Ah, the eternal “Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?” debate. ‘Tis the season! While the conversation is normally reserved for those of us who care way too much about movies, the movie’s studio itself, 20th Century Fox, has entered the fray, re-cutting the Die Hard trailer to advertise it as a Christmas movie. Guess what? It works pretty well!
And to those who continue protesting, allow us to settle this: Die Hard is a Christmas movie, and here’s why:
A Christmas movie is any movie in which the Christmas season or the Christmas holiday directly impacts the plot in some capacity. In Die Hard, villain Hans Gruber chooses to attack Nakatomi Plaza on that particular evening because he knows the Christmas party is happening. That means everyone will be contained to the same room inside the building and security measures will be decreased because the usual guards and watchmen will be home with their families.
Therefore, since Christmas has a direct impact on the events of the movie, and in this case actually instigate the whole movie happening, we can conclude Die Hard is a Christmas movie.
And this trailer proves it.