Die Hard on an IMDB POLLby john-hitchcock | created - 14 Jan 2015 | updated - 17 Feb 2015 | Public
The "Die Hard on an X" subgenre of the action film was first popularized by the success of the 1988 movie Die Hard (1988). In the 90's, there was a wave of imitators that would put the setup of Die Hard into a variety of different contexts. Some were actually good, some were very bad, but which is your favorite?
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1. Die Hard 2 (1990)
R | 124 min | Action, Thriller
John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.
Votes: 342,708 | Gross: $117.54M
Die Hard in an airport.
2. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
Votes: 498,594 | Gross: $285.76M
Die Hard in a house.
3. Toy Soldiers (1991)
R | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A group of troublemaking boys decide to take a stand when terrorists seize control of their boarding school.
Votes: 19,992 | Gross: $15.07M
Die Hard at a boarding school.
4. Passenger 57 (1992)
R | 84 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
An airline security expert must take action when he finds himself trapped on a passenger jet when terrorists seize control of it.
Votes: 45,861 | Gross: $44.07M
Die Hard on a commercial plane.
5. Under Siege (1992)
R | 103 min | Action, Thriller
An ex-Navy Seal turned cook is the only person who can stop a group of terrorists when they seize control of a U.S. battleship.
Votes: 79,766 | Gross: $83.36M
Die Hard on a boat.
6. Cliffhanger (1993)
R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A botched mid-air heist results in suitcases full of cash being searched for by various groups throughout the Rocky Mountains.
Votes: 121,920 | Gross: $84.05M
Die Hard on a mountain.
7. Speed (1994)
R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.
Votes: 337,285 | Gross: $121.25M
Die Hard on a bus.
8. No Contest (1995)
R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Andrew Dice Clay takes over a hotel during a beauty pageant taking several pageant contestants hostage since one of them is a rich senator's daughter.
Die Hard at a beauty pageant.
9. Sudden Death (1995)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A former fireman takes on a group of terrorists holding the Vice President and others hostage during the seventh game of the NHL Stanley Cup finals.
Votes: 32,876 | Gross: $20.35M
Die Hard in a hockey arena.
10. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)
R | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Casey Ryback hops on a Colorado to LA train to start a vacation with his niece. Early into the trip, terrorists board the train and use it as a mobile HQ to hijack a top secret destructive US satellite.
Votes: 44,615 | Gross: $50.02M
Die Hard on a train.
11. Executive Decision (1996)
R | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.
Votes: 52,049 | Gross: $56.57M
Die Hard on a commercial plane... again.
12. The Rock (1996)
R | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.
Votes: 318,439 | Gross: $134.07M
Die Hard in Alcatraz.
13. Con Air (1997)
R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.
Votes: 281,160 | Gross: $101.12M
Die Hard on a prison plane.
14. Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A computer hacker breaks into the computer system of the Seabourn Legend cruise liner and sets it speeding on a collision course into a gigantic oil tanker.
Votes: 76,215 | Gross: $48.61M
Die Hard on a boat... again.
15. Air Force One (1997)
R | 124 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Communist Radicals hijack Air Force One with The U.S. President and his family on board. The Vice President negotiates from Washington D.C., while the President, a Veteran, fights to rescue the hostages on board.
Votes: 183,859 | Gross: $172.96M
Die Hard on the President's plane.
16. Point Blank (1998)
R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Convicted corporate criminal Howard engineers a prison break as he and a number of fellow inmates are being transferred to a new facility. The escapees storm a shopping mall and take a ... See full summary »
Die Hard in a shopping mall.
17. Icebreaker (2000)
PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Drama
At the the Killington ski resort something has gone awry. Evil terrorists led by the sinister Greig have taken the resort hostage with a stolen nuclear device. It's up to Ski Patrol bum Matt Foster to save the day... and his fiancé.
Die Hard at a ski resort.
18. Derailed (2002)
R | 89 min | Action, Thriller
On an out of control train holding hostages and high-tech bio-weapons agent Kristoff (Van Damme) becomes a one man army to derail the terrorists and save the lives of everyone on board!
Die Hard on a train... again.
19. Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
PG | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
When a shopping mall is taken over by a gang of organized crooks, it's up to a mild-mannered security guard to save the day.
Votes: 105,072 | Gross: $20.82M
Die Hard in a shopping mall... again.
20. Dredd (2012)
R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
Votes: 259,011 | Gross: $13.41M
Die Hard in a dystopian apartment building.
21. Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
R | 119 min | Action, Thriller
Secret Service agent Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack and works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.
Votes: 261,994 | Gross: $98.93M
Die Hard in the White House.
22. White House Down (2013)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.
Votes: 209,925 | Gross: $73.10M
Die Hard in the White House... again.
23. Non-Stop (2014)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages demanding $150 million into an off-shore account, or someone will die every 20 minutes.
Votes: 253,564 | Gross: $92.17M
Die Hard once again on a commercial airplane.
24. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Votes: 807,135 | Gross: $83.01M
I prefer the original Die Hard first and foremost.