When Die Hard came out in 1988 it was immediately a big hit, but was it a Christmas movie?
Die Hard was released on July 15, 1988 and starred Bruce Willis. Bruce Willis was coming into his prime as an action star at the time of release, and the success of this film really solidified his place.
Die Hard would go on to have two follow up films that came out in the next few years, and a 4th and 5th film coming out 2 decades later.
The main reason this action thriller is considered an Christmas movie is because the film takes place in the skyscraper that begins with a company Christmas party on Christmas eve. This sets the scene for the mayhem that unfolds throughout the rest of the movie.
Another reason is that there is Christmas music throughout the film. Add in the fact that 1.3 million Americans watched Die Hard on Christmas eve of 2016 and you have a pretty strong case for calling this action classic a Christmas movie.
While it is not your typical Christmas movie, it is definitely a nice change up to the standard fare of holiday viewing.