Star Wars: 10 Best Lightsaber Battles In Movies

May the 4th be with you on this day as we celebrate the legacy of Star Wars by ranking the 10 best lightsaber battles in movies.

By Jesse Conner

Star Wars: Best Lightsaber Battles In Movies

© 20th Century Fox / courtesy Everett Collection

Celebrate with us, we hope you will. Today is the day that we celebrate George Lucas' spectacular franchise with Star Wars Day! With 3 trilogies, accumulating to 9 films so far, this franchise has found success with fans again and again. So, what's their secret? Is it the super cool costumes and production design? Or maybe it's the insane action? It's probably a multitude of things for a multitude of Star Wars fans, but what we like the best is the epic lightsaber battles. So, in honor of these legendary duels, we present to you 10 of the best lightsaber battles in movies from the Star Wars franchise.

#10: Mace Windu VS. Darth Sidious & Anakin Skywalker ('Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith)

Our first entry features a certain Jedi Master that you will definitely remember. Especially since he's the only one in the franchise lucky enough to wield the OG purple lightsaber. Mace Windu steps up to take on Chancellor Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious) and when the two begin to battle, Anakin Skywalker intervenes. But whose side does he choose?

#9: Finn & Rey VS. Kylo Ren ('Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens')

The next pick is from the latest trilogy and it has Finn and Rey taking on the newest leader of the First Order, Kylo Ren. Even with Finn coming at Kylo Ren with everything he has, it's still not enough. Will Rey be able to save the day?

#8: Yoda VS. Darth Sidious ('Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith')

We now introduce one of our favorite and oldest of the Jedi. The wisest and greenest Master of the Force, Yoda, will be taking on the one of the ugliest and most diabolical members of the Sith, Darth Sidious. Both of these warriors are quite evenly matched but only one will prevail.

#7: Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker VS. Count Dooku ('Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith')

The dynamic duo that we still wish existed, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, is going up against Count Dooku. With Obi-Wan's power, you'd think that he'd be the one leading the charge in this duel, but Count Dooku tosses him to the side like he's throwing a jacket on a chair. Anakin is the one who brings the battle to Dooku as the power grows within him. If given the chance, will Anakin end Count Dooku's life?

#6: Rey VS. Kylo Ren ('Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker')

Here we have the latest film in the Star Wars franchise, and we're given a rematch between Rey and Kylo Ren. What adds to the intensity of this battle is that it's happening in the middle of some massive waves crashing over these fighters. There's no question that Kylo Ren is powerful, and in this feat, he certainly seems to be overpowering Rey. Well, unless someone else summons their strength to help her out....

#5: Yoda VS. Count Dooku ('Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones')

As we make our way up the list, we begin to see some matchups of some seasoned veterans. Here for example, we have Master Yoda gearing up against Count Dooku. Though he may be at least 800 years old and probably even older, that doesn't stop Yoda from flipping into action with his green saber in hand. And we love hearing him call Dooku a "Padawan."

#4: Obi-Wan Kenobi VS. General Grievous ('Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith')

The reason this fight landed so far up on our list is because Obi-Wan Kenobi deserves a medal for taking on General Grievous, the robot with 4 arms and 4 lightsabers. We would have enough trouble as it is trying to avoid getting cut in half by one of those lightning rods - imagine trying to block/dodge 4 of them! Even though this battle involves more than just lightsabers, we needed to include it for the first part of the fight where Obi-Wan is killing it.

#3: Darth Vader VS. Luke Skywalker ('Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back')

This is the battle we're sure you've all been waiting to see. The classic good versus evil. Luke Skywalker versus Darth Vader. When even the most basic fan thinks about this franchise and names off their favorite characters that battle it out with sabers, these are the characters they choose. With Darth Vader's former mentor as Luke Skywalker's current mentor, this battle will not be an easy one to win for either side.

#2: Obi-Wan Kenobi & Qui-Gon Jinn VS. Darth Maul ('Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace')

Landing in second place is the epic battle between Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn against the Sith Lord with the doubled-edged sword, Darth Maul. This red-faced villain is the only one in the Star Wars franchise that has a double-sided lightsaber. The only other person we can think of with a similar saber is Kylo Ren's lightsaber that has light handles as well.

#1: Anakin Skywalker VS. Obi-Wan Kenobi ('Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith')

Finally, the showdown that we're fairly certain we can all agree is one of the best lightsaber battles from the Star Wars franchise, and in our opinion is THE best. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi taking on his apprentice Anakin Skywalker. From the very start of this battle, sparks immediately fly! The choreography for this fight alone must have been extremely difficult to master, but they execute it with flying colors. And this is probably the most emotional battle on our list as well.

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Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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