Luc Besson

Luc Besson is a French film director, writer, and producer known for making highly visual thriller and action films.  Besson has been nominated for, and won, numerous awards and honors from the foreign press, and is often credited as inventing the so-called "Cinema du look" movement in French film.   Born in Paris, Besson spent his childhood traveling Europe with his parents and developing an enthusiasm for ocean diving, before an accident would push him toward the world of cinema. After taking odd jobs in the Parisian film scene of the time, Besson began writing stories that would eventually evolve into some of his greatest film successes: The Fifth Element and Le Grand Bleu.   In 1980 he founded his own production company, Les Films du Loup later Les Films du Dauphin, and later still EuropaCorp film company with his longtime collaborator, Pierre-Ange Le Poga. Besson's work stretches over twenty-six years and encompasses at least fifty-films.

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The Fifth Element (1997)

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In 2257, a taxi driver is unintentionally given the task of saving a young girl who is part of the key that will ensure the survival of humanity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Milla Jovovich  •  Gary Oldman  •  Ian Holm

In 2257, a taxi driver is unintentionally given the task of saving a young girl who is part of the key that will ensure the survival of humanity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Milla Jovovich  •  Gary Oldman  •  Ian Holm

Angel-A (2005)

A beautiful and mysterious woman helps an inept scam artist get his game together... but is their meeting purely coincidence?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Jamel Debbouze  •  Rie Rasmussen  •  Gilbert Melki  •  Serge Riaboukine

A beautiful and mysterious woman helps an inept scam artist get his game together... but is their meeting purely coincidence?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Jamel Debbouze  •  Rie Rasmussen  •  Gilbert Melki  •  Serge Riaboukine

Léon: The Professional (1994)

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Léon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, Mathilda's thoughts turn to revenge, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Jean Reno  •  Natalie Portman  •  Gary Oldman  •  Danny Aiello

Léon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, Mathilda's thoughts turn to revenge, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Jean Reno  •  Natalie Portman  •  Gary Oldman  •  Danny Aiello

La Femme Nikita (1990)

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A beautiful felon, sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a policeman, is given a second chance - as a secret political assassin controlled by the government.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Anne Parillaud  •  Marc Duret  •  Patrick Fontana  •  Alain Lathière

A beautiful felon, sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a policeman, is given a second chance - as a secret political assassin controlled by the government.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Anne Parillaud  •  Marc Duret  •  Patrick Fontana  •  Alain Lathière

Taxi 2 (2000)

A cabdriver and a cop race to Paris to rescue a love interest and the Japanese minister of defense from kidnappers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Krawczyk
CAST:  Samy Naceri  •  Frédéric Diefenthal  •  Marion Cotillard  •  Emma Wiklund

A cabdriver and a cop race to Paris to rescue a love interest and the Japanese minister of defense from kidnappers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Krawczyk
CAST:  Samy Naceri  •  Frédéric Diefenthal  •  Marion Cotillard  •  Emma Wiklund

The Big Blue (1988)

Two men answer the call of the ocean in this romantic fantasy-adventure. Jacques and Enzo are a pair of friends who have been close since childhood, and who share a passion for the dangerous sport of free diving. Professional diver Jacques opted to follow in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Jean-Marc Barr  •  Jean Reno  •  Rosanna Arquette  •  Paul Shenar

Two men answer the call of the ocean in this romantic fantasy-adventure. Jacques and Enzo are a pair of friends who have been close since childhood, and who share a passion for the dangerous sport of free diving. Professional diver Jacques opted to follow in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Jean-Marc Barr  •  Jean Reno  •  Rosanna Arquette  •  Paul Shenar

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

In 1429 a teenage girl from a remote French village stood before her King with a message she claimed came from God; that she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country from its political and religious turmoil. Following her mission to reclaim ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Milla Jovovich  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Faye Dunaway  •  John Malkovich

In 1429 a teenage girl from a remote French village stood before her King with a message she claimed came from God; that she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country from its political and religious turmoil. Following her mission to reclaim ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Milla Jovovich  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Faye Dunaway  •  John Malkovich

The Last Battle (1983)

The plot explores the devastation of civilization and issues of brutality, hostility and isolation. Pierre Jolivet stars as the main character (identified only as "The Man" in the end credits) who is menaced by "The Brute" (played by Jean Reno) on his journey ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Jean Reno  •  Pierre Jolivet  •  Jean Bouise  •  Fritz Wepper

