The Five Best Scenes of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

The Empire Strikes Back is undoubtedly one of the best Star Wars movies ever made (I have it ranked at third only behind Rogue One and The Last Jedi) and it’s full of fascinating scenes left and right. For the past four movies it’s been easy deciphering what my five favorite scenes of those movies were but The Empire Strikes Back has so many incredible moments that it’s going to be difficult distinguishing only five fantastic scenes out of this film but I’m going to try my best. Enjoy!

1. The Dagobah Cave


Before there was the mirror cave in The Last Jedi there was this incredible Dagobah cave scene in The Empire Strikes Back and just like the cave scene in The Last Jedi it’s just as fascinating. This scene is still mesmerizing because I continue to remain bewildered by what this scene exactly means. Is the vision showing what Luke could become in his future if he continued down a dark path or was the vision hinting that Darth Vader was Luke’s father and he didn’t even know it? I still haven’t determined exactly what the Dagobah cave scene means but it’s definitely one of the better parts of the movie to me.

2. The Lesson

I love this scene for so many reasons. One: it contains my favorite line from Yoda. “No. Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.” Best movie line ever! Secondly: it’s the first time you really get an idea of what the Force is as Yoda lectures Luke on the idea of the mystical power. Luke thinks it takes strength to be powerful in the ways of the Force but Yoda demonstrates that it doesn’t take might or muscle to be an incredible Jedi. Third: when Yoda lifts that X-Wing out of the murky water and parks it on the Dagobah shore it’s such a powerful moment because Luke thought it was an impossible feat and then here goes Yoda, an alien so diminutive that he can’t even reach Luke’s knees, using the Force so effortlessly. This is, to me, one of the most impactful scenes in The Empire Strikes Back.

3. “No, I am your father.”

Is this even a surprise? I mean, this is literally one of the most iconic scenes in film history. The suspense, the story, the duel, everything was perfectly set up for this scene to be the drop-the-mic moment of The Empire Strikes Back and even after watching this movie hundreds of times it still puts chills down my spine. The Last Jedi had some surprising developments but this is still the greatest reveal in Star Wars. 🙂

4. Luke Calls Leia

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The Darth Vader reveal scene already took the movie to the next level of awesomeness but this scene only elevated the film in so many ways. First of all, the fact that Luke was wise enough, in his desperation, to call Leia of all people through the extraordinary power of the Force and the fact that she heard him was just downright amazing. Secondly, it’s the first time Leia is shown in Star Wars with the intuition of the Force and it adds another element to this movie that makes it so awesome. Third, the music is so magical at this part. John Williams is a genius movie composer and the scores he has provided movies have been so amazingly iconic throughout the years. Fourth, this is just a really good scene. In fact, it’s perfect and that’s why The Empire Strikes Back is such a great Star Wars film. The last forty minutes of the movie are so SUPERB!

5. The Ending

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The ending for The Empire Strikes Back is one of my favorite final Star Wars scenes. It always has been. Between Luke getting a new hand and him and Leia watching the Millennium Falcon fly off in search for Han Solo, with the addition of the incredible music in the background, this scene has brought me to tears and given me goosebumps so many times that I can’t even count it on my fingers. This scene is magical on so many levels and it really is the icing on the Empire Strikes Back cake.

I thank you for reading and I hope you for a fabulous day. May the Force be with you.


2 thoughts on “The Five Best Scenes of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’”

  1. Yoda’s lessons are the main must-watch viewing of the entire saga if you want to understand the Force. Arguably, it’s even a case to be made that if Vader is less powerful than the Emperor, it’s because he holds himself back out of his own ongoing dissociative personality disorder and depression, not because of his physical crippling.

    I interpret the cave scene as the dark side warning Luke that he’s on his father’s path. It’s set up further by Yoda’s answer when Luke asks him, “what’s in there?” “Only what you take with you.” And then the further admonition that he wouldn’t need his weapons, and then he insists on bringing them anyway. Yoda clearly sees Luke’s experience in there as a failure (and says so later when he’s leaving), and he brought it on himself by bringing an instinct for violence into the place. That’s why he’s on his father’s path, and it’s why he failed the test the place put on him.

    I would put the duel between Luke and Vader in here, as well as Vader’s execution of Ozzel. These are the two best scenes in the entire trilogy for understanding who Vader is and what he’s about. Put together with his rampage in Rogue One, it’s quintessential Vader.

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