Just last week the Internet was having a fierce debate over whether Die Hard was even a Christmas movie at all. We made a solid case that it is. Now we've got backup.
In its poll ranking of the 30 best Christmas movies ever made, Empire's readers placed traditional fave It's a Wonderful Life at no. 2 and Die Hard was top dog. Empire explains:
Arguably the greatest action movie ever made, and now the greatest Christmas movie ever made, too. Bruce Willis’ John McClane may seem like an unlikely Santa Claus – he doesn’t have enough hair for one – but what better Christmas present is there than the gift of terrorists getting taken down as they try to take Nakatomi Plaza hostage during a Christmas party in order to carry out an elaborate theft?
Hell yes to that. But wait, there's more!
Forbes did a ranking of the ten best Christmas movies in cinematic history, and again, Die Hard was number 1. Their explanation:
Die Hard is everything every Christmas movie should always be forever.
It's a mix of the baddie from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas; the unbeatable hero who shows up to teach everyone a lesson from Miracle On 34th Street; the ghosts of past, present, and future who bring insight and change from A Christmas Carol; plus every redemptive struggle about family and personal evolution and good versus evil, all wrapped up in a big shiny box with a bow made of explosions and bullets.
That's what we were talking about.
That's totally acceptable.
Case closed. Die Hard isn't just a Christmas movie—it's the most ass-kickingly awesome Christmas movie to ever light up a screen.