In the late 1970s, a visionary young director named George Lucas had an idea for a space movie. Incorporating elements from genres like Westerns, samurai films, and World War II dogfights, Lucas created the global phenomenon that is Star Wars. The beloved franchise began with the original film in 1977 and what is now called the Skywalker Saga, drew to a close in 2019. This world has given us unforgettable characters, places, creatures, and even vehicles that have embedded themselves into cultures spanning our entire planet. Here is a closer look at the 9 films that tell the epic story of Star Wars.