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.
Best Order to Watch Fast And Furious Movies
Although the majority of the Fast films are sequels, there is one notable exception: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
As if the Fast and Furious naming/numbering system wasn’t confusing enough, the sequence in which the films were released does not precisely match to on-screen chronology. As a result, viewing the Fast and Furious movies in a sequence is strangely difficult.
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.
Here’s how to watch all of the Fast and Furious movies in sequence:
- The Fast and the Furious (2001)
- 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
- Fast & Furious 4 (2009)
- Fast Five (2011)
- Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
- The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
- Furious 7 (2015)
- The Fate of the Furious (2017)
- Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
- F9 The Fast Saga (2021)
Fast and Furious movies in order
1. The Fast and the Furious (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.
A robbery team driving three modified Honda Civics assaults a truck carrying electronic products on a lonely highway, steals its load, and flees into the night. A combined Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and FBI task team send LAPD officer Brian O’Conner undercover to find the group the next day.
He starts his inquiry at Toretto’s Market, where he flirts with Mia, the owner’s sister and the sister of famed street racer Dominic Toretto, who is sitting in the back office reading a newspaper. Dominic’s entourage comes, including Vince, Leon, Jesse, and his girlfriend Letty. Vince, who has a thing for Mia, gets into a battle with Brian until Dominic steps in.
Brian enters a customized 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse in an illegal street racing that night, trying to gain an advantage over the robbery team. Dominic comes in his Mazda RX-7 and challenges Brian and two other drivers to a drag race.
Brian is forced to put his vehicle up for sale due to a lack of money. After Brian’s automobile breaks down, Dominic wins the race, but the LAPD arrives before he can give over his car. Brian assists Dominic in escaping in his car, but they end themselves in the area of Dominic’s former racing opponent, gang boss Johnny Tran, and his cousin Lance Nguyen, who smash Brian’s vehicle. Dominic reminds Brian that he owes him a “10-second vehicle.”
O’Connor is fascinated with this new lifestyle and in love with Mia Toretto, Toretto’s sister (Jordana Brewster) As the power of a competing racing team grows, O’Connor must determine where his allegiances lie.
2. 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).
Former LAPD officer Brian O’Conner leaves Los Angeles to avoid punishment after allowing Dominic Toretto to evade the police. He then relocates to Miami, where he earns a livelihood racing a highly modified silver Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 in illegal street races.
Tej Parker, a local technician, is in charge of organizing the races. After winning a race against Suki and other drivers, the cops arrive and Brian gets imprisoned. His old employer, FBI Agent Bilkins, and U.S. Customs Agent Markham offer him a deal to go undercover and bring down Argentinian drug kingpin Carter Verone in return for his criminal record being cleared.
Brian travels to Barstow to recruit the assistance of a boyhood buddy, Roman Pearce, who spent time in prison for storing stolen vehicles in a garage and now works as a demolition derby driver. Roman, who is on parole, has a short altercation with Brian and blames him for his imprisonment, but grudgingly agrees to assist in return for the same bargain Brian was given.
They are given two seized, customized vehicles for their mission: a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII and a Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GTS. Later, Verone hires Roman and Brian and assigns them the job of competing against other drivers to retrieve a gift from a seized Ferrari parked in a parking lot.
The police ambush catches Roman off guard, and he fires at Markham to keep his cover. Later, Roman approaches the agent, accusing him of interfering with the operation. Brian, on the other hand, can save the situation by informing Bilkins that Verone is reportedly planning to launder his money in Miami before fleeing on his private aircraft.
2 fast 2 furious escalates the action into a frantic race for survival, justice, and mind-blowing jaw-dropping speed, with his velocity-addicted friend ( Tyrese) riding shotgun and a drop-dead-gorgeous undercover agent ( Eva Mendes) turning up the heat!
3. Fast and Furious 4 (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 using highly modified 1967 and 1988 Chevrolet trucks and a 1987 Buick Grand National, five years after leaving the United States. Dom believes the cops are following them, causing the group to split up and go their ways, with Han opting for Tokyo. Dom realizes he must go and flees, leaving Letty behind to defend herself.
Meanwhile, FBI agent Brian O’Conner is on the hunt for Arturo Braga, a Mexican drug kingpin. His investigation takes him to David Park, which he locates using an illegal modification record on his vehicle. Before Brian arrives, Dom comes to Park’s apartment and hangs him out the window by his ankles. Park is saved by Brian, and he becomes the FBI’s new informant. Brian is dragged into a street racing by Park.
Brian chooses a 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 from the impound lot and customizes it with components from another Skyline and a 2007 Nissan GT-R. Dom prepares his 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS for the race by modifying it. The winner will become the final driver on a squad that traffics heroin between Mexico and the United States, according to Ramon Campos, Braga’s second in command, and Gisele Yashar, Braga’s liaison. Dom wins by causing Brian to lose control of his vehicle while it is in nitro. Brian utilizes his authority as an FBI agent to apprehend another team member, Dwight Mueller, and replace him.
