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10 Best Christmas Movies That Aren't About Christmas

8. Die Hard
Released: 1988
Box office gross: $83 million

"Now I have a machine gun. Ho. Ho. Ho."

No words better encapsulate what the past 25 years have meant to this film's Christmas legacy than those read off by terrorist/bank robber Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). While walking out of a second-run theater in Portland that was showing Die Hard as part of its holiday lineup, we overheard one bit of consensus from the moviegoers around us: "I don't remember this movie being this funny."

From the cocaine-and-finance stereotypes, to the bad German accents and translation to the scenery-gobbling drama and big-budget blowups, Die Hard has grown into a holiday favorite for its faults as much as its strengths.

A soundtrack that features Run D.M.C.'s Christmas in Hollis played during a limo ride, Vaughn Monroe's Let It Snow playing over the charred remains of Nakatomi Plaza and Beethoven's Ode To Joy throughout certainly has the holiday spirit, but the unrestrained, over-the-top '80s audaciousness of this film gives it the feel-good holiday vibe that contemporaries like Lethal Weapon lack. When you can build around a NSFW catchphrase and still serve as a growing swath of the country's favorite holiday film, you're getting something about Christmas that candy-coated "traditional" holiday films just don't.

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