"Come out the coast...we'll get together, have a few laughs..."
DIE HARD is, quite simply, one of the greatest action movies ever made. The classic right-guy-in-the-wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time storyline with officer John McClane getting his ass kicked every step along the way. Bruce Willis' charisma/smirk/perfect wise-crack delivery is the ONLY thing that prevented the movie being stolen by the amazing Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber (as demonstrated in ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES. Kevin Costner never stood a chance acting opposite Rickman as the antagonist). DIE HARD also set the bar for suspense-building in action flicks and you haven't watched many action movies since that doesn't bear that influence. Yippy-ki-yay, Mother fucker!
...and then there's this gem, uncovered for me by the great Bobby Roberts: