The Greatest Action Movie Of All-Time Is Now On Disney+

By Douglas Helm | Updated

There are quite a few action movies that could be considered the “greatest action movie of all time,” and Die Hard is always in the conversation. The classic 1988 film is Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman at their best, and it’s a highly entertaining thrill ride throughout. If you somehow have missed out on this one, or if you want a rewatch, you can now stream it over on Disney+.

Die Hard Is One Of The Greatest Movies Ever Made

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Die Hard is directed by John McTiernan from a script by Jeb Stuart and Steven E de Souza based on the Roderick Thorp novel Nothing Lasts Forever. It features a cast that includes a young Bruce Willis alongside Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, and Bonnie Bedelia, with Reginald VelJohnson, William Atherton, Paul Gleason, and Hart Bochner. The film follows NYC police detective John McClane, who gets caught in an LA skyscraper being taken over by terrorists during a holiday party.

Alan Rickman Is The Greatest Villain

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McClane is the quintessential everyman hero, and his scrappy battle to stop the terrorists and save the hostages makes for the perfect action film. Bruce Willis gives a great performance in every scene, and Rickman’s charismatic Hans Gruber is the perfect antagonist. Almost everything has been said about Die Hard, and it’s an easy recommendation for anyone who appreciates a well-directed, well-acted, and well-paced action flick.

Bruce Willis Was Not The First Choice

Funnily enough, no one expected Die Hard to be such an iconic hit upon its release. First, both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone turned down the role of McClane, leading Willis to be offered the role despite being mostly known for TV work. However, he was paid a hefty sum of $5 million, leading to controversy as the film was painted as a bad investment.

Nominated For Academy Awards

Leading up to the release of Die Hard, Bruce Willis was mostly left out of marketing materials. Finally, when the film hit theaters, the reviews were pretty mixed, so it was far from the critically acclaimed film it’s known as today. However, the film was able to overcome these obstacles at the box office and bring in an impressive $140 million, along with four Academy Award nominations.

The Christmas Movie Debate

Of course, we now know that Die Hard is a cinematic treasure and one of the undisputed action movies of all time (along with one of the best Christmas movies, depending on who you ask). It defied expectations and showed that action heroes don’t have to be invincible shining paragons of oiled muscle. It also ended up getting a ton of sequels, which never were able to capture the magic of the original.

Die Hard Is One Of The Best Movies On Disney+


In a far cry from the original thoughts critics and industry pros had of Die Hard upon its release, in 2017 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film worthy of being preserved in the National Film Registry. Its preservation and its place in action movie history is well earned, and a film that will forever be one of the peaks of Bruce Willis’ illustrious acting career. Make sure to head over to Disney+ to give it a watch.