Top 10 Best Star Wars Lightsaber Duels

The Top Ten
1 Obi-Wan 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.

One the most incredible duals in Star Wars and cinema history saving the complete mess of the prequels. The dialogue once again is not the best, however Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen completely make up for with incredible displays of acting getting though all the emotion involved in the dual.
The set up is absolutely epic, lava and big massive tall structures make it a great spectical and is a fitting way to finally see Anakin turn the dark side.
It is also the most emotionally driven fight between Anakin and his master, McGregor really showing us how hard it was for Obi Wan to try to kill Skywalker, the look on his face at the end haunts me every time a see it, it's truly chilling. And of cause who can forget Mr Kenobi telling Anakin he failed him, before his (once again) chilling 'speech' at the end, Him shouting 'You were the chosen one, you were meant to destroy the sith not join them! ' (Of course later he does destroy the sith). And Anakin screaming 'I HATE YOU! ' ...more

Combining the incredible music (Battle of the Heroes/ Anakin vs. Obi-Wan), emotion and sadness (Padawan turned dark vs. his former master), and the incredible backstory and what we know happens next (the famous Darth Vader suit), the sheer intensity and speed and power of the two, plus the amazing dialogue, add in "I have the high ground." and the fact that this duel (along with Sidious vs. Yoda) would end up deciding the fate of the galaxy, and BOOM you've got the greatest Star Wars lightsaber duel of all time.

Obi Wan and Anakin's duel was the longest, aggressive, and dramatic scene in Star Wars. This battle had a big meaning to it because it set the tone for the original trilogy. I think that this battle is the best because it really showed how much obi wan cared for anakin and how big of a mistake that Anakin had made becoming a Sith Lord.

2 Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon vs. Darth Maul

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 double saber grabbed everyone's attention. Everyone loved how Maul was twirling it around and holding off 2 Jedi at once, considering he was only an apprentice and he was fending off a master and a padawan. Maul definitely had some tricks up his sleeve, like separating the master and the padawan. I do have to say, this being the first movie of the lot I watched, I was really hoping for the sith to destroy both jedi. Epic battle with a decent paced saber action.

This the duel with the best narrative arc. The unbridalled aggression and consumate skill of Darth Maul against the calm intensity of the Jedi and his young apprentice. The scenes where Quigon and Obiwan are separated create a dramatic tension that is not equalled in any other duels. Darth Maul fatally wounds Quigon and paces back and forth like a predator appraising his prey, as young Obiwan tries to get it together while the force-field still separates them... Great moment.

Although I think that for its relevance, TESB's Luke/Vader duel could split the #1 spot with TFM's Obi-Wan/Jinn/Maul one, this is THE duel (thinking for the scene itself, less than for its importance for the story). by the way, the theme song "Duel of The Fates" is one of the best piece of film scores of all time. Actually, it was one of the things that made the prequel trilogy acceptable for me.

3 Luke vs. Darth Vader (Episode 5)

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.

The stakes are higher in this battle as Luke battles Dark Vader for the first time. The setting and the dark lighting are what makes this battle great, also with most famous Star War's line being said at the end. The sword fighting seems more realistic, and better choreographed.#1 on my list.

This is the best after Yoda vs Palpatine. The best Star Wars movie must have a great fight. It may have been unfair because Luke was a Jedi apprentice and Vader was a Sith lord but then so was Anakin vs Dooku. It was a great fight with a dark touch and should at least be a spot higher.

This duel was a duel that is always remembered and went down amazingly in Star Wars history. It was suspenceful, intense and even quite omninous at times. The reveal of the secret, the amazing acrobatics and everything contrivutes to this amazing fight. It shows the struggle between the Dark and the Light and even the ugly truth that the Light isn't always the successor (ugly truth, I know...) The stakes are so high, the music is tense and it makes for a perfect scene for an incredible movie.

4 Luke vs. Darth Vader (Episode 6)

This is the best lightsaber duel in the Star Wars franchise due to how emotional and climactic it was. Unlike in The Empire Strikes Back, we see a battle between two equals here as Luke has finished his training and is now ready to confront his father. Add in the ultimate puppet-master, Emperor Palpatine, watching from his throne, goading Luke and Darth Vader into a fight to the death, and you have so much tension that you can cut it with a knife! This duel isn't just the best lightsaber duel, but its conclusion is also one of the most powerful moments in the Star Wars franchise.

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.

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...

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.

5 Yoda vs. The Emperor

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!

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

Before this moment, we don't see our little green friend get out of the temple much (except once or twice in the clone wars animated series, which are great). It's awesome to see him flipping around, being that his opponent is nearly 3 times his height. Sidious is awesome too, I would say this scene lacked suspense and the ability to grab the full attention of the audience, as anakin vs obi wan did.

