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40K: Best Movies for the Empire

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Dec 24 2017

There’s a new movie about war within the stars–let us reflect on the Imperium.

Apparently, if you’ve been paying attention to the Internet, there’s a new movie about some kind of war among the stars that’s recently hit theatres. It is performing incredibly well, taking in half a billion dollars so far, and that’s with barely more than a week. One can hardly argue that it’s a success–but is it good for the Imperium? After all, a movie about psykers rebelling against an Empire is hardly the sort of picture that will honor the Golden Throne.

So, with that in mind,  we thought we’d try and find movies that really make the Imperium shine for what it truly is: the rightful seat of humanity.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

First of all, it’s right there in the title. And this movie opens with a traitor-fortress being destroyed by Imperial war machines. It’s hard to argue with the strength of the Imperial forces here, though, as far as honoring the Emperor, this one is fairly weak. Their Emperor is a frail man, more akin to Malcador the Sigilite.

Star Wars: The Attack of the Clones

Aha, as we go through the movies, we get more into the spirit of things. Here we have a movie that showcases an army of genetically enhanced soldiers fighting in the name of an Emperor who ordered their creation. And, bonus points, this movie is all about the purging of Xenos. There’s an entire battle sequence dedicated to filthy Xenos getting cut down in droves. Aside from prayers to Emperor.

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith


This movie is all about the ascension of an emperor, who is clearly a powerful psyker just trying to defeat those who would oppose him. This time the Imperial forces showcase their might, slaying traitor and xenos alike when Order 66 is given,  which just goes to show the benefit of proper planning.

Starship Troopers

Also thought of as an Imperial Infantryman’s Uplifting Recruitment Vid–this movie is all about citizen soldiers dying in order to grease the wheels of civilization. They never question orders, nor wonder at the tactical or logistical decisions made by high command. This movie is exemplary in every way, and should be required viewing, with the understanding of course that any “bugs” featured in the movie are threats made up to enhance the drama of the film. No real spacefaring insect could ever be that deadly, and you have nothing to worry about.


This one is a slice of Imperial life. Pulled straight from the files of the Administorum, Brazil showcases why the citizens of the Empire need order.


Similarly, this film showcases the benevolence of an all powerful Emperor, and the staff who make running an Empire an easy task. Aside from the brief moment where people are shown to have heretical thoughts, this is the perfect film for any and all in the Imperium.


Well there you have it folks–a list of vids you can watch without being labeled a traitor or a heretic. Please keep these in mind over your Candlemas break.

What’s your favorite film that showcases the Empire?

Author: J.R. Zambrano
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