How to Watch Star Wars in Chronological Order – There are two options for watching Star Wars movies. You can watch in the chronological order in which the movies take place or in the release order in which they came out.
The easiest place to stream Star Wars movies is on Disney+ so you’ll need a subscription. If you don’t have Disney+, you can rent the movies from iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, and other online movie rental services.
This article only covers Star Wars movies that were released theatrically. It doesn’t include TV movies, animation like Clone Wars, or TV series like The Mandalorian.
How to Watch Star Wars in Chronological Order
Want to watch Star Wars movies in the order that the story takes place in the world of the characters? Then here’s the order you should follow.
|Movie||Timing||Where to Watch|
|Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace||Takes place when Anakin Skywalker is still a kid||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones||Takes place when Anakin is a teen||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith||Takes place when Anakin is an adult, but before he becomes… you know.||Disney+|
|Solo: A Star Wars Story||Takes place about 9 years after Episode III, and 10 years before Episode IV||Disney+|
|Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||Ends just before Episode IV begins||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope||Starts immediately after Rogue One ends||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back||Takes place after the destruction of the Death Star||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi||Takes place about a year after The Empire Strikes Back||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens||Takes place about 34 years after Episode IV||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi||Takes place just after Episode VII||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker||Takes place about a year after Episode VIII||Disney+|
Want to watch these movies all in one long, amazing binge? Well, you better set aside a whole weekend. Altogether, the movies run a total of 1,489 minutes or just under 25 hours. Add in some time for meals, bathroom breaks, and maybe a little sleep and it will take you the better part of two days to watch all of the Star Wars movies.
How to Watch Star Wars in Order of Release
Prefer to watch Star Wars movies in release order, starting with the original Star Wars trilogy, so you can get the feeling of what it was like to go to the theater to see them? Then this is the order you use.
|Movie||Release Date||Where to Watch|
|Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope||May 1977||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back||May 1980||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi||May 1983||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace||May 1999||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones||May 2002||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith||May 2005||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens||Dec. 2015||Disney+|
|Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||Dec. 2016||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi||Dec. 2017||Disney+|
|Solo: A Star Wars Story||May 2018||Disney+|
|Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker||Dec. 2019||Disney+|