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This is a question we get asked again and again and AGAIN! There’s always a healthy debate about it, and whilst some are adamant that Die Hard is a Christmas film, others are vehemently opposed to the idea.

So here we answer the age-old argument “Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie”…

Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Yes, it might not be a traditional feel-good Christmas movie, but that doesn’t mean it’s not part of the club. It has been confirmed by many sources linked to the film that it is indeed intended to be a Christmas film, so who are we to argue? 

And although many don’t agree, There are no rules as to what constitutes a true Christmas movie, so if you enjoy watching Die Hard at Christmastime, the creators say it is, and you believe it’s a Christmas movie….then it is! 


Why is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Die Hard is a Christmas movie for many reasons and here are the top 10 reasons why Die Hard is classed as a Christmas movie…

  • Die Hard features five Christmas Songs
  • Director John McTiernan and writer Steven De Souza have both confirmed that Die Hard is a Christmas movie.
  • Die Hard features Santa Claus (albeit in the form of a dead bank robber)
  • John McClain’s wife is named Holly (Clutching at straws here admittedly) 
  • Hans Gruber exclaims de“It’s Christmas, Theo, it’s a time for miracles.”
  • Events of the film take place on Christmas Eve
  • John McClain is trying to return home to his family for Christmas – Classic Christmas movie storyline. 
  • An office Christmas party Features in the film

However, Bruce Willis has been quoted saying “Die Hard is not a Christmas movie! It’s a goddamn Bruce Willis movie!” but that’s most likely his big fat ego talking!


What Christmas Songs Feature in Die Hard?

Die Hard features four Christmas songs, including,

  • Christmas in Hollis by Run-D.M.C
  • Winter Wonderland by Michael Kamen
  • Jingle Bells by Frank Sinatra
  • Ode to Joy (Symphony No. 9 in D Minor) is hummed by  Hand Gruber  
  • Let It Snow by Vaughn Monroe is played during the end credits


Have Your Say, Let’s Vote…


Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Total Vote: 13
Will End : Dec 08, 2080


As with anything, It depends on your perspective. There are many reasons why people believe that Die hard is a true Christmas movie and many reasons why others don’t. Have your say above.

You can watch Die Hard over on Amazon Prime as well as these other 40 Prime  Christmas Films

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