Darth Vader’s shuttle (which is always awesome) but this opening scene has never made me that excited.

9. The Last Jedi


While The Last Jedi is easily one of the best Star Wars films ever made its opening scene is somewhat mediocre. If the camera had kept zooming downward past the escaping Resistance fleet all the way to the base it would clearly be the best opening sequence in the franchise. Alas, it doesn’t do that and instead abruptly switches to Connix and another officer down in the Resistance base which cuts the magical factor. And that’s why it’s next to last on this list.

8. A New Hope


I can’t imagine how incredible it was for viewers seeing Star Wars for the first time and seeing this massive Star Destroyer come into view on the screen chasing Princess Leia’s ship, the Tantative IV in the orbit of the desert planet Tatooine. That’s a pretty epic way to start a movie. It’s definitely one of the greatest beginnings in Star Wars and the only reason it’s not higher on the list is because it’s against some pretty stiff competition. This is still a great opening scene though.

7. Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo wasn’t a movie I was jumping and down to see but the film’s opening scene gripped me instantly. There was something so raw and gritty about seeing Han Solo hijacking a speeder as this low-level criminal on the mean streets of Corellia. While it isn’t my favorite opening scene it’s easily one of the most memorable in the franchise.

6. The Phantom Menace


I have to admit, The Phantom Menace has a pretty epic beginning as it showcases a Republic vessel with a pair of mysterious people (Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan) onboard. But, there are better beginnings so it’ll remain at this spot on the list.

5. The Empire Strikes Back


There’s something ridiculously magical about seeing this Star Destroyer in the emptiness with that austere music playing. This opening sequence instantly sends a tone that this movie is undoubtedly going to be a lot more serious than its predecessor.

4. Rogue One


Rogue One might not have had the classic opening crawl but it still shined with its beautiful opening scene. From Krennic’s ship flying low over the asteroid belt surrounding the planet, Lah’Mu to the vessel zooming over the black shoreline this opening sequence is pretty much off the chain!

3. Revenge of the Sith


Revenge of the Sith has always been one of my favorite beginnings because it’s just awesome. It’s one of the only beginnings to start with a major space battle and while the prequel trilogies may have not gotten everything right their opening scenes are easily some of the best.

2. Attack of the Clones


For a long time Attack of the Clones had my favorite beginning simply because it was such an interesting opening scene aesthetically. Seeing the gorgeous Nubian vessel spin down into the milky-white clouds hiding the sprawling metropolis of Coruscant from sight is beyond awesome and that’s why I have it so high on this list.

1. The Force Awakens


Stunned, mouth gaping, eyes wide. That’s what I looked like when I saw this opening scene for the first time. Star Wars was back and this opening sequence said loud and clear that The Force Awakens was about to be a movie experience I wouldn’t soon forget. It was not wrong.

Do you have a favorite opening scene in Star Wars? If you do I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force Be With You.


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