Star Wars (1977)
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Directed by: George Lucas
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness
Star Wars ranked # 15 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
Star Wars is an influential science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by writer/producer/director George Lucas in the early 1970s.
The saga began with the film Star Wars, which was released on May 25, 1977. The film, later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, became a pop culture phenomenon, spawning five more feature films and an extensive collection of licensed books, comics, video games, spin-off films, television series, toys, et al.
An example of the space opera genre, the Star Wars story employs archetypal motifs common to both modern science fiction and ancient mythology, as well as the classical music motifs of those genres.
The film series is widely considered to be the major impetus which launched the new era of high-budget, special-effects blockbuster movies that continues to this day.
In 2005, Forbes Magazine estimated the overall revenue generated by the entire Star Wars franchise (over the course of its 28-year history) at nearly US $20 billion, easily making it one of the most successful film franchises of all time.
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