It’s been 25 years to the day that we were first introduced to John McClane on screen and action movies have not been the same since. While other action movies are cast off in their own category, Die Hard helped show us that action films can be wildly entertaining, contain plenty of explosions and gunfire but still be an important piece of cinema.
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Die Hard has become one of the most popular and beloved action films in cinema history but the franchise isn’t what it used to be. Since the film’s first release in 1988, the franchise spawned four sequels over the next two decades and the quality of the films have, in the eyes of many, eroded over the years.
But while the previous two entires into the franchise have been less than memorable, John McClane still remains one of the most popular and well received American action heroes in movie history. In honor of Die Hard turning 25, let’s take a look back at the entire catalog of films from the worst to the very best.