Top 41 Die Hard in a School Films/Shows

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Colleges and military schools included.

1 dishonorable mention.

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1. Toy Soldiers (1991)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

46 Metascore

A group of troublemaking boys decide to take a stand when terrorists seize control of their boarding school.

Director: Daniel Petrie Jr. | Stars: Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, Keith Coogan, Andrew Divoff

Votes: 18,655 | Gross: $15.07M

2. The Substitute (1996)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Mercenary Shale's team is retired after a (not so) covert mission in Cuba. He becomes substitute teacher at his teacher fiancee's Miami high school to get those behind kneecapping her. His team helps him.

Director: Robert Mandel | Stars: Tom Berenger, Raymond Cruz, William Forsythe, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 11,184 | Gross: $14.75M

3. Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon Gruber in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, Graham Greene

Votes: 346,947 | Gross: $100.01M

4. Detention (2003)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A heroic high school teacher leads a band of students trapped in school by violent drug-runners.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Alex Karzis, Kata Dobó, Corey Sevier

Votes: 2,111

5. 24: Redemption (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Former Federal Agent Jack Bauer confronts African dictator Benjamin Juma, whose forces have been ordered to capture the children Bauer oversees for malicious military training.

Director: Jon Cassar | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Cherry Jones, Bob Gunton, Colm Feore

Votes: 26,006

6. The Siege (1998)

R | 116 min | Action, Thriller

53 Metascore

The secret U.S. abduction of a suspected terrorist leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York City, which leads to the declaration of martial-law.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, Annette Bening, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 65,700 | Gross: $40.98M

7. Taken 3 (2014)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Thriller

26 Metascore

Accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed, Bryan Mills goes on the run and brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.

Director: Olivier Megaton | Stars: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen

Votes: 169,103 | Gross: $89.26M

8. The Substitute 2: School's Out (1998 TV Movie)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Professional mercenary Karl Thomasson arrives in Brooklyn to attend the funeral of his brother Randall, who was murdered while trying to stop a carjacking that has been blamed on the "... See full summary »

Director: Steven Pearl | Stars: Owen Stadele, Edoardo Ballerini, Christopher Cousins, Chuck Jeffreys

Votes: 2,448

9. The Peacemaker (1997)

R | 124 min | Action, Thriller

43 Metascore

A US Army colonel and a civilian woman supervising him must track down stolen Russian nuclear weapons before they're used by terrorists.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Marcel Iures, Aleksandr Baluev

Votes: 51,843 | Gross: $41.26M

10. Light It Up (1999)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

43 Metascore

A group of teens are bent on improving the run-down conditions of their high-school.

Director: Craig Bolotin | Stars: Usher Raymond, Forest Whitaker, Rosario Dawson, Robert Ri'chard

Votes: 3,402 | Gross: $5.87M

11. A Deadly Obsession (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action

At the age of six years, Suzanne (Katee Sackhoff) saw her mother kill her father. Twenty-five years later, she is a professor of psychology and lives in fear of becoming a criminal like her... See full summary »

Director: John Stimpson | Stars: Katee Sackhoff, Grant Harvey, Bart Johnson, Robyn Lively

Votes: 163

12. The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (1999 TV Movie)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

At a college visit to a war buddy's professor daughter, mercenary Karl Thomasson finds her brutally beaten. He then poses as a teacher to teach a lesson, and get revenge, on the brash football jocks responsible.

Director: Robert Radler | Stars: Treat Williams, David Jensen, Barbara Jane Reams, Brian Simpson

Votes: 1,464

13. The Deadliest Lesson (2008 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Teacher Gloria Abraham witnesses the murder of a student by a local drug dealer, Oscar Reyes, while on the way to work. After agreeing to testify, she is then targeted by the dealer and his... See full summary »

Director: Harry Winer | Stars: Yancey Arias, Alison Brie, Abby Cooper, Shahine Ezell

Votes: 194

14. Demolition High (1996 Video)

R | 84 min | Action

A high school is taken over by terrorists with deadly far reaching intentions but one heroic, resourceful student decides to take the fight right to them.

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Corey Haim, Alan Thicke, Dick Van Patten, Jeff Kober

Votes: 723

15. Fist Power (2000)

R | 90 min | Action

A mainland security officer must race against the clock to retrieve the son of a man who's holding an entire school hostage.

Director: Aman Chang | Stars: Wenzhuo Zhao, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Gigi Lai, Sam Lee

Votes: 136

16. Hard Rain (1998)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

The nephew of an armored-truck driver tries to prevent three million dollars from being taken by a local rival gang during a catastrophic flooding caused by a severe storm.

Director: Mikael Salomon | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Randy Quaid, Minnie Driver

Votes: 30,860 | Gross: $19.82M

Briefly underwater in a school.

17. The Substitute: Failure Is Not an Option (2001 Video)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Former mercenary Karl Thomasson returns once again as a substitute teacher, this time to infiltrate a military school's faculty to cease the actions of white supremacists.

Director: Robert Radler | Stars: Treat Williams, Angie Everhart, Patrick Kilpatrick, Bill Nunn

Votes: 1,033

18. The Unit (2006–2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Hour long show which looks at the life of American super-secret operators.

Stars: Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson, Robert Patrick

Votes: 19,123

Infiltration of corrupt military academies as well as hostage crisis in a school, a military simulation and a mikitary town under siege from a biological weapon.

19. NCIS (2003– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The cases of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service's Washington, D.C. Major Case Response Team, led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Stars: Mark Harmon, David McCallum, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette

Votes: 111,011

A bunch of different school, schoolyard, schoolbus or military academy encounters.

