Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: July 15, 1988
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EpicLadySpongeFeb 3, 2016
Watch out, people. The bots attacked here. I sure wish I can bot a movie here... then I can go and bot my latest low score and give it so much disrespect.
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MovieGuysSep 15, 2013
In 1988, when Die Hard came out, my parents and a family friend went to see it in New York City in a big theater. The movie was so crowded, they all did not even get to sit together. (And I don't even think it was opening weekend!) Take thatIn 1988, when Die Hard came out, my parents and a family friend went to see it in New York City in a big theater. The movie was so crowded, they all did not even get to sit together. (And I don't even think it was opening weekend!) Take that into consideration for how big a movie this was back then and still is.

Die Hard is the best action movie, and probably my favorite movie, with a close second or tie with The Shawshank Redemption.

Die Hard combines well-executed action scenes with cheesy but iconic one-liners and a great main character. As sarcastic, profane, and messed up John McClane is, you have to find yourself rooting for him.

Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, and Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald Veljohnson, and many others will have their acting skills defined by this movie forever. After all, it definitely gave a career boost to some, although Willis already had a nice acting resume on his plate. Nevertheless, it redefined the whole genre.

Action movies consist of a bunch of key elements that come together to form a coherent picture. (At least I hope it will be coherent, as some tend to fail at this process.) They combine action scenes (obviously), at least a couple one-liners, a car (there's always a car or some kind of vehicle), a villain, and usually an explosion or two. Or three. All of these elements and many more were all in Die Hard, and it kind of changed the genre for good. You will hear people say "Oh, that movie is a Die Hard rip-off", or "That stunt was first made famous in Die Hard." It's not that action movies didn't have these elements before Die Hard, it's just that Die Hard made them better and/or famous.

Die Hard will keep you on the edge of your seat, and is an extremely well-done picture that doesn't lag or slow down at all. It eases into the action in such a way that it feels natural and not forced or unnecessary.
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Meth-dudeNov 23, 2017
Die Hard is a classic. It's full of cheesy one liners, it's not very subtle, it's cliché and it doesn't even bother trying to be believable. If you like mindless action movies, Die Hard is perfect for you.
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grandpajoe6191Sep 18, 2011
Director John McTiernan's "Die Hard" is one of those original one-man macho action movies that have brainless fun and a surprisingly deep character depth. It certainly is a masterpiece.
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imthenoobDec 7, 2012
How can you not like Die Hard? As I said for First Blood, It's one of the best action movies of all time and is a must watch for all action film fans.
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marcmyworksDec 8, 2013
Not only one of the best action films of all time but also one of the best Christmas films of all times. I love that is also features Reginald VelJohnson from 'Family Matters' fame.
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lukechristianscJun 24, 2015
When John McClane is on the edge, it's entertaining for fans to enjoy seeing their cute up hero not give up also enjoying every word McClane says. The film has to the best villain in recent memory a hero can relate to, screenwriters JebWhen John McClane is on the edge, it's entertaining for fans to enjoy seeing their cute up hero not give up also enjoying every word McClane says. The film has to the best villain in recent memory a hero can relate to, screenwriters Jeb Stuart and Steven E. DeSouza do a pretty good job writing kick ass dialogue and creating intense scenes and a suspenseful story that's it's dialogue that crackles with wit. Director John McTiernan's directing was equally impressive it's impressive that he knows what he's doing behind the camera. Bruce Willis as John McClane was epic, he brings fantastic charisma to his character, he has a wildly epic sense of humor as McClane. Alan Rickman as the villain was cool. Grade A+ Expand
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MattBrady99Dec 25, 2016
"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
"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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eagleeyevikingJan 1, 2014
Die Hard is popcorn entertainment at its finest with strong performances all around (including an iconic portrayal of Hans Gruber by Alan Rickman), witty dialogue, and terrific action sequences.
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smiyamotNov 28, 2015
How can this film have such a low rating? It has action, a wise cracking hero, the hero's estranged wife, a top notch bad guy, an idiot police commander, the superior FBI agents, and the everyday beat cop who just wants to get home forHow can this film have such a low rating? It has action, a wise cracking hero, the hero's estranged wife, a top notch bad guy, an idiot police commander, the superior FBI agents, and the everyday beat cop who just wants to get home for Christmas. The movie is well structured with action interspersed with comedic dialog so it takes you on a real roller coaster. I don't buy a lot of DVDs but this one is a keeper! Expand
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FuturedirectorMar 11, 2016
A clever, thrilling and well-acted picture that bless John McTiernan and Bruce Willis' prestigious filmography that cannot be overcame by any other holiday action picture
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drlowdonApr 12, 2014
When off-duty New York City Police officer John McClane (Willis) finds himself trapped inside an LA skyscraper by a group of highly organized criminals he mounts a one man war to stop them and save the hostages being held captive, hostagesWhen off-duty New York City Police officer John McClane (Willis) finds himself trapped inside an LA skyscraper by a group of highly organized criminals he mounts a one man war to stop them and save the hostages being held captive, hostages that include McClane's wife.

