The best of the trilogy? That's what most reviewers argue, but I still prefer Return of the Jedi.
I guess I've never really got over my disappointment that The Empire Strikes Back ends on such a downbeat shot with the group looking out of the bridge of some big starship and Luke having lost his hand in a lightsabre fight with Darth Vader.
Admittedly, the film features possibly the greatest story-twist ever concieved. It's impossible to believe now how much of a shock it was to find out that Darth Vader was Luke's dad! Sorry to anyone who still doesn't know...
Still, The Empire Strikes Back provided us kids with probably the best of the Star Wars toys: the big walker thing, and that strange Yeti-creature of which Han Solo cuts the belly open and puts Luke inside to stay warm...or was it the other way round?
Still, it's not often that a trilogy comes along that sticks to the classic 3-act formula where the 2nd is where everything goes dark. Apart from Lord of the Rings, of course, but that's become a classic now as well.