10 Best Sword Fighting Movies
If you're looking to find the 10 best swor fighting movies ever made in all of cinematic history, then look no further than this grand list of sword fighting classics. Sword fighting has always been a popular form of martial arts when it comes action and adventure movies. We have seen it most prominently in epic sagas such as the "Star Wars" movies as well as the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The sword has always held a mystic appeal to it as opposed to the typical gun, it's no wonder that this is still a popula weapon.
"The Lord of the Rings Trilogy." Based on the three books of the same name by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers," and "The Return of the King" are all known as one of the biggest cinematic projects ever to be undertaken and they remain as a sword fighting favorite to this day.
"Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back." The fifth chapter in the "Star Wars" saga has one of the most emotionally conflicting duels ever depicted on screen. This being between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, a fateful duel which resulted in the loss of Luke's arm and a huge revelation.
"Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi." This final chapter in the "Star Wars" saga presents a grand finale of good vs. evil, part of which takes place on the Death Star where Luke Skywalker confronts Darth Vader, his father, one last time before the evil Emperor in an attempt to redeem him.
"Kill Bill, Volume 1." Directed by Quentin Tarantino, this is the first of a two-part film that is centered around a character known as the Bride (Uma Thurman) who seeks revenge on those who have done her wrong. This sword fighting movie pays homage to many Hong Kong martial arts flicks.
"Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace." In this first chapter of the "Star Wars" saga, we are treated to a very beautiful and well-choreographed three-way lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Darth Maul. Ray Park's Darth Maul is an astonishing master of sword fighting technique.
"300." Based on the Frank Miller graphic novel of the same name, "300" retells the Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas led 300 Spartans against King Xerxes, a vicious Persian God who has over a million troops. "300" is an amazing visual experience and is one of the best sword fighting movies ever.
"Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith." In this third chapter of the "Star Wars" saga (and final chapter of the prequel trilogy), we are treated to a total of five duels, including two simultaneous twenty or so minute long climatic duels, plus lots of additional lightsaber wielding action.
"The Last Samurai." This sword fighting movie stars Tom Cruise in the role of an American soldier whose internal conflicts lead him to the samurai warriors in Japan of the late 1800's. Cruise's character learns the way of the samurai and begins to realize he had been fighting the war on the wrong side of the fence all along.
"Willow." Directed by Ron Howard and conjured up by George Lucas, "Willow" is an extraordinary medieval tale of wizardry, good vs. evil, and plenty of sword fighting action. The plot follows a short man named Willow who must deliver a baby to a safe haven before an evil Queen and her army destroy it.
"Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." This is perhaps the most soulful and appropriate adaptation of the "Robin Hood" story ever made. Packed with loads of medieval action, the film features an all-star cast ranging from Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Alan Rickman, to Christian Slater and many more.