Top 15 Sword Fights In Movies (Ranked By A Sword Expert)

The concept of sword-fighting in films is very unrealistic. To make the fighting appear more genuine, they are choreographed to be visually appealing rather than realistic. The sword is used for all or practically all of the strikes, as contrasted on the point. 

But let’s not get caught up in the details of it. Now, we’re going to show you the top 15 best sword fighting movies, some of which you may have already seen. Let’s get started right away!

The Duellists (First Duel)

The Duellists’ sword fights are the most realistic ever witnessed. Sword-to-sword confrontations seldom last more than a few seconds.  They are focusing on a weapon that burns you out quicker than physical exhaustion. 

90% of the combat is spent looking at each other, assessing each other, and anticipating any blows.  ‘Boring’ battle is more realistic. Watch the ‘Duellists’ footage to observe a random sword battle’s savagery. 

This sword fight is cinematic gold. Shaky camerawork makes viewers feel like third parties in the conflict. Handheld shots alternate with comprehensive static perspectives. 

Changing shots like these make us nervous. Combat is like music. Long pauses between assaults, then fast swipe to disable each other. This is a beautiful fight shot.

13 Assassins (2010)

If a 45-minute action sequence seems like your idea of a good time, you owe it to yourself to watch this Takashi Miike classic. If a samurai film is evaluated only on the strength of its final fight, 13 Assassins is undoubtedly one of the finest samurai films of all time. This film contains several spectacular sword bouts.

 The finest combat occurs between Shinzaemon and Hanbei, a samurai. It’s a mud duel in which the two men strike for strike. Much of this fight takes place up close, lending it an edge-of-your-seat visceral element that captivates the viewer and culminates in a gruesome beheading.

The Matrix Reloaded (Chateau Fight)

It’s no surprise that The Matrix sequels couldn’t match the first film’s astounding brilliance. While the sequels’ narrative and language worsened, the Wachowskis still proved they could stage an excellent combat sequence when given a chance. Take the crazy Chateau battle in The Matrix Reloaded. 

The camera flies about Neo as he fends against an endless swarm of thugs armed with ancient weapons. This clip shows filmmakers having fun in their sandbox. The whole scene has an infectious, joyous spirit. 

Neo fends off the baddies with his two swords in a ballet-like technique. Characters float unfettered above the stairwell, leaving us stunned.

Conan The Barbarian (1982)

Conan the Barbarian is often regarded as the finest of the several “warrior and sword” pictures throughout film history for various reasons. Schwarzenegger’s genuine sword abilities are a significant factor in the film’s success. Arnold Schwarzenegger worked extremely hard to become the formidable warrior he portrays so quickly on screen in Conan the Barbarian. 

Following several epic sword fights, the conclusion occurs in a rock desert, with Conan facing the guy who murdered his parents when he was a child. Steel collides, and blood fly as Milius and his action team re-enact one of cinema’s greatest sword fights.

The Scorpion King (Memnon Vs. The Scorpion King)

The first in a long series of James Bond heroines, Sorceress Memnon sees him and wonders why she bothers with him. Mathayus and others are hurled into harems, thrown off castle walls, and buried alive in the sand near fire ant nests. Not to mention the Valley of the Death: “It is forbidden to enter. So it’s called Death Valley.” 

The visual effects that keep the nubile maidens’ breasts hidden under PG-13 limitations are astounding. Beautiful Hu, descending a waterfall, has long flowing hair that cascades over her breasts rather than her head. The situation is hysterical. 

We’re too absorbed in the fun to worry about physics while Memnon swings. Surrounding us from below is a camera that darts around the rooftop, pausing on The Rock’s hot, gleaming biceps. But it’s fun.

The Mark Of Zorro (1940)

Zorro is famed for adopting the letter Z as his “mark,” carving it into the clothing—and even the bodies—of his foes in three rapid strokes with his sword. Zorro is not just an expert swordsman; he is also an accomplished marksman and horseman. Basil Rathbone stars as the villainous Captain Esteban Pasquale, who squares off against Zorro/Don Diego in the film’s final death fight. 

