Top Ten Star Wars Fight Scenes

by: Matthew J.R. Kohler

For almost forty years, the Star Wars franchise has produced several iconic fight scenes.  From the original trilogy to Star Wars: Rebels, we dive into ten the ten best fight scenes.  Enjoy!

10.) Jedi versus Sith (Star Wars: The Old Republic)

One of the best video game cutscenes I’ve ever seen, and a main reason why I picked up “The Old Republic”.  This scene demonstrates that the battle between Sith and the Jedi is ongoing.  The difference (difference from what?) is that both sides are in control.  For the first time, we got to see what The Old Republic wars were like.  If only the rest of the game were as good as this.

09.) General Grievous versus Ki Adi Mundi and Shak Ti (Star Wars: Clone Wars)

If you feel that Grievous was too weak in Revenge of the Sith and the newer animated show Star Wars: The Clone Wars (I know, it’s confusing), then this is the fight scene for you.  In this version, Grievous was a force to be reckoned with.  Not only is he able to take on four Jedi at once, but later is able to stand toe to toe with Mace Windu (that is until Windu destroys his voice box).  This fight might not be enjoyed by the masses, but this scene was a unique take on the Grievous character.

08.) Kit Fisto versus General Grievous (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

The first fight scene in Star Wars: The Clone Wars that made me a believer of the show.  Beforehand, we had never seen Fisto fight (except for briefly in Revenge of the Sith), but now we not only see him in action but also take total control over Grievous.  From death traps to fighting five opponents, the true extent of his skills is on full display here.

07.) Darth Maul versus Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Ginn (The Phantom Menace)

The only good (and saddest) thing to come out of the prequel trilogy.  From the awesome shot of the doors opening to reveal Darth Maul, to his absolute domination of the two Jedi, you get to see other styles of the Sith at work here.  The best part of the fight scene is when Obi-Wan and Maul face off.  The speed heightens to an edge-of-your-seat level, and shows off the two young warriors’ skills.  The only thing that falls a little flat is how much better Maul actor Ray Park clearly is than the others.  At certain parts, he is so much faster that he, without a doubt, could have killed them.  (Or maybe Maul was there to never kill, and only stall?)

06.) Darth Maul and Savage Oppress versus Darth Sidious (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

This is the most emotional fight scene for me.  When Savage Oppress entered the universe in Season 3, I thought the show was ruined.  Then, I was blown away by the character.  When we first see Maul with Oppress, it’s very sad to see the state that Maul is in.  But, after one season, we see how much Maul has changed.  This arc explosively culminates when Maul and Oppress take on Darth Sidious.  What I liked about this fight was that they showed more of Sidious’ true power than ever before.  Oppress was very slow and technically choppy compared to the seasoned Darth Sidious.  This is shown at the end when Oppress meets his demise.

05.) Anakin Skywalker versus Asajj Ventress (Star Wars: Clone Wars)

The creator of Samurai Jack knows how to build up tension.  This fight scene does so perfectly.  From the rain hitting the lightsabers to the long anticipation for the next move, the suspense does justice to the final moments.  It was interesting to see Anakin turn more to the dark side in a battle.  Not only do you see him wield a red saber, but when he strikes down Asajj, images—in his mind—of Jedi are shown.  A fight scene should always have a point to it, and the one here is that Anakin had crossed the point of no return.

04.) Obi-Wan versus Darth Vader (Star Wars)

The most realistic fight scene in the Star Wars universe.  This fight makes sense because the two haven’t fought a formidable opponent in at least ten years.  Not only is Obi-Wan at a weaker state, but Vader is as well.  This is not about a lightsaber fight, but a duel they didn’t finish thirty years ago.  We all know if Obi-Wan was there for a duel, the fight would have been longer.  Obi-Wan had another plan, though.  He was there to say goodbye to Luke and Vader.  He knew that his time was up, and that it was time for Luke to take on the Empire.

03.) Darth Maul versus Pre Vizsla (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

This scene perfectly shows Maul’s ruthlessness, and how awesome bounty hunters are. Not only that, you get to see how a Mandalorian would fight a Jedi.  From the dark saber to flamethrowers, Pre Vizla shows he is the real deal.  The thing that I love most about this fight is how brilliant Maul is.  In the film, we only saw him fight.  In this show, we see him use his brains to take control of Mandalore.  And Maul’s rise is one of the best parts of Clone Wars.

02.) Darth Vader versus Luke Skywalker (The Empire Strikes Back)

It’s pretty easy to see why this fight is so high on this list.  (And it is not only because of its shocking moment and highly quotable lines.)  This fight also demonstrates how unprepared Luke really was.  At first, you think he might stand a chance, then you see that Vader is testing him, and is much more powerful than we thought.  The best part of the duel, however, is the suspense, something that the prequel fights generally lacked.  Vader vs. Luke was the first actual duel we ever got to see in the universe, and the suspense 100% emphasizes that.  Vader’s slow lightsaber draw, as well as his continual distraction of Luke with taunts, makes the clashing of their light sabers more and more exciting each time.

01.) Darth Vader versus Luke Skywalker (Return of the Jedi)

The scene that utilizes every element the best.  The music, lighting, and actions all sync up beautifully.  This fight tells the perfect story.  Actually, two stories occur here: the emperor is trying to convert Luke to the dark side; and Luke is trying to convert Vader to the light.  The stories climax when Vader tells Luke about his sister.  Luke explodes and beats Vader with rage.  Luke realizes his fault, and beats the Emperor by refusing the Emperor’s demands to kill Vader.  Like Episode V, the suspense is in full effect.  Everyone wanted to see the final duel between these two giants, but I don’t think anyone expected the Emperor to step in.  For the first time, we got to see the full power of the dark side!

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