I love the Fast and Furious series. Basically, I love all movies that appear in cultural conversation. The Fast and Furious franchise is one such phenomenon. Most people know that there is a whole series of movies, but not everyone knows about the order in which they should be watched. This is not a rigorous research project, and the order is not scientifically proven. But, I hear this all the time: “I hear you like Fast and Furious and I want to watch them and I don’t know the order and I’m not sure what order they should be watched in and can you help me?”
Seeing as how Furious 7 is coming out in less than a week, I thought I’d put together a guide to the movies in the franchise, and provide an order that I think works best. I’ll also do my best to explain why I’m doing this (it’s not the order I would personally choose, but I think it’s useful to say).
With the recent release of Fast & Furious 7, it is once again time for movie lovers to revel in the awesome stunts and awesome cars that make this franchise one of the few that has stood the test of time. For those of you who are new to the series, Fast & Furious is often accused of being a “2nd or 3rd tier” franchise. This is because the first two movies (2001’s The Fast and the Furious and 2002’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) are considered timeless classics, and their successors were not as well received.
Fast & Furious isn’t known for having the most complex chronology. Who could have anticipated that the 2001 film about a simple street race would be followed by sequels hauling bank vaults over asphalt, leaping out of aircraft, sliding off submarines, and, most likely, establishing contact with extraterrestrial life in deep space? The Fast and the Furious first introduced us to Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his friends 20 years ago, and since then, the franchise has evolved from a simple street-racing action franchise to a massive scale adventure franchise, with each film boasting increasingly ludicrous and visually impressive stunts.
If you’re new to the series (or simply want to rewatch) but don’t know where to start, we’ll walk you through it quarter-mile by a quarter-mile. Even though some of these Fast & Furious sequels were produced sooner than others, they are placed later in the chronology. Are you a little perplexed? Don’t worry, we’ve gone beyond with this guide, including a few canonical extras to round out your binge-watch. We’ll go through the ideal sequence to watch the Fast and Furious movies below.
The Best Fast And Furious Movies to Watch in Order
Although the bulk of the Fast flicks are sequels, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is an exception.
As if the Fast and Furious naming/numbering system wasn’t confusing enough, the release order of the movie does not exactly correspond to the on-screen timeline. As a consequence, seeing the Fast and Furious films in order is unusually tough.
Tokyo Drift is the renegade element causing havoc. When Dom Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, appeared suddenly after that film, returning to the series after missing the previous two installments, everyone thought that the fourth installment, Fast & Furious, would continue up to where it left off. However, there was a major plot hole: Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang), who had been murdered in Tokyo Drift, was still alive and thriving in Fast & Furious.
To view all of the The following is a list of the Fast & Furious movies in chronological sequence., follow these steps:
- The Fast and the Furious (Fast and Furious) is a film (2001)
- 2 FAST & 2 FURY (2003)
- Fast & Furious 4 (2009)
- Five in a Hurry (2011)
- Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
- Tokyo Drift is a film from the Fast & Furious franchise (2006)
- Furious 7 is a sequel to Furious 6. (2015)
- The Fate of the Fast and the Furious (2017)
- Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
- The Fast and Furious Saga (F9) (2021)
Fast and Furious movies in order
The Fast and the Furious is the first film in the Fast and Furious franchise (2001)
The Fast and the Furious (later renamed Fast & Furious 1) is a 2001 action film directed by Rob Cohen and based on a screenplay by Gary Scott Thompson, Erik Bergquist, and David Ayer, with Thompson’s plot attributed to him.
On a lonely highway, a heist squad in three modified Honda Civics attacks a truck carrying electronic goods, takes its cargo, and escapes into the night. The following day, a joint Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and FBI task force sent LAPD officer Brian O’Conner undercover to locate the gang.
He begins his investigation at Toretto’s Market, where he flirts with Mia, the owner’s sister and sister of famous street racer Dominic Toretto, who is reading a newspaper in the back office. Vince, Leon, Jesse, and Dominic’s girlfriend Letty are among Dominic’s entourage. Vince, who has a thing for Mia, engages Brian in a fight until Dominic intervenes.
