After "The Force Awakens" was released, a lot people (who loved it) defended the film from the criticism of it being too similar to A New Hope by saying that The Phantom Menace was also a rehash of A New Hope too. But I don't think that's true. The Phantom Menace and A New Hope do share a lot of similarities like how a young boy from a desert planet goes off on an adventure with an old Jedi and eventually blows up a military target, and that there is a lightsabre battle where the old Jedi dies. But the plots in both films are very different from each other. The plot in The Force Awakens is very to A New Hope to the point that you somewhat could consider it a remake.