Empire Online has revealed its list of The 100 Greatest Movies, as voted on by thousands of movie lovers. The entire list features a wide variety of quality films, and it is well worth checking out, but we’ll just highlight the fact that the Original Trilogy did indeed make the cut. Unfortunately, the Prequels, Rogue One, and The Force Awakens did not find homes on the list.
Here’s how the OT placed:
66. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Endor’s teddy-bear guerillas might have got sneered at, but they shouldn’t blind us to Jedi’s assets: the explosive team-re-gathering opening; the crazily high-speed forest chase; and that marvellously edited three-way climactic battle that dexterously flipped us between lightsabers, spaceships and a ferocious (albeit fuzzy) forest conflict.
9. Star Wars: A New Hope
It’s nuts: we’re now as far, far away from the release of Star Wars as 1977 audiences were from Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. And yet George Lucas’ cocktail of fantasy, sci-fi, Western and World War II movie remains as culturally pervasive as ever. It’s so mythically potent, you sense in time it could become a bona-fide religion…
2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
The original “this one’s darker” sequel, and by far the strongest of the saga. Not just because the baddies win (temporarily), or because it Force-slammed us with that twist (“No, I am your father”). Empire super-stardestroys thanks to the way it deepens the core relationships — none more effectively than Han and Leia’s. She loves him. He knows. And it still hurts.
Source: Empire Online