How to watch Fast and Furious movies in chronological order

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Over its 20-year history, the Fast and Furious franchise has grown from a relatively modest street racing series to the pinnacle of over-the-top Hollywood action – an evolution that has led to nearly $2 billion. at the global box office.

Throughout this time, the franchise’s twelve films (nine main, one spin-off, and two shorts) have woven together a convoluted narrative that has proven to be a bit difficult to follow. So ahead of next year’s Fast X, we’ve put together this handy guide on how to watch the Fast and Furious movies in chronological order.

At the bottom of the article, you’ll find a second list that ranks the movies based on their actual release dates, if you’d rather watch them in that order instead. Given its lack of importance to the ongoing narrative of the film series, we are not including the anime series. Fast & Furious: Spy Racers.

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The Fast and Furious Movies in Order (Chronological)

1. Fast and Furious (2001)

where to watch: Peacock, or for rent on Amazon

The timeline begins with the franchise’s first film, 2001’s The Fast and the Furious. The fairly straightforward action plot tasks Paul Walker’s undercover cop Brian O’Conner with taking down a team of carjackers led by Dom Toretto by Vin Diesel. Brian gets involved in illegal street racing, befriends Dom, begins dating his sister (Jordan Brewster’s Mia Toretto), and ultimately chooses those relationships over his cop duty. The first film also introduces viewers to series staple Michelle Rodriguez, who plays Letty Ortiz, Dom’s love interest.

Read our fast and furious review.

2. The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

where to watch: Youtube

The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious shows how Brian O’Conner, on the run from law enforcement, travels from Los Angeles to Miami before the events of 2 Fast 2 Furious. The six-minute short features no dialogue and a handful of racing. It’s not essential viewing, but it’s still there.

3. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

where to watch: Peacock, or commendable on Amazon Prime Video

The only film in the series without Dom Toretto, 2 Fast 2 Furious features Roman Pearce (Tyrese GIbson) and Tej Parker (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges). The story follows Brian O’Connor and Pearce as they go undercover to take down a drug lord in exchange for having their criminal records expunged – a mission that is ultimately successful. It also introduces a new love interest for O’Connor in Eva Mendes’ Monica Fuentes, who only appears again briefly in Fast Five.

Read our review of 2 Fast 2 Furious

4. Los Bandoleros (2009)

where to watch: Vimeo

The second of two shorts in the series, Los Bandoleros takes place between Fast 1 and Fast 4, though its exact location on the timeline is never specified. Written and directed by Vin Diesel, Los Bandoleros is set in the Dominican Republic, where Dom is laid to rest after the events of Fast 1. In 20 minutes, the film manages to cover an oil war, corrupt politics, and a prison. pause, culminating in a romantic reunion between Dom and Letty. Chronologically, this is also the first time we see Han Lue challenging Sung Kang’s death.

5. Fast and Furious (2009)

where to watch: Peacock, fuboTV or commendable on Amazon Prime Video

Not to be confused with The Quick and the Furious, Fast & Furious is the franchise’s fourth mainline film, although it precedes Tokyo Drift (film number three) in the timeline. It’s a sequel to Fast 1, set five years later, with Dom and Brian teaming up again to take down a drug lord and avenge Letty’s “death”. Dom is eventually arrested and convicted, though en route to prison, Brian, Mia, and Tego Leo (Tego Calderon) are seen intercepting the prison bus. Fast & Furious also features Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar. It was the Wonder Woman actor’s first major role.

Read our Fast & Furious review.

6.Fast Five (2011)

where to watch: Peacock, fuboTV or commendable on Amazon Prime Video

The third Fast movie from frequent series director Justin Lin upped the ante with massive sets and an oversized cast featuring Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs. Picking up where Fast & Furious left off, Dom travels to Rio de Janeiro with Mia and Brian after escaping his prison transport. A familiar story unfolds: they rob and race hot air balloons as they flee from another government agency, this time Luke Hobbs and the DEA. Eva Mendes’ Monica Fuentes returns in a mid-credits scene to reveal that Letty is still alive.

