“This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.”
If you ask someone who has never seen any of the Star Wars movies to explain the franchise to you, chances are they would mention Darth Vader and lightsabers. Naturally, they rank first among the most famous movie weapons of all time.
The legendary, lasting weapons of the Jedi and their Sith enemies, the lightsaber was developed in early drafts of Star Wars scripts as laser weapons secondary to blasters, but revisions saw them grow into the mythical blades of the Force-sensitive warriors of the galaxy.
Of course, with weapons so flashy and cool, fans want to see them put to use as often as possible, so each film has since delivered with lightsaber duels that have grown and evolved across the years.