Every year, around the festive period, there is always one question on everyone’s lips:

Is Santa real?

Is Die Hard (1988) a Christmas movie?

The answer?

Yes – of course it is!! Die Hard is a Christmas movie.

Why are you even questioning Die Hard‘s Christmas credentials?! It’s clearly a Christmas movie on par with the likes of Home Alone (1990), Scrooged (1988) and The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992).

Oh, you want more clarification.


OK, well here are the reasons why Die Hard is a Christmas movie:

  • Die Hard is set on Christmas Eve.
  • Lead character, John McClane – as played by Bruce Willis – attends a Christmas party.
  • Within the first two minutes, sleigh bells can be heard.
  • Within eight minutes, John McClane requests Christmas music during his chauffeur-driven ride to the Nakatomi Plaza.
  • Ten minutes into the film and McClane is humming Jingle Bells.
  • 40mins 45secs and a *cough* festive message is written on the shirt of a (dead) bad guy. The message reads: “Now I have a machine gun. Ho-Ho-Ho.”
  • Around the 1hour 11 minute mark, the character Theo recites the poem, Twas the Night Before Christmas.
  • The movie concludes with the song, Let it Snow!.
  • Christmas trees, Santas and various decorations appear throughout the movie.

And if all that wasn’t enough, in a poll about Christmas movies, Die Hard was named the 6th best Christmas movie according to readers of the Radio Times. So, it’s fair to say a lot of people believe Die Hard is a Christmas movie.

The film is set at Christmas, features various nods to the festive season and ends with McClane reconciling with his estranged wife just in time for Christmas day.


Case closed. Next!

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