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This is a list of all 'Die Hard' movies, ranked best to worst. With the release of 1988's original 'Die Hard,' one of the most successful action movie franchises in film history was born. Bruce Willis forever became linked to action films, thanks to the success of 'Die Hard' and the four films that followed it. Is there any doubt that 'Die Hard' is one of the best movies of all time? Here's a tougher question: Which 'Die Hard' movie is the greatest? That's for you to decide, with votes. You can also re-rank these 'Die Hard' movies in any order you choose. The original 'Die Hard' movie was based on the novel 'Nothing Lasts Forever' (Roderick Thorp), and this particular film is without question included on this list of the best movies based on books. All of the 'Die Hard' films have one thing in common: They are great action movies, combining some seriously witty banter with all the car chases, explosions and bad guys. The character of tough talking, yippee-ki-yay-ing NYPD detective John McClane is one of the most memorable action movie characters in cinema history. Bruce Willis' movies are almost always fun, and the 'Die Hard' franchise represents him at his best!
Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All Die Hard Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
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Die Hard


Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die Hard follows off-duty New York City Police Department officer John McClane as he takes on a group of highly organized criminals led by Hans Gruber, who perform a heist in a Los Angeles skyscraper under the guise of a terrorist attack using hostages, including McClane's wife Holly, to keep the police at bay. Nothing Lasts Forever is the sequel to Thorp's 1966 novel The Detective, which was adapted into a 1968 film of the same name that starred Frank Sinatra. Fox was contractually obliged to offer ...more

Initial Release: 1988

Directed by: John McTiernan

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Die Hard with a Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All Die Hard Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
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Die Hard with a Vengeance is a 1995 American action film and the third in the Die Hard film series. It was produced and directed by John McTiernan, written by Jonathan Hensleigh, and stars Bruce Willis as New York City Police Department Lieutenant John McClane, Samuel L. Jackson as McClane's reluctant partner Zeus Carver, and Jeremy Irons as Simon Peter Gruber. It was released on May 19, 1995, five years after Die Hard 2, and was followed by Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard in 2007 and 2013, respectively. ...more

Initial Release: 1995

Directed by: John McTiernan

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#13 on The Best Movies of 1995

#39 on The Greatest Movies for Guys

#9 on The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

#89 on The Best Adventure Movies

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Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All Die Hard Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
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Die Hard 2


Die Hard 2 is a 1990 American action film and the second in the Die Hard film series. It was released on July 4, 1990. The film was directed by Renny Harlin, and stars Bruce Willis as John McClane. The film co-stars Bonnie Bedelia, William Sadler, Art Evans, William Atherton, Franco Nero, Dennis Franz, Fred Thompson, John Amos, and Reginald VelJohnson, returning briefly in his role as Sgt. Al Powell from the first film. The screenplay was written by Steven E. de Souza and Doug Richardson, adapted from Walter Wager's novel 58 Minutes. The novel has the same premise but differs slightly: A cop must stop terrorists who take an airport hostage while his daughter's plane circles overhead. He has ...more

Initial Release: 1990

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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#25 on The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made

#17 on The Best Movies of 1990

#83 on The Best Adventure Movies

#26 on Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked

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Live Free or Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All Die Hard Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
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Live Free or Die Hard


Live Free or Die Hard is a 2007 American action film, and the fourth installment in the Die Hard film series. The film was directed by Len Wiseman and stars Bruce Willis as John McClane. The film's name was adapted from New Hampshire's state motto, "Live Free or Die". McClane is attempting to stop cyber terrorists who hack into government and commercial computers across the United States with the goal to start a "fire sale" of financial assets. The film was based on the 1997 article "A Farewell to Arms" written for Wired magazine by John Carlin. The film's North American release date was June 27, 2007. The project was initially stalled due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and when production ...more

Initial Release: 2007

Directed by: Len Wiseman

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#39 on The Dumbest Movie Sequel Titles

#13 on Long-Awaited Sequels That Were Most Worth the Wait

#29 on The Most Unrealistic Action Films

#54 on The Best Action Movie Sequels

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