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#1 Posted by frankfartmouth (1018 posts) -


#2 Posted by frankfartmouth (1018 posts) -

All the Star Wars talk lately has got me wondering. I know I might be missing a few here, but these are certainly the majors.

#3 Posted by Krullban (1062 posts) -

Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon vs. Darth Maul easily was the best lightsaber battle out of all of the films. Say what you will about the rest of episode 1, but that was badass.

#4 Edited by TheSouthernDandy (3908 posts) -

The end of Jedi. Yeah they weren't jumping and flipping an all that but that fight had so much more emotion then any fight in any of the new movies. It was the culmination of Luke trying to bring Vader back and you actually gave a damn about the characters and the score was amazing. Fancy choreography doesn't hold a candle to that if it has no soul.

#5 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

Luke/Vader from Empire for my money.

#6 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3082 posts) -

Luke vs Vader in Empire is fucking awesome.

#7 Posted by KrypticKiller (191 posts) -

I went with D. Say what you want about the new trilogy, the battles were well done. I bet most will choose something from the old trilogy because.. you know... =)

#8 Posted by Ubersmake (754 posts) -

I went with the one from Empire. The one from Revenge was also pretty good, if silly. I would have gone with the one from Menace, but I recalled seeing this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS3atbH5hfg

Please forgive the lack of proper linking. The mobile forum text field is pretty bare bones.

#9 Posted by Stonyman65 (2823 posts) -

As much as I despise the prequels (especially The Phantom Menace) that Darth Maul battle was fucking insane.

#10 Posted by mikethekilla (328 posts) -

Oni-wan vs Anikan

#11 Edited by flindip (534 posts) -

Luke/Vader in Empire Strikes Back was easily the best looking in terms of how it was shot. Its not overly flashy, but it has a great tone.

One of my favorite shots in all of Star Wars is when Luke enters the corridor, right before the lightsaber fight that spills out onto the open catwalk. Luke gets jumped by Vader and he has his back to the camera. Its such a brilliant shot, because it makes Vader look massive. Luke looks completely outmatched. It perfectly encompasses the tone of the entire fight.

#12 Posted by project343 (2837 posts) -

Luke/Vader in Empire.

Was it the most fun? No, not at all. But it was cinematically beautiful and crescendoed with one of the most memorable moments in all of film.

#13 Edited by WarlockEngineerMoreDakka (432 posts) -
#14 Posted by DaMisterChief (628 posts) -

No jar jar?

#15 Posted by MyNiceIceLife (634 posts) -

@project343 said:

Luke/Vader in Empire.

Was it the most fun? No, not at all. But it was cinematically beautiful and crescendoed with one of the most memorable moments in all of film.

This is my exact thought on the luke vs vader fight, except in the poll I didn't count the entirety of the fight into it as I was just looking at the lightsaber battle part which lead me to obi-wan vs anakin since the emperor came in with his lightning making it not a all lightsaber battle. In reality the obi-wan vs anakin battle was going for the same affect as the luke vs vader battle with the way it played out, but didn't have the same effect since people knew what the outcome was going to be.

#16 Posted by Pr1mus (3959 posts) -

Yoda vs Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith. Short and sweet. Also the senate pods throwing and "yo, your lightnings ain't shit!" was pretty great.

#17 Posted by believer258 (12101 posts) -

@TheSouthernDandy said:

The end of Jedi. Yeah they weren't jumping and flipping an all that but that fight had so much more emotion then any fight in any of the new movies. It was the culmination of Luke trying to bring Vader back and you actually gave a damn about the characters and the score was amazing. Fancy choreography doesn't hold a candle to that if it has no soul.

Pretty much this. For simple visual flair, it's either the end of Phantom Menace, the end of Revenge, or the end of Empire, but I liked how the end of Return of the Jedi had so many conflicting emotions in it. I can see how it might come across as hammy but I never see it that way.

#18 Posted by DarthOrange (3878 posts) -

Yoda vs Emperor was a pretty big one you missed.

I think my favorite is Anakin vs Dooku in Episode 3. The ending looks like something straight out of Mortal Kombat with the emperor seated looking like Shao Kahn and it even ends with a fatality.

I honestly love all of Star Wars though and might give a different answer on a different day.

