'#Rogue One: A #Star Wars story' came out last week to an almost universally positive reception from critics (you can read my review here) and fans alike. With the success of 'Rogue One', it is all too tempting to start judging where it ranks amongst the other Star Wars films. So, that's exactly what we have done.

Here is every Star Wars #Film ranked from the worst to the best.

8) Phantom Menace (1999)

To feverish hype and fanfare, Star Wars returned to the big screen after a sixteen year absence.

Unfortunately, 'Phantom Menace' wasn't worth the wait and left many die-hard fans with an bitter taste in their mouth. The first prequel is mostly remembered for its infamously cartoonish - and arguably offensive - characters, including Star Wars' most divisive figure, Jar Jar Binks.

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That being said, 'Phantom Menace' does deliver one of the most enjoyable Star Wars showdowns, when Darth Maul battles against Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

7) Attack of the Clones (2002)

If 'Phantom Menace' was tarnished by Jar Jar Binks, then Attack of the Clones is ruined by sand (yes, sand). Anakin Skywalker's whining about his distaste for sand went a long way to destroying the image of the soon-to-be most evil man in the galaxy.

There are still some exciting and elaborate action sequences, but not enough to save this film.

6) Revenge of the Sith (2005)

By far the best of the prequels, 'Revenge of the Sith sees the final transformation from Anakin to Darth Vader. After the child friendly 'Phantom Menace' and the romance-heavy 'Attack of the Clones, the final prequel brings a darker edge that elevates it above the rest.

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5) Return of the Jedi (1983)

The bookends of 'Return of the Jedi' are Star Wars at its best. Luke Skywalker's attempt to rescue Leia and Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt's palace give the film an enthralling beginning. Just as Luke's battle with Darth Vader provides a satisfying ending to the original arc of movies.

However, parts of this film fall flat and become borderline irritating (I'm looking at you Ewoks).

4) The Force Awakens (2015)

Now in the safe hands of Disney, Stars Wars returned with a film to restore fans faith in the franchise.

With a perfect blend of nostalgia and engaging new characters, 'The Force Awakens' managed to rekindle the fun and authenticity of the originals in a way that the prequels failed to entirely.

3) A New Hope (1977)

Every film on this list is indebted to the success of the film which started it all. 'A New Hope' set in motion a mythology and introduced a galaxy of characters that captivated audiences worldwide.

2) Rogue One (2016)

'Rogue One' has exceeded all expectations to become one of the best Star Wars films of all time.

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In every sense a war film, 'Rogue One' delivers excellently mastered action sequences while still hitting every intended emotional beat. It makes for a tremendous cinematic experience. (click here for my in-depth review)

1) The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Like 'Rogue One', the second ever Star Wars film taps into a darker side of the galaxy which brings out the very best in the series. 'The Empire Strikes Back' is filled with brilliant moments, including the first appearance of Yoda and a shocking end reveal. All of which are underpinned by a magnificent John Williams score.