That night, Brian joins a modified 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse in an illegal street race in order to get an edge over the heist crew. In his Mazda RX-7, Dominic challenges Brian and two other drivers to a drag race.
Due to a shortage of funds, Brian is obliged to sell his car. Dominic wins the race when Brian’s vehicle breaks down, but the LAPD comes before he can hand up his car. Brian helps Dominic escape in his car, but they find themselves in the same location as Dominic’s old racing rival, gang leader Johnny Tran, and his cousin Lance Nguyen, who destroy Brian’s car. Brian is reminded by Dominic that he owes him a “ten-second automobile.”
O’Connor is enthralled by this new way of life and smitten with Mia Toretto, Toretto’s sister (Jordana Brewster) O’Connor must decide where his allegiances lie as the strength of a rival racing squad rises.
2 Fast 2 Furious is a sequel to 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
2 Fast 2 Furious is a 2003 action film directed by John Singleton and written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, with Gary Scott Thompson contributing to the plot. It is the second movie in the Fast & Furious series and is a standalone sequel to The Fast and the Furious (2001).
After enabling Dominic Toretto to elude the cops, former LAPD officer Brian O’Conner flees the city to escape prosecution. He subsequently relocates to Miami, where he makes a living illegally racing a heavily modified silver Nissan Skyline GT-R R34.
The events are being organized by Tej Parker, a local techie. The police come after Brian wins a race against Suki and other drivers, and Brian is arrested. In exchange for his criminal record being erased, his former boss, FBI Agent Bilkins, and US Customs Agent Markham offer him a chance to go undercover and bring down Argentinian drug lord Carter Verone.
Brian goes to Barstow in order to enlist the help of Roman Pearce, a childhood friend who served time in jail for storing stolen cars in a garage and now works as a demolition derby driver. Roman, who is on parole, has a brief fight with Brian and blames him for his incarceration, but reluctantly offers to help in exchange for the same deal Brian received.
For their assignment, they are handed two confiscated, modified Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII and Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GTS. Later, Verone recruits Roman and Brian and tasks them with retrieving a present from a confiscated Ferrari sitting in a parking lot against the competition.
Roman is caught off guard by the police ambush and shoots at Markham to maintain his cover. Later, Roman confronts the agent and accuses him of obstructing the mission. Brian, on the other hand, has the ability to rescue the situation by telling Bilkins that Verone is allegedly going to launder his money in Miami before leaving on his private plane.
With his velocity-addicted buddy ( Tyrese) riding shotgun and a drop-dead-gorgeous undercover agent ( Eva Mendes) cranking up the heat, 2 Fast 2 Furious intensifies the action into a frenzied race for survival, justice, and mind-blowing jaw-dropping speed!
Fast & Furious 4 is the third installment of the Fast and Furious franchise (2009)
Fast & Furious (also known as Fast & Furious 4) is a 2009 American action film written and directed by Justin Lin. It is the fourth movie in the Fast & Furious series and the sequel to The Fast and the Furious (2001).
Dominic Toretto and his new gang, which includes his fiancée Letty, Tego Leo, Rico Santos, Cara, and Han Lue, are hijacking gasoline tankers in the Dominican Republic, five years after leaving the United States, using heavily modified 1967 and 1988 Chevrolet trucks and a 1987 Buick Grand National. Because Dom thinks the police are following them, the gang splits up and goes their own ways, with Han choosing to travel to Tokyo. Dom knows he has no choice but to leave, leaving Letty to defend herself.
Meanwhile, FBI agent Brian O’Conner is on the lookout for Mexican drug lord Arturo Braga. His search leads him to David Park, which he discovers thanks to an illegal modification record on his car. Dom arrives to Park’s flat and hangs him out the window by his ankles before Brian arrives. Brian saves Park, and he becomes the FBI’s newest informant. Park drags Brian into a street racing competition.
