Paul Verhoeven is a Dutch film director, screenwriter, and producer who has made movies in both the Netherlands and the United States.
Explicit violent and/or sexual content and social satire are trademarks of both his drama and science fiction films. He is best known for directing the science fiction films RoboCop, Total Recall, and Starship Troopers, and the thriller Basic Instinct.
Verhoeven's film Turkish Delight received the award for Best Dutch Film of the Century at the Netherlands Film Festival. His films altogether received a total of nine Academy Award nominations, mainly for editing and effects, and he also won the Saturn Award for Best Director for Robocop. His Dutch war film Black Book was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, and was voted the best Dutch film ever by the Dutch public in 2008.
In contrast, he won the Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Picture and Worst Director for Showgirls; he is one of the few people to have accepted their award in person, and the first ever to do so.
The Seattle Times praised Verhoeven by saying, "Director Paul Verhoeven often appears to be a one-man Dutch movie industry," while The San Diego Union called Verhoeven "a busy bee whose movies pollinate the festival circuit."