Die Hard - The quintessential action movie of the decade. Die Hard exploded the careers of Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and director John McTiernan, who only a year prior made a huge splash with Predator. Die Hard balances a good sense of humor and raw emotions on top of a solid action base and really leans into the humanity of its characters, particularly Willis's John McClane, Reginald Veljohnson's street cop Sgt. Powell and Alan Rickman's brilliant villain Hans Gruber. If I have one complaint with the film, it is that the authority figures get progressively stupid as you go up the ladder, but I feel that was a on-the-nose point the film tried to make. It is the only thing that really feels inauthentic with the movie. That said, this film has stunning action, incredibly strong and relateable characters, and launched a whole new genre of action movie. I mean, look at your DVD shelf and see how many movie are marketed as 'Die Hard on a...' Speed was 'Die Hard on a bus.' Under Siege was 'Die Hard on a train.' Cellular was 'Die Hard on a phone.' Skyscraper was 'Die Hard in a..." Alright, so Skyscraper was just Die Hard, but with The Rock.