Movies - TV
Every Die
Hard Movie
Ranked
From Worst
To Best
By JESSICA SCOTT
5. Die Hard 5
“Die Hard” is one of the most beloved action films of all time, but “A Good Day to Die Hard,” where Detective John McClane travels to Russia to help his estranged son Jack who’s in trouble with Russian authorities, is an aimless slog. Ill-defined stakes and generic characters leave the audience with no one to root for.
4. Die Hard 2
McClane is now an LAPD cop, who arrives at Dulles to pick up his wife, Holly, for a Christmas visit with family, and winds up thwarting terrorists from crashing all the planes flying into Dulles. This sequel's biggest offense is trying too hard to recreate the original's magic, following the pattern as closely as possible without bringing anything new to the franchise.
3. Die Hard 4
McClane has been assigned to bring a computer hacker into custody, and the two men must try to outrun and outwit a cyber-terrorist. “Live Free or Die Hard” presents McClane as a relic in a world that's moving on, and the film argues that technology may change, but you can't improve on the classics.
2. Die Hard 3
McClane is back in New York with a reluctant partner, Zeus Carver, as they try to prevent bombings by Simon, Hans Gruber's brother, who is out for revenge. The tension between the two heroes, as well as their gained respect, makes “Die Hard with a Vengeance” a fascinating and electric movie.
1. Die Hard
The first and still the best in the franchise introduces the viewer to McClane, a New York cop flying to Los Angeles to see his wife at her office Christmas party, but terrorists crash the party. This is a tightly plotted film with brilliant writing, directing, and cinematography, which is a large part of what makes it so great.