Release date: May 25, 1983
Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher
The final film in the original Star Wars trilogy might technically be the worst of all three, but it’s still a damn good movie. With one of the best opening sequences of all time as Luke and co save Han from Jabba the Hutt, and a redemption moment between Luke and his father, Darth Vader, that’ll never be forgotten, Return of the Jedi has definitely earned its place as one of the best Star Wars movies.
The trio of stars, Luke, Han, and Leia, have well and truly hit their stride by this point and their comfortable comradery as they take down the Empire is one of the highlights of the concluding movie. Low points? Well, despite the warm and fuzzy nostalgia we now feel towards them, the Ewoks were mildly ridiculous, and Leia’s gold bikini is more than a little problematic.
And, let’s not forget that this is the movie in which everyone realizes Luke kissed his sister. Despite the teddy bears and incestual implications, Return of the Jedi shouldn’t be missed, whether you’re watching all the Star Wars movies for the hundredth time or the first.