10 Best Sword Fighting Scenes In Movies

Tuesday, February 8 by Thomas West

The movies have always been the place to go if you want to see exciting sword fights and fantastic violence, so there are a group of the 10 bes fighting scenes in movies that are worth watching. If you’re looking for a movie that has a great sword fight and lots of action, be sure to watch any one of these movies.

  1. “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” This epic fantasy film released in 2001 features an almost terrifyingly realistic sword fight between Aragorn and the monstrous leader of the Uruk-hai named Lurtz. Although Aragorn wins in the end, things look uncertain for a little while at least.
  2. “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” No list of the best sword fighting scenes in movies would be complete without mentioning this film, one of the masterpieces coming from the mind of George Lucas. The showdown between Luke and Darth Vader is not only a great sword fight, it’s also one of the most emotionally powerful scenes in movies.
  3. “Gladiator” If your tastes run more historical drama, you definitely won’t want to miss the climactic sword fight between Maximus and Emperor Commodus in this film. When you see Commodus floundering around as Maximus bears down on him with his superior fighting abilities, you’ll feel a certain sense of satisfaction at seeing justice done.
  4. “Troy” Although there are many problems with this rendition of the classic tale of the Trojan War, the climactic battle scene between Hector (Eric Bana) and Achilles (Brad Pitt) is still one of the best sword fighting scenes in the movies. You’ll get a glimpse of what warfare was like for the Greeks of the ancient world.
  5. “Kill Bill: Volume 1” If you are looking for the best of Quentin Tarantino, look no further than this classic film, which stars the fantastic Uma Thuman. In one of the best sword fighting scenes in the movies, she battles a group of henchman known as the Crazy 88 and, not surprisingly, kills all of them. What’s more, she looks good while doing it.
  6. “Kill Bill: Volume 2” Everyone’s favorite action heroine is back in this second installment of one of Tarantino’s masterpieces and the epic battle between herself and the fearsome Elle (Daryl Hannah) is a mixture of cat fight and samurai. This is one movie sword fight no one should miss.
  7. “The Chronicles of Narnia:  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” This film, an adaptation of the classic novel by C.S. Lewis, features an exciting sword fighting scene between the hero Peter and the villainous White Witch. Although she is eventually done in by the lion Aslan, we still have the satisfaction of seeing her defeated by Peter’s swordsmanship.
  8. “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” This Star Wars film, the last major film project in the series, also has an intensely emotional battle between Obi Wan (Ewan McGregor) and his protege-turned-nemesis Anakin Skywalker. When Obi Wan shouts, “You were supposed to be the chosen one,” you can’t help but feel profoundly moved.
  9. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” Although all of the films in Peter Jackson’s magnum opus have sword fights, this one has a particularly noteworthy scene in which human warrior Eowyn challenges the might of the powerful Witch King and, with a little bit of help from the hobbit Merry, manages to overcome the ancient and very powerful creature.  This is one sword fight that definitely should not be missed.
  10. “Brotherhood of the Wolf” This French film that tells the story of the fearsome Beast of Gevaudan, a creature that terrorized France in the eighteenth century. This film also features a great sword fighting scene between the hero and the leader of a mystical cult, which ends with the very satisfying death of the film’s main antagonist, always a must in these types of battles.