Star Wars streaming guide: Where to watch every movie online

With exquisite storytelling and brilliant production quality, the Star Wars franchise has left fans enthralled for generations. Since the release of the first film in 1977, George Lucas has consistently managed to tell a captivating story centered on the Galactic Civil War, developing complex characters that we adore and ones that we love to hate.

No wonder it’s the second highest-grossing film franchise in the world after the Marvel Cinematic Universe, raking in over $10 billion in worldwide box office revenue. After the release of the original trilogy between 1977 and 1983, Lucas gave us a prequel trilogy between 1999 and 2005.

Then between 2015 and 2019, Lucasfilm produced the sequel trilogy and a couple of spinoff films while Walt Disney Studios took charge of distribution after it acquired the franchise in 2012. All nine movies from the three trilogies fall under the “Skywalker saga” to differentiate them from the spinoffs.

Before online streaming services entered the picture, fans of the franchise had to wait for the films on cable or purchase DVRs and DVD sets. Now you no longer have to do that with leading streaming services letting you enjoy almost every movie from the franchise at your leisure.

Your guide on where to stream Star Wars movies

Disney+ is obviously the go-to destination to stream the Star Wars movies as Disney owns the franchise. Though other streaming services like Netflix once carried some of the movies, the launch of Disney+ in late 2019 eventually led to their removal.

Netflix still streams the spinoff film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, but no longer has any of the movies from the “Skywalker saga.” And Solo, too, will head over to Disney+ by the end of the year. Currently, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, the last installment from the sequel trilogy, is the only “Skywalker saga” movie still unavailable for streaming even on Disney+.

Current Streaming ProvidersPrice
Disney+$6.99/mo.
Netflix$8.99/mo.

Renting vs. buying Star Wars movies

Although Disney+ and Netflix are the only services that let you stream the Star Wars movies, you still have the option to rent or buy them digitally. This option is available for every Star Wars movie, including The Rise of Skywalker and the two spinoff films.

Although Amazon Prime won’t let you stream the Star Wars movies for free, you can buy or rent them on Amazon Video. Google Play and VUDU also give you this option for some or all of the movies from the franchise.

Renting

With digital rentals, you have 30 days to start watching the movies. And if you start watching one, you must finish it within 48 hours. Rental fees for the Star Wars movies start from $2.99, although this may vary by platform. And fresh releases such as The Rise of Skywalker cost slightly more to rent on some platforms. VUDU, for instance, lets you rent it for $5.99, while other titles are available for $3.99. 

Additionally, playback quality doesn’t affect rental fees much, with most platforms asking the same price for standard-definition (SD), high-definition (HD) and 4K streams. Some may charge a lower rental fee for SD streaming, and not every platform offers these films in 4K.

With the lower cost, digital rental is an excellent option for those new to the franchise who don’t want to shell out too much to buy the films. But note that some platforms no longer offer rentals for the older movies and only give you the option to buy them.

Buying

Buying the Star Wars movies digitally is ideal for those who like the freedom to watch the movies with no 30-day or 48-hour restrictions. Rates start from $14.99 per title, though this may vary by platform. Newer releases often cost more, and on some platforms, you might have to pay a few bucks extra to get the movies in ultra high definition (UDH).

Google Play even gives you the option to get the entire Skywalker saga movie collection in 4K for $169.99. So you should consider shopping around to see which platform offers the best deal on the Star Wars movies.

How to stream Star Wars movies in order

With the prequel series coming out after the classic trilogy, the Star Wars movie franchise may be a bit difficult to navigate for those not familiar with it. Instead of just relying on the release date, check out the ideal order in which you should stream the Star Wars movies.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Set 32 years before the first Star Wars movie, The Phantom Menace tells the story of how Qui-Gon Jinn, the Jedi Master, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, his apprentice, protected Queen Amidala in an attempt to end the interplanetary trade dispute peacefully.

Available on: Amazon Video, Disney+, Google Play, VUDU

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)

Taking place 10 years after the events of The Phantom Menace, this movie follows Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala as the trio witness the onset of the Clone Wars.

Available on: Amazon Video, Disney+, Google Play, VUDU

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Set three years after the events of Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith follows Obi-Wan Kenobi in his journey to eliminate the leader of the Separatist army, General Grievous.

Available on: Amazon Video, Disney+, Google Play, VUDU

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

The second of the two spinoff movies released so far, Solo is set 10 years before the events of A New Hope. The movie follows Han Solo and Chewbacca as they join a heist in the criminal underworld. While you can currently stream Solo on Netflix, it will soon move to Disney+ and join the rest of the movies from the franchise.

Available on: Amazon Video, Google Play, Netflix, VUDU

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Set just before A New Hope, Rogue One is the first of the spinoff movies. It tells the story of a group of rebels on a risky mission to steal the plans for the Galactic Empire’s super-weapon, the Death Star.

Available on: Amazon Video, Disney+, Google Play, VUDU

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

The first Star Wars movie ever made, A New Hope follows Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi on their journey to free Princess Leia, the leader of the Rebellion, and destroy the Death Star.

Available on: Amazon Video, Disney+, Google Play, VUDU

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The second installment of the classic trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back, focuses on the Galactic Empire’s pursuit of Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance. Set three years after the events of A New Hope, the movie follows Luke as he studies the Force under the guidance of Jedi Master Yoda.

Available on: Amazon Video, Disney+, Google Play, VUDU

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

Taking place one year after the second movie, Return of the Jedi focuses on the Galactic Empire’s attempt to build a second Death Star and the Rebel Fleet’s plan to foil it.

Available on: Amazon Video, Disney+, Google Play, VUDU

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

The first of the sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens, is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. It follows Finn, Han Solo, Poe Dameron and Rey in their search for Luke Skywalker. The movie introduces a new antagonist, Kylo Ren.

Available on: Amazon Video, Disney+, Google Play, VUDU

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)

Taking place right after the events of The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi follows Rey as she seeks Luke Skywalker’s help to defeat Kylo Ren and the First Order. Meanwhile, Finn, General Leia Organa and Poe Dameron try to fend off an attack on the Resistance. This movie features the first posthumous performance by Carrie Fisher and honors her memory.

Available on: Amazon Video, Disney+, Google Play, VUDU

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) 

The final installment of the sequel trilogy, The Rise of Skywalker, is set shortly after the events of The Last Jedi. It follows Finn, Poe Dameron and Rey as they lead the fight against Kylo Ren. Although this movie isn’t yet available on Disney+, you can expect to see it on the service by the end of the year.

Available on: Amazon Video, Google Play, VUDU

The takeaway

With Disney+ having all but two of the Star Wars movies, there’s no doubt that it’s the go-to streaming service for franchise fans. Plus, you should be able to stream all 11 movies through Disney+ by the end of 2020 as the service adds Solo and The Rise of Skywalker to its Star Wars collection. In the meantime, you can also stream Solo on Netflix and rent or buy The Rise of Skywalker from any of the options given above.

On top of that, the service even lets you watch several TV series from the franchise, including The Clone Wars and The Mandalorian, giving you a much-needed Star Wars fix. If you’re still not sure whether to subscribe to Disney+, try it free for seven days and see if it’s a good fit.

Jacqueline Zote

Jacqueline Zote is a digital marketing and entertainment writer who makes regular contributions to Sprout Social and Recreation Insider. Her interests range from pop culture and mythology to social activism. When she’s not writing, she goes on food adventures and binges on crime drama. Her short fiction has been published by HarperCollins Publishers and Zubaan Books.