One of the great things about the Star Wars fandom is that it now spans three generations of fans and continues to grow. Me? I’m a member of the old guard; I was four years old when I saw Star Wars for the first time in the summer of 1977. For a young boy growing up in the late seventies/early eighties, Star Wars was everything.

Now, some forty-odd years later, I look back on the original trilogy and remember the wide-eyed amazement with which I watched those films all those years ago.

The Appeal of the Original Trilogy

That got me thinking… as a kid back then, what were the most memorable, most impactful, most exciting moments of those movies for those of us growing up with the original trilogy? There were plenty.

Star Wars was something completely new to us, so everything was awe inspiring. Choosing just a few top moments for this post was difficult. Here’s my list of the top five moments of the original trilogy.