I wanted to start a thread to list and/or to discuss the movies that had an influence on how the Star Wars saga and its themes, scenes, settings, character, dialogue etc came about. We're talking pre 1977 here only. I'll get the ball rolling with two very influential movies Ben-Hur - 1959 (or 1925 if you prefer, but I doubt it) The struggle between two childhood friends, one a Judean prince, the other a Roman tribune who has turned his back on his own people for a taste of the power and glory promised by their conquerors. A marvelously intimate epic that deals with the corrupting power of hate, even if it is born out of a righteous fury and sense of injustice, and the healing power of faith. The virtue of non-violence and the example it sets. (PS. The 1925 version is definitely worth watching. The chariot race is on a par with the 59 version's) Casablanca - 1942 Golden Age Hollywood at its best. You cannot fail to see the inspiration for both Han and Lando - A cynical opportunist who sticks his neck out for nobody but nevertheless has a hidden heroic past as a resistance fighter and gun runner/smuggler. (Covers Episdodes IV-VII) An ostensibly (and I use this term rather loosely. We're talking about Casablanca here) respectable bar owner and player who is forced to make big choices when a fugitive couple, one of whom he has a past with, arrive in dire need of his help.