20. B gai waak (1998)

95 min | Action

Loosely based on the Tokyo Nerve Gas Bombings, a terrorist cult plan the destruction of Hong Kong by deadly Sarin Gas if their leader is not released. One Hong Kong Cop and a seconded ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Law | Stars: Julian Cheung, Theresa Lee, Kenya Sawada, Qi Shu

Votes: 175

21. Blindspot (2015– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Jane Doe is found in Times Square with no memory and mysterious tattoos on her body.

Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza

Votes: 61,990

22. 24 (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 165,077

Briefly in a college and a school in season 3. Also a brief school subplot in season 10 Legacy.

23. Spooks (2002–2011)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization.

Stars: Peter Firth, Hugh Simon, Nicola Walker, Rupert Penry-Jones

Votes: 13,493

The first 3 seasons feature infiltrations of various schools, colleges and military academies.

24. Kindergarten Cop (1990)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Crime

61 Metascore

A tough cop must pose as a kindergarten teacher in order to locate a dangerous criminal's ex-wife, who may hold the key to putting him behind bars.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Linda Hunt

Votes: 128,511 | Gross: $91.46M

25. Kindergarten Cop 2 (2016)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Comedy

Assigned to recover sensitive stolen data, a gruff FBI agent goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher, but the school's liberal, politically correct environment is more than he bargained for.

Director: Don Michael Paul | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Darla Taylor, Bill Bellamy, Aleks Paunovic

Votes: 2,990

26. Masterminds (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

Trapped in a school in which a gang of criminals has siezed control, a young troublemaker fights a cat and mouse battle from inside.

Director: Roger Christian | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Vincent Kartheiser, Brenda Fricker, Bradley Whitford

Votes: 3,264 | Gross: $1.89M

Dishonorable mention

27. High Risk (1995)

R | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

After failing to save his wife from 'The Doctor', Kit Li is working as a bodyguard and secret stunt double for the cowardly martial arts film star Frankie Lane. Frankie attends an ... See full summary »

Directors: Jing Wong, Wai-Lun Lam | Stars: Jet Li, Chingmy Yau, Jacky Cheung, Charlie Yeung

Votes: 3,767

Briefly at beginning

28. Blast (1997)

R | 105 min | Action

Terrorists are holding the U.S. Olympic swim team hostage, and only the janitor can stop them.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Linden Ashby, Andrew Divoff, Kimberly Warren, Rutger Hauer

Votes: 1,290

So bad its good & set in an Olympic swimming stadium school.

29. Hard Time: The Premonition (1999 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

Burt Reynolds plays Logan McQueen, the hardest and most fearless cop in Florida. A series of attacks begins to happen in Miami, everyone of them meticulously carried out by a person who ... See full summary »

Director: David S. Cass Sr. | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Charles Durning, Bruce Dern, Gigi Rice

Votes: 259

30. Homeland (2011– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend

Votes: 285,394

Season 2

31. Moving Target (1996)

R | 106 min | Action, Thriller, Drama

A bounty hunter with a pregnant wife who is urging him to get a regular job gets framed for murder and trapped in a war between Russian gangsters.

Director: Damian Lee | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Ardon Bess, Michelle Johnson, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 306

32. Law & Order (1990–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Follows a crime (usually a murder), usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 29,924

A few different ones.

33. Chicago P.D. (2014– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Follows District 21 of the Chicago Police Department, which is made up of two distinctly different groups: the uniformed cops and the Intelligence Unit.

Stars: Jason Beghe, Jesse Lee Soffer, Patrick John Flueger, Marina Squerciati

Votes: 23,838

A few different ones includibg S3E7 and S6E16.

34. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.

Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Dann Florek

Votes: 71,922

Various episodes including S5E2, S7E6 and S20E1.

35. Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police homicide investigation unit investigates violent crimes in the city of Baltimore.

Stars: Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto, Kyle Secor

Votes: 10,843

A notable school two parter.

36. Showdown (I) (1993)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action

Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose... See full summary »

Director: Robert Radler | Stars: Billy Blanks, Kenn Scott, Christine Taylor, John Asher

Votes: 793

37. Higher Learning (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Omar Epps, Kristy Swanson, Michael Rapaport, Jennifer Connelly

Votes: 17,118 | Gross: $38.29M

38. F (2010)

R | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A group of teachers must defend themselves from a gang of murderous kids when their school comes under siege after hours.

Director: Johannes Roberts | Stars: David Schofield, Eliza Bennett, Ruth Gemmell, Finlay Robertson

Votes: 3,742

39. Bodyguard (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A contemporary thriller featuring the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London's Metropolitan Police Service.

Stars: Richard Madden, Sophie Rundle, Vincent Franklin, Ash Tandon

Votes: 74,999

40. Big Brother (2018)

TV-14 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A soldier-turned-high school teacher uses unusual methods to reach to a class of poor students, while dealing with a greedy entrepreneur and his gang of fighters as well as the government.

Director: Ka-Wai Kam | Stars: Donnie Yen, Joe Chen, Kang Yu, Wai-Ho Auyeung

Votes: 1,719 | Gross: $0.09M

41. Andaz (1994)

Not Rated | 167 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

After completing his schooling from Nalanda, Ajay Kumar Saxena returns and is hired as a Teacher. He meets with savvy students, whose names are Jaya, Neelam, Shilpa, Sonam, Chunky, Govinda,... See full summary »

Director: David Dhawan | Stars: Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Karisma Kapoor, Raj Babbar

Votes: 348

42. Bloodfist VIII: Trained to Kill (1996)

R | 85 min | Action

A former CIA agent (Wilson) lives a suburban life as a high school teacher with his teen son (White). When the agent is attacked by former allies because of knowledge he possesses and his ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Jacobson | Stars: Don Wilson, John Patrick White, Jillian McWhirter, Warren Burton

Votes: 254



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