Is 'Die Hard' a Christmas Movie?

It is a debate as old as... 1988: Is the movie 'Die Hard' a Christmas movie?

The movie does take place during the holidays with John McClane, played by Bruce Willis, reluctantly attending a Christmas party in L.A. Things were going awkwardly along until our hero gets caught up in the net thrown by a pack of brazen robbers disguised as terrorists headed by the notorious Hans Gruber, played by a delightlfully evil Alan Rickman. The movie then chronicles how McClane overpowers the criminals with the moral support via police radio from the slightly less wayward, but equally loveable Sgt. Al Powell, played by Reginald VelJohnson (You know, the dad from Family Matters).

The problem many run into is that the movie was originally released wide in theaters as a summer blockbuster and wasn't really supposed to be the holiday classic along the lines of "It's a Wonderful Life", or to a lesser extent, "A Christmas Story".

A poll released this week tackled this, and several other holiday-related questions. Public Policy Polling, a national polling firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina, said that only 13 percent of their voters believe 'Die Hard' is a Christmas flick.

The poll results have since gone viral and spark many debates across the Internet.



And now the questions falls to you... tell us what you think: Is 'Die Hard' a Christmas movie? Head to and let us know your answers.


The Nakatomi building featured in the film is actually Fox Plaza in Century City which is now the headquarters for 20th Century Fox now owned by FOX 5 Atlanta's parent company 21st Century Fox. Many of the scenes were filmed during the construction of the building.


The same Public Policy Polling data suggests that 18 percent of Americans aren't buying the Grinch's transformation at the end of the tale.

Check out more poll results here

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