#19 Posted by ZeeL (37 posts) -

While the duel from empire was great, I had to go with the duel from jedi. I second that the emotion in that one was so great. Even though you couldn't see Vader's face, you could still feel even the emotion seeping from his cold robotic suit.

#20 Posted by TheHT (11682 posts) -

Luke going nuts at the end of ROTJ is the coolest moment out of both trilogies. I've also really come to appreciate how the fighting in the original trilogy wasn't completely ridiculous. The Darth Maul duel was more acrobatic, but Anakin vs Obi-Wan at the end of ROTS is just silly.

Yoda vs. Sidious was fucking rad though. Shoulda put it on the list!

#21 Posted by JeanLuc (3605 posts) -

My favorite is the end of Return of the Jedi. You can just feel the emotion as Vader taunts Luke and then he goes nuts.

#22 Posted by xlab3000 (37 posts) -

@TheHT said:

Luke going nuts at the end of ROTJ is the coolest moment out of both trilogies. I've also really come to appreciate how the fighting in the original trilogy wasn't completely ridiculous. The Darth Maul duel was more acrobatic, but Anakin vs Obi-Wan at the end of ROTS is just silly.

Yoda vs. Sidious was fucking rad though. Shoulda put it on the list!

this is a true star wars fan

#23 Posted by Pr1mus (3959 posts) -
#24 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2568 posts) -

Darth Maul motherfuckers.
 
     

#25 Posted by Tru3_Blu3 (3239 posts) -

@TheSouthernDandy said:

The end of Jedi. Yeah they weren't jumping and flipping an all that but that fight had so much more emotion then any fight in any of the new movies. It was the culmination of Luke trying to bring Vader back and you actually gave a damn about the characters and the score was amazing. Fancy choreography doesn't hold a candle to that if it has no soul.

This.

#26 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4868 posts) -

@TheSouthernDandy said:

The end of Jedi. Yeah they weren't jumping and flipping an all that but that fight had so much more emotion then any fight in any of the new movies. It was the culmination of Luke trying to bring Vader back and you actually gave a damn about the characters and the score was amazing. Fancy choreography doesn't hold a candle to that if it has no soul.

This is the only right answer.

#27 Posted by Clonedzero (4200 posts) -

luke vs. vader in empire strikes back.

its just great, its absolutely clear that vader is just toying with luke. like he could absolutely kick his ass at anytime he wanted but he doesnt becauses theres so much more going on in that fight than the actual fight.

though the fight at the end of ROTJ is a close second.

the over the top nonsense in the prequels is just boring imo, its just flashy, flippy nonsense. im also a believer that yoda should have NEVER had a lightsaber.

#28 Posted by AiurFlux (902 posts) -

Luke and Vader from Empire Strikes Back.

There was no music, it was substantially important, it wasn't filled with flash and theater. It was an old cyborg and a young guy beating the shit out of one another, and then a massive revelation at the end. Nothing else comes remotely close. The ROTJ dual was good, AFTER the actual dual though when Vader turned.

#29 Posted by frankfartmouth (1018 posts) -

@TheHT said:

Yoda vs. Sidious was fucking rad though. Shoulda put it on the list!

Damnit! I knew I was missing a big one somewhere.

#30 Posted by Dtat (1627 posts) -

@Krullban: Too there was absolutely no motivation for the fight. Well choreographed, but empty.

I vote Luke vs Vader in Empire.

#31 Posted by CheapPoison (743 posts) -

Wow... so many vote for Darth maul and the last battle in episode 3...

So much dissapointment.

#32 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

Despite the original movies being better, the Darth Maul fight scene was incredible.

#33 Posted by RupertTheBear (196 posts) -

Where's the option for Anakin slaying those pesky Jedi kids? Joking aside I would say Anakin Vs Obi-wan in III because Obi-wan is forced to fight a guy he raised as a padawan and even though the fight and dialogue was cheesy you could sort of feel the bromantic betrayal. Plus me and my brother love saying "I got the high ground" every time one of us got a sniper rifle and were on top of a hill / tower in any fps game.

#34 Posted by rentfn (1283 posts) -

I hate to admit anything from the prequals are good but the Obi-Wan vs Anakin at the end of the Sith is friggin sweet. Both are amazing badass Jedis and they use any and everything. I really enjoyed the fight. And watching Anakin get burned alive is an added plus And when Anakin screams "I HATE YOU" is the best worst line ever delivered. My friends and I still make fun of that.

