The Star Wars films have captured the imagination of multiple generations of fans over the years. The stark contrast of good vs. evil, man vs. machine, and natural vs. unnatural in the story has enabled the films to become timeless. The deeply rooted themes simply strike a chord with people.
George Lucas has acknowledged that Joseph Campbell's The Hero With A Thousand Faces (1949) was a major influence on the development of Star Wars. I read the book in college as part of a cultural anthropology class and I remember this quote in particular:
The following interview with George Lucas highlights the influence of Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress.
Why does this matter? Because there is a hero inside all of us. Are you willing to hear the call when it comes? If so, it will put you far beyond your comfort zone. This is living.