Debate Over Which Films Are Christmas Movies Continues to ‘Die Hard’

Some, including "Die Hard" screenwriter Steven de Souza, argue that the movie's holiday motif definitely qualifies it for the holiday film genre

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Plenty of films, from the Bruce Willis action flick "Die Hard" to the 1980s horror comedy "Gremlins," take place during the Christmas holiday season. But do the festive backdrops qualify these movies as "Christmas movies?"

Debating whether "Die Hard" falls into the same category as "It's a Wonderful Life," "White Christmas" and "Elf" has become a holiday tradition itself. Some, including "Die Hard" screenwriter Steven de Souza, argue that the movie's holiday motif definitely qualifies it for the holiday film genre.

But there are some film fans, as NBC News reports, who insist that there's more to a Christmas movie than a tinsel-covered set and a big Christmas tree "rigged to collapse when an explosion blows through the windows" of a hotel lobby.

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