After the massive success of Star Wars, a sequel came out three years later, and would go on to be a beloved film in its own right after its release in this day in history.
Star Wars, written and directed by George Lucas, was a massive hit and the science-fantasy movie would get a sequel released on May 21st, 1980, The Empire Strikes Back.
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and the entire main cast of the original would return, along with the introduction of characters such as Yoda (Frank Oz) and Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams).
The heroes struggle to escape the grasp of the Empire. Luke Skywalker seeks out the training of a Jedi Master while Han, Leia and the rest try to avoid Darth Vader's grasp.
The film was considered by some to be the darkest of the three, and went on to gain acclaim from fans. It was also a financial success, earning hundreds of millions of dollars.