85% of people can't name these Die Hard movies from one screenshot! Can you?

By: J. Scott Wilson
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The "Die Hard" series follows John McClane as he goes up against global villains and ultimately is the country's last hope against disaster. The series is based on the 1970s novel, "Nothing Lasts Forever," by Roderick Thorp. If you've ever wanted to take on the bad guys with McClane attitude, this is the quiz for you. See how many "Die Hard" movies you can identify from their screenshots.

The action moves from L.A. to D.C. in this film. Hero cop John McClane is waiting for his wife's flight and happens to stumble across a terrorist plot to free a captured South American dictator. All I ever discover is that coffee costs $6 a cup.

This film was initially supposed to come out much sooner, but it was delayed due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It also went through several different versions of the title.

Did you know that this always ranks in the top 5 favorite Christmas movies? I guess if your idea of Santa is John McClane jumping off an exploding helipad instead of Santa landing on a roof, that makes sense.

This third film in the series adds what every movie series needs: Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson plays a New York shopkeeper who saves McClane's life, then ends up helping him defeat a terrorist. Snakes on planes don't factor in, sadly.

There's a scene at the end of this movie in which John McClane blows up a terrorist plane to provide landing light for his wife's plane. Most guys just buy flowers or meet her at the gate with a hug.

The action moves from Christmas to Independence Day for this fourth film in the series. Something tells me that being invited to a holiday party at John McClane's house would be an invite to skip.

The tower that was taken over by terrorist in the first Die Hard film is the headquarter building for 20th century fox.

A new century brings a new kind of menace in this film. In 1988, the concept of cyber-warfare was unknown, but the terrorists in this film are set to shut down everything from power plants to air traffic control if they're not stopped. (Spoiler: They are.)

Jeremy Irons brings back the European menace in this film. He plays the brother of Hans Gruber, the terrorist McClane sent out a window in the first "Die Hard" film.

Bonnie Bedelia gets a chance to sharpen her claws as Holly McClane when it's revealed that Richard Thornburg, the muckraking reporter who almost got her kids killed in the first film, is across the aisle from her on her flight. She quickly brings him to heel.

In the pantheon of great movie quotes, there's one from this movie that often makes the list. Unfortunately, this is a family quiz, so I can't write the last word of the "Yippee-ki-yay ..." line.

This film introduces Jai Courtney, playing McClane's estranged son. Possibly he'll be rescuing long-lost cousins in future films?

Samuel L. Jackson's Zeus Carver provides the voice of the audience in this film. He speaks for all of us, wondering why all these people are so angry with John McClane and trying to do such awful things.

The most recent film was released 25 years after the first one. That's remarkable! Most actors' careers don't last that long, but Bruce Willis has played the same guy for 25 years.

This has garnered the worst reviews of any of the "Die Hard" movies over the years, but it's actually worth watching. The public agreed, making it the top-grossing movie of the year.

These days, when all the bad guys in action movies are dirty, swarthy types, it's fun to watch this original "Die Hard" flick. Hans Gruber and his crew are all clean-cut, professional types who could be working in real estate if they weren't robbing a corporation.

This one was release in IMAX, which might not have been such a good call. Nothing reveals the evidence of age on Bruce Willis' face quite like being projected on a screen the size of a barn.

The logical leaps in these movies in the quest for big set-piece slugfests are amazing. Who would ever imagine an action sequence that ended with the burning fuselage of one plane being used as makeshift landing lights for others?

The writer and director did a great job making John McClane into a highly relatable hero. Who didn't wince when he walked barefoot across broken glass?

Never let it be said that Bruce Willis doesn't suffer for his art. In separate accidents in the film, Willis and his stunt double were both injured.

This film featured one of the goriest and least-plausible villain deaths in the series. McClane tosses the chief baddie off a roof into the rotors of a helicopter. The bad guy dies, but the chopper suffers no apparent damage.

The crux of this movie is a demented game of Simon Says, in which the bad guy orders John McClane to perform various acts or he'll blow up buildings. The first has John wearing a sandwich board with a racist slogan being dropped in Harlem, where Samuel L. Jackson's character saves him.

Alan Rickman had a talent for playing bad guys, but this wasn't his best turn at that role. In Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood," he played the Sheriff of Nottingham and had pretty much every great line in the movie.

Chernobyl, site of the world's worst nuclear accident, is one of the major locations for this film. However, in what I see as a missed opportunity, at no point does McClane have to fight off angry mutants.

