The Empire Strikes Back vs. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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on 7/17/2009

two of my favorites of all time, which one to choose??

on 7/26/2009

seriously? How can one make such a choice?

on 7/27/2009

Empire is almost flawless. But....Return of the King was way more epic in scope and in my opinion, better executed. ROTK as a story existed way before Empire and to me is much more interesting. I feel much more emotion watching ROTK than I do ESB. I go with Tolkien and not Lucas on this one. In these situations I go with the film that I will have to watch for the rest of my life and I would get tired of George Lucas before Tolkien's masterpiece in the hands of Peter Jackson who is way more talented than Lucas will ever be. Tough call.

on 8/17/2009

The Return is sooo epic... but the Empire is a Legend. But this choise is really Hard

on 8/18/2009

Empire. For THE moment.

on 9/5/2009

I would pick Empire over The Two Towers, but not over Return or Fellowship.

on 9/5/2009

Empire is also the ONLY Star Wars move I would pick over TTT....

on 9/6/2009

Geez, this is a tough one. I think I have to go with LOTR as far as pure epic proportions and grandiosity.

on 9/17/2009

You know, this is a truly hard one. One of my favorites of all time against one of my favorites of all time. Return of the King really is an excellent film, but against Empire? "Laugh it up fuzzball!"

on 9/21/2009

Not the biggest fan of the 'Lord of the Rings' series, but 'Return of the King' was my favorite entry. But it still does beat-out one of my favorite films EVER!!

on 10/18/2009

Empire. Star Wars over LOTR. Every time. (The original trilogy, of course).

on 10/24/2009

LOTR is good and all, but there is only one trilogy. Empire easily.

on 11/14/2009

i love both but lotr's running time is a bit long by the end and to me empire is almost perfection. Empire is definitely the only star wars film i would pick over any of lotr.

on 11/17/2009

might be a harder choice if didn't hate lord of the rings. sorry.

on 12/15/2009

Empire, easily.

on 12/28/2009

there are two trilogies and the rings one is simply better acted, directed, all-around executed

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JRM

on 4/11/2010

Maybe if I saw Empire 20 years ago rather than this week (lol), but Imo Return of the King beats it in every way. Every way.

on 5/6/2010

Last 30 mins of Return Of The King is just utterly redundant buffalo shit. I refer you to Clerks II.

on 1/15/2011

Incredibly hard choice. LOTR just from the epic scale.

on 2/15/2011

Of the two trilogies, only The Empire Strikes Back and The Fellowship of the Ring have succeeded in keeping my attention for their full run-times, so my vote here is clear.

on 2/15/2011

Don't let nostalgia get in the way. It's painful for me to say, but Return of the King, though not as good as Fellowship, is still better than Empire.

on 6/12/2011

The epic nerd battle of all nerd battles. Look: Return was amazing, but Empire changed the genre. "No Luke, I am your father," is one of the most iconic lines in film history, and you can't pick against it. Also, I can still turn Empire on and enjoy it. Return just felt like an endurance test after the first two times. Gotta go with Star Wars.

on 7/8/2011

Empire Strikes Back wins for sure, Return of the King sucks because its too booring and slow. Return of the King will never hold the popularity as long as Empire Strikes Back had.

on 7/29/2011

i love LOTR more them Star Wars. I just love the grand scale, the epic story, and the emotions the characters have to deal with. now granted Empire has all those elements as well, i think Peter Jackson was able to portray them better on screen then Lucas. When it comes to the best of both franchises, LOTR wins

on 7/29/2011

Vader crushes the King....

on 12/3/2011

This is kind of an easy decision for me, seeing as Return of the King couldn't quite decide when to end. Empire is a tightly-paced, well-written and well-directed masterpiece of science fiction. Empire, hands down.

on 2/13/2012

Fellowship is better to me cos it hold a place in my heart.

on 2/13/2012

The Empire Strikes Back is much better.

on 2/14/2012

Im saying it is better than RotK

on 2/16/2012

The Empire wins by a massive landslide.

on 7/6/2012

SW???

on 7/6/2012

LOTR!!!!!!!

on 7/6/2012

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on 7/6/2012

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on 7/6/2012

HAHAHAHAHA

on 7/6/2012

SW vs LOTR

on 7/6/2012

LOL

on 7/6/2012

?

on 8/23/2012

Return of the King wins there only two movies that beat it and Empire does not!

