This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

10 Best Christmas Movies That Aren't About Christmas

6. Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Released: 1990
Box office gross: $117.5 million

Remember when you could crash an airliner full of holiday passengers, killing everyone aboard, and still call your film a Christmas movie?

In a sequel that seems just a touch less plausible post-9/11, our hero John McClane once again finds himself battling terrorists during the holiday season. This time, however, McClane uses Dulles International Airport as a first-person shooter and elevates the body count significantly to stop rogue special forces agents from freeing a deposed dictator of a nonexistent country and -- you know what, it doesn't matter.

There's a bit more dramatic tension with several hundred people hovering above in planes running low on fuel, and there's a far more torrential bullet storm as a result of an army much bigger than the one McLane faced in the first film, and that works out pretty well for a movie that has all of the anachronism but none of the charm of its predecessor. The filmmakers bring back Reginald VelJohnson's Los Angeles cop and William Atherton's pushy television reporter and Bonnie Bedelia as McClane's wife who never seems particularly distressed, but those are about the only ties to the original. John Amos, William Sadler and then-unknown Robert Patrick and John Leguizamo make great bad guys, but this sequel is all blood and no heart. Sadly, it's not the only cookie-cutter second installment on this list.

6 of 11

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $111.31 0.48%
FB $92.80 -1.29%
GOOG $645.44 0.62%
TSLA $241.46 -1.91%
YHOO $30.96 0.34%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 16,790.19 +13.76 0.08%
S&P 500 1,979.92 -7.13 -0.36%
NASDAQ 4,748.3610 -32.9030 -0.69%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs