A assemblage of movies starring Bruce Willis would not be complete if it didn't include "Die Hard," and there are so many "Die Hard" movies that they deserve a separate "Top Five" list of their own. With yet another "Die Hard" movie currently in production, one wonders if this franchise will keep on dying hard, whether it will die hard for just one more time, or if it will ever die at all. Until that matter is resolved, here is a list of the current "Die Hard" films. Enjoy!
In the 1988 action thriller, "Die Hard," Bruce Willis stars as New York City detective John McClane, who is newly arrived in Los Angeles to spend the Christmas Holiday with his estranged wife. But as McClane waits for his wife's office party to end, terrorists seize control of the building. While the terrorist leader and his savage henchmen round up hostages, McClane slips away unnoticed. Armed with only a service revolver and his cunning, McClane launches his own one-man war. The story is adapted from a 1979 novel by Roderick Thorp entitled, "Nothing Lasts Forever," a sequel to the novel "The Detective," which served as the basis for the film of the same name that starred Frank Sinatra. "Die Hard" co-stars Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, James Shigeta, and Alan Rickman.
"Die Hard 2," sometimes called "Die Hard 2: Die Harder," is set in and around Washington Dulles International Airport, where John McClane is waiting for his wife to arrive from Los Angeles. Meanwhile, a former Special Ops colonel and members of his old unit, who have been contracted to rescue a drug lord in route to stand trial in the U.S., commandeer a nearby church to setup a remote location in order to seize control of the airport. McClane soon discovers the plot, sets out to thwart the terrorists' plan, and save his wife and others arriving at the airport. The 1990 action thriller, adapted from the 1987 novel written by Walter Wager called "58 Minutes," co-stars Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Franco Nero, William Sadler, John Amos, and Dennis Franz.
"Die Hard with a Vengeance" takes place in New York City, where a terrorist has bombed a department store and warned that he will bomb a school if his demands are not met. He has McClane and another man running all over the city, following instructions in a series of deadly games in order to discover the location of the school. FBI agents soon identify the terrorist as the the brother of the terrorist leader who was killed by McClane in the first film, "Die Hard," and police eventually move in on a school where they think the bomb is located. But McClane suspects that something is wrong, returns to an earlier location, and discovers that the gang has stolen Federal Reserve Bank $140 billion of gold bullion from the vault. In the end, McClane once again saves the day. This 1995 action thriller, adapted from a script called "Simon Says," co-stars Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, and Graham Greene.
The Die Hard franchise moves into the 21st century with the action thriller called "Live Free or Die Hard," which was released as "Die Hard 4" outside of North America. The film is about an evil mastermind and group of cyber-terrorists who are determined to cause anarchy and chaos in the United States by bringing down the entire infrastructure on Independent Day. McClane, who is now divorced from his wife, becomes involved in the action when he is caught in crossfire while transporting an imprisoned computer hacker -- the terrorist kidnaps his daughter. The story is based on a 1997 Wired magazine article written by John Carlin entitled, "A Farewell to Arms." The 2007 film co-stars Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Maggie Q, and Kevin Smith.
At the time of publishing, "Die Hard 5," under the working title of "Die Hard 24/7," is in a pre-production phase. Bruce Willis is the only actor signed onto the project and he wants to do a final "Die Hard" movie, "Die Hard 6," before retiring his character, John McClane, without whom we would have no "Die Hard" films (we believe, but stay tuned!).
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