on 8/23/2012

The Empire Strikes Back is my favorite movie of all time, so...no real second thoughts from me. Return of the King is the most entertaining Lotr movie (can you actually believe that, the movie is OVER 4 HOURS LONG in the Extended Edition yet the most entertaining of the three...mindblowing), but it also has the most obvious, all be it pretty minor, flaws. The last 30 minutes, as pointed out by everyone and their mother, consists of at least 6 different endings and it doesn't really work. 'Just end already!' is something I thought as well. The editing is probably the biggest flaw in all three movies; it's distracting for the viewer when you notice some dialogue has been cut out or two shots don't seem to match with each other. This becomes very noticeable in the conversation with Saruman (only in the Extended Edition), there is some pretty bad editing in that scene. But despite this, I still think Return of the King is much better than The Two Towers, which was the most boring and had some f*ckin’ weird Orcs. I mean: the Bugs Bunny Orc, the Orc with the thick Australian accent…wtf.

on 11/28/2012

I don't want to answer this! Can I vote for both?

on 11/29/2012

Two of my favorites, Lord of the Rings wins though.

on 12/2/2012

the Return of the king is very good.But it is not flawless things such as the way to long ending degrade it a little.I am gong with empire.

on 12/9/2012

Darth Vader and his Empire totaly crushes and destroys Sauron and his Orcs. Empire Strikes Back for the world.

on 12/31/2012

Both are masterpieces but Return of the King is more fulfilling and more satisfying than any Star Wars film will eve be

on 12/31/2012

Empire wins in a landslide.

on 1/8/2013

LOTR! Both are great and ESB is a classic but all LOTR are better than all SW films!

on 1/25/2013

empire strikes back is a classic but i love the return of the king soooo much more. its definitely lotr

on 1/25/2013

the movie has the more entertaining story, themore epic battles, the better acting and is a modern day cinematic masterpiece.

on 1/25/2013

the empire sits comfortably in my top 20 but return of the king has always been my numbe r1

on 2/27/2013

LOTR made a bigger impression on me than star wars so im going return of the king

on 3/4/2013

Return of the King for me quite easily Both in my top 20 but ROTK is always switching between 1 and 2 and I doubt Empire will ever beat any LOTR

on 3/5/2013

Wow... the two best trilogies ever.... ROTK and Empire are both my two favorite of their respective trilogies as well. That being said, ROTK is about as epic and blockbuster as it gets. ROTK wins.

on 3/5/2013

Both are top 15, but i think I slightly prefer Return of the King.

on 3/19/2013

Hahaha...Funnily enough, I re-watched Empire and is now No 2 on my Flickchart, just behind the LOTR trilogy but I still give it to Return of the King!

on 3/19/2013

Both are now in my top 10. 9 and 10 to be exact, ROTK has the slightest of edges.

on 3/26/2013

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?! MY FAVE OF EACH TRILOGY

on 4/5/2013

For now, The King but boy, this thing is so close

on 4/8/2013

These two films are my first and second so as to not undermine my credibility i should choose return of the king over empire. return is a more involving gritty and immersive film but then again empire is both captivating and re watchable although placed in the context of which film would i watch if it was on tv i would certainly watch return

on 4/8/2013

They both keep moving up on my list, they are now 6 and 7. Return of the King has the slightest of edges.

on 4/12/2013

I swap to Empire...

on 5/29/2013

I think I'm gonna switch over to the Empire.

on 6/2/2013

Return of the King has better action, better special effects, slightly better art direction, better cinematography, better music, better casting, better characters, and better story. It is more epic, ambitious, entertaining, thoughtful, and just a much better movie.

on 6/16/2013

Switching over to Lord of the Rings.

on 6/16/2013

Both are excellent. Return of the King it is.

on 6/19/2013

Empire, best movie ever

on 6/21/2013

Return of the King is probably the most rewatchable movie of all time, along with Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Not to say The Empire Strikes Back isn't good, it is one of the best movies ever created, but I will go with ROTK in this.

on 6/30/2013

Empire wins-im not going to dump the girlfriend that been with me through tuff times over one thats shiney and new.

on 7/2/2013

this is a tough one, I think I'll go with Return of the King here but it's close.

on 7/9/2013

A very hard choice. I’m going with Return of the King, didn't mind its drawn-out ending which everyone is complaining about, but I imagine I would when re-watching. Plus, it’s quite likely that I’ll like Empire more after a re-watch, but for now the winner is Return of the King.

on 7/15/2013

Empire has lasted the test of time over multiple generations very much loved by all-so lets see if Return of king can do the same. for now Empire wins.

on 8/31/2013

Empire by a hair.

on 9/16/2013

The Return Of The King and it's not even close. Nuff said.

on 9/17/2013

Wow. This....is....tough. But my gut is telling me The Empire Strikes Back, so i'm going with that.

on 10/9/2013

Two absolutely terrific films. Along with The Dark Knight, some of the very best sequels ever made. Peter Jackson's final act in the Lord of the Rings trilogy does outperform George Lucas' 2nd act in the Star Wars trilogy. Harrison Ford as Han Solo is one of the great characters in the history of the genre, but the overall production and perfomances in LOTR is better.