#35 Posted by mercutio123 (472 posts) -
@rentfn said:

I hate to admit anything from the prequals are good but the Obi-Wan vs Anakin at the end of the Sith is friggin sweet. Both are amazing badass Jedis and they use any and everything. I really enjoyed the fight. And watching Anakin get burned alive is an added plus And when Anakin screams "I HATE YOU" is the best worst line ever delivered. My friends and I still make fun of that.

I went for that fight as well but yes, every line in ROTS is just terrible, WHY CAN'T THEY JUST CALL THEM CHILDREN AND NOT YOUNGLINGS?!!? Oh and also....NOOOOOOOOOO
#36 Posted by MB (12933 posts) -

I voted for Obi Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn vs Darth Maul even though I don't even like the prequel flicks. I guess it's the combination of the choreography and music that does it for me.

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#37 Edited by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

The end of Jedi, by far.

I know it's been said a lot, but the Phantom Menace duel and all the other prequel fights felt far too choreographed. I loved it when I was younger, but after seeing it more, it did feel like they'd been practising the fight before hand, instead of it being a real visceral sword fight, like they should be. Luke losing control of his emotions was incredibly powerful in Jedi. Obi-wan didn't even do that after his master died, they just continue with the fancy choreography (I'll give credit to ROTS for mostly learning from that mistake, but the fight went on for too long and still had some totally unnecessary choreography that made no sense in the middle of a duel).

I really hope the new movies put less of an emphasis on the Jedi as bizarre super human monks.

#38 Posted by MindOST (215 posts) -

The end of Jedi. That long panning shot when Luke snaps and the music swells is just a really fantastic moment. Empire might be stronger overall, but that moment in the Jedi fight really stands out in my mind.

The prequel fights are alright, but if you're in it for pure action choreography, they're really not all that special compared to a lot of martial arts flicks out there.

#39 Posted by GetEveryone (4458 posts) -

@TheSouthernDandy said:

The end of Jedi. Yeah they weren't jumping and flipping an all that but that fight had so much more emotion then any fight in any of the new movies. It was the culmination of Luke trying to bring Vader back and you actually gave a damn about the characters and the score was amazing. Fancy choreography doesn't hold a candle to that if it has no soul.

Totally agreed. There are no pirouettes or any of the other maneuvers that wouldn't seem totally out of place in a ballet show. Instead, it culminates in Luke just hacking the shit out of Vader.

It's absolutely awesome.

#40 Posted by Raven10 (1888 posts) -

Yea I definitely would have voted for Yoda vs Sidious but with that not an option the duel of the fates (end of Phantom) had to take it.

#41 Posted by StarvingGamer (8472 posts) -

Yoda vs. Emperor is a pretty glaring omission.

That said, definitely Obi Wan vs. Anakin. The sheer speed of their movements makes every other battle feel like slow-motion.

#42 Posted by MB (12933 posts) -

@StarvingGamer said:

Yoda vs. Emperor is a pretty glaring omission.

I'm glad he didn't include it, that is something I would rather forget...along with Hayden Christensen's acting.

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#43 Posted by gamefreak9 (2397 posts) -

The maul one. Just remembering it starts playing that song in my head also this is funny:

#44 Edited by Sanj (2506 posts) -

My favourite bit of the Yoda vs Emperor fight was not so much the lightsaber fight but the part with the force throwing of senate seats.

In terms of actual fight choreography, I really like Maul vs Obi Wan/Qui Gon in Episode 1.

But my favourite/most memorable duel has to be Luke vs Vader in ESB.

#45 Edited by gamefreak9 (2397 posts) -

Also beyond the movies, last weeks episode of clone wars is the best star wars fight ever! In the sense that you really feel the power and domination of Darth Sidious, never quite saw him as this powerful.

#47 Posted by Hilbert (349 posts) -
#48 Posted by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

Obi Wan vs. Annie

YOU WAS ZE CHOSEN ONES!

#49 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

I thought the final lightsaber battle in Revenge of the Sith was probably the greatest part of the prequel trilogy apart from the Pod Racers, It just showed how destructive a light saber could be, Obi Wan really tore Anakin up.

#50 Posted by Green_Incarnate (1791 posts) -

Star Wars Kid vs air.