Overall Rank: 25
Average Rating: 3.3/4
# of Ratings: 1479
Theatrical Release Date: 07/15/1988
MPAA Rating: R
Director: John McTiernan
Actors: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman, Reginald VelJohnson, William Atherton, Paul Gleason
Plot: A terrorist group takes over a L.A. office building on Christmas, and tough New York cop John McLain is the only one who can stop them.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 03/14/2021
Hollywood has certainly put out much more intelligent and artful movies than "Die Hard," but few are as entertaining as this legendary action flick.
scunaclaf - wrote on 10/04/2013
One of the best action movies ever, all set in one big building, but plenty of action and thrills
Matthew Brady - wrote on 08/25/2013
"Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho." Christmas is the time for love, peace, forgiveness, and sharing. It's also the time where a man in a white vest guns down at terrorists at the Nakatomi Plaza, with no shoes on. Die Hard is one of the best Christmas movies ever. Merry Christmas everyone.
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Andulamb - wrote on 10/02/2020
Die Hard gets right what so many action flicks today do not. John McClane is human. He has emotions. He feels pain. He makes mistakes. Whereas 99% of action movies made within the last ten years have taken the opposite approach, giving us emotionless super-humans for heroes. Contemporary action movies are all about exuding cool: cool explosions, cool battles, cool 'tudes. So I guess John McClane isn't cool. A lot of the time he doesn't know what he is doing. He's in a building full of bad guys, and he's just winging it. He isn't armed to the teeth. He can't shoot a gun with his left hand and throw a knife with his right hand, simultaneously, without looking, while doing a backflip through the window of an exploding building. He gets himself into much less extreme situations that, …
memento_mori - wrote on 08/11/2013
Die Hard is the pinnacle of action movies. It constantly tops best lists, is extremely quotable and an average audience member could relate to John McClane in a special way. And I don't blame them.
John McTiernan directed Die Hard, and this is a guy that knows how to direct an action movie and make it memorable. He caught the vibe of adrenaline, and channeled it very smoothly during this movie, always keeping you on the hook and interested.
The script was very well written for a 1980's action movie. It was intellectual and it showed through its grand characters. Some you wanted to hug, some you wanted to strangle.
And then of course, there's Bruce Willis as John McClane.
I don't think Bruce Willis needed to do another movie after the success of Die Hard. He made this small …
MovieAddict - wrote on 07/01/2012
Bruce Willis solidified his place in movie history by filming an entire action film barefoot. His performance as John McClane is exciting and launched the career of Willis into superstardom, spawning three sequels. McClane is not muscle bound killing machine but a New York cop who turns up in the Nakatomi Building in Los Angeles to meet his wife who he hopes to spend Christmas with. But the party gets gate crashed by terrorists led by a diabolical thief disguised as a terrorist leader Han Gruber (Alan Rickman) who takes 30 people hostage. Only McClane escapes and he ends up being everyone’s only hope against the terrorists who don't care if they spoil everyone’s Christmas.
This is the guy who started the one-liners that became a cliché for action heroes later on. He's fearless, …
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