Turned down by France's national film school at age 17
Worked as an assistant to directors including Claude Faraldo and Patrick Grandperret
Founded production company Les Film du Loup
Worked as second unit director on "Le Grand Carnaval"
At age 24 directed first film "Le Dernier Combat," co-starring Jean Reno; also co-wrote and co-produced with Pierre Jolivet
Directed Isabelle Adjani and Christopher Lambert in "Subway"
Produced first film that he did not also direct, "Kamikaze"; also wrote screenplay
Returned to his first love with "The Big Blue" about famed diver Jacques Mayol; third film with Jean Reno and first English-language film
Directed and wrote the stylish and compelling "La Femme Nikita"; also starred Jean Reno as 'The Cleaner'
Made the little-seen documentary "Atlantis"; also shared cinematography duties as well as directing
Executive produced Patrick Grandperret's "L'Enfant Lion"
Produced, directed and wrote first American film "The Professional"; initial collaboration with Gary Oldman; fifth film with actor Jean Reno
Scored big hit with the sci-fi comic book adaptation "The Fifth Element"; film starred future wife Milla Jovovich and Bruce Willis
Produced Oldman's writing and directing debut, "Nil By Mouth"
Scripted and produced Gerard Pires' "Taxi"
Helmed "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc," starring Jovovich in the title role
Produced and provided the idea for Fred Garson's (second assistant director on "The Fifth Element") feature directing debut, "The Dancer"
Director's cut of "The Big Blue" released in the U.S.
Produced and co-wrote "Kiss of the Dragon," starring Jet Li and Bridget Fonda
Scripted the film "Wasabi" about a French detective on a case in Tokyo
Wrote and produced "The Transporter," starring Jason Statham
Scripted an early screenplay of the U.S. version of "Taxi"; also produced
Wrote the screenplay for "Unleashed," starring Jet Li and Morgan Freeman
Co-wrote with Robert Kamen, the screenplay for "The Transporter 2"; re-teamed with Jason Statham
Penned the French martial arts melodrama "District B13"
Directed the feature film adaptation of the 2002 children's book "Arthur et les Minimoys/Arthur and the Invisibles"
Co-wrote and produced the action thriller "Taken," starring Liam Neeson
Co-wrote the action film "From Paris with Love"
Co-wrote and produced the action thriller "Colombiana," starring Zoe Saldana
Co-wrote action thriller "Lockout," starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace; also executive produced
Returned to co-write screenplay for action sequel "Taken 2," starring Neeson