Top 10 Lightsaber Duels in the Star Wars Saga

Surprise! Bonus Top 10 list this week.  People who don’t like Star Wars are probably really tired of hearing about it but I am not apologizing.  I love it so I’m focusing my posts on it this week.  This week’s bonus is this list of my favorite lightsaber duels in the Star Wars movies (with videos).  They really are some of the coolest fights every put on film.  Everything is better with lightsabers. Want proof? Check out this clip (potential Game of Thrones spoiler). It won’t let me embed it so click on the link.  But it shows lightsabers do indeed make everything better.  Anyway let’s get to the actual list here. Fair warning- plenty of spoilers in here.

10. Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. General Grievous

– This fight has potential with the idea of using 4 lightsabers at once, but the fact he loses two of them almost immediately ruins it a little for me.  Also, what’s with Obi Wan’s weird pointy hand thing?

9. First Fight Between Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Maul

– This one bumped Mace Windu vs. the Emperor off the list.  It’s short but effective.  It’s our first look at these two fighting and the sand covering things up makes it pretty cool looking.

8. Yoda vs. the Emperor

– I still am not a huge fan of watching the CGI Yoda fighting.  But this fight is much better than the one he has against Count Dooku in Episode 2.  Even though he quits too early.

7. Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker vs. Count Dooku: Revenge of the Sith

– The first half of the fight is dumb and uses too much bad CGI, but once it turns to just Anakin fighting, it gets good.

6. Obi-Wan and Anakin vs. Count Dooku: Attack of the Clones

– This one gets the edge over the rematch because of Anakin wielding 2 lightsabers (even though that ends too quickly) and because of the blue and red flashes in front of his face at the end.  Plus there’s less bad CGI. (first half of the video).

5. Obi-Wan vs. Anakin

– This could have been so much better, but it looks too choreographed and goes on way too long.  Most of it is still pretty great though.

4. Obi-Wan vs. Darth Vader

– Although its a slower fight, it’s the first time we ever see one, and you can feel the long history between these two.

3. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan vs. Darth Maul

– By far the best part of this movie, this duel is amazing.  Everything from the way the fight looks, to the non-lightsaber blows, to the score is awesome.

2. Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader: Return of the Jedi

– The culmination of the series and the final fight between these two is one of the best.  You get Luke losing control a bit at the end before reigning himself back in, which I think is a great addition.

  1. Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader: Empire Strikes Back
    – Obviously, this takes number one.  It doesn’t feel choreographed at all and you get the feeling Luke is overmatched despite holding his own.  Plus at the end you get one of the best movie reveals ever.
What do you guys think? Which fights would you have at the top? Let me know what you think in the comments.
This week’s other Top 10 list: Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies