i haven't really cared much about the star wars franchise since like 2008 so i don't put it on any sort of pedestal beyond finding the original trilogy to be generally enjoyable. i rewatched a new hope right before the force awakens came out and liked it but i don't think it holds up super well, and it was the first star wars film i had seen in five years. i imagine i would like empire more because it was always my favorite as a kid, but idk. then the force awakens came out and i thought it was genuinely sorta great so i'm comfortable placing it at number one.