Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? That question might have sparked heated debates a few years ago, but today, we’re all pretty much over it. The only people who still want to argue are John McClane fans with nothing better to do.
This fact was best illustrated by comedian and professional poker player Ken Cheng in a Christmas Eve tweet that pitted the rest of the world against that one annoying Die Hard obsessive who just won’t give up.
Before we get into it, and on the off-chance that you’ve been held captive by a gun-toting Alan Rickman for the best 10 years, here’s why Die Hard is a Christmas movie: It takes place on Christmas, and well, that’s pretty much it. The film is set during a Christmas party at Nakatomi tower in Los Angeles. Against the backdrop of holiday festivities, John McClane (Bruce Willis) is forced to take on a team of international terrorists holding the entire building hostage.
So does that qualify Die Hard as a Christmas movie? According to the internet, the answer is a resounding yes.
But is Die Hard the best Christmas movie? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. As a recent Axios/SurveyMonkey reveals, the most popular Christmas films in America are still traditional options like It’s a Wonderful Life, which topped the list thanks to strong support from the 65-and-over crowd. Meanwhile, Home Alone took the top spot thanks to teen and young adult fans.
As the survey reveals, Die Hard still isn’t considered a “favorite” holiday movie by many, but this may just be because most people have never seen it. So if you’re stuck inside with your family this week you know when to do: turn on Die Hard, sit back, and enjoy an undeniably great Christmas movie.
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