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      Luc Besson

      Luc Besson

      Highest Rated: 89% La Femme Nikita (1990)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Mar 18, 1959

      Birthplace: Paris, France

      Admired in the U.S. as an ersatz French Steven Spielberg and reviled by his home country's critical elite as the man who ruined Franco cinema, writer-director-producer Luc Besson was inarguably one of the most commercially successful and prolific filmmakers ever to emerge from Europe. After establishing the slick, visual aesthetic known as "Cinéma du look" with early efforts like "Subway" (1985), "The Big Blue" (1988) and "La Femme Nikita" (1990), Besson officially crossed over to Hollywood with the films "The Professional" (1994) and "The Fifth Element" (1997). Following the disappointment of his historical epic "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc" (1999), he returned - usually as a writer-producer - to stories featuring hard luck heroes and spectacular chase sequences in genre movies like "Kiss of the Dragon" (2001), "The Transporter" (2002) and "Unleashed" (2005). Amongst the numerous writing and producing projects, Besson occasionally directed more personal films, among them the low-budget fantasy-romance "Angel-A" (2005) and the family adventure "Arthur and the Invisibles" (2006), based on a series of books authored by Besson himself. Even as he neared the 30-year mark in his career, Besson continued to rack up impressive writer-producer credits on such international smash hits as "Taken" (2008). A self professed purveyor of populist entertainment, Besson's strongest response to his detractors was his lengthy career - one that allowed him the freedom to produce precisely the films he wanted to make.

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      Luc Besson Luc Besson at arrivals for VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Premiere, TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman''s), Los Angeles, CA July 17, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Luc Besson at arrivals for THE LADY Gala Screening at AFI FEST, Grauman''s Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, CA November 4, 2011. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Michelle Yeoh, Luc Besson at arrivals for THE LADY Gala Screening at AFI FEST, Grauman''s Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, CA November 4, 2011. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection LUCY, director Luc Besson, on set, 2014. ph: Jessica Forde/©Universal Pictures LUCY, director Luc Besson (center), on set, 2014. ph: Jessica Forde/©Universal Pictures LUCY, director Luc Besson (back left), Scarlett Johansson (right), on set, 2014. ph: Jessica Forde/©Universal Pictures THE FAMILY, center: Luc Besson, right: Michelle Pfeiffer on set, 2013, ph: Jessica Forde/©Relativity Media THE FAMILY, from left: Tommy Lee Jones, director Luc Besson, Robert DeNiro, on set, 2013. ph: Jessica Forde/©Relativity Media THE LADY, director Luc Besson, on set, 2011. ph: Vincent Perez/©Cohen Media Group THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC, director Luc Besson, on set, 1999.(c) Columbia LES AVENTURES EXTRAORDINAIRES D'ADELE BLANC-SEC, (aka THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADELE BLANC-SEC), from left: costume designer Olivier Beriot, Louise Bourgoin, director Luc Besson, on set, 2010. ph: Magali Bragard/©EuropaCorp. Distribution THE FAMILY, l-r: Tommy Lee Jones, director Luc Besson, Robert DeNiro on set, 2013, ph: Jessica Forde/©Relativity Media

