Every Lightsaber Fight in the ‘Star Wars’ Franchise, Ranked from Worst to Best

     March 18, 2020

By now, fans know the story of Star Wars beat for beat, but it’s also always been a franchise equally built on its iconography. The names, the images, the sounds. And as far back as I can remember, nothing has defined Star Wars more than the whooshing, whirring hum of a lightsaber. “The weapon of a Jedi Knight,” Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) says in A New Hope. “Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon from a more civilized age.”

Boy, have those weapons been featured in many scenes both elegant and clumsy. Lightsaber duels are often the centerpiece of a Star Wars film, and that means iconic, classic moments mixed in with a few swing-and-a-miss duds. So, naturally, we’ve ranked them all.

Four quick things before we begin:

  1. This list contains three spoilery sections from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, so lightspeed skip on outta here if you haven’t seen the film yet.
  2. To be included, a scene had to feature participants fighting each other with lightsabers, not just using a lightsaber in a fight. I extend my deepest regrets to Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Jango Fett. (Of course, I also threw this rule out the window several times on this list. I regret nothing.)
  3. I didn’t include any scenes from Clone Wars or Rebels. Dave Filoni‘s animated universe is wonderful, but this list does not need to be 150 entries long.
  4. I also did not include Darth Vader’s appearance from Rogue One. That scene objectively whips an indescribable amount of ass, but calling it a “fight” is like saying the Death Star had an intellectual debate with Alderaan. Apologies if this offends.

With all that out of the way, let’s get into it.

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