15 Variations on the Die Hard Format That Make You Think, ‘Wow, I Want To Watch ‘Die Hard’’
Die Hard is so, so good. The festive tale of one dude in over his head but refusing to give up, even when he loses his shoes — his shoes! — to do the right thing, save his wife and vanquish the impeccably groomed baddie is about as endlessly quotable, rewatchable and influential a movie as has ever been made.
Understandably enough, a huge amount of movies were subsequently made that aped its formula, to the extent that “Die Hard on a…” became shorthand both in the industry and the world at large for the whole solo-underdog-battling-baddies thing.
Plenty of movies inspired by Die Hard are really good, but even then, you often can’t help feeling as the credits roll that you might have had a better two hours watching the original Die Hard again…