Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie? Action movie lovers have been arguing about the true vacation mood of John McClane’s first great adventure since 1988. Despite being released in the summer of ’88, Die Hard offers a surprising amount of Christmas cheer, melodies and a little blood-soaked “ho, ho, hos”.
It’s not a marketing mistake either. According to COURT, 2.4 million people watched Die Hard during the 2016 Christmas season, 1.3 million of them on Christmas Eve. On television you can see Die Hard more than Christmas classics like Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street or The Santa Clause.
Nevertheless, the debate is raging! That’s why we asked you, the holy IGN audience, to vote on whether or not Die Hard was a Christmas movie. 23,133 of you have voted and the final judgment has been made. Check out the result below.
Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?
Yes, definitely – 18,011 votes (77.9%)
No, stop this madness – 5,122 votes (22.1%)
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A total of 18,011 people have voted for Die Hard is a Christmas movie, making up 77.9% of the total electorate. Less impressive, but by no means insignificant, 5,122 people voted that Die Hard is not a Christmas film, a total of 22.1%.
Movie lovers and Christmas fans are clearly in favor of Die Hard’s vacation status. To be fair, there are some precedents in their favor. Aside from Die Hard playing during a company Christmas party, Run DMC’s score includes “Christmas in Hollis,” and even the last line (from McClane’s sidekick limo driver Argyle) refers to Christmas.
It’s also not uncommon for certain films to become Christmas classics simply because audiences love to watch them over the holidays, even though they don’t really focus on December 25th.
It’s a Wonderful Life, the 1947 feel-good classic that helped inspire the trope “What Would Life Be Like If I Didn’t Exist” was a huge commercial failure until it accidentally became in the public domain and an easy one Choice for television rotation was made. The film doesn’t even switch to Christmas time until about an hour and forty minutes into its 2 hour 10 minute run time. Then there are films like Batman Returns, a “Christmas movie” about a murderous Danny DeVito who takes revenge on Gotham during the holidays, as well as Gremlins, Iron Man 3 and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
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The only thing that speaks against the vote is that Bruce Willis said in 2018 that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie. Let’s face it, this opinion is probably just a defense against the countless press junkets and die hard narrow-minded people who keep asking him the same question.
The point is, there’s no scientific formula for what makes Die Hard a Christmas movie, but 18,011 people who will agree with you is definitely a good place to start. It’s all about what mood you want to feel while the snow falls, the cocoa cools, and the machine guns rattle.
Joseph Knoop is Writer / Producer / Die Hard for IGN