10 Best Sword Fight Scenes

Wednesday, February 2 by Sheldon Reid

There are no guns allowed in these 10 best sword fight scenes. These scenes only feature swashbuckling action and the occasion insult. With movie magic, sword fights can break out anywhere—from the gates of ancient Troy to space stations that are galaxies away.

  1. "Troy" – Achilles versus Hector. While both fighters start the battle with spears in hand, they eventually end up dueling with shorter blades. At the end of the sword fight, the arrogant Achilles, played by Brad Pitt, slays Hector, portrayed by Eric Bana. But victory is not enough to calm Achilles’ desire for revenge. He ties Hector’s corpse to a chariot and drags it through the dirt. 

  2. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" – Will Turner versus Jack Sparrow. Captain Jack Sparrow and Will Turner have a fierce first encounter. Their sword fight, which takes place in a blacksmith’s shop, is filled with dirty tricks. Unfortunately, for Turner, pirates are notorious cheaters.

  3. “Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones” – Yoda versus Count Dooku. Ever since Yoda’s appearance in “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back,” fans have speculated his fighting prowess. In this sword fight, Yoda reveals his nimble skills.

  4. "Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi" – Darth Vader versus Luke. While duel between Yoda and Dooku was more visually appealing, this scene is a classic cinema sword fight. After chopping off Luke’s hand, Darth Vader announces his famous revelation.

  5. “Rob Roy” – Rob Roy versus Cunningham. In this brutal sword fight Rob Roy does battle with Archibald Cunningham. The final duel concludes with the protagonist just barely victorious.

  6. “Kill Bill” – The Bride yersus  O-Ren Ishii. After hacking down legion of opponents, the Bride finally gets her shot at revenge. This battle between femme fatales takes place near the end of the first “Kill Bill” movie.

  7.  “The Princess Bride” – Dread Pirate Roberts versus Inigo Montoya. Even after Dread Pirate Roberts scales a cliff, he still has the energy to cross blades with Inigo. This fun sword fight comes complete with witty retorts.

  8. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” – Li Mu Bai versus Jen. The movie is known for its high flying battles, and this is just one of them. Li Mu Bai and Jen battle from branch branch of bamboo trees. This sword fight is graceful but fierce.

  9. “Hero” – Flying Snow versus Moon. This elegant sword fight between female combatants is one of many visually stunning scenes in “Hero.” The duel between Flying Snow and Moon takes place in the midst of windswept leaves. It’s almost difficult to see their blades through all of the falling foliage.

  10. “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” – Captain Jack Sparrow versus Davy Jones. Davy Jones gets his long-awaited chance at revenge near the end of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” The two combatants duel on a ship’s mast as it passes through stormy waters. Unfortunately, for Jack Sparrow, his opponent cannot be kill through conventional methods.

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