The 30 greatest Han Solo moments ever

Luke Skywalker may be the supposed hero of the original Star Wars trilogy, but few would deny who the real star is… Harrison Ford's roguish space scoundrel Han Solo is a rough-edged gem with a heart of gold. The Force Awakens reunited us with Solo after a gap of 33 years, only to do the unthinkable and kill him off. But while we now live in a post-Solo world, we do at least have the slightly dubious prospect of a Han and Chewie movie to look forward to in 2018. Until then, here are our 30 favourite Solo scenes from his four movies.

30. Medallion Man

The moment: Han is given a medal for his involvement in the Battle of Yavin. 

As seen in: Star Wars: Episode 4 - A New Hope 

Why it's great: Han's shit-eating grin is the work of a man who can't believe he's being honoured when, say, Wedge gets nada. 

29. Stealth mode

The Moment: Han's attempt to sneak up on a biker scout goes wrong instantly when he steps onto a twig. 

As seen in: Star Wars: Episode 6 - Return of the Jedi 

Why it's great: Why did Luke and Leia let him attempt the attack in the first place? Because when they tried to stop him he flashed 'em a smile and said, "Hey... it's me!" 

28. Not entirely stable

The moment: Hiding out in what he thinks is an asteroid cave to repair the Falcon, Han has to deal not only with the unstable surface but C-3PO's pedantry. 

As seen in: Star Wars: Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back

Why it's great: Han orders Chewie to "take the professor in the back and plug him into the hyperdrive." 

27. Smuggling is second nature

The moment: We find out why the Stormtroopers' search of the Falcon didn't reveal any passengers: Han's hidden everybody under the floorboards. 

As seen in: Star Wars: Episode 4 - A New Hope 

Why it's great: His rueful declaration that, "I never thought I'd be smuggling myself in them."

26. Hibernation Sickness

The moment: Freed from carbonite by Leia, a blind, disorientated Han quickly adapts to his new surroundings. 

As seen in: Star Wars: Episode 6 - Return of the Jedi 

Why it's great: Realising that Jabba has caught Leia in the act, Han immediately tries to haggle their way out of trouble. It's like he's never been away. 

25. Feeding the Rathtars

The moment: With a pack of hungry Rathtars loose on the Millennium Falcon, Han lets one of his enemies get munched on. Hey, don't judge, it buys him more time to escape... 

As seen in: Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens 

Why it's great: It's a modern day riff on the Greedo scene from A New Hope. Han puts himself first and callously deals with an enemy in the process. 

24. Goldenrod

The moment: After three films of taking the piss out of Threepio, Han has to eat humble pie when he discovers the Ewoks think that the droid is their god... and that Han is on the menu for a banquet in his honour. 

As seen in: Star Wars: Episode 6 - Return of the Jedi

Why it's great: Han can't resist one last world-weary quip. "Well, why don't you use your divine influence and get us out of this?"

23. Love and Money

The moment: Han discovers the reason they're on the Death Star is to rescue a princess... and he wants none of it until he realises there might be a reward. 

As seen in: Star Wars: Episode 4 - A New Hope 

Why it's great: One that gains resonance in retrospect, when you realise that Han only initially met and fell in love with Leia because of greed. 

22. Temperature's dropping

The moment: Seconds after expressing his desire to get off Hoth, he has a change of heart when he realises Luke hasn't returned to the base. 

As seen in: Star Wars: Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back

Why it's great: When a Rebel officer castigates him for braving the sub-zero temperatures - "Your Tauntaun'll freeze before you reach the first marker!" - Han yells back, "Then I'll see you in Hell!" as he races out into the snow.

21. Commanding the crew

The moment: General Madine announces that Han Solo is leading the strike team to the forest moon of Endor, and one by one his friends signal their allegiance by signing up for his crew. 

As seen in: Star Wars: Episode 6 - Return of the Jedi

Why it's great: In a rare gesture of philanthropy, Han lends the Falcon to Lando... albeit on the promise that it comes back without a scratch.