50 Categorical Examples That Ultimately Prove 'Die Hard' is a Christmas Movie - [Infographic]

Die Hard Christmas Movie
Let’s take a look at 50 cataloged examples that UNEQUIVOCALLY prove that Die Hard is a Christmas movie!

If there’s any debate on the internet that’s finally reached a boiling point, it’s this whole “is Die Hard a Christmas movie or not” debacle.

For many, it’s not even a debate any more, rather it comes down to a “is Die Hard the best Christmas movie or not” discussion. For others, who REFUSE TO FACE THE FACTS, it’s possibly just an example of willful ignorance.

Now, fresh off the news that there will be a sixth Die Hard - a prequel and tentatively titled ‘McClane’ with Bruce Willis attached -  we aim to settle this discussion, debate, annoyance once and for all.

From our friends at the Ultimate Action Movie Club, one Die Hard fanatic has presented five concrete reasons plus painstakingly cataloged 50 defined examples of Christmas references in Die Hard.

50 Things That Prove Die Hard is a Christmas Movie

To truly breakdown all the Christmas references in their entirety, you can check out the original spreadsheet here. But rest assured, this list is the result of meticulous work indeed. It not only includes every mundane  Christmas cue, but also any and all Christmas office decorations, lobby music snippets and minute throwaway conversations.

As you can see below, we’ve further broken things down into four categories - sound & music, props, script, and set decoration - with time-markers, location and source (whether that be person who said the line or where/how it appears in the film).

So, for those looking for re-affirmation on their current take on the Die Hard Christmas debate, or for those looking to win over an obtuse friend, we present the 50 Things That Prove Die Hard is a Christmas Movie infographic below! (You can also download the infographic here.)

50 Things That Prove Die Hard is a Christmas Movie

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These are examples of Die Hard taking place at Christmas time, not examples of Die Hard as a Christmas movie. A romance movie could have fifty guns in it, but that doesn't make it an action movie. What are the tropes of a Christmas movie? What are the themes? What defines it as a genre? How does Die Hard represent & play with that genre?

December 20, 2018 at 11:42AM

Dan Maher

Gee Dan .... i bet you're the life of any party .... lighten up dude ..tis the season

December 21, 2018 at 12:37PM


Love it!

December 21, 2018 at 12:36PM


Die Hard transcends Christmas.

December 23, 2018 at 3:15AM

Richard L
Camera assistant, DIT, DOP