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No one could deny Die Hard is a classic: the 1988 kidnap thriller starring Bruce Willis and the late, great Alan Rickman is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest action movies of all time. But for years, fans have disagreed on whether it should be considered a “Christmas movie.”

Sure, Die Hard takes place during the holiday season, but its plot — Willis’s NYPD officer John McClane tries to save his wife after she’s taken hostage by Rickman’s terrorist Hans Gruber — is hardly festive.

Now, a fan on Twitter has asked Die Hard‘s co-screenwriter Steven E. de Souza to give his two cents on the debate. “I’m sure you’ve weighed in on it before, but I’ve never heard you or [co-writer] Jeb Stuart offer your take on whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie,” the fan tweeted.

After another fan chipped in with a list of ingredients that made Die Hard feel seasonal, de Souza replied: “Plus a woman about to give birth features prominently.”

In a subsequent tweet, the screenwriter even used the hashtag #DieHardIsAChristmasMovie. Surely that settles it, right?

Now, Die Hard clearly isn’t a feel-good Christmas movie in the mold of Miracle On 34th Street, A Christmas Story, or Love Actually. But sometimes you’re just not in the mood for some holiday schmaltz. If that’s how you and your friends or loved ones are feeling today, why not try these 10 feel-bad Christmas movies?

Do think Die Hard is a Christmas movie? Do Steven E. de Souza’s tweets end the debate once and for all?

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By Nick Levine