10 Best Sword Fights In Movies

Lightsabers, spears, scimitars and broadswords have all sliced characters apart down the years.

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Although superhero movies have become the go-to blockbuster these days, in regular old action adventure flicks, you’re never too far away from a sword fight breaking out. There have been some absolutely terrific ones down the years, and this list takes a look at just what makes the very best ones so special.

Huge battle scenes that may feature knights with swords have been left out; they’re not ‘fights’, per se. Instead, this is about the personal. Two fighters staring into each other’s eyes, clashing blades and matching wits.

Some have a family friendly joy to them, others are more mature and nuanced, while others again and just completely soaked in blood. One thing’s for sure; each and every one of these duels kept viewers on the edge of their seats.

The sword fight is one of those mainstays of cinema that spans any number of genres. Historical drama is chock full of them, but they crop up in sci-fi too and in the modern day, there’s an infinite number of styles and approaches to the duel. But which is best?


Stacey Henley is a published author, avid gamer and all-round nerd. She can most often be found roaming through vivid expansive spaces and discovering the world around her, but only in video games. In real life, she mostly stays home.