Star Wars The Force Awakens is a triumph! I will not offer spoilers, nor will I delve too deeply into plot. Rather, I simply want to plant a flag and say that this installment is better than Return of the Jedi. For those keeping score at home, that makes the rankings order:
1. The Empire Strikes Back
2. A New Hope
3. The Force Awakens
4. Return of the Jedi
The various novelty films (e.g. Ewoks the Battle for Endor, The Phantom Menace, etc) don't really deserve ranks and are better forgotten.