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Star Wars Lightsaber Battles Ranked

After re-watching the saga once again, I have decided to rank the many rlightsaber battles rrspread out across the six films. This wasn't an easy list to rmake, as most of them are all pretty rrawesome.
1John Williams
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Anakin Skywalker vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar Obviously my first pick. The emotion, the ferocity, the entire student vs. master battle with the perfect backdrop of the raging lava planet made for the best lightsaber battle of the entire saga. You can feel the pain that Obi-Wan is feeling as his former student is consumed by his anger and hate, and everything is made even more tragic in the fact that Anakin believes that the only way to save his wife is by destroying anyone who gets in his way, even his best friend and former master. The conclusion on the banks of the lava river is one of the most gut- wrenching of all six films.
2John Williams
Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader on Cloud City Arguably the most iconic lightsaber duel of the entire saga and the best of the original trilogy battles. We all were waiting for this climatic showdown, and it was an example of Vader's overwhelming power in battle as he easily overwhelms his son and breaks him before revealing the truth that he is his father. The way the battle progresses from the carbonite freezing room into the dark in a cat-and- mouse chase and concludes in the reactor shaft is epic and heightens the intensity of the first father-son battle.
3 John Williams
Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Maul on Naboo One of the best choreographed and intense lightsaber battles was the battle from Episode I. Darth Maul is quite possibly the most badass Sith Lord of all time, and finally seeing him in action and effortlessly take on both Jedi at once with a double- bladed lightsaber was just awesome. Maul, a silent but deadly warrior, eventually runs his blade through Qui-Gonn, and Kenobi's final stand actually shows him fighting with a bit of anger not seen in his other battles (but just enough, not letting it get the best of him as Anakin did). Although it was sad to see Maul so down so easily once Kenobi regained the upper hand, this battle is still one of the most memorable.
4John Williams
Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Yoda vs. Count Dooku on Geonosis I think we've all waited a very long time to see Yoda in action. The legendary Jedi Master has always been full of wisdom and words, but until this battle we had never seen him in action until this battle. The way he just walks on into the room, deflects all of Dooku's force attacks and then engages him in battle at last is something we have all been waiting to see. Dooku is easily overwhelmed and forced to flee, and Yoda's lightsaber style is surprisingly aggressive and extremely fast. One of the best moments in the many moments the legendary master has had throughout the films.
5John Williams
Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader on the Second Death Star The second father-son lightsaber battle is much longer and more emotional. Taunted by Palpatine the entire battle, Luke is left with the task of bringing his father back from the dark side and defeating the emperor. This all of course culminates in Vader killing his master and redeeming himself. The setting of their battle in the second death star is also great.
6John Williams
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Yoda vs. Darth Sidious on Coruscant Another highlight of Episode III. The two masters of the light and dark side of the force face off in an intense duel that takes them from Palpatine's office into the Senate Chamber. The duel ends in a stalemate, but judging from the way things were going before Yoda ditched, Palpatine probably would have lost control of the duel in the end.
7John Williams
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. General Greivous on Utapau Obi-Wans brief fight with Greivous on Utapau wasn't all that is should have been, although Grievous is still a badass. My problem with this battle, despite how cool it is until they reach the landing platform, is that Obi-Wan shouldn't have been able to fend off Grievous as long and as easily as he did. In the Clone Wars, Greivous eliminated Jedi Masters with ease, and Obi-Wan severs all his limbs and kills him in little time. Episode III as a whole didn't really do Grievous justice; he is a lot more awesome in the expanded universe.
8John Williams
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Mace Windu vs. Darth Sidious on Coruscant Prior to this battle, we got to see how awesome Windu is when he fought in the battle of Geonosis in Episode II. Here, he single handedly has Sidious on the ropes, even going as far as to nearly kill him had Anakin not interfered and severed his arm. He proved that he is nearly as good as Yoda here.
9John Williams
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Count Dooku on General Grievous' Flagship The second duel between Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Dooku turns out a lot different than their first. Having had years of more experience, Anakin is easily able to hold his own against Dooku this time, although Obi-Wan is the one who goes down rather quickly. Anakin severs Dooku's hands and, through Palpatine's dark advice, kills him, signaling his descent to the dark side.
10John Williams
Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope

Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader on the Death Star The classic, first-ever lightsaber battle of Star Wars is certainly memorable, but it just doesn't hold up to the others that came after it. Obi-Wan's single act of defiance and willingness to give up his own life puzzles Vader, who is hell bent on eradicating Obi-Wan and getting rid of the man he's hated for so many years. The battle is short, uneventful, and although it is awesome there are much better ones to be found throughout the saga.
11John Williams
Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Count Dooku on Geonosis The first of two duels between these three is rather short. Anakin, still young and inexperienced, charges at Dooku only to be annihilated by force lightning, leaving Obi-Wan to get his ass kicked with relative ease. Even with two lightsabers, awaken is still overwhelmed and loses his arm. One of the most boring battles of the saga that should have ended a lot differently had Anakin and Obi-Wan not been so stupid.
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