Brian picks a 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 from the impound lot and modifies it with parts from another Skyline and a 2007 Nissan GT-R. Dom modifies his 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS in preparation for the race. According to Ramon Campos, Braga’s second in command, and Gisele Yashar, Braga’s liaison, the winner will become the last driver on a team that traffics heroin between Mexico and the United States. Dom wins by forcing Brian’s car to lose control when in nitro. Brian uses his power as an FBI agent to arrest and replace another team member, Dwight Mueller.
Dom discovers that Letty was working for Braga as a courier at the time she was killed, and he joins his gang in their search for the killer. Brian dates Mia Toretto once again as their lives become linked, solidifying their bond. They must, however, figure out who Braga really is.
4. Quick Five (2011)
Fast Five is a 2011 American heist action film directed by Justin Lin and written by Chris Morgan. It is sometimes known as Fast & Furious 5 or Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist. It is the fifth movie in the Fast & Furious series and the sequel to Fast & Furious (2009).
Dominic Toretto’s sister Mia and buddy Brian O’Conner plan an assault on the Lompoc Prison bus, freeing Dom. As the authorities pursue them, the gang escapes to Rio de Janeiro. While they wait for Dom to arrive, Mia and Brian join their friend Vince and other volunteers on a mission to steal three cars off a train. Agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are also on board, and Brian and Mia discover that the vehicles are seized property.
When Dom and his friends arrive at the train station, they learn that their leader Zizi is only interested in stealing one car: the Ford GT40. Before Dom and Brian fight Zizi and his henchmen, Zizi kills the DEA agents assigned to the vehicles, Dom has Mia steal the car. Dom and Brian are arrested and sent to Zizi’s boss, crime lord Hernan Reyes, who is the owner of the cars. Reyes orders the two to be interrogated in order to discover the whereabouts of the car, but they manage to escape and return to their safe home.
Vince arrives and is caught trying to remove a computer chip from the car, which Brian, Dom, and Mia are examining to see what it means. When he admits he was planning to sell the chip to Reyes on his own, Dom tells him to leave. Brian analyzes the chip and discovers that it contains all of Reyes’ financial data, including the whereabouts of $100 million in cash.
The Diplomatic Security Service’s Luke Hobbs and his team arrive in Rio to arrest Dom and Brian. They travel to Dom’s safehouse with the help of local policeman Elena Neves, but they discover it is under siege by Reyes’ men searching for the chip. Brian, Dom, and Mia have the ability to escape.
Dom suggests that they end their relationship and leave Rio, but Mia confesses that she is pregnant with Brian’s child. Dom decides to remain together and suggests stealing Reyes of his money in order to start again. To carry out the heist, Han, Roman, Tej, Gisele, Leo, and Santos form a team. Vince joins the team after saving Mia from being abducted by Reyes’ men. Dom’s team assaults one of them and burns the money in front of Reyes’ workers since stealing from 10 other locations would be impossible.
Fearing further attacks, Reyes consolidates the remaining funds in a new vault inside a police station. Dom’s team conducts surveillance, buys cars and equipment, gets Reyes’ fingerprints, and devises a plan to steal the money.
Dominic instructs his well-trained crew to take the filthy money and flee to a location where they will not be extradited to the US. Meanwhile, FBI agent Luke Hobbs arrives in Brazil with an elite squad to track down Dominic and Brian.
5. Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Fast & Furious 6 (also known as Furious 6) is a 2013 American action film written by Chris Morgan and directed by Justin Lin. It is the sixth film in the Fast & Furious series and the sequel to Fast Five (2011).
After a spectacular heist in Brazil, Dom Toretto and his trained criminal crew have fled the world and are now living in peace. Meanwhile, DSS agents Luke Hobbs and Riley Hicks investigate a squad led by Owen Shaw, a former British SAS Major and special operations veteran, who bombed a Russian military convoy. Hobbs persuades Dom to help in the arrest of Shaw by showing him a photo of his supposedly murdered wife, Letty Ortiz. Dom and his crew accept the job in exchange for their pardon and freedom to return to the United States.
Shaw’s hideout is found in London, but it turns out to be a ruse to confuse them and the police while Shaw’s crew robs an Interpol office. Shaw flees in a special truck, detonating a bomb that destroys his hideout and renders most police ineffective, leaving Dom, Brian, Tej, Roman, Han, Gisele, Hobbs, and Riley to pursue him.
