Back in the 1990s, not all sequels were expected to be good. But, that didn’t mean we didn’t like sequels, we just didn’t expect them to go anywhere. In the world of franchises where you don’t expect great things, the Fast & Furious sequels are both unique and game-changing. What began as a single, small-budget movie has grown into a billion-dollar entity that is beloved by fans all around the world. Even if the sequels aren’t always good, we hardly care. The whole point of a new Fast & Furious movie is somewhat justified by its simple existence.
And yet, somehow this strange franchise does not have a straightforward chronology. Here’s the correct viewing order for all the Fast & Furious flicks, which, yes, is different from the order in which they came out. Mild spoilers ahead.
The Fast & The Furious (2001)
The one that started it all. LAPD officer Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) goes undercover to infiltrate the world of underground street racing and ends up joining the crew of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). You can stream it on HBO Max or rent it on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
So far, things are pretty simple. To clear his record, Brian is once again forced to go undercover to try and bring down Argentinian drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser). Dom is notably absent in the sequel but we do get to meet Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris) for the first time. You can stream it HBO Max or rent it on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.
Fast & Furious (2009)
Here is where things get a little bit tricky, as you actually want to skip Tokyo Drift for now and head straight to the fourth movie. This is when the franchise really began to kick things up a notch, with Dom and Brian reuniting to bring down a drug lord who murdered Dom’s lover Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). Most of what we now associate with the world of the F&F franchise starts with Fast & Furious and it’s a hell of a ride. You can stream it on TNT or rent it on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.
Fast Five (2011)
Things are back on track and it’s heist time! Dom and Brian plan to steal $100 million from a shady businessman while being chased down by U.S. Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). Pretty much everyone is back in this one, including Tej and Roman. That’s really all you need to know. You can stream it on TNT or rent it on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Dom, Brian, and the rest of the crew are forced into a reluctance alliance with Hobbs in order take down Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and his band of mercenaries. A major character also makes their official return to the franchise here (you probably already know who it is but I won’t spoil it, just in case). You can stream it on HBO Max and rent it on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.
The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Why are you watching the third entry in the franchise after sixth? Because, Tokyo draft is actually set between the sixth and seventh films, with almost none of the original crew appearing in the Tokyo-based film (with one major exception). Despite the lack of family presence, Tokyo Drift does stand out because it is the first film in the series that is directed by Justin Lin, who would go on to direct most of the remain F&F films. So if you really want to nail the viewing order, you’ll hold off on Tokyo Drift until now. You can rent it on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.
Furious 7 (2015)
The crew once again have a target on their backs, as Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) is determined to get revenge on them for his brother Owen’s demise. Have your tissues ready for this one, as it marks the final appearance of Walker in the franchise after his death in 2014. You can rent it on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
Dom has always been the heart of the F&F Family but things take an unexpected twist when he teams up with cyberterrorist Cypher (Charlize Theron). The rest of the crew joins forces with Hobbs and Shaw in order to defeat Cypher and figure out why Dom betrayed them. You can rent it on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
Technically, this is not an official entry in the Fast & Furious main story but instead is the franchise’s first-ever spin-off, focusing on fan-favorites Hobbs and Shaw trying to stop Brixton Lore (Idris Elba). It has a slightly different vibe than the rest of the films but still has all the action that makes the franchise so beloved. Plus, who doesn’t want to watch Johnson and Statham kick ass for two hours? You can rent it on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.
Cipher is back but this time she’s teamed up with another member of the Toretto family, Dom’s estranged younger brother Jakob (John Cena). Several key members of the franchise also return, which at this point has become a staple of the F&F mythology. You can rent it on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.
And, after F9, we’re going to be getting F10, possibly with Jason Momoa. But don’t hold your breath for when that one comes out. The story of the “family” is far from over.
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