Director: John McTiernan
Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Alexander Godunov, De'voreaux White
With a family reunion on his mind, NYPD detective John McClane (Bruce Willis at his finest) drops in on estranged wife Holly's (Bonnie Bedelia) company Christmas Eve party at Los Angeles' Nakatomi Plaza, only to watch the revelers be taken hostage by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his well-armed team of terrorists. Time for McClane to save the day!
Based on Roderick Thorp's 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, Die Hard is holiday fare with a side of bloodshed. Like any good action movie, it featured more than enough palpable tension, pulse-pounding moments, and memorable one-liners to spawn four sequels, including A Good Day to Die Hard, which hits theaters this February.
But unlike many of its thrill-packed brethren (including its sequels), Die Hard has some heart. Sure, McClane leaves a body count in his path, but he does it all in the name of love. And in the true tradition of the holiday allows nothing to come between him and his family spending December 25th around the Christmas tree—together. Yippie-ki-yay, motherfucker.