15 Movies That Copied the "Die Hard" Formula

Sudden Death (1995)

Use of the Die Hard scenario: A disgraced fireman has to battle terrorists who have taken over the Pittsburgh Civic Arena during the NHL Finals.
Stand-in for John McClane: Darren McCord (Jean-Claude Van Damme)

In the ‘90s, it felt like a Die Hard clone was being released each month, and in 1995 one of the most blatant rip-offs of the situation hit theaters: Sudden Death. This time, JCVD played the disgraced hero attempting to redeem himself and save the day in the cramped confines of Pittsburgh's Civic Arena during the NHL Finals.

Sudden Death touts a cardboard plot, tepid special effects, and acting that's stiffer than a shot of whiskey. But, in the movie’s defense, it does serve up a rather surreal fight scene between Van Damme and a female terrorist wearing a penguin suit. Few fails can claim this.

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