Here we are within the top 4 and I have noticed that at one point or another each of the following movies has probably been my #1 movie. In the early 70's this movie was there and in the late 80's a different one held the spot. This may be the movie I have seen the most on this list.
4 - Star Wars (1977)
The movie had the right balance of adventure, drama and comedy and appealed to more people than most movies in history. I bought into it all the way, becoming a Star Wars toy addict and getting most of the action figures. It was all about Star Wars and would be until the mid 80’s. The movie is the most important film on my list and carries the most influence in today’s society. Its rejuvenation and staying power has no rival.
IMDB Story Summary - Part IV in George Lucas' epic, Star Wars: A New Hope opens with a Rebel ship being boarded by the tyrannical Darth Vader. The plot then follows the life of a simple farm boy, Luke Skywalker, as he and his newly met allies (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, R2-D2) attempt to rescue a Rebel leader, Princess Leia, from the clutches of the Empire. The conclusion is culminated as the Rebels, including Skywalker and flying ace Wedge Antilles make an attack on the Empire's most powerful and ominous weapon, the Death Star.Written by P. Wong <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Comparing Star Wars to The Empire Strikes Back, for example, one can see improvement on many of the elements like acting and effects. Time for the actors to ‘get’ their roles and a change in director probably improved this. George Lucas learned from Star Wars and was able to improve on it with TESB.
Star Wars will always remain high on most Sci-Fi movie rankings. It is part of society today and to be privy to its original release and progression through the years has been fascinating.
Looking back at Star Wars and comparing it to TESB is the only way you can really find fault in the original. Comparison wise there are so many improvements between the movie but none of that really matters because we were already captured by the original. The first time we encountered Darth Vader, met a Wookie or heard a blaster, those are all magical moments that cannot be outdone by finding out how Darth Vader got his mask or an army of Wookies or hundreds of blaster noises. Star Wars is simple and old school. It is classic story telling without gimmicks and conspiracies. It does not try to confuse or shock. The basic fairy tale/ coming of age/ high adventure serial, Star Wars is the blueprint for excellence.
When I first saw the movie - I saw this movie in the summer of 1977. I remember the day well because it was the same day we got our new color TV.
I have seen this movie around 40 times in the theater and cable and home video. I had audio recorded and listened to the movie probably another 40 times on top of that.
I have the special edition DVD set.
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Original-Trilogy-Episodes/dp/B000PMLFRA/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1332464986&sr=1-2
An Excellent Trailer
One of the best openings to a movie