The 50 Greatest Movies Ever Made

Ranking half a century of the finest films in cinematic history

44. Die Hard (1988)

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During the 1980s, the action movie was dominated by the musclebound likes of Schwarzenegger and Stallone, who barrelled through their star vehicles gunning down everything in sight. Die Hard presented a more relatable everyman hero, and it was a happy coincidence that Bruce Willis’ John McClane just happened to debut in the greatest action flick in history.

Also one of the most influential, the basic premise spawned an entire subgenre, while the original has endured as a masterclass in high-octane filmmaking that still hasn’t been bettered.