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). He directed 16 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".
!!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)
* ''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)

!!Films written and/or produced by Luc Besson include:
* The ''Film/{{Taxi}}'' series
* ''Film/{{Taxi|2004}}'' (ForeignRemake of the above)
* ''Yamakasi''
* ''Film/{{Wasabi}}''
* ''Film/{{Banlieue 13}}''
** ''Film/Banlieue13Ultimatum''
* ''Film/BrickMansions'' (remake of ''Banlieue 13'')
* ''[[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: Ass-kicking women is a common motif in his films.
* AssociatedComposer: Eric Serra composed the soundtrack of most of Besson's films.
* CreatorBreakdown: He poured a ton of love into ''Film/ValerianAndTheCityOfAThousandPlanets'' and its [[BoxOfficeBomb catastrophic failure]] hit him hard, resulting in an immediately infamous interview where he cast himself as the ''only'' director who cares about telling stories while everyone else are studio hacks.
* DirtyCop: Corrupt cops factor into many of Besson's films.
* InvincibleHero: Besson's action heroes are typically supreme badasses set against impossible odds.
* ProductionPosse:
** Besson has cast Creator/JeanReno in several of his films, including his first four.
** He cast his former wife Creator/MillaJovovich as the female lead in two films.
** Not to mention composer Eric Serra, who worked on all of his directed films.
** LeParkour creators David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli are typically behind the stunts and fight choreography of [=EuropaCorp=] films, if not in front of the camera.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: Not surprisingly for a former diver, Besson's first wide release film was ''Film/TheBigBlue'', which is about, well, divers.