The Fast and Furious franchise has been around for years, and in order to keep the series going, the movies have changed quite a bit. They started with simple illegal street races, pretty girls, and fast cars. Who in 2001 didn't want to see that? Then they moved into the films being more about big heists and even bigger explosions. Car chases that you wouldn't ever imagine. And now, the new film "F9" looks to be the biggest and most explosive film yet. So, before you see the newest feat, we're here to get you prepared. Here's our list of all the Fast and Furious movies in chronological order: the order you need to see them before you hit the theaters.
1The Fast and the Furious
Back to where it all started. The first movie from the iconic franchise had undercover LAPD officer Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) investigating notorious street racer Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). Long before the two were family, they were on opposite sides of the law. And Brian's task is to find and apprehend a group of hijackers which he believes to be Dom and his crew. To blend in, Brian joins an illegal street race against Dom and some others. And so the franchise begins...
The Fast and the Furious
Action / 2001 / PG-13
22 Fast 2 Furious
Before we move to the next film, it's important to note that there's actually a prelude to it. A 6-minute short film was created to bridge the gap between the first film and this one, and it can be viewed here.
Now, the next chapter in the Fast franchise has former LAPD officer Brian O'Conner trying to make a career of driving in illegal street races. His friend who's a local mechanic named Tej Parker (Ludacris) is the one who organizes these races. After he's finally found by the cops, he's given a deal to work with the police in order to clear his criminal record. He's also able to bring in any partner he wants. So, he employs his childhood friend Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson). Roman served jail time for housing stolen cars. He's also given the same deal as Brian...if they're able to take down Argentinian drug lord Carter Verone.
3Fast & Furious
As we move on to the next film, we need to first note that there's another short film titled "Los Bandoleros" that you should before watching the flick. It outlines the events that occur just before the film involving Dom's plan to steal oil from a tanker in the Dominican Republic. You can watch the short film here.
Following those events and into this film, we see the reappearance of fugitive Dom Toretto and we see Brian O'Conner is now an FBI agent. Brian is on a mission to track down Mexican drug lord Arturo Braga. Whereas Dom receives the news that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodríguez) has been killed, so he's trying to track down the person responsible. After following some leads, Brian ends up finding Dom in pursuit of a man named David Park that Brian has been tracking as well. Brian saves David from Dom, and turns him into an FBI informant. With Dom and Brian on different sides of the law again, they'll have to try to figure out in what capacity they can work together, if any.
For most, this is the fan favorite in the franchise. This was a turning point for the series. The franchise went from intense racing movies with occasional sex, drugs and gun violence to full-fledged heist films with outrageous races, shootouts, and explosions. And the circumstances changed quite a bit. Brian is now a criminal and he's dating Dom's sister, Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster). Dom is being transferred by bus to Lompoc Prison before he's broken out by Brian and Mia. Later in the film, they come into the company of crime lord Hernan Reyes, who just happens to have $100 million in cash lying around in a secret location. And so, the transition from racing to heists commences. This is also our first introduction to the completely jacked, totally awesome Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson).
5Fast & Furious 6
Just as the smoke begins to settle from the previous heist and the members of the crew are all living peaceful lives, DSS agent Luke Hobbs pulls the gang back into the action. Hobbs shows Dom a picture of Dom's wife Letty Ortiz who everyone thought was dead. In doing so, he asks for help from Dom and his crew to apprehend former special ops soldier Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), along with finding Letty, in exchange for all of their criminal records being pardoned. Of course, Dom and the crew accept. Eventually, when Dom and Letty reconnect, she's not exactly the same. She believes Dom is the enemy as she doesn't know or recognize him. We even get to see Dom and Letty race each other.
There's also a mid-credits scene that you won't want to miss. It's the first unofficial introduction to another major player in the franchise.
6The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Because our list of Fast and Furious movies is in chronological order, this film actually takes place just after the events of "Fast & Furious 6" (instead of the third film that came out in theaters).
It follows one of our favorite characters Han Lue (Sung Kang) to his life in Tokyo. It also introduces us to one of the most underrated drivers from the franchise, Sean Boswell (Lucas Black). Sean has had trouble with the law on more occasions than one. And because his latest race that ended up destroying a lot of property, he's forced move to Japan instead of facing punishment. Sean continues to race although he's on strict orders to give it all up. He enters one race with a car that's loaned to him and not only ends up losing the race, but the car is destroyed as well. Han was one who loaned the car to Sean. So, Sean starts working for Han to pay him back. From there, a fast friendship is born.
After an emotional ending that shows Han get into a car accident which ends up turning into a fiery explosion, we meet Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). Deckard Shaw is set on getting revenge for his brother Owen Shaw. In order to take down Deckard, Dom and his crew must work with Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) to obtain a computer program called God's Eye. The tracking program along with its creator Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) need to be rescued by Dom's gang in order to get the necessary help from Mr. Nobody to track Shaw. This also marks Brian O'Conner's final appearance (given the tragic loss of series lead Paul Walker). The film includes an absolutely beautiful tribute to the late actor.
8The Fate of the Furious
Moving along, we've reached a movie on the list that significantly turns the tables. Not only does it introduce one of the most sinister villains, a cyberterrorist named Cipher (Charlize Theron), but it also has one member of the gang switching sides. Actually, it would be more accurate to say the leader of the crew goes over. Cipher has something very near and dear to Dom and she manipulates him into joining her team. It'll be Cipher and Dom going up against Dom's old crew, as well as some other people who have switched sides. Funnily enough, Deckard Shaw and Luke Hobbs end up in the same prison at one point. There's an iconic scene where they fight and chase each other down only to be eventually recruited by Mr. Nobody. So, in this film, it's safe to say that you can't fully trust anyone.
9Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
After the duo worked alongside each other in "The Fate of the Furious," Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw ended up getting their own spinoff film. When both of these men are told about a missing virus and recruited to work together again, they're less than enthusiastic about it. Shaw is mainly doing it because he wants to save his MI6 field agent sister Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby). She's the one who supposedly stole the virus. And now she's being hunted down by a genetically enhanced terrorist named Brixton Lore (Idris Elba). In this film, you can look forward to plenty of action, explosions, guns, and witty smackdowns exchanged between Hobbs and Shaw. Also, make sure you don't miss the mid- and post-credits scenes.
10F9: The Fast Saga
Finally, we reach our last film on the list and the newest edition to the franchise, "F9." This fast and furious film does an incredible job of maintaining the order of the franchise by pulling in elements from all the movies. And it introduces some new characters along with bringing back some old ones. With family such a big theme for Dom Toretto, it's a surprise to find out that his newest nemesis is actually his brother, Jakob Toretto (John Cena). Will he need to take down his old family to save his new one? Check in theaters to find out...
Action / 2021 / PG-13
11Better Luck Tomorrow
This final film isn't part of the chronological order of Fast and Furious movies because it isn't a Fast film per se. It's more of an honorable mention because it does carry some significance. It actually has one of our favorite characters in it. Before Han Sue was living in Tokyo, then presumed dead, and then somehow found out to be actually alive, he was helping run a school-wide cheat sheet operation stateside. But it ends up turning into so much more than that. Anyways, the director of "Better Luck Tomorrow," Justin Lin< is also the director for most of the Fast and Furious films, including "F9." The Han in this film is much different than the one in the Fast films, but he's just as interesting, and just as cool.
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