Let's get one thing straight, "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie. It just is. Nothing screams Christmas more than a New York City police officer, John McClane, saving hostages from German terrorist, Hans Gruber, while visiting his estranged family in Los Angeles. If that's not the true meaning of Christmas, then what is?
Released in 1988, "Die Hard," directed by John McTiernan, started the action movie career of Bruce Willis and made the late great Alan Rickman a household name in the States. Plus, "Die Hard" gave us one of the greatest movie debates of all time—"Is 'Die Hard' a Christmas movie?" I personally would say yes, since I believe if a movie takes place during Christmas, it's a Christmas movie.
Loosely based on the novel "Nothing Lasts Forever" by Roderick Thorp, "Die Hard" changed the genre of action movies as we know them today, with a heavy focus on a lone hero against impossible tasks, succeeding against the odds. The first film's success ultimately led to four sequels, and in 2017, “Die Hard” was added to the National Film Registry for its cultural, historical and aesthetical significance. Since its release, multiple imitators have attempted to replicate the winning formula to little success.
To celebrate this genre-defining film, we are looking at the best tattoos inspired by this heartwarming and uplifting Christmas tale. Let us know if you think "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie and your favorite quote from the film in the comments section on social media.
[Editor’s Note: The best line in the movie is, by far, “What have we here, gentlemen? The police have themselves an RV.”]