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  1. Obi-Wan McCartney

    Obi-Wan McCartney Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Aug 17, 1999
    ...which one would it be? Essentially, if someone was going to only watch ONE of the six movies, who had never seen any of them before, which episode would you tell them to watch?

    This is not someone who plans to watch all six, this is someone who will most likely only watch the one you recommend. Which would you choose? I myself would choose the Empire Strikes Back. I think it is the best one, so if someone was only going to see a single film in the series, I think it's got the best of everything.

  2. Jedi_Ford_Prefect

    Jedi_Ford_Prefect Jedi Master star 4

    Jun 9, 2003
    ANH or TPM. All the rest have too much narrative baggage to carry, too much reliance on what came before or after. Eps IV and I are the only ones that really stand alone perfectly.
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  3. DarthBoba

    DarthBoba Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 29, 2000
    I was going to say Jedi as I think it brings things together very nicely, but Prefect is right. TPM and ANH are very self-contained and, I think show us the wider galaxy far and away much better than the other four do-mostly Tattooine, granted, but Tattooine is about as 'normal' as Star Wars gets.
  4. Darth_Nub

    Darth_Nub Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Apr 26, 2009
    Episode numbers aside, the only film that stands alone is ANH, it was the only one ever intended to.

    TPM can sort of work by itself (it's very similar to ANH in structure), but there's a few too many loose ends - the Chosen One prophecy, the Sith, Anakin's mother, the threat of Palpatine (if you picked it).

    Vader escaping at the end of ANH is sort of a loose end, but it's more of a tease for potential sequels than an unanswered question. For all intents & purposes, the Rebels beat the Empire & they all lived happily ever after.
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  5. G-FETT

    G-FETT Force Ghost star 7

    Aug 10, 2001
    It would have to be ANH.

    1. Its one of the most important movies in film/western culture history, so everyone should see it just once in their life for no other reason than to say they have seen it.

    2. Its the only one that works as a stand alone movie and doesn't need either sequels or prequels to understand whats going on.
  6. Grand_Moff_Jawa

    Grand_Moff_Jawa Jedi Grand Master star 5

    May 31, 2001
    ANH, without a doubt.
  7. CaptainHamYoyo

    CaptainHamYoyo Jedi Knight star 2

    Aug 18, 2011
    Definitely ANH(or as I still like calling it....Star Wars).
  8. jacktherack

    jacktherack Jedi Master star 4

    Mar 19, 2008
    I think a new hope aka episode 4. The reason is because while it works best as a stand alone movie it makes you want to see the rest of them. i know it doesn't end on a cliffhanger, but it does make you like the series and if you knew there were more you would want to see the rest.
  9. Alexrd

    Alexrd Force Ghost star 5

    Jul 7, 2009
    My thoughts exactly.
  10. anakinfansince1983

    anakinfansince1983 Nightsister of Four Realms star 10 Staff Member Manager

    Mar 4, 2011
    ANH or TPM, depending on whether the person wants a fun adventure story with a farmboy, a princess and a smuggler giving an evil Empire a good kick in the ass; or a murkier political story with a young ruler whose planet is attacked by a "phantom menace" and saved by a slave kid with mysterious powers.
  11. DRush76

    DRush76 Jedi Master star 4

    Jan 25, 2008
    I can recommend two, not one. And they would be ESB and AOTC.

    BLACKJEBUS Jedi Master star 4

    Jan 9, 2002
    The original.

    It's the one that hooked the public in the first place. And if that movie doesn't make them want to watch the rest of the Saga, nothing will.
  13. Drewton

    Drewton Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jan 8, 2009
    STAR WARS, without a shred of doubt.
  14. ezekiel22x

    ezekiel22x Force Ghost star 5

    Aug 9, 2002
    Revenge of the Sith. It's not quite my favorite (TESB and AOTC are still the ones I want to come back to most often), but it does have my favorite single scene with Padme's Ruminations, and also I think Episode III captures the best summation of the cycle's overall ability to switch between blazing pulpy action and serious, somber character portrait painting.
  15. obi-rob-kenobi4

    obi-rob-kenobi4 Jedi Master star 4

    Apr 17, 2007
    The Phantom Menace without a doubt!

    One of the most beautiful films ever made@};-
  16. obi-arin-kenobi

    obi-arin-kenobi Jedi Master star 4

    Jun 10, 2005
    If the criteria is that this person won't ever watch another Star Wars film, then you gotta pick A New Hope. However, part of me wants to say ROTS for Ians performance as Palpatine, alone.
  17. drg4

    drg4 Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 30, 2005
    It depends on the person.

    III, IV, and V are, in my humble opinion, "the great ones," and each offers a distinct approach to the heroic myth: ROTS is operatic, ANH whimsical, and TESB meditative.

    I'd be inclined to ask the viewer which classic s/he prefers: Doctor Zhivago (ROTS), The Wizard of Oz (ANH), or The Third Man (TESB).
  18. MrFantastic74

    MrFantastic74 Jedi Knight star 4

    Oct 4, 2010
    I agree that ANH is the only one that really stands on its own.

    However, if I had to choose only one to show, it would be TESB, which I consider to be a masterpiece and one of the greatest movies ever made in any genre.
  19. bluesaber70

    bluesaber70 Jedi Knight star 2

    May 25, 2007
    While few can argue that "The Empire Strikes Back" is a brilliant stand alone film.

    I think it's either ANH or TPM.

    TPM has the best story of all 6 films.

    ANH has a timeless qualitiy about it.

    In the end I'll go with ANH.
  20. EHT

    EHT Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 13, 2007
    Agreed, well said. I would have to say ANH for these reasons, but it would pain me to only be able to suggest one instead of the whole Saga. I would at least emphasize to the person that they consider watching the rest at some not-too-distant point in the future. :p
  21. StampidHD280pro

    StampidHD280pro Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 28, 2005
    Return of the Jedi

    It has all the important characters and themes of Star Wars, and its the only upbeat Star Wars movie with a resolved ending. It also has a pretty wide range. It never gets as dark as III or V, but some scenes are sad or scary. It also seems to have the most action..

    I would say IV or V, but I don't think I'd be a fan if I'd only seen IV, and V might have the best last 30 minutes of just about any movie I can think of, but the first two thirds are kind of overrated by Star Wars fans.

    III wouldn't be too bad, but I think in order for that one to make an impression you have to know the characters beforehand.
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  22. Darth_Nub

    Darth_Nub Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Apr 26, 2009
    It also makes zero sense if you haven't seen the first two.
  23. Arawn_Fenn

    Arawn_Fenn Force Ghost star 7

    Jul 2, 2004
    ANH, in its day, seemed to have something like a resolved ending. The Empire may not have been utterly defeated, but the loss of the DS seemed like a crucial blow. However, Luke becoming a Jedi, facing the supposed killer of his father, and getting into even one lightsaber battle were all yet to come.

    TPM seems to have an upbeat, resolved ending, if one overlooks the fact that a Sith just got elected Chancellor of the Republic.
  24. StampidHD280pro

    StampidHD280pro Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 28, 2005
    Meh, does everything HAVE to happen as intended? It's not that complicated anyway. Strong good guys, interesting bad guys.
  25. Chance the Jedi

    Chance the Jedi Jedi Master star 5

    Jul 25, 2005
    A New Hope.
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