I want more movies showing us the potential of ourselves. People seeking what Abraham Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature," rather than necessarily being mired in all the ways in which we can fail -- spiritually or emotionally. I want to see more movies about working through those pitfalls and coming to a better place. Hey, I just described Frank Capra, didn't I? [laughs] That's another thing I've always admired so much about Steven Spielberg's work, and George Lucas's work. Not to say that there isn't room in this world for nihilism, but we seem to be nihilistic at the exclusion of all else in our movies of late. And that's very disheartening to me. I don't want to get into a big debate about Hollywood's responsibility, but it's all too easy to tell a stupid story about a guy who solves his problems by picking up a gun. Not that I don't like the original Die Hard, because it's one of the best movies I've ever seen [laughs]. I love that film! But even there, there was something greater going on. I've always described Die Hard as a guy who spends the entire movie [laughs] trying to make up with his wife.
Betcha didn't think that'd get mentioned, yes?
From "Walking the Mile: An Interview with Frank Darabont," by Daniel Argent, Creative Screenwriting, Vol. 6. No. 6, Nov./Dec. 1999