The plot explores the devastation of civilization and issues of brutality, hostility and isolation. Pierre Jolivet stars as the main character (identified only as "The Man" in the end credits) who is menaced by "The Brute" (played by Jean Reno) on his journey ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Jean Reno  •  Pierre Jolivet  •  Jean Bouise  •  Fritz Wepper

Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)

Arthur is a spirited ten-year old whose parents are away looking for work, whose eccentric grandfather has been missing for several years, and who lives with his grandmother in a country house that, in two days, will be repossessed, torn down, and turned into a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Freddie Highmore  •  Mia Farrow  •  Ron Crawford  •  Penny Balfour

Arthur is a spirited ten-year old whose parents are away looking for work, whose eccentric grandfather has been missing for several years, and who lives with his grandmother in a country house that, in two days, will be repossessed, torn down, and turned into a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Freddie Highmore  •  Mia Farrow  •  Ron Crawford  •  Penny Balfour

Lucy (2014)

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A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Scarlett Johansson  •  Lio Tipton  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Amr Waked

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Scarlett Johansson  •  Lio Tipton  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Amr Waked

The Family (2013)

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The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Dianna Agron  •  John D'Leo

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Dianna Agron  •  John D'Leo

L'Avant Dernier (1981)

A man wanders through a wrecked, dystopian city, finding violence everywhere he turns.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Pierre Jolivet  •  Jean Reno  •  Fabrice Roche

A man wanders through a wrecked, dystopian city, finding violence everywhere he turns.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Pierre Jolivet  •  Jean Reno  •  Fabrice Roche

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DIRECTION:  Vincent Perrot
CAST:  Jean-Paul Belmondo  •  Jean Becker  •  Alain Belmondo  •  Paul Belmondo

The Lady (2011)

The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Michelle Yeoh  •  David Thewlis  •  Jonathan Raggett  •  Jonathan Woodhouse

The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Michelle Yeoh  •  David Thewlis  •  Jonathan Raggett  •  Jonathan Woodhouse

Atlantis (1991)

Atlantis is more visual art than nature film and a 'must see' for any Luc Besson fan. The film captures the feel of what it's actually like to swim underwater better than any film I've ever seen, perfectly illustrating the form and texture of sea water. Beautiful. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
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Atlantis is more visual art than nature film and a 'must see' for any Luc Besson fan. The film captures the feel of what it's actually like to swim underwater better than any film I've ever seen, perfectly illustrating the form and texture of sea water. Beautiful. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)

An adventure set in the early part of the 20th century, focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Louise Bourgoin  •  Mathieu Amalric  •  Gilles Lellouche  •  Philippe Nahon

An adventure set in the early part of the 20th century, focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Louise Bourgoin  •  Mathieu Amalric  •  Gilles Lellouche  •  Philippe Nahon

Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard (2009)

Arthur answers a distress call from Princess Selenia, who is menaced by the nefarious Maltazard.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Selena Gomez  •  Freddie Highmore  •  Fergie  •  Jimmy Fallon

Arthur answers a distress call from Princess Selenia, who is menaced by the nefarious Maltazard.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Selena Gomez  •  Freddie Highmore  •  Fergie  •  Jimmy Fallon

Subway (1985)

Fred, a raffish safe blower, takes refuge in the Paris Metro after being chased by the henchmen of a shady businessman from whom he has just stolen some documents. While hiding out in the back rooms and conduits of the Metro, Fred encounters a subterranean society ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Isabelle Adjani  •  Christopher Lambert  •  Richard Bohringer  •  Michel Galabru

Fred, a raffish safe blower, takes refuge in the Paris Metro after being chased by the henchmen of a shady businessman from whom he has just stolen some documents. While hiding out in the back rooms and conduits of the Metro, Fred encounters a subterranean society ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Isabelle Adjani  •  Christopher Lambert  •  Richard Bohringer  •  Michel Galabru

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DIRECTION:  Avril Tembouret
CAST:  Pierre Christin  •  Enki Bilal  •  Luc Besson  •  Evelyne Tranlé

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

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In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are special operatives charged with keeping order throughout the human territories. On assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two undertake a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where species from across ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Dane DeHaan  •  Cara Delevingne  •  Clive Owen  •  Rihanna

In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are special operatives charged with keeping order throughout the human territories. On assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two undertake a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where species from across ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Dane DeHaan  •  Cara Delevingne  •  Clive Owen  •  Rihanna
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