The biggest sci-fi movie franchise in history.
I am a big sci-fi fan and Star Wars is certainly up there in my watch list when they are on. But which are the best. For the record here is my order of preference:
Star Wars A New Hope
The first and best for me. Maybe not the best special effects or even the most action but for the main a really good introduction to the characters and it has Alec Guinness in it.
The Empire Strikes Back
I really liked the darker tone to the movie and the interesting twists in the story. They could have made a little more out of the Jedi training that Luke gets from Yoda but a really good film.
This really surprised me by how good and well made it was. The story was good and the effects excellent. This for me is what the Force Awakens could have been like as far as pace etc is concerned.
Return of the Jedi
I hated the Ewoks, there was no need for that part of the story, it was stupid and really detracted from what was overall a good end to the trilogy .
The Force Awakens
I so wanted this to be awesome but it wasn't. It felt like a re-hash of A New Hope in too many ways. JJ Abrams did a better job on the Star Trek movies than on Star Wars, maybe believing his own hype but either way a Force Awakens was good but has so many flaws and things to not like.
Revenge of the Sith
I love the opening scene, the lead in to the battle that is taking place is epic. The end is also very very good as we see the transition of Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader but like all the prequels they suffer from really bad acting. Hayden Christensen is shockingly bad and the love story just did not need to play such a huge role in the 3 prequels.
Attack of the Clones
Ewan McGregor was the main star in this one for me. He comes into his own in this film and more could and should have been made of his part. Christopher Lee is good also but again the love story and the acting by some let it down. More should have been made of the Count Dooku character as this was an interesting story.
The Phantom Menace
A close last for me but it has to be because of the Jar Jar Binks character and the mini chlorians explanation that just didn't need to be there. Decent special effects and the back story for the Emperor was decent. Samuel L Jackson is nearly always good but so much in this just doesn't work for me.
There you go, just my opinion.