Letty arrives to help Shaw and fires a shot at Dom before escaping. Back at their headquarters, Hobbs tells Dom’s crew that Shaw is gathering components for a deadly device that can shut down all power, which he intends to sell to the highest bidder. Meanwhile, Shaw’s investigation into the opposing team reveals Letty’s link to Dom, but she is amnesic. Shaw is connected to Arturo Braga, a drug lord who was imprisoned by Brian, according to Dominic’s squad.
While Tej purchases several cars for the operation at an auction, Brian disguises himself as a prisoner and travels to Los Angeles to question Braga, who says Letty survived the explosion that killed her; Shaw took her in because of her forgetfulness. With the help of the FBI, Brian is released from prison and rejoins the team in London.
Hobbs advises Dom to assemble his elite team in London, since outmatching the criminal group on the street is the only way to beat them. Payment? They should all be given complete pardons so that they may return home and rebuild their families.
6. Tokyo Drift (The Fast and the Furious) (2006)
Justin Lin directed and Chris Morgan wrote The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, a 2006 action film. It is the third movie in the Fast & Furious series and is a standalone sequel to 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003).
Sean Boswell, a disturbed high school student from Oro Valley, lives with his mother. They had to relocate many times before settling in Arizona due to Sean’s poor behavior. After school one day, Sean gets into a fight with athlete Clay about Clay’s girlfriend, Cindy, who flirted with Sean.
The cars they race are a 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and a 2003 Dodge Viper. Clay repeatedly strikes Sean’s vehicle as they approach a high-speed bend, forcing both vehicles to crash; Clay’s Viper collides with a cement pipe, while Sean’s Monte Carlo rolls.
Despite winning the race, both cars are destroyed, and they are imprisoned. Sean, a recidivist from a low-income family, is sent to Japan to live with his father, a U.S. Navy officer stationed in Tokyo, in order to escape juvenile incarceration or jail.
Boswell is quickly captivated with Tokyo’s underground drift racing scene and a Japanese girl named Neela. The Japanese Mafia, which profits handsomely from the sport, is disturbed by Boswell’s presence and growing drifting ability. Confrontations arise, and Sean must decide whether to drift or die.
7 – Furious (2015)
Furious 7 (also known as Fast and Furious 7) is a 2015 American action film written and directed by James Wan. It is the seventh movie in the Fast & Furious series and the sequel to Fast & Furious 6 (2013).
After defeating Owen Shaw and gaining amnesty for their past crimes, Dominic “Dom” Toretto, Brian O’Conner, and the rest of his crew have returned to the United States to restart normal lives. Dom tries to assist Letty Ortiz recover her memories while Brian adapts to life as a father. Meanwhile, Owen’s older brother, Deckard, slips into the hospital where Owen is comatose before robbing the DSS office in Los Angeles and steals Dom’s team’s profiles.
Deckard fights Luke Hobbs and then flees after revealing his real identity by setting off a bomb that severely injures Hobbs. Dom finds out from his sister Mia that she is pregnant for the second time and convinces her to tell Brian. A mail bomb sent from Tokyo bursts and destroys the Toretto house shortly after Han Lue, a member of Dom’s team, is allegedly killed by Deckard in Tokyo. Dom travels to Tokyo to retrieve Han’s body, and he gets the artifacts found at the accident site from Han’s friend, Sean Boswell.
Deckard Shaw, Shaw’s brother, is now on the loose, killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde and an unidentified government official known only as “Mr. Nobody” are fighting for control of “God’s Eye,” a computer terrorism program that can turn any contemporary device into a weapon. While caught in a power struggle between the terrorist and the US government, Torretto and his team must reassemble in order to stop Shaw and retrieve the God’s Eye program.
The Fate of the Furious (Episode 8) (2017)
The Fate of the Furious (also known as F8 in the United States and internationally as Fast & Furious 8) is a 2017 American action thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Chris Morgan. It is the eighth film in the Fast & Furious series and the sequel to Furious 7 (2015).
