#14 Starship Troopers
Is there any director manlier than Paul Verhoeven? (Maybe Paul Schrader, but that’s a debate for another time.) Based on Robert A. Heinlein’s "juvenile” (that’s what they used to call YA novels back in the day, kids) novel of the same name, Starship Troopers is equal parts action movie and social satire, albeit it’s a very sneaky social satire that most casual viewers won’t pick up on. (If you’re familiar with Nazi propaganda films you’ll catch onto it fairly quickly.) The story of three childhood friends played by Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, and Neil Patrick Harris who join Earth’s military invasion of an alien planet for nothing other than the fact that humans find the aliens living there really, really scary is a pure adrenaline and testosterone rush of extended, laser filled battle scenes.