Movies directed by Paul Verhoeven

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Basic Instinct

In my original, unpublished review of Basic Instinct (dated March 21, 1992), I wrote the following: "There's a fine line between eroticism and exploitation, and Basic Instinct treads it, using nudity, sex, and violence to cover up the limitations o...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 1992-03-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Situations, Violence, Nudity, Profanity, Drugs)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Cast: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, ...
Black Book

In the 1980s and 1990s, Paul Verhoeven made a name for himself in Hollywood, directing such high-profile films as Robocop, Basic Instinct, and Starship Troopers. Before arriving in America, however, Verhoeven had a flourishing career in the Netherl...

Run Time: 2:25
U.S. Release Date: 2007-04-04
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Situations, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: WAR THRILLER
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Cast: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, ...
Elle

When Paul Verhoeven took Hollywood by storm during the mid-1980s, he had been a successful director overseas for two decades. During his U.S. tenure, he produced a string of iconic films that remain in the consciousness today, including Robocop, Basi...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2016-11-11
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, ...
Hollow Man

It is my fondest dream that some day filmmakers will realize that great visual effects do not by themselves equate to a worthwhile motion picture experience. However, until that state of cinematic utopia arrives, audiences will be forced to endure...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2000-08-04
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: HORROR
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Cast: Elisabeth Shue, Kevin Bacon, Josh Brolin, ...
Robocop

Robocop was among the biggest surprises of 1987 - a sci-fi action film with a silly title that turned out to be a biting satire of big business practices. A tribute to the perspicacity and skill of director Paul Verhoeven, Robocop is capable of sa...

Run Time: 1:42
U.S. Release Date: 1987-07-17
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/ACTION
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Cast: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Daniel O'Herlihy, ...
Showgirls

In 1990, the MPAA introduced the NC-17 rating to provide an outlet for legitimate adult fare -- non-pornographic motion pictures with content deemed too strong for the under-17 crowd. The first movie released with an NC-17 was Henry and June...

Run Time: 2:11
U.S. Release Date: 1995-09-22
MPAA Rating: "NC-17" (Nudity, Sexual Situations, Profanity, Violence)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Cast: Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Glenn Plummer, ...
Starship Troopers

Whenever a motion picture tackles a literary classic of any genre, fans of the written work hold their collective breaths, hoping for the best, but dreading the worst. On rare occasions, something like The Godfather emerges -- a movie that not onl...

Run Time: 2:09
U.S. Release Date: 1997-11-07
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/ACTION
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Cast: Casper Van Dien, Patrick Muldoon, Seth Gilliam, ...
Total Recall

Total Recall is not a typical Arnold Schwarzenegger shoot-'em-up. Yeah, there are a lot of explosions and gun fights, but the storyline eschews the direct route, preferring a more interesting path. This is one of those futuristic action films tha...