I don’t think anyone would disagree that the Die Hard franchise has now been completely run into the ground but this original movie remains one of, if not the, greatest action movie of all time. The action set pieces are superb, the script is fast paced and even darkly comic at times and in Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) you have one of the best movie bad guys of all time. It’s no coincidence that this made Bruce Willis into a true movie star.
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hoops2448Dec 14, 2011
There is a reason that Die Hard is a classic and that's because it is just so very entertaining. It has a good story, a claustrophobic setting, a dynamic lead, wonderful villain and action that holds up even now, 23 years after its initialThere is a reason that Die Hard is a classic and that's because it is just so very entertaining. It has a good story, a claustrophobic setting, a dynamic lead, wonderful villain and action that holds up even now, 23 years after its initial release.
Sure it's a man's film but it doesn't try to be anything other than that. It does its job and in the process creates one of the best movie villains of all time. Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) is a terrific antagonist with everything from his demeanour to his delivery being spot on. He plays well off of Bonnie Bedelia who is great as the strong female presence of the film. Bruce Willis takes his place as one of the best action stars of this generation, taking the reigns from the likes of Stallone and Van Damme. It's a great movie.
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MasterRileyDec 19, 2016
Die Hard is a really cool action movie, not sure why it has such low user ratings. Bruce Willis as the lead is great, and the rest of the casting and performances are also good. The action is entertaining, the comedy is pretty good, and theDie Hard is a really cool action movie, not sure why it has such low user ratings. Bruce Willis as the lead is great, and the rest of the casting and performances are also good. The action is entertaining, the comedy is pretty good, and the ending overall is pretty satisfying for what the story set out to be. I would definitely recommend this movie for anyone into action flicks. Expand
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FilipeNetoFeb 25, 2018
This film began a remarkable action movie franchise that runs around the detective John McClane of the New York Police Department. In this film, he will try to save the life of a group of hostages held captive in a corporate skyscraper of LosThis film began a remarkable action movie franchise that runs around the detective John McClane of the New York Police Department. In this film, he will try to save the life of a group of hostages held captive in a corporate skyscraper of Los Angeles. Directed by John McTiernan, the film has a script of Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza. Bruce Willis embodies the leading role. The film was nominated for four Oscars (Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Sound Effects, Best Visual Effects).

At first glance, this film does not look like anything special. Another eighties action movie, full of explosions, police cars made in pieces and bloodthirsty killers facing a single man, full of noble intentions. However, this film has something different: in a decade full of bullet proof heroes, this hero does not act (or looks) as something indestructible. He hurts himself, complains all the time and looks like a guy facing a situation beyond his control. So, its not difficult for the public to chear McClane, making Willis great performance the big advantage of the film.

