Top Ten Star Wars Lightsaber Duels


The Top Ten

1 Obiwan Vs Anakin

The top Star Wars movie of all 6, it makes sense that it also has the best duel. A compelling story that began in episode 1 builds up to the ultimate mystery of how Anakin became encased in Darth Vader. An intense, heated, emotional duel between Anakin and his former master/best friend is the best way it could've happened. This duel is the main thing that makes Episode 3 the most emotional Star Wars film, ending in sadness and disparity as the Empire rises and the evil Palpatine's plan succeeds. Vader's life supporting armor made him feared by the galaxy for years to come, thanks to his awesome, but sad duel against Obi-Wan.

Absolutely an epic battle. We watch as the chosen one falls from grace only to later prove that he is the hero he was destined to become as he defeats the sith, brings balance to the force and redeems himself all the way back from the dark side.

This is the most awesome and dramatic battle in the saga you can see Obi Wan's sorrow in fighting his beloved pupil and their relationship being destroyed as Anakin descends into madness over saving Padme and attacks Obi-Wan viciously and all the things Obi-Wan taught him is used against Obi-Wan! Plus, it's really epic with them dueling on the mining platform and Anakin saying "I HATE YOU! " as he is burned to a crisp. The feels man!

This is definitely the climax of the prequels. One of the best scenes. - moore770

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2 Obiwan and Quigon Vs Darth Maul

COME ON, PEOPLE! With Darth Maul flipping around, twirling his lightsaber at blinding speed, and kicking his opponents in the head, how can you not vote for him? And Quigon being able to withstand him for so long! It's so cool!

this tied with obi wan vs anakin - moose4life19

This is the most intense lightsaber action in the trilogy, mostly because they were constantly fighting while a lot of Anakin vs. Obi Wan was spent swinging on ropes, floating on platforms, etc. But I can't say I like Darth Maul in any way. I mean, he ruined Obi Wan's life! 1st in the phantom menace he killed Qui Gon, forcing Obi Wan to train Anakin while cope with his master's death and not being totally prepared for either, as well as kill his close friend Duchess Satine in clone wars. But I have to admit, the first time I saw Obi Wan behind the red shield, it was VERY intense.

The most entertaining duel of them all. Not as impactfull as the other duels, but simply the most fun to watch. Obi vs Anakin is a very close second.

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3 Luke Vs Darth Vader (Episode 5)

Epic. THE most intense experience I have ever had watching a movie. The dialogue and the music are minimalistic, the fighting isn't as flashy as the prequels, but we're emotionally connected to this duel in a way that really doesn't compare to any of the others.

I love the Darth Maul and Anakin/Obi Wan fights but man this one just surpasses them both. It's not the flashiest but what makes it awesome is that it doesn't have to be. After two amazing movies-worth of buildup we finally see these two duel and that's why it's so awesome! The lighting, atmosphere, sounds, and overall intensity makes this fight heart-pounding and epic. And to top it all off, we get the BEST TWIST OF ALL TIME. What else is there to say

The best duel by far. It was dark and ominous from the beginning. When I saw it as a kid, I thought Luke would win because the good guys always win. Right? Wrong! When Vader cut off his hand I thought it couldn't get any more shocking. Not! Vader's words cut even deeper than did his lightsaber. In real life Luke would have needed therapy after this encounter. The greatest reveal in the history of cinema, in the greatest film of the Star Wars franchise.

I am your father!

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4 Luke Vs Darth Vader (Episode 6)

Very Underrated. V's Duel was Longer but VI's Duel had far more meaning and emotional depth. Luke's goal is to Redeem Vader not kill him. The main goal in actuality besides winning is to Not Fall to the Dark Side rather than win. Awesome really - kristianklepes

I love this duel, it is one of the most emotional duels in the entire saga. One of the best parts is when Darth Vader threatens to turn Leia to the dark side and then Luke loses his temper and unleashes all of his anger out on him. My favourite part is when Vader destroys the Emperor and we finally get to see the real person behind the mask...

