Find out the top 6 after the jump!
1. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back / A New Hope
The first two Star Wars films are hands down (hands off?) far and away the best films in the series. A New Hope (aka Episode IV) is an incredible achievement in sci-fi. It pulls you in, from the epic music and opening text crawl to start the film, followed immediately by two spaceships flying directly over your head. And once it pulls you in, it doesn't let go, right up to the climactic space battle against the Death Star. Despite the nifty updated visual effects from when George Lucas re-released the films for DVD, I still vastly prefer the original cut of the film (which I still have on a videocassette at home) in which Han shoots Greedo first. If you don't understand why this is a big deal, it's okay it just means you aren't a Star Wars nerd like me.
As uplifting and awesome as A New Hope is, I feel the best film in the series is the far darker Empire Strikes Back. Our heroes are on the run despite their huge win at the end of A New Hope, having to face new challenges and encountering memorable new characters like Yoda, Lando Calrissian, & Boba Fett. The film also features probably the most spoiled twist in all of film, the parentage of Luke Skywalker. I know I am going to have to work very hard to keep my son Jackson from learning of this spoiler before seeing this movie, because I can't wait to see the look on his face when this truth is revealed. Overall though, I really can't wait to share the whole Star Wars universe with my son, but I'll make sure to show them to him in the proper order: the original trilogy first, then the prequels.
Honorable mentions - these 10 runners up (in alphabetical order) are also films I love watching whenever they show up on TV, but they didn't quite make the cut: Galaxy Quest, Ghostbusters, Independence Day, King Kong (Peter Jackson version), Men in Black, Planet of the Apes, Predator, Spaceballs, Star Trek First Contact, & The Thing (original).
Alright, so those are my favorites. Did I miss any of yours? If so, hit me up in the comments with your thoughts! Thanks for stopping by!