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Luc Besson (born 18 March 1959) is a French director, writer and producer.

Besson's parents were scuba diving instructors, and his initial ambition was to become a marine biologist. However, at age 17 he had a diving accident which left him unable to dive, and out of the resulting boredom he began to write stories and work in the film industry.

Since then, he has worked on more than 50 movies with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EuropaCorp EuropaCorp]] (the studio he founded), although he only directed a dozen of them.

He is one of the three directors credited with creating the French "cinéma du look", a French film movement of the 1980s whose films favoured style over substance. At least that's what the critics say. They often featured young people, often in love with each other, lost in urban Paris.

Besson is appreciated as much as he's criticized in Europe as the most "Hollywoodian" of French filmmakers. Cheap action movies written by him and produced by his company have been routinely [[CriticProof panned]] by some as "slick and commercial".
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!!Films directed by Luc Besson:

* ''Le Dernier Combat'' (''The Last Battle'', 1983)
* ''Subway'' (1985)
* ''Film/TheBigBlue'' (''Le Grand Bleu'', 1988)
* ''Film/{{Nikita}}'' (1990)
* ''Film/TheProfessional'' (''Léon'', 1994)
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'' (''Le Cinquième Elément'', 1997)
* ''Film/TheMessengerTheStoryOfJoanOfArc'' (''Jeanne d'Arc'', 1999)
* ''[[Film/AngelA Angel-A]]'' (2005)
* The ''Film/ArthurAndTheInvisibles'' trilogy (''Arthur et les Minimoys'', 2006-2010)
* ''Film/TheExtraordinaryAdventuresOfAdeleBlancSec'' (2010)
* ''The Lady'' (2011)
* ''Film/{{Malavita}}'' (''The Family'', 2013)
* ''Film/{{Lucy}}'' (2014)
* ''Film/ValerianAndTheCityOfAThousandPlanets'' (2017)

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!!Films written and/or produced by Luc Besson include:

* The ''Film/{{Taxi}}'' series
* ''Yamakasi''
* ''Film/{{Wasabi}}''
* ''Film/{{Banlieue 13}}'', its sequel ''Film/Banlieue13Ultimatum'' and its remake ''Film/BrickMansions''
* ''[[Film/TheCrimsonRivers The Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse]]''
* ''Film/TheTransporter'' and its sequels
* ''Film/{{Taken}}'' and its sequels
* ''Film/FromParisWithLove''
* ''Film/{{Lockout}}''
* ''Film/DannyTheDog''
* ''Film/KissOfTheDragon'' (''Le Baiser mortel du Dragon'')
* ''Three Days To Kill''

!! Tropes associated with Luc Besson's films

* {{Action Girl}}s: Armed women is a common motif in his films.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl
* DirtyCop: Corrupt cops factor into many of Besson's films.
* InvincibleHero: Besson's action heroes are typically supreme badasses set against impossible odds.

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