Thursday, March 04, 2010

The 10 Best Swordsmen in Cinema

(YouTube Link)

Zach Lawrence of Nerd Bastards created a list of who he considers to be the ten best swordsmen in film, including Beatrix from Kill Bill, Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings, and Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace. The video above features Westley from The Princess Bride, who takes the #7 slot. It's one of my favorite movies, and very much a date movie.

Who would you add to the list?


Dan Trabue said...

It's missing the incredibly fun swordfight between Capn Jack and Will Turner in the first Pirates movie.

AND, more disturbingly, it's missing Robin Hood (THE Robin Hood, with Errol Flynn, of course) and any movie more than 30 years old.


Peter Pan (perhaps not technically a sword fight, since Peter only has a knife)?

Jason and the Argonauts, with Jason fighting a horde of sword-swinging skeletons?

And, while it's not my cup of tea, a nod might ought to go to the Crouching Tiger style of crazy sword-fighting.

I'd have to say that The Princess Bride would probably be at the top of my list not only for the great and entertaining sword fight between Wesley and the Inigo, and because of the very satisfying just desserts dealt to the Man with Six Fingers and even the Non-Sword fight/verbal victory by Wesley over Prince Humperdink.

All very satisfying and fun and enjoyable.

Pirates would win my MOST fun sword fight and Robin Hood would have to be in their just for sentimental reasons.

Anonymous said...

Funny, I just watched "The Princess Bride" the night before last. It had been about twenty years since I'd seen it, and I was very pleased to say I liked it as much (or more) after all these years. What a great movie.

As a (young) kid my favorite sword fight was the big duel at the end of "The Secret of NIMH" (a duel that never took place in the book, but was awesome in the cartoon).

bob said...

I have to side with Dan where's Errol Flynn's Robin Hood. The sword fight at the end of the movie is awesome.

John said...

Well, that's two votes for the original Robin Hood. I'll have to check out that fight scene.

I really enjoy watching The Princess Bride with my wife. It's a very romantic movie.

Rich said...

I loved the movie "The 13th Warrior" but Antonio's Arab was no amazing swordsman. He was struggling to learn how to wield a sword!

Stresspenguin said...

I'm gonna have to disagree with their #1 position. Darth Maul is the #2 swordsman. #1 is the guy who beats him and who beats Darth Vader the first time (and arguably the second time).