Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
If you're in an introductory film studies class the odds are you will have to watch the vast majority, if not all, of the films on this list. If you haven't taken one yet, why not get started on your homework in advance!
Anyone who has seen the new 'Star Wars' knows that Harrison Ford is still kicking ass 40 years later. Whether you fell in love with him as loudmouthed flyboy Han Solo, loudmouthed archaelogist Indiana Jones, or loudmouthed street-racer what's-his-name in American Graffiti, be sure to check out his complete range of action/adventure flicks.
'The Godfather', 'Apocalypse Now', 'The Last Picture Show' - has cinema reached these heights since? Make up your own mind, but only after you check out this collection of films nominated for the Oscars best-picture award during the 1970s.
'A New Hope', 'Solaris', and oh - did we mention 'Soylent Green'; enjoy this collection of the very best science-fiction (hard, soft, and pliable) that the 1970s has to offer. Watch a few of these films and you may start agreeing with us that here the genre reached its peak.
Space operas are sweeping epics set far, far away (although not always long ago), featuring larger than life villains, romantic subplots, and the obligatory intergalactic hero. Adventure doesn't get more lighthearted and enjoyable than this - so pick one of these space opera classics from before 1990 and feel the force! Also, make sure to celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4th.