Top 10 Star Wars Moments

A sequel trilogy is finally on the way! There's no better way to celebrate then to countdown our favorite Star Wars movie moments from the two existing trilogies. From the light saber duels, to epic space battles and loveable characters, the force is strong with this franchise. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down the top 10 memorable Star Wars movie moments.
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Top 10 Star Wars Moments


Strong are they with the force. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down the top 10 memorable Star Wars movie moments.

#10- Star Destroyer Opening “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977)


Kicking off our list is the cinematic opening that changed everything we knew or expected about Sci-Fi. Following a sweeping opening text crawl, we were treated to the stationary awe-inspiring visual of a rebel Blockade-runner being chased by a massive star destroyer. Only moments later, it led to the equally iconic moment when the storm troopers invaded the ship, and the mysterious Vader made his dramatic entrance, which left everyone breathless. Sci-fi would never be the same.

#9- Darth Maul Duel “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” (1999)


While Episode I is considered the weakest of the saga, it does have a few redeeming scenes that are among the best in the franchise, like the Pod Race. However, it was the three-way battle between the Jedi and the devilish Darth maul that got pulses pounding the fastest. The first full fight of the new trilogy, it cranked up the saber choreography to never before imagined levels, while its “Duel of the fates” theme music sealed in the epic.

#8- Order 66 “Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” (2005)


With Palpatine playing both sides of war, it was a matter of time before we saw how he would tie up loose ends. One good thing about clone troopers is they don’t question orders. This harrowing moment signaled the beginning of the Jedi purge and the dark reign of the Empire. Thankfully, it also showed us how Yoda survived…

#7- Obi-wan vs Anakin “Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” (2005)


In the ultimate confrontation between teacher and student, Obi-Wan faced Anakin for the evil he’s committed. A lava filled confrontation between equals, it was amount that drove home how far Anakin had fallen. It also gave us a glimpse at the emotional side of Obi-Wan, and gave us the final piece of the puzzle in how Vader became more machine than man.

#6- Destruction of Alderaan “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977)


One surefire way to show that the bad guys mean business is to blow up a planet! This unprecedented sci-fi movie moment followed Princess Leia’s interrogation, as Grand Moff Tarkin decided to show her what the Death Star and the special effects department was capable of. Aside from the horrific grandeur of the explosion, it’s Obi Wan’s reaction light-years away that is perhaps most important, as it conveyed the nature of the force to a then unfamiliar audience.

#5- Battle of Hoth “Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)


As Empire was the darker installment of the original trilogy, it’s appropriate that the first act of the film end on a epic and devastating note! Pushing the conceptual sci-fi even farther than the previous film, nobody can forget the awesome power of the imperial walkers, and the feelings of hopelessness from brave snow speeders pilots buzzing around them.

#4- The Trench Run “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977)


Tons of movies end with a ticking clock, so a desperate last stand at the end of a film isn’t notable in and of itself. But a frantic WW2 style dogfight in space. Okay now you’ve got our attention. Simply put, there’s nothing here that isn’t iconic, from the fat guy blowing up to Luke using the force, right down to the last second save by Han, it’s pure movie magic.

#3- Luke Versus Fate “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” (1983)


While the light saber battle may not actually be the best choreographed of the series, it’s undoubtedly the most emotional. You can feel the anger in each strike as Luke looses control and dabbles juuuust a bit too close to the dark side. Thankfully, he gets a handful of symbolism to snap him out of it at the last moment.

#2- Han Solo’s Fate “Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)


With this being the darker sequel, someone had to die to really drive home how hopeless the situation was for the rebels, and how ruthless the Empire could be. With Harrison Ford feeling his character had been played out, he volunteered Han for death. Fortunately, the character ultimately survived, but it was harrowing and emotional watching him get tortured and made into a piece of modern art. I dunno about you, but the first time I watched it, I was left screaming “but what about Han??” when the credits rolled.

#1- I am Your Father “Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)


Taking the top spot on our list is the movie twist that disarmed Luke, and caught audiences gasping in complete disbelief. A twist so unexpected and game changing, many people actually though it just a ploy to convert Luke to the Dark side for three long years until “Return of the Jedi” finished the saga. One thing’s for sure, in today’s world of hashtags and video blogs, this secret would have probably dropped long before the movie.

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