Everything else followed, more or less, the pattern of the decade for action: stunning sets, special, visual and sound effects made with great care and regular performances from the rest of the cast (the interpretation of Alan Rickman, then still little known by non- British public, deserves a positive note of attention). This is an action film that captivates some audiences more adverse to this kind of movies, which proved to be the key to its success.
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vikesh2206Nov 10, 2014
Die Hard is popcorn entertainment at its finest with strong performances all around (including an iconic portrayal of Hans Gruber by Alan Rickman), witty dialogue, and terrific action sequences.
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MovieMasterEddyApr 10, 2016
Die Hard is as high tech, rock hard and souped up as an action film can be, a suspenser [based on the novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp] pitting a lone wolf cop against a group of terrorists that has taken over a highrise officeDie Hard is as high tech, rock hard and souped up as an action film can be, a suspenser [based on the novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp] pitting a lone wolf cop against a group of terrorists that has taken over a highrise office tower.

Bruce Willis plays John McClane, an overworked New York policeman who flies into Los Angeles at Christmas to visit his two daughters and estranged wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia).

Planning a rather different holiday agenda are the terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). The dastardly dozen invade the plush 30th floor offices of Nakatomi Corp during its Christmas party, and hold the employees hostage as a computer whiz cracks a code that will put the mainly German bad boys in possession of $600 million in negotiable bonds.

Slipping out of the party in the nick of time with nothing but his handgun, Willis is the fly in the ointment of the criminals’ plans, picking off one, then two more of the scouts sent on pest control missions.

Beefed up considerably for his role, Willis is amiable enough in the opening stretch, but overdoes the grimacing and heavy emoting later on. The cooler and more humorous he is the better. Rickman has a giddy good time but sometimes goes over the top as the henchman.
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DuckNationMay 25, 2014
Die Hard has to be one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time the fact that its also a brilliant action film makes it absolutely amazing. Of course this is the best Die Hard in the franchise and after you watch the newest one it makesDie Hard has to be one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time the fact that its also a brilliant action film makes it absolutely amazing. Of course this is the best Die Hard in the franchise and after you watch the newest one it makes you love this movie even more but also sad to see how the franchise dwindled. Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman are phenomenal together they brought both of their characters to life with their amazing acting to a point where you want to root for both of them to win. Bruce Willis as John McClane was so enjoyable because of how real the character felt rather then a normal super hero main character that you dont care for they made him just a regular guy so that you connect more with him then you would with a emotionless main guy out for blood like many movies in this genre. Die Hard was Alan Rickman's first movie and what an impression he made with his slick acting as the main villain Hans Gruber a guy you start to love throughout because of how cold and calculating he is. He later went on to be in many high profile movies and is now one of my favorite actors.

Overall i give it a solid 10 This is for sure the best Christmas action movie of all time i dont care what anyone says. I watched it when i was young and i plan to watch it when im old no doubt about that.
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LoRevisorFeb 25, 2015
Em 1988 um ano após o excelente filme policial Máquina Mortífera,Era criado mais um excelente filme e franquia policial com ótimas sequências.
Duro De Matar um suspense de ação,Arrasador cheio de ação e com excelentes atuações do até então
Em 1988 um ano após o excelente filme policial Máquina Mortífera,Era criado mais um excelente filme e franquia policial com ótimas sequências.
Duro De Matar um suspense de ação,Arrasador cheio de ação e com excelentes atuações do até então novato Bruce Willis,Alan Rickman incrível como o antagonista Hans Gruber,Reginald VelJohnson como Al Power,e Bonnie Bedelia como Holly GeNerro.
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ArkonBladeOct 27, 2010
just a fun film thats over the top and the king of 80s action films . bruce willis comes off as the every man who is **** , funny , and just in over his head but just plods on through this fun action packed adventure .
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robertoiglesiasJan 3, 2018
Die Hard isn't one of the best films of all time, but then again, I enjoy it, a lot. It's simply fun, cool, and in fact gives most of us Christmas cheer. Even though the only memorable villains are Hans, Karl, Theo, Tony and possibly Uli,Die Hard isn't one of the best films of all time, but then again, I enjoy it, a lot. It's simply fun, cool, and in fact gives most of us Christmas cheer. Even though the only memorable villains are Hans, Karl, Theo, Tony and possibly Uli, Marco, Fritz, and Franco, it's still a solid film. Expand
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talisencrwAug 13, 2016
Just watched this inexplicably for the first time, after having seen and adoring its first two sequels. As a teenager when this hit theatres, I never really felt the urge or inclination to see this at the time. Action films weren't big for meJust watched this inexplicably for the first time, after having seen and adoring its first two sequels. As a teenager when this hit theatres, I never really felt the urge or inclination to see this at the time. Action films weren't big for me back then. Now as a father of a teenager myself, it's interesting seeing what's now considered 'a classic' for the first time.