This duel is emotional and it's also very powerful because it ends in Darth vader and the Emperors' deaths. It also is shows Luke's progress as a jedi, because you can see that he is far more powerful in this duel than in his duel with Darth Vader in the previous movie. I also love how Luke is willing to fight his father so that he can become a Jedi and he stayed loyal to the light side until the end.

The eerie music, deep emotions, awesome camera shots and the red and green lightsaber swinging around in the darkness make this scene the best lightsaber duel. Qui gon jin and obi wan come vs darth maul come second and then anakin vs obiwan and yoda vs sidious are 3rd and fourth. Finn and Rey vs Kylo Ren come last no matter what.

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5 Yoda Vs The Emperor

This is the one time I will defend the Darth Maul lightsaber scene to whoever below claimed it was a "choreographed dance off." Yes, in a way, it was. But seriously the amount of training the actors had to go through, and re shooting is just crazy. And also, in a way, much more emotional than some scenes in the original trilogy. It depicts a scene in which Obi Wan and Qui Gon are battaling the first with in over 1000 years. Once Qui Gon is struck down, it shows Obi Wan being able to hold his ground, and fight back his dark thoughts. After Darth Maul is defeated, it shows a bitter sweet exchange between master and apprentice, and as they say their last goodbyes the thought looms over them both that Obi Wan will have to train Anakin, whether he is ready to or not. In my opinion, this entire scene is the perfect balance between emotion and action, while in Darth Vadar vs Luke episode 6, It mostly just talks about vadar overcoming the dark side (which Obi Wan did) and Luke redeeming him. ...more

Stupid duel. If Yoda can flip around like a stupid acrobat while fighting the Emperor on the same day Luke was born, then how come he barely moves in ESB when Luke's like twenty-something. Even if Yoda's species has this weird aging process, the fight is still boring. Other than the Darth Maul battle (which still only gets a 6/10 in my opinion), all lightsaber duels in the prequel trilogy are stupid, choreographed, dance offs. It's hard to feel emotional affected by each swing of the sword, when there's about 10 of them every second. Watch how many times one jedi gets an open opportunity to finish off the sith, but instead AIMS his lightsaber at the other's lightsaber, rather than slice the guy in half. In the ORIGINAL trilogy, each stab had meaning to it, was executed with purpose and strength. Luke and Vader took their time, aiming for weak spots and parrying each returning strike. It was much more fun to watch because you could actually FOLLOW the fight, rather than watch idiots ...more

This duel was between the leaders of the two greatest opposing and warring groups in history. Yoda, the greatest of all jedi, vs lord sidious, the greatest sith in the history of the dark side. You say lightsaber duel, waht should automatically pop into your head is this duel right here. Not only was it so greatly executed, but it was fought right in the heart of palpatine's newly created Empire. I mean, true Yoda got beat, but he went out with a literal BANG! Waht was even more stupendous was all the senatorial hover platforms palpatine hurled at Yoda. Just... The greatest lightsaber duel in Star Wars history... EVER!

Pure evil against the greatest jedi. The light and darkness for the rule of the galaxy. Allegories of the force

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6 Mace Windu vs The Emperor

While not quite the most intense fight on the list, the reason it is so high is that it is the first time we see Palpatine use a lightsaber, and at the theater, many people probably just blinked and by the time they opened their eyes, two Jedi Council members were dead. It is a great fight and displays how powerful Palpatine truly is. (Windu may have won, but I personally think that Palpatine let Mace beat him once he sensed Anakin coming) Perhaps the greatest part about this fight is that it is like poetry, mirroring the events of Return of the Jedi, but with a different outcome. - DarthZilla

Windu schooled Sidious... Woulda ended it all if not for Anakin.

Mace Windu is a boss.

))Mace Windu TOOK HIM DOWN (well, kind of...) - riki1234

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7 Yoda Vs Count Dooku

Shows how awesome Yoda is.

Very awesome/hilarious fight scene.

