How to watch Die Hard online: stream the cult Christmas classic from anywhere

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We’ll get right to it: Die Hard is a Christmas film! There’s the jangle of jingle bells all over the soundtrack. Characters don ironic Yuletide attire (“Now I’ve got a machine gun. Ho ho ho!”), and John McClane’s wife is called Holy. H.O.L.Y! It may have been the summer box-office hit of 1988, making Hollywood stars of Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman, but it’s since garnered a festive rep that’s hard to deny. Want to know how to watch Die Hard online from anywhere? Read our guide below, and…welcome to the party, pal!

Watch Die Hard online

Release date: July 15, 1988

Director: John McTiernan

Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia

Run time: 132 minutes

Rating: R

Stream: FREE on IMDb TV (opens in new tab) / FuboTV (opens in new tab) / Peacock (opens in new tab) (US) | Disney Plus (UK, CA, Aus)

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Based on Roderick Thorp’s much-less jolly novel Nothing Lasts Forever, Die Hard follows world-weary NYPD cop McClane as he attends the Nakatomi Plaza’s Christmas Eve celebrations in Los Angeles, hoping to reconcile with his estranged wife. But German terrorist Hans Gruber and his team of gun-wielding cronies have other ideas: taking the tipsy staff hostage in a blaze of bullets, and attempting to steal $640 million. 

Enter loose cannon McClane – dubbed “John Wayne” by Gruber – who takes them out one by one with the help of LAPD sergeant Al Powell, C-4 explosives and a submachine gun.

Also starring Bonnie Bedelia, Hart Bochner, and Reginald Veljohnson, Die Hard redefined the action genre: ushering in the age of the American “everyman” facing extraordinary odds. And, although it features more blood and broken glass than your average Christmas flick, don’t forget that It’s A Wonderful Life was no picnic either.

So yippie-ki-yay! Let the merry mayhem commence, as we detail how to watch Die Hard online from anywhere in the world right now.

How to watch Die Hard from outside your country

If you’re taking a sun-soaked winter holiday abroad, or find yourself out of the country for work, then your efforts to stream Die Hard online may be thwarted by geo-blocking restrictions.

Luckily for fans of classic Christmas fare, there’s a simple solution. Downloading a VPN will let you alter your IP address, meaning you can access regionally restricted content no matter where in the world you are.

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How to watch Die Hard online in the US for FREE

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Those in the US have a choice of options to watch Die Hard including free streams. If you don't mind ads, you can watch on IMDb TV via Amazon Prime Video (opens in new tab). You'll simply need to sign into your Amazon account and don't need a Prime membership to watch.

Similarly, you can also watch on Peacock's free platform (opens in new tab), where 40,000+ hours of movies and TV shows are available for free. Upgrade to its Premium plan for $4.99 a month (opens in new tab) to unlock even more content, and get live sports and events, too.

Alternatively, those also in the market for a cable alternative can make the most of FuboTV (opens in new tab), which offers a 14-day FREE trial (opens in new tab) for new customers and also hosts Die Hard amongst its on-demand content.

Outside of the US? No problem. A quality VPN service (opens in new tab) will let you connect to your home streaming services and watch all the content they offer, no matter where you are in the world.

How to watch Die Hard online with Star on Disney Plus elsewhere in the world

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You can watch Die Hard online on as a part of Star on Disney Plus (opens in new tab) content available to those in the UK, Canada, Australia, and other international markets. 

If you haven't already, simply head to the Disney Plus website to sign up for the service. While there is no longer a Disney Plus free trial (opens in new tab), you can save 15% on the Disney Plus price (opens in new tab) by opting for its annual upfront payment, or opt for a monthly plan.

  • Monthly: £7.99 / $11.99 CAD / €8.99 / $11.99 AUD / $12.99 NZD
  • Yearly: £79.90 / $119.99 CAD / €89.90 / $119.99 AUD / $129.99 NZD

Disney Plus is well worth checking out. In addition to getting you first dibs on the latest Disney animations, it features every Simpsons episode ever made, all your favorite Pixar flicks, the latest Marvel movies, and the complete Star Wars canon.

Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer, producing articles across the cultural spectrum for magazines like Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had work published internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 5!) and he never tires of listening to Absolute 80s on the radio.