30 Best 'Star Wars' Moments

From jaw-dropping lightsaber duels to last-minute rescues, we count down the saga's most unforgettable may-the-Force-be-with-you scenes

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26. The Destruction of Alderaan ('A New Hope')

The first true test of the Death Star happens as Governor Tarkin (Peter Cushing) unleashes the full power of the Empire's ultimate weapon on Princess Leia’s adopted home planet, turning the peaceful world of Alderaan into flaming bits of space debris. The scene is a nice way of letting moviegoers know that these guys aren't above theatrical gestures when it comes to sheer villainy, but it's also genuinely unnerving — genocide with the flick of a switch.

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