on 12/31/2013

LOTR: The Return of the King

on 1/4/2014

Empirosaur, easy on the mouse

on 3/21/2014

Empire beat King

on 6/24/2014

These are 2 of my all time favorite films. This is the samething as ripping my heart out

on 6/24/2014

The Return of the King to rule them all, The Return of the King to find them all, The Return of the King to bring them all and in the darkness bind them The Empire shall not pass. RotK for the win.

on 8/24/2014

The Return of the King. The best movie ever! Sorry Empire. You're great, but The Return of the King is the one movie to rule them all.

on 10/4/2014

The Best Star Wars VS The Best Lord of the Rings. I'm a Lord of the Rings person so The Return of the King wins for me. The Empire Strikes Back is incredible though!

on 10/17/2014

I dont even know how to answer this question

on 10/17/2014

Empire

on 10/19/2014

I like Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, but for sure King wins.

on 11/21/2014

Star Wars is far better. I hate the stories of Lord of the Rings so much.

on 11/26/2014

Empire is amazing but LOTR wins this one for sure

on 7/2/2015

Empire Strikes Back by far.....

on 9/1/2015

Returning of the king by far

on 9/1/2015

Return of the king by far

on 11/2/2015

The Empire

on 12/11/2015

I should rewatch Return of the King soon, but until then, Empire wins for me.

on 12/12/2015

Empire Strikes Back is great but I prefer Return of the King

on 12/18/2015

Lord

on 12/18/2015

Rings

on 12/18/2015

Return

on 12/18/2015

Of

on 12/18/2015

The

on 12/18/2015

King

on 12/18/2015

Star Wars is simply the more entertaining trilogy.

on 12/26/2015

The Lord

on 12/26/2015

Lord of the Rings all the way

on 12/26/2015

The Empire Strikes Back without a second thought.

on 4/4/2016

empire for sure

on 5/12/2016

Star Wars and Lord of the Rings are my two favorite franchises and these are my two favorites films from each of them. I'll give The Empire Strikes Back the edge though here.

on 8/26/2016

The return of the king. It's close but LOTR takes it over all.

on 12/31/2016

Return Of The King, but Empire is an incredible film.

on 1/9/2017

LOTR

on 1/9/2017

LOTR without second thought

on 1/9/2017

LOTR FOREVER............

on 1/9/2017

And what's wrong against all spam towards to this match-up?

on 1/11/2017

I need to say LOTR trumps Star Wars

on 1/15/2017

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a cinematic masterpiece.

on 1/15/2017

Well, I used to watch The Empire Strikes Back a few times, but it's scary for me. So, The Return of the King wins.

on 1/15/2017

LOTR: ROTK gets my vote for now because all the greatest people in this novel always win.

on 1/15/2017

I'm still voting for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. It's going to be one of my favorite movies of all time. I'm having a little bit of issues with The Empire. You know, the bad guys just can't get away with.

on 1/15/2017

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the final epic story of the novel, and it's still a great movie.

on 1/15/2017

LOTR: ROTK all the way.

on 1/15/2017

Joining the dark side of the Force in The Empire? Come on, guys. I want the good guys in The Return of the King win. Do you know what I mean?

on 1/19/2017

For Frodo.

on 3/14/2017

ESB

on 3/19/2017

The Return of the King all the way.

on 4/25/2017

TLOTR always wins.

on 5/4/2017

Lord of the Rings

on 6/17/2017

for frodo

on 6/19/2017

Lord of the Rings is my favourite trilogy of all time and while Empire is my favourite Star Wars film, ROTK is #1.

on 7/15/2017

Anybody would like to have a pizza roll?

on 10/15/2017

Very hard. I love LOTR more than Star Wars, but Empire is my favorite of the saga, and I think that, with time, Return has become my least favorite LOTR movie..... it can change any day but i'm going with Empire for now.

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on 3/12/2018

Empire Strikes Back but I love the Lord of the Rings films.

on 3/17/2018

Return of the king

on 8/27/2018

Lord of the Rings is basically better than all Star Wars franchises, but Return of the King is the most the best here...

on 10/8/2018

Lord of the Rings far extraordinary preeminent than every Star Wars franchise..

on 10/21/2018

For now Lord of the Rings is that extraordinary high greater than all Star Wars film franchise.

on Mar 17

Both are great movies, but while the LotR universe is far more developed and interesting, it's not Tolkien writing or directing the movie; Lucas gets the win over Jackson here because of originality and Empire gets the win over RotK because I loved watching it long before I'd read Tolkien and have made more new fond memories watching it than RotK with my own son since.