By Luc Besson

  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Release Date: 1998-02-24
  • Advisory Rating: 15
  • Runtime: 2h 12min
  • Director: Luc Besson
  • Production Company: Gaumont
  • Production Country: France, United States of America
  • iTunes Price: GBP 4.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 3.49
From 5,894 Ratings


Jean Reno (Mission: Impossible, Ronin, The Crimson Rivers), Gary Oldman (Sid and Nancy, Romeo Is Bleeding, The Dark Knight), Danny Aillo (Fingers, Do the Right Thing, A Brooklyn State of Mind) and Natalie Portman (V for Vendetta, Goyas Ghost, Mars Attacks) in her film debut, all star in this highly influential, seminal '90s action/thriller. Directed by Luc Besson (Subway, The Big Blue, Nikita, The Fifth Element), Leon is the controversial and unforgettable story of an unlikely friendship within a brutal and violent world. Twelve-year-old Mathilda lives within the desperate confines of a squalid New York apartment block. On returning from a shopping trip Mathilda finds that her abusive, dysfunctional family (and her beloved younger brother) have been slaughtered by a psychotic, drug dealing police officer. In fear for her life she takes refuge with her reluctant, mysterious and solitary neighbour. His name is Leon and he’s one of the worlds deadliest assassins. And while Mathilda begins to teach him how to live, Leon begins to teach her how to kill.



  • Great film but only stereo audio.

    By Mr_Hyde
    The Film is great but the stereo audio track really lets it down.
  • Why no theatrical cut option?

    By N1nJar
    Prefer the theatrical cut, but the directors cut is interesting to watch at least once if only for the additional backstory for Leon, and extra scenes of Mathilda’s training. Not sure why there are no iTunes extras, at least to add the option of watching the theatrical cut? Really appreciated the option to watch both cuts in the Aliens special edition movies. The theatrical cut isn’t even available as a separate purchase unfortunately.
  • Directors Cut

    By Masmithx1977
    Usually the directors cut of a film adds some interesting elements to a film usually in a good way. Look at alien 3 theatrical version was boring but the directors cut completely changes the film in a lot of ways and the movie Abyss is brilliant and unavailable on iTunes !!!! Might I add. But unfortunately Leon le professional directors cut turns a great great film into a slightly creepy awkward film to watch due to the scenes been added. I think that’s why the scenes were cut out in first place. Now this usually flys against what I think about directors cuts but this one should have been left as the theatrical version in my opinion. But we all have different views......
  • Directors cut, ruined a great film!

    By Jeely_
    Original was perfect. Why change it? The 22 extra minutes were awful. Extremely uncomfortable to watch and completely ruined the pace of the film. I nearly forgot Gary Oldman was in the film, as the story moves away from the main plot line so much. Why why why! I really wish I had noticed this was a Director's cut before pruchasing. Don't make the mistake I did.... get the original theatre release... even if you have to pay that bit extra!!!
  • It's the best film ever made

    By KatrinaKat2
    My personal favourite, Oldman is amazing.
  • Director's cut review

    By itsallgonepearshaped
    While I love the original and have long regarded it as a classic, I'm not sure I like the Directors cut. The extra scenes with the interplay between Leon and Matilda are a little uncomfortable to watch. Whether it's the difference in attitudes in 2016 or Luc Besson overplayed the sexuality of Matilda in the original cut and was toned down for the cinema release.
  • Brilliant

    By Skigersta Bear
    Brilliant film......strong cast - Gary Oldman is chilling!
  • Stunning, a classic

    By emilydaffern
    My favourite film, Gary Oldman is brilliant
  • Classic

    By sealy84
    Probably my second favourite film. Occasionally weird mostly brilliant.