1977: Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope


Lucasfilm Ltd.

– Director: George Lucas

– Stacker score: 91.7

– Metascore: 90

– IMDb user rating: 8.6

– Runtime: 121 minutes

Before the sequels, spin-offs, theme park attractions, conventions, video games, and Happy Meal toys, there was an ambitious 1977 movie about a space war between interplanetary rebels and an evil empire. One has to wonder if the phenomenon would’ve been the same had the movie been released under its early working title: “Adventures of the Starkiller as Taken From the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars.” Seriously, that was the name given to the second draft of the screenplay.