What's amazing about Star Wars lightsaber battles is their inevitability. At the end of the day, the massive space battles, the political disputes, and the planet-killing death rays are all symptoms of the more important, figurative battle between the Light side and the Dark side. The duels cut (pun intended) to the heart of the problem; every Rebel and Empire victory is only temporary. unless the root cause is destroyed.

The duels are pure sci-fi escapism. Everyone, at a certain age, dreamt of being a Jedi and staged duels with whatever they had lying around the house. These are shared childhood memories that span three generations and make Star Wars as successful and beloved as it is today.

Here are the Top 15 lightsaber duels in the Star Wars films.

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