Originally Posted by Gary Seven
The original DIE HARD has it. It re-invented the lone hero against all odds theme and while I enjoyed the succeeding films they were increasingly farfetched. What I enjoyed most about the original was that no one expected its huge impact. The movie had a great ensemble cast with a perfect villain in Alan Rickman.
I certainly go along with that. If there's one aspect which sets the original DH above all others, it's Rickman making such a great villain... the best in the series by far. Best written villain in the films too.