Officially speaking, there are six Star Wars movies: Episodes I through VI detailing the fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker. In addition to that, a number of smaller movies set in the Star Wars universe have opened over the years, most notably 2008's Clone Wars. There are also several made-for-TV movies, and one special which George Lucas would definitely like to forget.
The first three Star Wars movies (and for many the core of the series) cover Episodes IV through VI in Anakin Skywalker's history: his life as Darth Vader and eventual redemption through his son, Luke. Their official titles are A New Hope, released in 1977, The Empire Strikes Back, released in 1980 and Return of the Jedi, released in 1983.
Episodes I through III go back and cover the early years in Anakin Skywalker's life and his descent into evil as Darth Vader. They are The Phantom Menace, released in 1999, Attack of the Clones, released in 2002 and Revenge of the Sith, released in 2005.
A feature-length animated movie, Clone Wars was released theatrically in 2008 in anticipation of a weekly television series of the same name.
Two made-for-TV movies centered around the furry Ewoks appeared in the mid-1980s: Caravan of Courage in 1984 and The Battle for Endor in 1985.
In 1986, another television special appeared: The Great Heep, based on the animated series Droids. It ran 48 minutes, so there is some question as to whether it constitutes a feature film.
The Holiday Special
The Star Wars Holiday Special was a two-hour movie that played on television in 1978. In most people's minds, it represents the undisputed low point in the Star Wars franchise.
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