Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox, Dan O'Herlihy, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Ray Wise

Robocop is perhaps the closest any pure sci-fi film could ever come to also being a traditional superhero tale, albeit one that's darkly humorous and unflinchingly violent.

Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven's futuristic revenge saga could also be considered the strangest Charles Bronson movie never made. Peter Weller stars as murdered Detroit police officer Alex Murphy, who's brought back to life in the form of "six million dollar" half man/half robot hybrid of law enforcement mastery. Robo's sole mission is to locate those who killed him in his previous human life, thugs he recalls through fragmented memories.

A large part of Robocop's success is owed to Verhoeven's willingness to treat a gun-busting robot as a character with real soul; as Robo pumps lead into every bad guy within eyesight, we're rooting for him, not simply applauding the movie's over-the-top violence. Which, admittedly, is quite kick-ass.