THE best Star Wars films are a topic of hot debate with few agreements.

But Disney+ has a most of them, and these are the ones we’re rushing to watch (again).

If you’re not yet a fan of Star Wars, take note that this isn’t a chronological list.  It isn’t even a list of the order you should particular Star Wars films in; we’ll do our best to avoid spoiler.

Ahead of May The 4th – otherwise known as Star Wars Day – we’ve picked our favourite films available on the Disney+ platform, and that leaves one clear exception.

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.

Episode IX hit UK cinemas in December 2019 and is yet to be scheduled for release. It misses out for now – but might soon be a contender.

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1. Episode IV: A New Hope

Our first pick is the one which started it all; released in 1977 and one of the classics.

A New Hope introduced the Star Wars universe, and with it the iconic characters essential to growing the franchise.

It might not be some fans’ favourite, but without it where would we be? Missing out on attempts to sabotage a Death Star, missing out on Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and more.

And our first introduction to the terrifyingly brilliant Vader. Watch it first, then watch it again.

2. Episode I: The Phantom Menace

When Episode I was released to cinemas, Star Wars was relaunched for twenty-first century audiences.

Featuring Natalie Portman, Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Jake Lloyd, it’s not one of the highest rated films of the Star Wars franchise and many wouldn’t consider ito ne of the best Star Wars films.

But it did bring the universe back to the attention of cinema-goers, and introduced a breath-taking podrace featuring pot-shot taking Tusken Raiders adding even more drama.

There’s a rescue, an escape and a prodigal child by the last-name Skywalker.

3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Not and ‘Episode’ in its own right, Rogue One focuses on a group looking to steal the plans to the Death Star.

The 2016 release stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, alongside Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk.

Jyn may be the daughter of someone who would be against her leading a rebel plot to steal plans for a super-weapon.

Rogue One is about supposed ‘ordinary people’ in the Star Wars universe coming together to do something extraordinary. And that’s enough for us to call it one of the best Star Wars films there is.

4. Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Released in 2015, The Force Awakens tells the story of Rey and Finn. One is a scavenger, the other is a former stormtrooper.

That lays the foundation for adventure that desperately need Luke Skywalker, but find an unlikely duo to help leadthe charge against the warrior Kylo Ren, strong in the Dark Side of the force.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill all feature, with Daisy Risley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) some of the newer faces with stellar performances.

Don’t jump to this film first, but for our money it’s one of the best Star Wars films there is.

5. Empire of Dreams: The Story of The Star Wars Trilogy

If you want to know about the original trilogy, and where it all began, then this is for you.

An official film about the making of the first official films, Empire of Dreams is a behind-the-scenes documentary all Star Wars fans should see.

George Lucas, the inspiration and trials, and those of his team area laid bare in this two-and-a-half-hour trip behind the curtain of the epic Star Wars saga.

Empire of Dreams is one for the completist.

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