Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters this Friday, meaning that at least half of the U.S. is currently thinking far more about Star Wars than it usually does. If you’ve got an itch to scratch that simply revisiting the earlier movies won’t help with, then perhaps it’s time to take a deeper dive — with the help of these ten documentaries about a galaxy far, far away and the world it’s spawned right here at our fingertips.


THE MAKING OF STAR WARS (1977)
Available on YouTube
There’s no getting away from the fact that Star Wars has impacted so much of popular culture since its debut that it’s impossible to get any real critical space from it (No pun intended) — which makes this contemporaneous documentary about the movie’s origins fascinating to watch. Remember when people didn’t take this so intensely?


THE BEGINNING: MAKING STAR WARS EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999)
Available on YouTube
On the other side of the spectrum, this official Lucasfilm behind the scenes from the making of the first of the prequel trilogy is just as fascinating to watch, albeit from a more horrified direction. Everyone is taking their role very, very seriously. Maybe it was Y2K fever kicking in early.


THE FORCE AMONG US (2007)
Available on Amazon Prime
What started as a planned 10-minute confessional for the hardcore Star Wars fans to share their stories grew into something far more ambitious: a full-length documentary about the fandom that has grown up around the franchise.


JEDI JUNKIES (2010)
Available on ConTV
Another look inside the world of Star Wars fandom, this doc takes a more celebrity-based approach, featuring actors from the movies themselves — hi, Ray Park! — and some familiar fans, including Olivia Munn.


STORMTROOPERS: THE DOCUMENTARY (2011)
Available on Vimeo
Quite why Star Wars fandom embraced the faceless, terrifying Stormtroopers so readily may remain a mystery forever, but this look at the 501st Legion — a group of super fans who turned cosplay into something that gave back to the community — is eyeopening in all the best ways.
STAR WARS BEGINS (2011)
Available on Vimeo
Calling itself an unofficial commentary on the very first Star Wars movie, this is as much a reconstruction of the movie — with alternate takes, bloopers and more — as anything else. Think of it as revisiting a familiar friend to find them with a whole new look.

JEDI JUNIOR HIGH (2014)
Available on Netflix
This documentary — about a group of students at an arts school getting together to perform a live musical parody of The Empire Strikes Back — sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, but the reality is something surprisingly charming, and a lesson about the universal appeal of Star Wars.


PLASTIC GALAXY: THE STORY OF STAR WARS TOYS (2014)
Available on Hulu
Anyone who grew up loving the original trilogy will have far too fond memories of the action figures that accompanied the movies, and gave names to the many background characters. The hidden history of those toys gets revealed in this fun look behind the scenes.

ELSTREE 1976 (2015)
Available on Netflix
The closest thing anyone has come yet to a respectful, if pleasingly unofficial, oral history of what it was really like making the original movies, Elstree 1976 — named for the studio and year where Star Wars was born — also reveals what happened to those responsible for the birth of the franchise.


I AM YOUR FATHER (2015)
Available on Netflix
David Prowse is the forgotten man of Star Wars, having played the body of Darth Vader in the original trilogy, only to find himself increasingly cut out of fandom and the franchise in the aftermath of the movies. For once, he gets to tell his story.