15 Movies That Copied the "Die Hard" Formula

Home Alone (1990)

Use of the Die Hard scenario: An eight-year-old boy has to fight off a pair of criminals who attempt to break into his house.
Stand-in for John McClane: Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin)

If you've never thought of Home Alone as nothing but a filthy Die Hard clone, get ready to have your mind blown. Think about it: Both movies are set during Christmas, star a wise-cracking protagonist, and feature that same hero taking down a group of criminals with an improvised arsenal of everyday items within the claustrophobic confines of a single building. Plus, both spawned numerous sequels that got progressively worse as they went along. 

Now that you have the secret knowledge,  go out and have a double feature, and remind yourself that clones come in the most unlikely of places. Next time we’ll explain how Tommy Boy is nothing but a low-brow adaptation of Hamlet.

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