Die Hard (1988)



Critic Consensus: Its many imitators (and sequels) have never come close to matching the taut thrills of the definitive holiday action classic.

Movie Info

It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Jeb Stuart, Steven E. de Souza
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 9, 1999
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as John McClane

as Hans Gruber

as Sgt. Al Powell

as Holly McClane

as Harry Ellis

as Dwayne Robinson

as Thornburg

as Takagi

as Alexander

as Kristoff

as Uli

as Heinrich

as Big Johnson

as Little Johnson

as City Engineer

as City Worker

as Capt. Mitchell

as Hasseldorf

as Young Cop

as Harvey Johnson

as Gail Wallens

as Supervisor

as Dispatcher

as Lucy McClane

as John Jr.

as Convenience-Store Cl...

as Station Manager

as Thornburg's Assistan...

as Producer

as Soundman

as Businessman

as Stewardess

as Girl at Airport

as Boy at Airport

as Hostage

as Girl in Window

as Hostage

as Cameraman

as Kissing Man

as Hostage
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Critic Reviews for Die Hard

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (13)

There are good performances from everyone in this long, often funny, very violent but exciting melodrama.

Full Review… | July 28, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Die Hard is an action picture with a capital A. In fact, you might as well go ahead and capitalize the whole darn word.

Full Review… | July 9, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

As a grand flourish of cinematic technique, it is awesome; as a human drama, it is disgusting and silly, a mindless depiction of carnage on an epic scale.

Full Review… | July 9, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

McTiernan, who directed last summer's Predator, composes the action cleanly and logically, making good use of Jackson DeGovia's elaborate post-modernist set-the building becomes something of a character in itself.

Full Review… | July 9, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

In the first half of Director John McTiernan's movie, Willis wears an undershirt. In the second half he gets rid of it. And that's pretty much it for his performance.

Full Review… | December 5, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Die Hard is as high tech, rock hard and souped up as an action film can be.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Die Hard


Still one of the, if not the, best action film of all times. A great hero, a unique location, an excellent bad guy and plenty of kick-ass action. Doesn't get much better than this. Merry Chrismas!

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


An exhilarating all-time classic of action movies, impressively well directed and tense when it needs to be, while always surprising us with its well constructed script and the realistic composition of its witty flesh-and-bone hero, John McClane.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

When terrorists take the staff of a hi tec skyscraper hostage during a Christmas Eve party, a lone New York cop trapped in the building with them fights for survival while trying to foil their plans. Die Hard was a watershed moment in the evolution of the action movie, and was genre defying in that the heroes usually tended to have everything under control in action movies previous to this, while a blood soaked and desperate John McClane always seems one step away from defeat. This makes for some very suspenseful action and Willis' charismatic performance rightly elevated him to mega stardom. It has its faults, namely in the soapy back story of he and his wife and especially the ridiculous nonsense about his would be partner Al and his holstered pistol. These are minor points however as the quips are funny, the action beautifully choreographed and its a thrill ride that has dated surprisingly well. One of THE classic action movies.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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