Whether it's during a film set in medieval times or a modern-day superhero movie, action fans have witnessed some outstanding sword fights. Although there have been many gripping duels throughout television history, only a select few are considered to be all-time greats. Here are the top 10 sword fights in cinematic history courtesy of American BladesPro.
10. Titans - Deathstroke vs Nightwing and Ravager
Since bursting onto the scene in 2018, Titans has rapidly become a fan-favourite among Netflix viewers. Throughout the second season, the main antagonist is none other than the man known as the World's Deadliest Assassin, Deathstroke. After tensions rise between the Titans and their archenemy, Dick Grayson (Robin) returns under the new alias Nightwing and sets up an epic final showdown against his old adversary.
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9. Conan the Barbarian (2011) - Conan vs Sandmen and Khalar Zym
Before he became Aquaman, Jason Momoa began rising to international fame when he starred in the 2011 remake of Conan the Barbarian. Even though many viewers said they preferred the original film, the movie had some outstanding fight scenes. One of the more notable fight scenes took place when a witch named Marique rose an army of sandmen to attack Conan. The action didn't stop there though, after Conan defeated the sandmen in a gruelling battle he was confronted by his nemesis, Khalar Zym and uses the opportunity to instigate a duel.
8. John Wick 3: Parabellum - Motorcycle Fight Scene
There are three guarantees in life, death, taxes and Keanu Reeves starring in world-class action films. John Wick 3 was no exception to that phrase and featured non-stop action from beginning to end. Although the movie had many outstanding combat scenes, watching John Wick fight off a gang of motorcyclists only using a sword was a true indication of the talent he possessed.
7. Gladiator - Maximus vs Commodus
If the question being asked is, are you not entertained? Then the answer would be a resounding yes when it comes to the final duel of Gladiator. Throughout the entire duration of the film, Maximus is forced to take part in gruelling gladiatorial battles for the entertainment of the Roman Emperor, Commodus. Even after being stabbed by the evil Emperor, Maximus was able to channel all the rage he had for the man who viciously crucified his family and challenges Commodus to an epic fight to the death.
6. Troy - Achilles vs Hector
Troy was one of the greatest films of the early 2000s, accumulating $497.4 million USD in box office revenue. Playing the role of the legendary Greek war hero, Achilles, Brad Pitt was involved in many gripping battle scenes. The brilliant storytelling and fierce action eventually culminated when Achillies battled his archnemesis, Hector in a thrilling sword fight to the death.
5. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring - The Death of Boromir
Many people consider the Lord of the Rings trilogy to be one of the most prolific movie franchises to ever grace the silver screen. The trilogy's first film, The Fellowship of the Ring, featured many amazing encounters between the orcs and The Fellowship. While there were many heroic moments during the movie, no character displayed more bravery than Boromir did when he singlehandedly fought off an army of orcs, making the ultimate sacrifice to defend the Hobbits, Merry and Pippin.
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Isla Cruces Wheel Fight
Much like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Pirates of the Caribbean was another film series that became a box office hit during the 2000s. During the second instalment of the series, Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew set sail to find the prized dead man's chest. Once they came across the keys to the chest, they were confronted by another pirate, James Norrington which led to an epic three-way sword duel between himself, Sparrow and Will Turner.
3. Blade - Blade vs Deacon Frost
As most of you may know, whether he was fighting vampires, humans or anything in between, Blade was born ready. The Blade trilogy is full of high impact action scenes that'll get your adrenaline pumping from start to finish. Once the sword-wielding hero finally confronted Deacon Frost, the main antagonist of the first film, it led to a sword fight for the ages.
2. The Witcher - Blaviken Market Fight Scene
Before it became a trending series on Netflix, The Witcher was one of the world's most popular action role-playing video game franchises. True to the video games success, the Netflix series also lived up to its billing and produced many exceptional action scenes. Perhaps the most loved moment of the series occurred when The Witcher was confronted by a gang in the Blaviken Market. What happened next was possibly the most skilled performance in cinematic sword fighting history.
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1. Kill Bill - The Bride vs The Crazy 88's
You can't rank the top 10 greatest sword fights without mentioning the most iconic sword-fighting movie of all-time, Kill Bill. A Quentin Tarantino classic, Kill Bill was filled with gore, action and the most outrageous combat scenes. There are many fights during the film that could've made this list but only one scene was deemed the clear winner. When The Bride finally faced off against her arch-rival, O-Ren Ishii, she was confronted by a gang of ninjas. Despite being heavily outnumbered, The Bride was able to slay each of the ninjas only using a katana.
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