Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
1980
****
Director: Irvin Kershner
Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

As the Rebel Alliance attempts to remain under the radar, Luke flies off to the Dagobah system to train with Jedi Master Yoda. Although the story is bleak and the ending leaves everything open, this is possibly the best episode in the series, maybe because George Lucas neither scripted nor directed it. Seriously speaking, the movie works so well because it has properly fleshed-out characters, striking action scenes, and great Oscar-winning special effects. In the most iconic scene, Luke learns the truth about his father. Scripted by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan. Academy Award winner for best sound and special effects. Followed by Return of the Jedi.