Top 10 Memorable Lightsaber Battles in Star Wars
Of all the promises made to the fans for the new "Star Wars" one thing is clear: there's going to be lightsaber battles. So, before the new film adds its own duels to the saga, let’s take a moment and revisit the lightsaber battles of the past.
10. Obi-Wan Kenobi vs General Grievous - Revenge of the Sith
As the Jedi’s premiere swordsman, Obi-Wan faces down the droid-organic hybrid Grievous with confidence and aplomb, even though the General fearsomely brandishes four lightsabers taken from Jedi he's killed.
9. Obi-Wan vs Darth Vader - A New Hope
The somewhat anti-climactic duel between Obi-Wan and Vader is often touted by many fans as the worst lightsaber fight in history.
However, in 1978, it blew a lot of minds. The movie’s strong mix of sound, special effects, and imagery had birthed an instant classic.
8. Anakin & Obi-Wan vs Count Dooku - Revenge of the Sith
The last time they faced him, the dark lord practically crushed both Jedi, but this time Anakin gets the upper-hand.
Anakin is then torn between his desire for revenge and what he knows is right. Goaded by Palpatine he cuts Dooku’s head off and takes his first major step toward the dark side.
7. Yoda vs Count Dooku - Attack of the Clones
Equally matched in energy manipulation, Yoda and Dooku must engage in a fast and furious physical fight.
Unfortunately, Dooku’s distracting attempt to kill Obi-Wan and Anakin allows the Sith Lord to escape, turning this grudge match into a draw.
6. Qui-Gon Jinn vs Darth Maul - The Phantom Menace
With nothing more than half a dozen lines and very little screen time, Darth Maul casts a very memorable shadow. His duel with Qui-Gon in the desert might be the shortest duel in the Star Wars saga, but it didn’t disappoint.
5. Mace Windu vs Palpatine - Revenge of the Sith
This is a very short duel, but it packs an explosive charge of storytelling. Palpatine finally reveals his true form, cutting through Jedi knights with his own lightsaber before facing off with Mace.
4. Luke vs Darth Vader - The Return of the Jedi
For so many growing up in the 80s and 90s, the last duel between Luke and Vader served as an archetype for the ultimate showdown between good and evil. It remains watchable even the hundredth time around.
3. Anakin Skywalker vs Obi-Wan Kenobi - Revenge of the Sith
This is the one we’ve been waiting for: Obi-Wan at the height of his skill, Anakin embracing the Dark Side, both knowing “the Chosen One” has started down a path of no return.
2. Luke vs Darth Vader - The Empire Strikes Back
Other battles may be flashier or staged on a grander scale, but among all six episodes no lightsaber exchange combines as many dramatic elements to such thrilling effect.
1. Duel of the Fates
No one will ever forget the hanger doors pealing back, leaving only Maul standing in the doorway; the deliberate way he drops the hood, revealing his crown of horns, or how he changed Star Wars history with a double-bladed lightsaber.