Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope obviously became iconic as soon as it hit screens in 1977. And it doesn't matter when it is first seen by someone, it immediately becomes one of the most unforgettable movie watching experiences of one's life.
Sure, there are those great Star Wars quotes, but what is it about the film itself that catapulted it to beyond iconic status?
Click through and see our 11 moments from that first Star Wars movie that contributed to the film being so unforgettable.
1. The Opening Sequence
You knew you were in for something truly special when that Imperial fighter flew into the scene, feeling like it was literally going right over our heads.
2. Obi-Wan Tells Luke About The Force
The Force wasn't only a foreign concept to Luke, but to audiences as well. When Obi-Wan explained it to Luke in this iconic scene... we were sold.
3. Darth Vader's First Scene
When Darth Vader walked onto Leia's ship, bodies on the floor all around him, he emerged from the smoke, and an iconic movie villain was born. Then, he spoke!
4. Han Solo Shoots Greedo
In the Cantina when Han Solo shoots Greedo, it wasn't only just an introduction to the unlikely hero that is Han Solo. It was an announcement of a movie legend that we will likely never see again.
5. The Cantina
The Cantina scene showed us that this truly is a galaxy far, far away... that is filled with all sorts of fascinating characters. And try hearing that Cantina band song and not have it in your head all day!
6. Darth Vader Chokes
When Darth Vader chokes Admiral Motti to near death and says, âI find your lack of faith disturbing," we are exposed to how The Force can be used for evil in its most menacing of ways.
7. Princess Leia is No Damsel in Distress
Princess Leia was a different kind of movie heroine. There were few like her before, and she opened the door for all the fighting female characters that would come.
8. Those Are Not the Droids...
One of the more famous quotes to come out of Star Wars arrives when Obi-Wan tells the Storm Troopers that "those are not the droids you are looking for." Seeing him literally command the minds of others had us beyond fascinated with the character of Obi-Wan.
9. Obi-Wan's Sacrifice
When Luke witnesses Obi-Wan and Darth Vader fighting in that momentous scene, Obi-Wan makes the ultimmate sacrifice. His death would hang over the entire trilogy.
10. Han Clears the Way for Luke
Just when we thought Han had flown off somewhere else, other than to join in the fight, he surprises us... and his timing was perfect. Han shot those Imperial Fighters and as he said best, "You're all clear, kid!" Death star... say goodbye.