The Internet was nearly broken last week when the subtitle of the new Star Wars movie was revealed: The Force Awakens. No one knows what it means yet, whether Disney’s stewardship of the saga will affect things in a big way, or why there is no “Episode VII” attached to it as well. But the confirmation of an official title, along with the news that director J.J. Abrams had completed principal photography on the December 2015 release, was enough to get George Lucas’ space saga squarely back in the headlines.
We’re just over one year out from the first new movie set in a galaxy far, far away in a decade, and the idea that we’d ever see another Star Wars installment in our lifetime — an idea as seemingly impossible as doing the Kessel run in less than 11 parsecs — is now a reality. In honor of this momentous occasion, let’s look at 30 scenes that define the first six films in the series and remain iconic in their own way…with the (new) hope that there are many, many more of these to come.