The Christmas season comes with the tradition of gathering with loved ones to watch classic holiday movies. Some families keep it PG with flicks like “Home Alone”. Others will seek more edgy fair such as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. Every year there are several more produced. Some become legendary. Others are forgotten.

Everybody has their favorite. Sometimes the definition of what truly is a Christmas movie can lead to spirited debate at the holiday dinner table. Movies like Gremlins and Die Hard often fall into that grey area.

Bruce Willis’ mother, Darlene, says her son’s legendary action movie does not fall into the holiday film category. She told TMZ that “Die Hard” doesn’t qualify as a Christmas movie. Bruce himself agrees.

Those who believe Die Hard to be a Christmas movie argue that it falls during the Christmas season. They say there are clear themes that tie in with the holiday. Darlene isn’t buying it.


Bruce’s mom says just because the movie takes place at Christmas doesn’t mean a thing. It’s simply part of the setting. There are no essential Christmas elements that mean the movie wouldn’t work at another time of year.

Many fans will take Bruce and his mother’s statements as a good enough indicator that “Die Hard” doesn’t belong on the same shelf as “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Others will continue to take the argument in favor of the movie as a Christmas flick to their graves. Arguing about the matter has become as much of a Christmas tradition as the movie itself.

Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Help settle the ongoing debate in the comments!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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