This is a detailed list of all the films that inspired the Die Hard Scenario movies out there. For a list of actual Die Hard scenario films, see here. Any film that also resembles the DHS formula is also included here as well.
For a list of actors and actresses who appeared in these films, see here.
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- 36 Ghante (1974): Bollywood remake of the original Desperate Hours.
- Airplane! (1980): Popular parody of the Airplane disaster films.
- Airplane II: The Sequel (1982): Sequel to the first parody film.
- Airport (1970): The first of many airline disaster films that inspired various DHS films including: Die Hard 2, Passenger 57, Executive Decision, Air Force One, Con Air, Turbulence, Flightplan, Snakes on a Plane and Non-Stop among others. 
- Airport 1975 (1974)
- Airport '77 (1977)
- Aliens (1986)
- Assault on Precinct 13 (1976): Action thriller by John Carpenter that's based on the premise of 1959's Rio Bravo. Remake later on in 2005.
- At Gunpoint (1955): Another rip-off of the High Noon formula. 
- Avalanche (1978)  
- Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
- Black Sunday (1977)
- The Blazing Tower (1974 TV movie) (A.K.A. Terror on the 40th Floor) 
- The Bullet Train (1975): Japanese action thriller that inspired many DHS films set on moving vehicles with bombs on them. One such example is 1994's Speed.
- Cave In! (1983 TV movie): Hostages are taken by a man inside an interior earthquake laden cave. 
- City on Fire (1979) 
- Commando (1985): Hit cult action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and which began Steven E. de Souza's series of scripted action films which featured a one-man army. Also features the fictional country Val Verde which was later used in Die Hard 2. Unlike previously believed, it wasn't meant to be a sequel to the original Die Hard.
- The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)
- The Dark Past (1947): Another pre-Desperate Hours type film.
- Day of the Wolves (1971) 
- Death Before Dishonor (1987)
- The Delta Force (1986)
- Desperate Hours (1955) 
- Disaster on the Coastliner (1979 TV movie)
- Dog Day Afternoon 
- Earthquake (1974)
- Enemy Territory (1987): Another film that is influenced by the Assault on Precinct 13 and Rio Bravo formula.
- Escape from New York (1981)
- The Final Option (1982) (A.K.A. He Dare Wins)
- Fire! (1977 TV movie)  
- Flight to Holocaust (1977 TV movie) 
- Flood! (1976 TV movie)  
- Goldfinger: Many have noted the resemblances in the main villain's heist in both this James Bond film and the 1995 sequel Die Hard with a Vengeance.
- He Ran All the Way (1951): Noir film that appears to be based on some of the true-life material that inspired the play and 1955 original version of The Desperate Hours.
- High Noon (1952); Later had a made-for-television remake in 2000. 
- High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane (1980 telefilm): Made for television sequel to the original 1952 film.
- Hostage (1987): Wings Hauser action film in the late eighties.
- Hostage Flight (1985 TV movie)
- The Hostage Tower (1980 TV movie)
- Juggernaut (1974)
- Outland (1981)
- People's Hero (1987): Hong Kong remake of 1975's Dog Day Afternoon. 
- The Petrified Forest (1936)
- The Poseidon Adventure (1972) 
- Puzzle (1986): A bank robbery goes wrong. The robbers, two of them unemployed family men, take two hostages, one of them needing heart medication, and leave them in an apartment, tied to a bomb. Notable for also starring a young Antonio Banderas.
- Rabid Dogs (1977) 
- Red Dawn (1984): Action-War Thriller about a hokey scenario involving the Russians invading the United States in a World War III scenario. Later remade in 2012.
- Rio Bravo (1959): John Wayne Western film which in many ways impacts what films feel like rip-offs of Assault on Precinct 13 or any other DHS films. 
- Rollercoaster (1977) 
- Rosebud (1975)
- Runaway Train (1985)
- Saboteur (1942): In this Alfred Hitchcock thriller, the ending is clearly references in the original and fifth Die Hard films.
- Silver Lode (1954): Western often considered to be a film that capitalized on the success of High Noon.    
- Silver Streak (1975)
- The Soldier (1982)
- SST-Death Flight (1977 TV film): A made-for-TV film capitalizing on the success of the Airport series of films.
- The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974): Later remake as a TV movie in 1998 and as a DHS film in 2009.
- The Terrorists (1974; A.K.A. Ransom): Action thriller starring Sean Connery.
- Time Bomb (1984 TV movie)
- The Towering Inferno (1974)  
- Thunder Run (1986)
- Two Minute Warning (1976)