The first DIE HARD had graphic violence. Had it not, it would have had no impact whatsoever. It felt real. The TV version is just blah. Violence that has no real life consequences lacks suspense.
As much as I liked Fast Five, the action was bloodless and so it never felt suspenseful to me. Thanks God they came up with the inventive 'drag the safe around the city' action, which was hilarious to watch. Live Free or Die Hard was bloodless and as a result had no spine. I could go on and on, but there is no point.
Even Dark Knight Rises and it's PG-13 violence harmed the ending where the cops go to war. The inability to shoot R rated action turned the ending into a lame non-event. Cops rushing into gunfire, a few going down bloodlessly and then the bad guy army, rather than continuing to fire their weapons, go hand to hand. Give me a break. It would be fight to the death considering what was at stake.