Star Wars is the 1977 space opera written and directed by George Lucas. This epic tale told the adventure of a farmboy, a smuggler, and a princess as they attempt to overthrow the evil Galactic Empire. Years ahead of its time in special effects, Star Wars is the 3rd highest grossing film worldwide of all time. It received 10 Academy Award nominations and won six of them. Acknowledged as one of the greatest films of all time, it became part of the National Film Registry in its inaugural year.