Die Hard (1988)

Bruce Willis plays action hero John McClane. He’s just a regular guy at his estranged wife’s business party in Los Angeles when a group of terrorists (spoiler: thieves) take over the Nakatomi building where the party is being held on the 30th floor.

Some people say this isn’t a Christmas movie, but they are wrong. This is the Christmas movie for after the kids go to bed. “Now I have a machine gun. HO HO Ho”

This movie is so good, it spawned hundreds of movies riffing on the concept: Die Hard on a bus, Die Hard on a plane, Die Hard at a daycare.

As the terrorists break into a vault in the Nakatomi building, McClane must stay alive and do everything possible to save the hostages, which includes his wife. Along the way, the cops and FBI outside the building are more of a hindrance than a help.

It’s got great action, suspense, twists, comedy, one-liners, lovable and despicable characters, and a pace that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

As the edited for TV version says: “Yippee Kay-Yay, Mr. Falcon!”

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