Rathbone was already a skilled swordsman, and Power matched him. Their encounter is fast-paced and entertaining and serves as a spectacular demonstration of flawless fight choreography.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Rolling Wheel Fight)

Location is vital in sword combat. Jerry Bruckheimer’s Pirates of the Caribbean flicks always have unique and innovative locales for adventurous sword fighting. On a disconnected watermill rolling through the forest, Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Norrington battle with swords near the conclusion of Dead Man’s Chest. 

Hudson reportedly recalled the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men’s Chest” wheel battle sequence as his favorite. CinemaBlend reports he admitted it was tough to film due to his lack of expertise. Films with the finest stunt performances win the Taurus. 

According to Cinemablend, “Pirates” also won an Oscar in 2004 for the brawl between Jack Sparrow and Will Turner.

Sephiroth-Cloud In Ff7 Advent Children 

Advent Children is “the film that fans worldwide have been yearning for,” says DVD Talk. “Wonderful, gorgeous, well-executed fan service,” said IGN’s Carle. Cloud received the Fusion Sword between Final Fantasy VII and AC (movie). 

We don’t make sure what happened, except that he has a shiny new blade capable of splitting apart for the last strike by AC. It’s possible that Square wanted to include all of Cloud’s swords from the first game, but that’s pure speculation. Sephiroth is a renowned soldier 1st Class who inspired many to join SOLDIER via his epic combat deeds. 

His swordsmanship and physical prowess are crucial. He’s the finest swordsman. Only he can effectively wield his Masamune.

Rob Roy (1995)

It’s one of the most excellent action sequences in film history, and “Rob Roy” is a joy to see. The sword battle in “Rob Roy” stylizes the practice, and the film itself infuses the costume genre with hot crimson blood. This magnificent, thrilling historical adventure demonstrates what is possible when the best directing, acting, screenplay, and technical skills are used to what may appear to be shopworn material. 

Neeson and Roth’s last sword duel became an instant classic. It is performed without music and is primarily photographed from broad perspectives. Roth and Neeson put everything on the line. 

The swords appear heavy, and the two warriors exhaust themselves throughout the lengthy and vicious conflict, which has become one of the most lifelike in film history.

Kill Bill (The Bride Vs. The Crazy 88’S)

Quentin Tarantino has built a career on interpreting his favorite films through his twisted prism. His affection for kung fu flicks never more evident than in the epic sword fight at the end of Kill Bill between The Bride and the Crazy 88’s. Tarantino enthusiastically takes and uses all of the violent and bizarre traits of early kung fu movies. 

The Bride defends herself against dozens of sworders dressed in black suits and ties intent on pulling out eyes and esophagus. Blood spurts candy-red from severed limbs like water from a garden hose. The entire thing is delightfully hilarious in its absurdity. 

What began as a tribute has quickly earned its place among the pantheon of classic kung fu sword battle scenes.

The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)

He notices the escape is blocked, and guards read their weapons, not out of fear but eagerness. The final sword duel between Rathbone’s “Sir Guy” and Robin Flynn is most memorable. This epic sword fight has been built for the whole film. 

Similar swordplay was shown in The Sea Hawk, published two years later in 1940. It’s not too planned like the sword combat in Pirates of the Caribbean, and it feels like the two actors are fencing.

The Count Of Monte Cristo (Edmond Dantes Vs. Fernand Mondego)

Sword fights in elaborate settings are interesting, but so can a sword fight in an essential environment. It is set outside a dilapidated castle in a green area. The camera moves quickly across the dense grass, remaining close to the angry swordsmen. 

In addition to swinging their swords, Edmond Dantes (Jim Caviezel) and Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce) fight violently. Dropping a sword leaves the guy helpless until he recovers it. The scenario is a powerful emotional release for both guys.

