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Star Wars: The 8 best lightsaber duels of all-time

NOTE: This post was updated on January 18, 2018.

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story approaching, the team at Pure Fandom is taking the week to celebrate all things Star Wars. Fueling our hopes of a lightsaber duel in Rogue One, (it’s not a Star Wars film without a lightsaber duel, for real), we are taking a look back at the best lightsaber duels of all-time across the film franchise.

Let’s break it down! (In no particular order)

1. Darth Maul vs Obi Wan Kenobi and Qui Gon Ginn, Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Let’s be real, this was the only good part about this film (aside of Qui-Gon’s death, #GoneTooSoon)

2. Kylo Ren/Ben Solo vs Rey, Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Rey’s ability to completely own Kylo further confirms our Chosen One theory.

3. Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader, Episode V: Empire Strikes Back

What else can we say except that this is one of the most infamous movie scenes of all time. #LukeIAmYourFather

4. Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Luke and Vader, part deux!

5. Mace Windu vs Senator Palpatine/Darth Sidius, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

All we can say is, Mace Windu could totally survive that fall. Bring back Windu!

6. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker vs Count Dooku, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

For a prequel fight, this one wasn’t that bad.

7. Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Maul, Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Maul is so boss, his hood doesn’t even fall down while he fights.

8. Anakin Skywalker vs Obi-Wan Kenobi, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Aside of the terrible Padme/Anakin dialogue, this fight scene is pretty legit.

Bonus Round: Force Lightning

Darth Vader vs Darth Sidius, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Yoda vs Senator Palpatine/Darth Sidius

Yoda vs Count Dooku

Honorable Mention: Alec Guinness

Honorable Mention: Rogue One

We’re including Darth Vader’s scene from Rogue One, because OBVIOUSLY.


Sound off with your favorite fight scene in the comments, and head to our Force Zone for more Star Wars news.

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