The most powerful Jedi, Yoda battles the most powerful Sith, Darth Sidious. Their lightsaber duel becomes a force-battle. None get the edge and Yoda is forced to flee knowing that he could not defeat Sidious with The Empire at his fingertips.

6 Yoda vs. Count Dooku

The fourth best battle (behind Obi-Wan and Anakin and the two Luke/vaders) is mind blowing. I mean Yoda jumping around while swinging his light Saber like crazy is truly awesome.

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

People hate this light saber scene for no apparent reason. I hated episode II but this scenes was still awesome.

Very awesome/hilarious fight scene.

7 Obi-Wan vs. General Grievous

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.

8 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.

The coolest, Mace windu is 3rd best Star Wars Character vs. Emperor Palpatine who is second worst character (Tarkin is worse)... Mace Windu should of won, but might have survived while getting shot down, falling on a speeding car

I would believe Palpatine a.k.a DARTH SIDIOUS was almost the far most skilled lightsaber user almost of all time that he was at his best almost in revenge of the sith movie but hey maybe its just me thinking that.

The fight itself isn't even the best part, it's the pre-fight dialogue by Palp. I do find it sad this is how Kit Fisto does though

9 Obi-Wan and Anakin vs. Count Dooku (Episode 3)

Amazing fight honestly

10 Obi-Wan vs. Darth Vader

For all those who don't remember, this is the very first light saber duel. It is definitely old school, but had every kid playing light saber with a stick and making the noise in the 70's.

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.

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.

It was good during its time but now, compared to the others (especially the prequel duels) it's not as great and definitely doesn't deserve its Top Ten spot...

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.

Rey is a total badass. Why don't people understand how she beat Kylo? He was wounded, AND he's not fully trained. And it's not like she never used a weapon before. You saw her fight with a staff on Jakku, otherwise, how would she have survived all those years if she didn't know how to fight? How is this duel not even in the top five?

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.

After this incredible, creepy, and intense fight to where is teases Finn fighting Kylo but instead it is Rey fighting Kylo there was no turning back for any of them.

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!

Clone wars lightsaber duels shouldn't be on this list, otherwise they would be far higher. I assumed this list was just Star Wars films, we should have a separate list for cw and rebels

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

This dual was awesome I was amazed that Darth sidious was in the clone wars. it was was like the best Deal in the star wars saga

13 Rey and Kylo Ren vs. Praetorian Guards

It was awesome. This fight was a combination of the great fight choreography of the prequels, and the raw emotion of the originals. It is probably my favourite Star Wars Fight. What else is there to say?

I'm not a huge fan of the new trilogy, but I have to give them credit where they earned it. This scene was amazing. I loved this fight.

For your money, you're not gonna find a more surprising, emotional, and well-choreographed fight.

I love how well this seen is choreographed and that lightsaber catch kill is AWESOME

14 Luke vs. Kylo Ren (Episode 8)

Awesome fight because Luke tricks ("distracts") Kylo into thinking he is actually there (but Luke isn't) so that the Resistance could escape. Great way to end Luke because technically Kylo doesn't kill him, but rather Luke allows Rey to become the Last Jedi as he becomes one with the force along with his father and all the other jedi. "Strike me down in anger and I'll always be with you. Just like your father"-Luke

15 Asajj Ventress and Obi-Wan vs. Savage and Darth Maul

I love how they team up

16 Obi-Wan 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!

What about Yoda? He was in that fight! At least he gave him credit.

Cool battle but could have been way better.

17 Ventress and Savage vs. Dooku

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

18 Mace Windu vs. Sidious

Mace Windu was weak in this fight. I like him, but he's tougher than what he was portrayed in this movie.

Starts out with tons of Jedi, but then, just Windu.

19 Darth Vader vs. Ahsoka Tano

Come on, are you guys crazy? Even though Rebels falls short to the Clone Wars, there's no duel, in any Star Wars media, that matches this one. The emotion between the two, the part where (SPOILERS) Vader's masked is slashed and we hear Anakin's voice...it's all just stunning.

Definitely top 10 for me. One of the most emotional duals in all my of Star Wars

How the hell is this not in the Top 10!

We all knew it would come to this...

20 Ahsoka Tano vs. Darth Maul
21 Darth Malgus vs. Satele Shan
22 General Grievous vs. Jedi (Clone Wars 2003)
23 Qui-Gon vs. Darth Maul

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

24 Anakin vs. Asajj Ventress

An intense action filled Saber duel but it lacked style (like from Ep. I)

25 Kit Fist vs. General Grievous

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

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