In a week’s time recently I watched three classic all-time-favorite action films: Terminator 2, Aliens and the original Die Hard. Then I struggled for two weeks trying to determine which of the three deserved the title of Greatest Action Film of all time. It was difficult, but the winner is: Die Hard.
Even if Bruce Willis isn’t the best action hero of all (which he arguably is) and the script wasn't the tightest, most fun action script ever (which it is), then it must be admitted that Die Hard has the greatest villain of all time: Alan Rickman. So cool and completely in control even when all hell breaks loose. And as important as the hero is, it is hard to be a superior villain.