Star Wars is a science fiction franchise created by George Lucas. The stories depict the adventures of various characters "in a galaxy far, far away".
The franchise initially began in 1977 with the release of the first Star Wars film (subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope) in 1981. It became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon upon release.
It was followed by the successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). These three films constitute the original Star Wars trilogy.
A prequel trilogy was released between 1999 and 2005. The prequels received mixed reactions from both critics and fans. A sequel trilogy began in 2015 with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
All seven films were nominated for Academy Awards, with wins going to the first two films. The Star Wars franchise has been a tremendous commercial success, with a combined box office revenue
of over $7.5 billion, making Star Wars one of the highest-grossing film series to date.
Spin-off films include the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) and Rogue One (2016), the latter was the first in an upcoming series of anthology films.