Read our fast five review.

7. Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

where to watch: HBO Max, or commendable on Amazon Prime Video

Fast 6 begins with Dom and his crew once again on the run. Hobbs, meanwhile, seeks to take down a group of mercenaries led by Luke Evans’ Owen Shaw. Hobbs recruits Dom by showing him a photo of Letty, who Dom believes is dead, and offering him and his crew amnesty in the United States. the franchise continues. The post-credits scene introduces Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw to the series.

Read our Fast & Furious 6 review.

8. Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

where to watch: HBO Max, or commendable on Amazon Prime Video

The wackiest of the Fast movies in terms of timeline is the third movie in the series, which is actually set between Fast 6 and 7. The first Fast movie directed by Justin Lin features a Dom cameo but largely focuses on racers teenage street stars Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) and Twinkie (Shad “Bow Wow” Moss), with series staple Han Lue serving as Sean’s mentor. With a haul of $62 million, it is the series’ least successful entry by box office total.

Read our Tokyo Drift reviews.

9. Furious 7 (2015)

where to watch: Sling TV, or for rent on Amazon Prime Video

The series’ biggest box office hit to date is Furious 7, which grossed over $350 million — no other Fast movie has made $250 million. It is also the most well received by critics with a rotten tomatoes score of 82% (five points better than the Fast Five finalist). Furious 7 picks up at the end of Tokyo Drift, with Statham’s Deckard Shaw as the main villain. It was directed by James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring, Aquaman).

This is Paul Walker’s last Fast film starring Brian O’Conner, as Walker died during filming. Furious 7 ends with a moving farewell to Brian/Walker.

Read our Furious 7 reviews.

10. Fate of the Furious (2017)

where to watch: Rentable on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV or Vudu

Order is restored here as Fast 8 follows Fast 7 in the real and fictional timelines. The film’s stacked cast includes Charlize Theron, Russell Crowe, Scott Eastwood and Helen Mirren, alongside series regulars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Dwayne Johson and Jason Statham. Along with the expected dose of fast cars, over-the-top action, and double-crossing, Fast 8 finds time for cyberterrorism and the threat of nuclear war.

Read our The Fate of the Furious review.

11. Fast and Furious Gifts: Hobbs and Shaw (2019)

where to watch: Rentable on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV or Vudu

The series’ only spin-off film to date stars Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Statham’s Deckard Shaw. The duo, who became friends after escaping from prison together in the previous film, are tasked with saving humanity from a deadly virus. The spin-off also brings in the legendary Idris Elba as the villainous super soldier Brixton Lore.

In 2020, Johnson said he was working on a sequel to Hobbs and Shaw, although he vowed never to appear in the main films again due to a feud with Vin Diesel.

Read our Hobbs and Shaw review.

12.F9 (2021)

where to watch: HBO Max, or commendable on Amazon Prime Video

The most recent film in the series, once again directed by Justin Lin, pits Dom and the crew against Jakob Toretto, Dom’s estranged brother played by John Cena. The whole family is here for this one, as nearly every major cast member of the show returns to date, in addition to new blood like Cena, Michael Rooker, and Cardi B. The plot involves another threat to humanity: Project Aries, a device capable of controlling all of the world’s weapon systems. As always, this plot is foiled, thanks in part to Roman and Tej piloting a Pontiac into space.

Read our fast and furious 9 review.

How to watch the Fast and Furious movies by release date

  • The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  • The turbo charged prelude to 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003 – short film)
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
  • Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
  • Fast and Furious (2009)
  • Los Bandoleros (2009 – short film)
  • Fast Five (2011)
  • Fast and Furious 6 (2013)
  • Furious 7 (2015)
  • Fate of the Furious (2017)
  • Hobbs & Shaw (2019 – spin-off film)
  • F9 (2021)
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