After beating Deckard Shaw and Mose Jakande, Dominic “Dom” Toretto and Letty Ortiz are on their honeymoon in Havana when Dom’s nephew Fernando gets into trouble for owing money to local racer Raldo. Dom challenges Raldo to a race between Fernando’s 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline and Raldo’s 1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria, as well as his own 1961 Chevrolet Impala. After narrowly winning the race, Dom allows Raldo to keep his car, saying that his respect for him is sufficient, and leaves his cousin with his car.
Cipher, a mysterious woman, persuades Dom to work for her the next day by showing him something on her phone. Dom and his team, which includes Letty, Roman Pearce, Tej Parker, and Ramsey, are quickly recruited by DSS agent Luke Hobbs to help him retrieve an EMP weapon from a military facility in Berlin.
During the getaway, Dom goes rogue, pushing Hobbs off the road and stealing the device for Cipher, a cyberterrorist. Hobbs is caught and imprisoned with Deckard Shaw in a high-security prison. After Dom and Cipher escape the prison, Mr. Nobody and his protégé Eric Reisner recruit Hobbs and Shaw to help the squad find Dom and capture Cipher.
When Cipher seduces Dom into a world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they’ll face difficulties they’ve never faced before. The elite force will travel the globe, from the beaches of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the cold wastelands off the northern Barents Sea, in order to stop an anarchist from causing havoc on the world stage and bring home the man who gave them a family.
9. Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
Hobbs & Shaw (also known as Hobbs & Shaw) is a 2019 American buddy action comedy film directed by David Leitch and written by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce based on a screenplay by Morgan. It’s a Fast & Furious spin-off that takes place after the events of 2017’s The Fate of the Furious.
With Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprising their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, the Fast & Furious series now has its stand-alone fan following after eight films that have grossed almost $5 billion globally.
Since their first meeting in 2015’s Furious 7, burly lawman Hobbs, a dedicated agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless misfit Shaw, a former British military special operative, have exchanged trash talk and body punches in an effort to bring one other down.
When cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that has the potential to change humanity forever — and defeats a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who also happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to work together to bring down the only guy who might be better than them.
F9 The Fast Saga is the tenth installment in the Fast Saga series (2021)
F9 (also known as F9: The Fast Saga and Fast & Furious 9) is a 2021 American action film directed by Justin Lin and based on a script written by Daniel Casey and Lin. It is the ninth major chapter and tenth full-length film in the Fast & Furious series, after The Fate of the Furious (2017).
In 1989, Jack Toretto participates in a late model race with his sons Dominic and Jakob on the pit crew. Dom confronts rival racer Kenny Linder about his unscrupulous tactics. Linder’s car collides with Jack’s bumper as the race proceeds, forcing the car to smash into a wall and explode, killing him. Dom is imprisoned for almost murdering Linder in the aftermath of the accident.
He recalls Jakob working on Jack’s car on the day he died while serving his sentence, and he suspects Jakob of murdering their father. Dom confronts Jakob after his release and challenges him to a race, threatening to leave town if he loses.
Two years after his experience with cyberterrorist Cipher, Dom is now retired and raising his son Brian with his wife, Letty Ortiz. According to Roman Pearce, Tej Parker, and Ramsey, Mr. Nobody has kidnapped Cipher, and his plane has been attacked by rogue agents, landing in Montequinto, Central America. Dom agrees to help them after learning about Jakob’s involvement.
During their search of the plane, they come across a piece of an Ares device, which can hack into any computer-controlled weapons system. A private army led by Jakob attacks the team, and the device is taken. The group runs across Michael Stasiak on their route to their safe haven. Dom’s sister, Mia, arrives to help, and Dom reluctantly agrees to let her join them. When the team learns that Han Lue is connected to Ares, Letty and Mia go to Tokyo to investigate.
Dom and his crew are entrusted with hunting down an international terrorist who also happens to be Dom and Mia’s estranged brother.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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The correct order to watch Fast and Furious is as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10
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Do I need to watch Tokyo Drift?
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