The Major Battles in ‘Star Wars’; Ranked from Worst to Best

Star Wars is full of action, whether it’s in space or on the surface of planets. I mean the first ever Star Wars movie ever made (A New Hope) started with a space battle! And so today I’m going to rank all of the major battles in Star Wars. Enjoy!

 The Utapau Battle

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Utapau was one of my favorite locations in the prequels because of its originality and the battle there was enjoyable. It, unfortunately wasn’t that large of a battle and it focused mainly on Obi-Wan and General Grievous fighting rather than the surrounding action and so because of that this is my least favorite.

The First Death Star Battle

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Oh my goodness, this battle is so boring. When I watch the rebels trying to destroy the Death Star I can tell the movie was made in 1977. The action is slow, if you’re sleepy and watching this part it’s nearly impossible to stay awake, and it takes forever to get to the good part which is when Luke takes his turn at the trench run. I love A New Hope because without it I wouldn’t be here today talking about my favorite battles in Star Wars but it’s still, unfortunately, a very lackluster action sequence.

The Crait Battle

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I hate to say it, but this battle was much lamer than I thought it would be. In the teasers, trailers, and tv spots it looked like this was going to be one of the best battles ever to be in Star Wars. And then I watched it and nothing like I imagined happened at all.

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When I saw these new First Order gorilla walkers I was so excited. This battle supposedly screamed epic. And then I watched the movie and the Resistance ski speeders couldn’t even shoot! The Resistance were just bouncing around in the ragged vehicles trying to dodge tie fighters. That’s underwhelming. And yes, there was some incredible Millenium Falcon action but overall it wasn’t a battle. It was, instead, a suicide mission that didn’t help the Resistance in the slightest and only helped show us once again how incredibly powerful the First Order is which isn’t exactly a bad thing. I just thought it was going to be the Hoth battle on steroids.

The Battle of Endor

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This battle is okay. I don’t love it but I don’t hate it either. It’s fun watching the Ewoks shoot arrows and sling rocks at stormtroopers, it’s exciting seeing Lando pilot the Millenium Falcon and commanding the Rebellion as general, and who doesn’t love, in the middle of all of that, an epic duel, mentally and physically, transpiring between Luke and his two adversaries, Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader? There are definitely more exciting battle sequences in the other films but this one is definitely not the worst of them all.

The Geonosis Battle

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Attack of the Clones is my least favorite Star Wars film but I have to admit, the large battle at the end of the movie is kind of enjoyable. First, it’s the only movie to feature a battle with multiple Jedi participating in a fight at the same time. That should have made the sequence more epic than it was but it’s still pretty cool. Secondly, because it is such an extensive battle it’s rather fun to watch. There had never been, at that point in time, a battle sequence that featured two armies as large as the Clone army and the Droid army fighting against each other and that made for a very exciting battle. Unfortunately, it’s still the prequels, and that means while it is one of the larger and longer action sequences out of the films it’s still one of my least favorite.

The Trade Federation Battle

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The Phantom Menace actually has one of my favorite battle sequences because there are so many things happening at the same time. You’ve got the Gungans fighting the Trade Federation’s droid army, Queen Amidala and her Naboo soldiers trying to take back the Royal Palace and capture Viceroy Gunray and his lackies, the Naboo pilots desperately trying to destroy the Trade Federation ship, and the Jedi fighting Darth Maul. That’s a lot of stuff going on at the same time and it makes for a very satisfying end sequence to a movie.

The Battle Over Coruscant

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This is an epic battle, simple as that. I mean look at this picture. There are so many different things going on at the same time that it’s rather remarkable. And it’s all happening above Coruscant. Double wow. This was a great way to start Revenge of the Sith and it still remains as one of my favorite battles in Star Wars.

The Battle of Starkiller Base

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I love The Force Awakens for many reasons and the Starkiller Base battle is one of those reasons. Even though it’s very reminiscent of the Death Star battle in A New Hope it’s much more exciting and I absolutely love this action sequence.

The Hoth Battle

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Whenever I see this battle I watch it in utter awe because this movie was made in 1980. 1980! The special effects during this scene look better than some of the movies that come out today. It’s utterly astonishing. And not only is it a very impressively made battle but it’s also very enjoyable too. I absolutely love it. It’s one of my favorite parts in The Empire Strikes Back and it makes me happy every time I watch it.

The Battle at Maz Kanata’s Castle

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This is undoubtedly one of my favorite portions of The Force Awakens because it’s such an exciting action scene for many reasons. One, there’s that awesome duel between Finn and that stormtrooper, Fn-2199. Two, we get to see Han use Chewbacca’s crossbow. That’s hilariously awesome. Three, the Resistance gets to kick some serious First Order butt. Four, Poe is awesome. And five, it’s the first time Kylo Ren and Rey meet. There are so many great things about this part that it makes me happy just thinking about it.

The Battle over D’Qar

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The Last Jedi started with an immediate bang with the incredible battle over D’Qar and it was the perfect way to start the film. There’s jaw-dropping piloting from Poe, noble sacrifices from Resistance heroes, and the Dreadnought. All in all, this is undoubtedly one of the greatest battles to ever grace a Star Wars film and I’m so glad it exists.

The Battle of Scarif

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Rogue One is truly a war film and the final battle tells as much. It’s a fourty minute long sequence that’s crammed full of chill-inducing action, heart-wrenching deaths, and epic moments that can’t be beat. Every time I watch the final half of the Star Wars story I always get excited because it is such a blast to watch.

Throughout all nine films there have been mediocre action sequences and downright epic battles but this one is definitely my favorite and it’s probably going to take one of the greatest action scenes in all of cinema to beat it.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force Be With You.

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “The Major Battles in ‘Star Wars’; Ranked from Worst to Best”

  1. Hi Annlyel, I have to agree the Battle of Scarif has everything. Land, sea, air and space elements. It has nods of acknowledgement to war films such as “Full Metal Jacket” and “Platoon” and is just gritty, showing a more realistic rendition of a war scene. And if you thought the First Death Star Battle was slow and boring, you should watch the original version before LucasFilm added extra X and Y-Wings to the scene (in the re-releases which your picture comes from) But it is still Star Wars and I love it anyway!

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      1. I guess I do have to be fair and say that the SFX in A New Hope were far and away better than anything else released at the same time. Plus most of the effects Lucas and ILM created or used are still around today.

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