For all the midi-chlorians and increasingly-ridiculous tie-in merchandise, there's one thing that can never be taken away from George Lucas; he created Star Wars. Whatever you think about how his career progressed, he did still invent the world that inspired generations, developing the epic family story of the Skywalkers (well, the first six chapters at least) and bringing them gloriously to the big screen. The films are, as he stated alongside some rather poor words about Disney recently, like his kids. But, flying in the face of auteur theory, he wasn't the only key creative behind the saga. Movie-making is, and always has been, a highly collaborative artform, and Star Wars shows that to a crazy extent. In fact, when you break down the development of Star Wars and look at what made the movies the classic masterpieces they are now regarded as, George Lucas wasn't really the real key to their greatness. There's no denying that Lucas was essential in the genesis of Star Wars - he created the damn thing and without his passion the movies would never have been made - but making them cultural icons (rather than just solid 70's sci-fi) is really the work of a selection of other individuals. Here are the eight people who really made Star Wars great.