The metallic clank of his feet. The whirling drill sound of his arms and torso twisting into motion. The stentorian command of his voice. Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop set a high standard for robotic law-enforcement officers back in 1987, a standard that José Padilha's new RoboCop will be hard-pressed to top when it expands into North America on Wednesday, February 12.
But Verhoeven's vision, based on a great script by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, and brought to life by a large team of talented craftspeople and an excellent cast, led by the great Peter Weller, was not the first time robotics and/or cops brought back to life played a role in providing law and order on the big screen. Our writers were eager to share their -- sometimes quite liberally interpreted! -- favorite robotic and/or resurrected cops. Click through to read our selections.