He wrote that Besson dramatizes the struggle of his characters "as a conscientious resistance to human degradation".

French actor Jean Reno has appeared in several films by Besson, including Le dernier combat (1985), Subway, The Big Blue (1988), Nikita (1990), and Léon: The Professional (1994).

Critics cite Besson as a pivotal figure in the Cinéma du look movement, a specific, highly visual style produced from the 1980s into the early 1990s.

Besson won Best Director and Best French Director for his film The Fifth Element (1997).

He was nominated for Best Director and Best Picture César Awards for his films Léon: The Professional (1994) and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999).

He first named it Les Films du Loup, but changed it to Les Films du Dauphin.

In the early 1980s, Besson met Éric Serra and asked him to compose the score for his first short film, L'Avant dernier."So, I said: 'OK, let's go on the set.' So I went on the set...The day after I went back to see my mum and told her that I was going to make films and stop school and 'bye. Very soon after I made a short film and it was very, very bad.Besson is known for his distinctive filmmaking style and is associated with the movement critics call Cinéma du look.He has been nominated for a César Award for Best Director and Best Picture for his films Léon: The Professional and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc.I wanted to prove that I could do something, so I made a short film.