I actually liked With a Vengeance. Thought the story was more plausible-- albeit in that hollywood wink, wink sort of way-- than the second one. How much **** can one guy really get into? The 3rd movie had a little fun with it at least... anyway, here's my order:
Die Hard -- Classic. One of my favorite holiday movies outside Nightmare Before Christmas and Scrooged. The legend of Alan Rickman begins here.
Die Hard With a Vengeance -- Fun and irreverent. Sam Jackson and Bruce Willis work in this movie.
Live Free or Die Hard -- Ridiculous sequel featuring Justin Long in the role of most annoying side kick since Jar Jar Binks. Saved from the cellar by the always excellent Timothy Olyphant hamming it up in the villian slot and that one awesome action scene showcasing Maggie Q.
Die Harder -- Mostly pointless. A cash-in sequel that adds almost nothing to the franchise.