This easily deserves its lofty status as one of the finest action movies ever made, especially of the 80's. Alan Rickman, now deceased, played with distinction one of the finest cinematic villains ever. This film--closely followed by 'Pulp Fiction'--is the most important work Bruce Willis ever made.

I enthusiastically hope that should someday Willis either leave this plain or decide not to make any more DH films that they simply put the franchise to rest. He was born to play this character. Anyone else in his shoes could never fit the iconic bill.
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Zanessa250QIApr 4, 2016
.........................................................................................................Have so much Graceless PUBLIC that vote in Metacritic that i think WTF???....

5.6/10 For this classic, the people who do it is
.........................................................................................................Have so much Graceless PUBLIC that vote in Metacritic that i think WTF???....

5.6/10 For this classic, the people who do it is Graceless or Idiot, only these two things
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heeldavidJul 5, 2014
One of the best action films of all time, Bruce Willis puts on a very charismatic performance. Alan Rickman also puts on a nice villainous performance
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teddylukeApr 21, 2015
one of the best movies of all time it's that good. the action are amazing the charters are amazing the set felt real and not fake it just an amazing film.
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raciocinioOct 21, 2015
I Don't Understand???? This the first one of Die Hard Series is 10000x times better than the second,and the second have a better score of user, what is the problem with this....
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dyshpoJul 30, 2013
Best movie of the hostage action shooter movie cool fast hitting scope and range u actually feel the chemistry between the characters and cast not like some recant bull
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JuanoloApr 2, 2012
First off, I would give this a 9.5 out of 10. Acting is great. The villian is great, and Bruce Willis is awesome. The story is really good, and the score is really good. The action sequences are great. This is such a great, intense, actionFirst off, I would give this a 9.5 out of 10. Acting is great. The villian is great, and Bruce Willis is awesome. The story is really good, and the score is really good. The action sequences are great. This is such a great, intense, action movie. Overall, this is a great action movie. It's really good. You should go see it. Highly recommended. Expand
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Pama300Feb 17, 2017
Not only is it a thrill-a-minute ride, but it has one of the best film villains in recent memory, a hero everyone can relate to, dialogue that crackles with wit, and a lot of very impressive pyrotechnics.
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eTurkeyJul 25, 2012
Many critics have noted over the years that 'Die Hard' is one of the greatest action movies of all time. I would be partial to that sentiment to a certain degree. It isn't one of the best films ever made but it is top of its class in itsMany critics have noted over the years that 'Die Hard' is one of the greatest action movies of all time. I would be partial to that sentiment to a certain degree. It isn't one of the best films ever made but it is top of its class in its respective genre, which is good enough for me. Bruce Willis is a terrific hero but It's Hans Gruber (played by Alan Rickman) who is the standout character of the flick. He's simply everything you ever look for in an evil villain - and the accent only helps. If you're looking for a fantastic popcorn feature to enjoy then look no further. Expand
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