If nothing else, John McLane is one of cinema's greatest survivors. A man so unlucky it's surprising there isn\u2019t a permanent rain cloud over his head. Since 1988 he has continuously found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time but still come up trumps. It could be 40 storeys up an LA skyscraper with a bunch of German terrorists, stuck in a Washington D.C. airport with a group of American terrorists, or trapped in New York, this time with another, but different, bunch of German terrorists. Every time McLane has proved the spanner in their works, at the cost of only a few cuts and scrapes and a slightly soiled vest. On Valentines Day, the indestructible one is back to battle yet more terrorists (Russian this time, if you're interested) in A Good Day To Die Hard. So on the frankly miniscule chance there is still a Die Hard film you\u2019ve not seen, OTB has ranked each installment of the franchise to allow you to decide which ones to catch up on before that date. 4th: Die Hard 4.0 If you let out a groan when viewing the trailer for A Good Day To Die Hard, you probably did exactly the same when Die Hard 4.0 was released back in 2007. Almost 20 years after the original lit up the screen like a thermonuclear explosion, it was blindingly obvious that by this stage Bruce Willis et al really were only in it for the money. Appropriate, then, that 4.0 was helmed by Mr. Kate Beckinsale, Len Wiseman \u2013 a man who certainly makes movies for no other reason than to wrest the price of ticket from Hollywood's target youth audience. In terms of return of investment this paid dividends, as 4.0 scooped $383m worldwide to make it the franchise\u2019s most successful film. However, it is also easily the dullest too. Less a Die Hard film and more an unremarkable action flick that John McLane has stumbled into, its cyber-terrorist plot is plain silly. Worse still, the use of CGI in the main set pieces detracts from the raw stunt work that was series' trademark. In this case, bigger definitely ain\u2019t better. 3rd: Die Hard 2: Die Harder Die Hard 2 really should have been rubbish. For a start, its nonsensical tagline simply sticks an 'er' to the film's title. Then there's the fact that the man behind the camera was Finnish hack Renny Harlin, whose only other Hollywood effort at the time had been A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master \u2013 the sort of film that The Simpson\u2019s Troy McLure might have been remembered in. Despite these barriers to obvious success, the sequel ended up being a lot more fun than it had any right to be. Sure, it's pretty throwaway stuff and suffers by comparison to the original, but Willis is still at his wise-cracking best as he battles to prevent planes dropping out of the skies above the US capital. The film's only major weak point is its lack of a convincing villain. William Sadler tries his best as McLane\u2019s nemesis, but with his slightly limited acting chops and clean cut looks he ends up being about as threatening as a Just For Men model. 2nd: Die Hard With A Vengeance Perhaps aware that Die Hard 2\u2019s baddies were a little underwhelming, producers of the third instalment went back to the original formula of casting a respected British thesp \u2013 this time Jeremy Irons \u2013 in the role of chief terrorist. Reinforcing links with the first film, Irons plays the brother of Hans Gruber, Die Hard\u2019s uber-villain, and he is a real hoot as the second German to wreak havoc in McLane\u2019s life. Having directed the original, action maestro John McTiernan returned to take the reins and stage some memorable blockbuster moments, while the then not quite so ubiquitous Samuel L. Jackson also came on board to give the movie an enjoyable buddy element. It was the first Die Hard film in which McLane got to perform heroics in his hometown of New York \u2013 a city that never looks anything less than glorious on celluloid and adds to the drama here. The third act may flag a little and the ending is somewhat anti-climatic, but Die Hard With A Vengeance is well worthy of second spot in our rankings. 1st: Die Hard Believe it or not, Die Hard is actually a literary adaptation, taking Roderick Thorpe\u2019s Nothing Lasts Forever as its source material. You\u2019ll be just as surprised to know it was originally intended as a sequel to mindless Schwarzenegger shoot-em-up Commando. Fortunately Arnie dropped out, allowing Willis to step into the role that propelled him to superstardom and give us what remains one of the best action films ever made. Praise must also be lavished on McTiernan, who came to the project directly after helming Predator \u2013 one of the best B-movies ever made \u2013 and made every single scene pitch perfect. Then there\u2019s Alan Rickman\u2019s performance as Hans Gruber. At the time only known as a stage actor, it must have been pretty daunting for Rickman to take the part on, yet he ended up creating one of the most charismatic screen villains audiences had ever seen. Smart, sinister and ever so slightly camp, he provided the perfect foil for Willis\u2019s rough charm. The first, and unquestionably still the finest.