George Lucas may have cribbed many of his ideas from “Dune,” but he did such archetypical worldbuilding in his original “Star Wars” trilogy that, for true fans, these works are not even really films. They’re more like quasi-religious texts, and every subsequent sequel and spinoff is judged upon its adherence to these three volumes of dogmas. Like any massive fantasy franchise, “Star Wars” is an information cult where the point of fandom is the collection and preservation of the canon. Thanks to a small but incredibly loud minority, the discourse surrounding these movies can easily turn toxic, but their ability to transcend cinema like this is a testament to the power of the universe that Lucas created.
• Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
• Directors: George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand
• Years: 1977, 1980, 1984
• Runtimes: 121, 124, 132 minutes
• Ratings: PG