Who do you hire if you have a part for a hacker named Warlock? Kevin Smith, of course! The "Jay and Silent Bob" star and prolific writer hammed it up as a super-hacker who helps McClane crack his case.

Jeremy Irons plays the film's arch-villain, Simon Peter Gruber. You'll recognize that last name. He's the brother of the original film's Hans Gruber, so apparently villainy is hereditary!

One of the reasons this movie was such a hit was that Willis' John McClane was a relatable hero. He was just an NYC cop, not a highly trained super-agent or super soldier. But he had a mean right hook.

In a lot of action movies that feature hackers as characters, the technical aspects are mangled terribly. While the hackers in this movie aren't completely accurate, the things they can accomplish and the time it takes to do them are spot-on.

The setting of this movie, an airport, could be troubling to today's air travelers. The terrorists are inside the system, with passes to all the secure areas and turncoat military personnel helping them.

In this one, McClane learns that the apple doesn't fall far from the exploding tree. His estranged son turns out to be a deep-cover CIA agent working in Russia.

In the first movie, it's LAPD and the FBI that don't want John McClane's help. In this one, it's the airport cops and military personnel. You'd think people would just learn that if McClane's mad about something, it's time to pay attention!

William Atherton plays Richard Thornburg, a bottom-of-the-barrel TV news reporter who endangers McClane's children by revealing their location to the terrorists. The character was so deliciously detestable that he was shoehorned into the sequel.

I had serious misgivings when I heard this film centered on the doings of computer hackers. McClane's not a tech guy, and I couldn't see him doing much other than shooting a laptop with a large-caliber handgun. It works, though, thanks to great supporting actors.

This movie embraces the geography of New York City beautifully. There are subway scenes, street scenes and aerial shots that give you a feeling of being there (or wanting to be).

Helicopters generally don't fare well in the "Die Hard" series. In the first one, the FBI agents' chopper is rocked when the roof of Nakatomi Plaza explodes. In this one, McClane takes out an assault chopper by vaulting a car into it off a toll booth.

The marital setup in this movie was very '80s. John's a New York cop, but his semi-estranged wife is a high-powered executive in L.A. who moved west with the kids. Of course, once things start exploding around them, they reconcile.

Some of the many negative reviews for this movie cited implausible action sequences. I question whether those reviewers have seen the other four films in the series ...

Anyone who's seen the Bond flick, "Skyfall," will remember the scene in which a subway train barrels through a wall and nearly runs Bond down. This movie features a similar scene, with a bomb derailing a subway train and sending it plowing through a station.

This movie features a unique way to resolve family conflicts. When McClane and his son meet and begin rehashing old grievances, their chat is interrupted by Russian henchmen coming after them in an armored personnel carrier. Peace is restored!

One of the best scenes in the movie is the reveal of what's inside the Nakatomi Plaza vault. You'd expect stacks of cash and perhaps some stock certificates, not suits of antique Japanese armor and artwork!

After watching this movie, you'll likely get a bit paranoid about how much of your life can be affected by hackers. In one scene, the villain reroutes a huge surge of natural gas into a utility superstation, blowing it up and knocking out power to most of the Eastern Seaboard.

The dramatic tension in this movie revolves around planes circling the airport, unable to land because there's no runway lights, and unable to reroute to other airports because terrorists have seized the air traffic control system. Next time you see planes circling an airport at night, stacked up for landing, just imagine!

Moving the movie series to Russia gave it more of a James Bond flavor. There was more spycraft, thanks to John McClane Jr.'s CIA job, and lots of musclebound Russian goons.

The John McClane we see in this film is pretty depressing at the start. He's a borderline alcoholic, his actions have gotten him suspended from the police force and he's estranged from his wife. Fortunately, things start exploding so he's able to restore his character.

The first sequel brings back Bonnie Bedelia as Holly McClane and Reginald VelJohnson as Sgt. Al Powell from the first film. Neither of them appears in any of the rest of the films.

One of the themes of this series is bad guys who appear to be motivated by idealism, but who are actually out for money. The computer havoc in this one is designed to destroy the value of public assets, making them easy to pick up cheaply.

And of course Hans Gruber is the ultimate financial terrorist. While he occupies Nakatomi Plaza, he issues a demand for various political prisoners to be released around the world. It's all a ploy to distract the cops from the real target: billions in bearer bonds hidden in the building's vault.

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