It’s a question that has stoked debate for years: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? From filmmakers, to movie fans, to relatives at the holiday dinner table, the question has caused shouting matches and plenty of discussion to find out the answer.
Many answers to the question are likely dictated by what your personal definition of a “Christmas Movie” actually is. Is it a movie that takes place on or around Christmas Eve or Christmas? Does the plot directly revolve around the holiday? Does it have references to the holiday? Depending on what you think, Die Hard easily could fall into—or be left out of—the discussion of the top Christmas movies.
People around the country have strong opinions on the matter, as do the filmmakers and actors who actually made the movie itself.
Lead star Bruce Willis, writer Steven E. de Souza, and director John McTiernan have all made their opinions known about what they think (more on that in a minute), while a study done by StreamingObserver found that Die Hard was named the top holiday film in four states, including Washington, Missouri, Wisconsin and Virginia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While the Die Hard Christmas question does have a lot to do with personal preferences, we decided to try and look at some of the “hard” evidence—sorry for the pun—that is for and against the idea that Die Hard is a Christmas movie.
In fact, this year the movie got a new holiday season makeover for the Die Hard – Christmas Edition, showing that the studio is leaning into the Die Hard Christmas movie debate:
We try to answer the question once and for all: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Dig in with us and find out.
(Also just a heads up, some of the photos below are from the first Die Hard, as well as Die Hard 2.)