Director Luc Besson returns to his action-movie roots with this summer's 'Lucy' starring Scarlett Johansson as another one of Besson's femmes fatales. Here's a look back at the writer-producer-director's most memorable films.
This comedy-drama stars Christopher Lambert as a punk drifter on the run from some really bad guys. The film and its kinetic style quickly became Besson's calling card.
La Femme Nikita (1990)
Besson's hit assassin thriller put him firmly on Hollywood's radar, inspiring one big-budget remake and two TV shows.
Leon: The Professional (1994)
Besson's first -- and best -- Hollywood film made Natalie Portman a star opposite hit man Jean Reno. Bonus points for cementing Gary Oldman as one of the best villains ever.
The Fifth Element (1997)
"Multi-pass!" Half 'Star Wars,' half fever dream, this cult favorite marked Besson's first shot at big-budget sci-fi, based on a story he started writing when he was 16.
The Messenger: Joan of Arc (1999)
'Fifth Element''s Milla Jovovich plays the titular character in this confidently directed but uneven historical epic.
The Transporter (2001)
With his writer-only cap on, Besson helped turn Jason Statham into an international action star and 'The Transporter' into a lucrative franchise.
Besson returned to the director's chair after a six-year absence with his most experimental and polarizing film yet.
Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)
After striking out with 'Angel-A,' the director turned to animation to tell this fantasy adventure featuring Freddie Highmore, Mia Farrow and…Madonna?!
Cowritten by Besson, the filmmaker used his "special set of skills" to make another hit action franchise -- this time for Liam Neeson.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010)
Flying monsters and trips to Egypt play a prominent role in this 2010 adventure film that's best described as a low-grade 'Amelie' meets 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.'
The Family (2013)
Despite mixed-to-negative reviews, the action-comedy about a mobster in WitSec succeeds at pairing Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer on the big screen.