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      60% No Score Yet DogMan Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2023
      No Score Yet 25% Arthur Malediction Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2022
      33% 81% Anna Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $7.7M 2019
      0% 27% Taxi 5 Producer - 2018
      11% 40% Renegades Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2017
      48% 53% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $40.4M 2017
      44% 27% The Warrior's Gate Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2016
      15% 30% The Transporter Refueled Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $16.0M 2015
      13% 43% Taken 3 Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $89.3M 2014
      81% 53% The Homesman Producer $2.4M 2014
      66% 47% Lucy Director,
      Screenwriter
      $126.5M 2014
      25% 47% Brick Mansions Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $20.4M 2014
      28% 43% 3 Days to Kill Screenwriter $30.7M 2014
      No Score Yet 71% The Boy With the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Producer - 2013
      77% 67% The Boy With the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Producer - 2013
      28% 41% The Family Director,
      Screenwriter
      $114.5K 2013
      No Score Yet 41% (Almost) Charming Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2013
      No Score Yet 28% A Blind Man Producer - 2012
      22% 52% Taken 2 Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $139.9M 2012
      38% 46% Lockout Screenwriter $14.3M 2012
      87% 65% A Monster in Paris Producer - 2011
      36% 62% The Lady Director - 2011
      27% 67% Colombiana Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $36.7M 2011
      70% 67% The Source Producer - 2011
      85% 54% The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Writer
      - 2010
      20% 42% Arthur and the Two Worlds War Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2010
      46% 55% 22 Bullets Producer - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Arthur and the Two Worlds War Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2010
      0% 32% Arthur and the Great Adventure Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2009
      71% 61% I Love You Phillip Morris Executive Producer $2.0M 2009
      75% 55% District 13: Ultimatum Screenwriter,
      Producer,
      Writer
      $36.0K 2009
      25% 28% Staten Island Producer - 2009
      17% 87% Home Producer - 2009
      14% 60% Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard Director,
      Producer,
      Screenwriter
      - 2009
      60% 85% Taken Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $145.0M 2008
      40% 48% Transporter 3 Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $31.3M 2008
      No Score Yet 42% Taxi 4 Writer,
      Producer
      - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Very Best Friend Executive Producer - 2007
      20% 57% Love and Other Disasters Executive Producer - 2006
      22% 56% Arthur and the Invisibles Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $15.1M 2006
      56% 43% Bandidas Writer,
      Producer
      - 2006
      15% 56% Revolver Producer $75.4K 2005
      46% 74% Angel-A Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $202.2K 2005
      51% 42% Color Me Kubrick Executive Producer $70.7K 2005
      85% 81% The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Producer $5.0M 2005
      52% 58% Transporter 2 Producer,
      Writer
      $43.1M 2005
      66% 75% Unleashed Writer,
      Producer
      $24.5M 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bunker Paradise Producer - 2005
      No Score Yet 45% The Crimson Rivers II: The Angels of the Apocalypse Writer - 2004
      80% 78% District B13 Writer,
      Producer
      $1.2M 2004
      9% 43% Taxi Writer,
      Producer
      $36.6M 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ze film Co-Producer - 2004
      85% 84% Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior Executive Producer $4.6M 2003
      No Score Yet 43% Les Côtelettes Producer - 2003
      41% 67% Switchblade Romance Producer $3.6M 2003
      No Score Yet 51% Taxi 3 Producer,
      Writer
      - 2003
      14% 43% Fanfan la Tulipe Producer,
      Writer
      $28.4K 2003
      No Score Yet 46% Michel Vaillant Writer - 2003
      54% 73% The Transporter Writer,
      Producer
      $25.3M 2002
      63% 70% Chaos and Desire Producer - 2002
      43% 69% Wasabi Writer,
      Producer
      $81.5K 2001
      No Score Yet 44% August 15th Producer - 2001
      52% 68% Kiss of the Dragon Producer,
      Writer
      $36.8M 2001
      No Score Yet 67% Yamakasi Screenwriter,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $184.4K 2001
      No Score Yet 68% The Dancer Writer,
      Producer
      - 2000
      No Score Yet 70% Taxi 2 Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $729.8K 2000
      32% 58% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Director,
      Writer
      $14.3M 1999
      No Score Yet 81% Taxi Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $138.5K 1998
      71% 86% The Fifth Element Director,
      Writer
      $63.7M 1997
      77% 87% Nil by Mouth Producer $268.9K 1997
      74% 95% The Professional Director,
      Screenwriter
      $19.0M 1994
      52% 50% Point of No Return Writer $27.5M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sirga Executive Producer - 1993
      No Score Yet 75% Atlantis Director,
      Co-Producer,
      Cinematographer,
      Film Editing
      - 1991
      No Score Yet 100% Lune froide Executive Producer - 1991
      89% 84% La Femme Nikita Director,
      Writer,
      Co-Producer
      $5.0M 1990
      62% 93% The Big Blue Director,
      Writer,
      Writer
      $2.9M 1988
      67% 75% Subway Director - 1985
      71% 68% Le Dernier Combat Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1983

      TV

      Credit
      32% 63% Taken Executive Producer 2017-2018
      83% 85% James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2017