The lightsabers are one of the most well-known aspects of the Star Wars saga. Jedi Knights and Sith Lords generally carry lightsabers, which are laser swords fueled by kyber crystals. They’re made by Jedi/Sith and available in a number of hues, the most common of which are blue, green, and red. These sabers are used to deflect blaster fire, but they’re best seen when they collide, generating bursts of light and noises that only lightsabers can generate.
There have been several lightsaber battles between good and evil, as well as between evil and evil, as shown in The Clone Wars when Dooku betrays Asajj Ventress. However, not every lightsaber fight sequence is memorable, as seen by the struggle between Rey and Kylo Ren in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, which lacked emotional weight – which is probably the most important aspect of any great combat. Regardless, the Star Wars franchise’s lightsaber duel sequence has become a visual and narrative landmark. As a result, we’ve listed the top lightsaber combat sequences from movies.
8. Obi-Wan versus Darth Vader in A New Hope
The combat between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader in A New Hope is the first lightsaber battle ever shown in the Star Wars saga. As Obi-Wan spoke about his own history with Vader, the audience was eagerly anticipating this fight. Obi-Wan was vanquished and his body vanished, leaving just his robes behind, indicating that this was a good fight. While this historic combat is remarkable, its shortness is the one serious flaw. The battle is over way too fast for us to witness Vader and Obi-abilities. Wan’s however, its brevity serves as a reminder of Obi-age Wan’s and how it has impacted his lightsaber abilities.
7. Yoda versus Darth Sidious in Revenge of the Sith
The duel between Yoda and Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in Revenge of the Sith is yet another widely anticipated encounter in the Star Wars universe. When it is found that Supreme Chancellor Palpatine is a Sith Lord, the Jedi Temple is besieged and Order 66 is carried out in order for Darth Sidious to wipe out the Jedi Order. Yoda faces Sidious as he returns to Coruscant, and the two fight a struggle for the ages. As the conflict progresses, the two utilize their lightsabers and force lightning to go from the chancellor’s office to the senate hall, where they take advantage of the moving platforms. In the end, Yoda barely makes it out alive and confesses defeat, exiling himself for failing to destroy the Sith Lord.
6. Count Dooku versus Anakin and Obi-Wan in Attack of the Clones
The action sequences in Attack of the Clones are many, with the majority of them leading up to the final showdown between Count Dooku and Anakin and Obi-Wan. We get a sense of Dooku’s real might the first time we see Anakin confront a Sith Lord, albeit he is not alone, as he quickly overtakes both Jedi, demonstrating how powerful and well-trained he is. Obi-Wan gets knocked out of the fight early on, leaving Anakin to confront Dooku on his own. While it’s exciting to witness such a well-choreographed combat, Anakin becomes cocky and loses his arm.
5. Luke Skywalker versus Darth Vader in Empire Strikes Back
Empire Strikes Back, often regarded as the finest film in the Star Wars franchise, highlights the Empire’s ruthlessness when Vader captures the group at Cloud City. Not only does Han become imprisoned in carbonite, but Luke also finally encounters Darth Vader after years of preparing and waiting for the opportunity to defeat the Sith Lord. As Luke attempts to contain his rage at Vader for murdering Obi-Wan, this combat is fueled by passion. Luke is no match for Darth Vader, despite his efforts and Yoda‘s teaching, and Luke loses his hand, only to realize that Darth Vader is his father, Anakin Skywalker.
4. Yoda versus Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones
For the first time, we see Yoda in action in Attack of the Clones. Yoda appears after Dooku defeats Obi-Wan and Anakin, to face Dooku and prevent him from escaping. Not only is this the first time we’ve seen Yoda use a lightsaber, but it’s also the first time we’ve seen a combat between Master and Apprentice, as Dooku was once Yoda‘s Padawan. While some have complained that George Lucas overdid the CGI in this sequence, we witness how the very elderly Yoda uses the force to build himself up so that he can battle to the best of his abilities. While Dooku pulls down boulders and equipment on Anakin and Obi-Wan at the end of the battle, Yoda rescues them from being crushed while Dooku flees.
3. Luke Skywalker versus Darth Vader & Darth Sidious in Return of the Jedi
The combat in Return of the Jedi is very different from the confrontation between Vader and Skywalker in Empire Strikes Back. Luke has not only become a well-trained Jedi with better emotional control, but he has also improved his lightsaber abilities and defeated Darth Vader, capturing Vader‘s hand in the process. Following this, Luke confronts the Emperor and declares that he will never join the Dark Side. As Luke cries out for his father’s aid, Vader takes the Emperor and throws him from the balcony, sacrificing himself for his only son.
2. Darth Maul versus Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan in The Phantom Menace
The epic combat between Qui-Gon Jinn, his young Padawan Obi-Wan, and the Sith Lord Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace, which also saw the debut of the dual-ended lightsaber, is one of the franchise’s finest lightsaber duels. This action was not only well-choreographed, but it was a delight to behold as Darth Maul took on two Jedi with ease, thanks to the martial arts abilities of Ray Park, who portrayed the part of Darth Maul. Unfortunately, Qui-Gon is killed in this combat, but it allows Obi-Wan to perfect his skills and beat Darth Maul, which would later come back to haunt him.
1. Anakin versus Obi-Wan in Revenge of the Sith
The very dramatic duel between Anakin and his old Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith is at the top of our list. Obi-Wan comes with Padme on the scorching lava planet of Mustafar and challenges Anakin. Anakin, driven far into the dark side, chokes Padme when he feels she has betrayed him. Obi-Wan recognizes, after witnessing Anakin‘s conduct, that he is no longer the Padawan he taught, but a monster tempted by the Dark Side. The two face off in the greatest fight in Star Wars history.