I think I split a lung from laughing so hard. Yoda bounced around like a flea on a hound dog! Still took Anakin to cut Dickhu's head off

The Yoda vs count dooko duel was good but not really good because it did not last very long but they did have some awesome dual's in the clone wars - jangofettisthebest

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8 Obiwan and Anakin Vs Count Dooku (Episode 3)

A step closer to the dark side

Good fight should be higher

This dual was good it was a shame that count dooko died because it world of been cool if he was in star wars rebels or episode 4 - jangofettisthebest

Yayy count Dooku is killed

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9 Obiwan Vs General Grievous

The most badass fight. Kiss my ass if you don't think so

General Grievous was at a disadvantage considering his weak condition and not having the Force but put up a great fight nevertheless.

Definitely not the most badass, but it was pretty intense. People tend to forget about this one.

Best for me because it was short enough and brutal

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10 Obiwan Vs Darth Vader

That part where Obi just disappears broke my childhood heart to pieces

I love this fight because of what Obi-Wan did to himself. Instead of trying to kill Vader, he let himself lose, but instead of being chopped in half, he disappeared as a Force Spirit.

This battle wasn't very good it was good at first but then it ended in a mater of seconds. - jangofettisthebest

He let himself get killed beacause he knew he could never defeat darth Vader, and if he did, the storm troopers would kill him anyway. So he let himself get killed so Luke, hansolo, and princess lea could escape the Death Star before darth Vader could catch and kill them.

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The Contenders

11 Kylo Ren vs Rey

This scene actually showed some realism to the fights unlike the prequels. The duels wouldn't be super flashy and super choreographed, they would be more gritty and slow. The fight also showed how Kylo was hurt and battling with his internal feelings. He was battling with the dark and the light. It also showed how Kylo isn't fully trained and that because of all of that combined that someone such as Rey could take him. Rey also had used her staff before so she'd at least be decent with a saber. Overall the fight was good.

To the people saying that the prequels are "choreographed and fake", all I can say is that the Jedi order at that point still existed, so the Jedi were being trained there entire lives to fight in such a way. Neither Kylo Ren, or Rey have that kind of training. - GrimmShady

This was an intense fight, but in reality Rey/Finn would have both died. They were fighting someone who was moderately trained, when they never even actually trained with one. They would have both died to Kylo Ren (Which would be a crappy death.)

A balance between old and new, I thought it showed off new visuals mixed with believable duel

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12 Darth Maul and Savage vs Darth Sidious

Oh come on! You can't tell me you like these crappy live-action fights compared to a CGI duel where they can do whatever they want without the restraints of physics!

God I loved this one. CGI was amazing. I mean, the most dynamic duo in the Star Wars against the evillest man in the galaxy? Love it

Why isn't this any higher? This is the best lightsaber duel ever made!

Great duel - EmperorPalpatine

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13 Asajj Ventress and Obi-Wan vs. Savage and Darth Maul
14 Ventress and Savage vs Dooku

This episode has a lot of bearing on it, which I love.

15 Darth Maul Vs Pre Vizsla
16 Obiwan and Anakin Vs Count Dooku (Episode 2)

Great duel. Anakin with 2 sabers vs. Dooku is the best part. One of the few duels that the bad guys prevail. Anakin gets his arm chopped off. Leads to another great duel. Awesome overall

Count Dooku takes down 2 of the most powerful jedi/sith then yoda comes in and schools that fool!

Worst duel in the entire movie franchise. Unless you count the one with just qui gin and maul. - Therandom

Cool battle but could have been way better.

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17 Qui Gonn vs Darth Maul

Epic battle should be top ten. Lots of action and wicked cool.

Epic battle at least Darth maul did not die he was sick - jangofettisthebest

Qui Gonn-Jinn should have won, but it was still amazing

18 Kit Fist vs General Grievous

Kit Fisto is my favorite jedi and general grievous iis awesome so it was just an awesome fight.

19 Adi Gallia and Obi-Wan vs Darth Maul and Savage
20 Darth Malgus vs Satele Shan

Not to many know about this one but it's very significant

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