The Mask Of Zorro (Zorro Vs. Elena)

As a result, the audience’s emotional response to sword combat might vary depending on the situation. Some are scary, while others are sensual (like The Mask of Zorro). The movie itself isn’t remarkable, but the sword fight between Zorro (Antonio Banderas) and Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is. 

Elena and Zorro flirtatiously snip garments and taunt one other. Zorro even snatches a kiss. Zorro removes Elena’s nightdress with a few well-aimed blade strikes. That’s some serious swordplay.

Last Samurai 

The Last Samurai is a 2003 picture that deserves a re-watch. Unfortunately, because the picture is both a visual feast and a thrilling action flick. Unlike the movie, some of us appreciated (particularly Ken Watanabe’s performance and the Japanese actors), most wall-hanger swords are unremarkable. 

Like Kill Bill Sword copies, most Last Samurai sword replicas are inexpensive stainless steel with a spot-welded rat-tail tang and plastic fittings. However, the heavy black etching on the blade is all that sets it from from the other poorly produced Japanese-style exhibition swords.

47 Ronin 

47 Ronin is an intense and dramatic fantasy adventure. Keanu Reeves and Hiroyuki Sanada both shine. Ilan Eshkeri’s music is fantastic. It’s well-paced, well-shot, and directed by Carl Rinsch. “47 Ronin,” an American film primarily based on the historical story of 47 masterless samurai who avenged their disgraced master’s death, delivers spectacular goofiness. 

As advertised, the picture includes a pissed-off fire-breathing dragon who looks like “The Never-Ending Story’s Falkor,” Keanu Reeves with a sword, and two tattooed dudes with firearms. “47 Ronin” is a big-budget extravaganza hampered by its effort to be both flippant and respectful of its honor-driven source material.

Five Honorable Mentions

  1. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Skywalker Versus. Darth Vader)

Luke versus Darth Vader at the end of Empire Strikes Back is a must for this list. This scenario is dripping with emotion. During the fight, Luke loses his training and begins wailing on Vader. He thrashes at him, enraged. The combat, despite its simplicity, is riveting to witness.

  1. Seven Samurai (1954)

The best is between Kyuzo and an unnamed bandit. The two fight in a range, away from the rest of the combat. Kyuzo battles like a zen master, never letting the bandit win. With each hit, he stares the bandit in the eye, frightening him.

  1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Yu Shu Lien Vs. Jen Yu)

This fantastic battle scene between Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) and Jen Yu (Ziyi Zhang). This film’s choreography is unsurpassed. Two female fighters swoop in and out of combat, swooping over each other. The sequence is amusing when Lien overestimates her strength and can’t take up a new weapon. This is the sword combat to which all others aspire.

  1. The Three Musketeers (1973)

One of the film’s most memorable swordfights is when Oliver Reed fights one of Cardinal’s guards. Reed, holding his cape, charges furiously at his opponent. His other Musketeers battle around them in a large entryway. It’s sheer strength and reality.

  1. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (Indy Versus The Swordsman)

The narrative behind this fantastic sight is well known. Because Harrison Ford had a food illness, he recommended to Steven Spielberg that instead of fighting the Arab Swordsman, Indy shoot him. Whether the narrative is real or not, the scene is beautiful. The crowd thins, revealing a lethal menace. Indy does the most logical thing when the villain brandishes his sword: he shoots him and goes about his business.

Final Takeaway:

A sword with thrust and slice capabilities is ideal for duels, self-defense, or even a minor skirmish, but they are not suitable for wars of any kind. Transitional or versatile swords are essentially a middle-of-the-road option between the other two types of swords. 

If you’ve made it this far, we’d want to express our gratitude for your cooperation. We hope that we have inspired you to add a movie to your watch list. Adios!

Jordan Rosolenne

Hi, I’m Jordan Rosolenne, the founder of I’ve been a sword enthusiast all my life and I consider it a serious hobby of mine. I love everything about Swords, Katanas, Medieval Weapons, Anime, and much much more!

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