10 Awesome Sword Fights In Movies

Tuesday, April 12 by C.T. Wright

All boys like to play fight so compiling a list of ten awesome sword fights in movies is inherently fun. Slice, slash, clang and bang, there is nothing better than watching to people go at it with long pointy steel. For those that aren’t fans, hopefully this list will convert:

  1. "Kill Bill." Dressed in Bruce Lee’s yellow jump suit with the black stripes from “Game of Death, Uma Thurman, aka “The Bride,” battles umpteen swordsmen. They’re dressed like a cross between Kato from “The Green Hornet” and the cats from “Reservoir Dogs.” The sword fight is movie magic at it’s best and more than awesome. Plenty of blood spray, wire fu and humor make this scene fun to watch.
  2. "Blade." A sword fight between vampires has to qualify as one of the most awesome ever seen in movies. This final showdown between Wesley Snipes’ "Blade" and Stephen Dorff as "Lord of the Vampires" has not only swordplay, but supernatural vampire tricks as well.
  3. "Gladiator." Russell Crowe stars as Maximus, the Spanish soldier who fought for Rome, then was betrayed and enslaved, only to rise again and become one of the greatest gladiators ever. His final victory is in defeating his betrayer, Commodus, in the arena. Joaquin Phoenix plays a weasely Emperor and even worse swordsman in his showdown against Maximus. What helps to make this one of the most awesome swords fights in movies is the emotional weight that hangs in the scene. You want Maximus to win. You really do.
  4. "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back." Technically light sabers are swords. So what if they are made out of laser light. This epic battle between Luke Skywalker and the Sith Lord Darth Vader is clearly one of the ten most awesome sword fights in movie history. Not only do they slash and dash, but use The Force as well. Not to mention there’s that great reveal at the end of the battle; “Luke I am your father.”
  5. "Troy." Its spears, swords and shields in this battle based on the epic historical tale. A bulked up Brad Pitt, as Achilles, faces off against his lesser opponent, Hector. The scene is full of action and posturing as they fight to the death. Achilles’ signature jump-stab attack adds to the awesomeness of this sword fight.
  6. "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End." It took three movies but Johnny Depp’s good ole’ Captain Jack finally gets to face of with the squid-bearded Davey Jones. High seas swashbuckling and lots of special effects make this one of the ten most awesome sword fights in movies.
  7. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Floating on tree top branches fifty feet in the air is what gets this scene on the list. Sure, they are holding swords, and it’s awesome. It’s one of the most awesome sword fight scenes simply due to its surrealism.
  8. "Highlander." These films are an acquired taste to all but the fantasy faithful and wish-fulfillment needing fanboys. Still it’s kind of cool to see the bad guy swinging his broadsword around. No thanks to the cheesy music in the scene, it still manages to be one of the most ten awesome sword fights in movies.
  9. "Batman Begins." Christian Bale’s "Batman" is trained to perfection in this scene with his master Ra’s al Ghul. A montage of sorts; what makes this one of the ten awesome sword fights in movies are the moments on the ice when Christian Bale and Liam Neeson go at it blade to blade. The lecture Batman receives is almost better than the fight.
  10. "The Princess Bride." “En garde,” as the French say. The sword fight in this movie harkens back to the Errol Flynn swashbuckling days. The good guy wears black in this scene, and a mask covering his face at that. The action is as campy as the rest of the movie but the swordsmanship is superb.