Dom learns that Letty was working as a courier for Braga at the time she was murdered, and he joins his group to track down the murderer. Their lives become intertwined, cementing their relationship, and Brian dates Mia Toretto once again. They must, however, discover Braga’s real identity.
4. Fast 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 friend Brian O’Conner organize an attack on the bus as it is being taken to Lompoc Prison, rescuing Dom. The group flees to Rio de Janeiro as the police hunt for them. Mia and Brian accompany their buddy Vince and other participants on a mission to steal three vehicles off a train while they wait for Dom to arrive. Agents from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are also aboard the train, and the cars are confiscated property, Brian and Mia learn.
When Dom and his companions arrive at the railway station, they discover that their commander Zizi is only interested in stealing one car: the Ford GT40. Dom has Mia take the car before he and Brian battle Zizi and his thugs, during which Zizi murders the DEA officers assigned to the cars. Dom and Brian are apprehended and sent to Zizi’s employer, criminal lord Hernan Reyes, who owns the vehicles. Reyes orders the two to be questioned to find out where the vehicle is, but they manage to escape and return to their safe house.
Vince comes and is caught attempting to take a computer chip from the vehicle as Brian, Dom, and Mia study it to determine its significance. Dom orders him to leave when he confesses he was going to sell the chip to Reyes on his own. Brian examines the chip and finds that it includes all of Reyes’ financial information, including the whereabouts of US$100 million in cash.
Luke Hobbs and his squad from the Diplomatic Security Service arrive in Rio to apprehend Dom and Brian. They go to Dom’s safehouse with the assistance of local cop Elena Neves, but they find it under siege by Reyes’ men who are looking for the chip. Brian, Dom, and Mia can flee.
Dom proposes that they break up and leave Rio, but Mia reveals that she is expecting Brian’s kid. Dom agrees to stay together and proposes robbing Reyes of his money to start a new life. Han, Roman, Tej, Gisele, Leo, and Santos create a team to pull out the robbery. After rescuing Mia from being kidnapped by Reyes’ men, Vince joins the squad. Because stealing from ten separate sites would be impossible, Dom’s crew attacks one of them and burns the money in front of Reyes’s employees.
Reyes consolidates the remaining money in a new vault within a police station, fearful of additional assaults. Dom’s crew conducts surveillance, purchases vehicles, and equipment, obtains Reyes’ fingerprints, and devises a scheme to take the money.
Dominic asks his trained team to steal the filthy money and go to a place where they will not be extradited to the United States. Meanwhile, Dominic and Brian are being pursued by FBI agent Luke Hobbs, who arrives in Brazil with an elite team.
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).
Dom Toretto and his skilled criminal gang have left the globe after a successful robbery in Brazil and are now living in peace. Meanwhile, DSS agents Luke Hobbs and Riley Hicks look into the bombing of a Russian military convoy by a team headed by Owen Shaw, a former British SAS Major, and special operations veteran. By giving Dom a picture of his allegedly slain wife, Letty Ortiz, Hobbs persuades Dom to assist in the arrest of Shaw. In exchange for their pardon and permission to return to the United States, Dom and his crew accept the assignment.
Shaw’s hideaway is discovered in London, but it turns out to be a set-up to keep them and the police distracted while Shaw’s gang commits a robbery at an Interpol office. Shaw escapes in a custom vehicle, setting off a bomb that destroys his hideaway and disables most of the cops, leaving Dom, Brian, Tej, Roman, Han, Gisele, Hobbs, and Riley to follow him.
Letty comes to assist Shaw and immediately shoots Dom before fleeing. Back at their base, Hobbs informs Dom’s team that Shaw is taking parts to build a lethal gadget that can shut down all electricity, to sell it to the highest bidder. Meanwhile, Shaw’s research into the opposing team exposes Letty’s connection with Dom, but she has amnesia. Dominic’s team discovers that Shaw is linked to Arturo Braga, a drug kingpin who was imprisoned by Brian.
While Tej buys numerous vehicles for the operation at an auction, Brian goes to Los Angeles as a prisoner to interrogate Braga, who claims Letty survived the explosion that killed her; Shaw took her in after learning of her amnesia. Brian gets freed from jail with the assistance of the FBI and rejoins the team in London.
Hobbs urges Dom to gather his elite squad in London since the only way to defeat the criminal gang is to outmatch them on the street. Payment? All of them should be granted full pardons so that they may return home and make their families whole again.
6. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (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 troubled Oro Valley high school student, lives with his mother. Before settling in Arizona, they had been forced to move many times owing to Sean’s bad conduct. Sean gets into an altercation with athlete Clay after school one day over Clay’s girlfriend, Cindy, who flirted with Sean.
Their vehicles are a 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and a 2003 Dodge Viper, which they race. When Sean cuts through a structure to catch up to Clay, Clay, eager to win, repeatedly hits Sean’s vehicle until they approach a high-speed curve, causing both cars to crash; Clay’s Viper collides with a cement pipe, while Sean’s Monte Carlo rolls.
Both vehicles are wrecked, and they are jailed, even though Sean wins the race. Clay and Cindy’s affluent families help them evade punishment, while Sean, a recidivist from a low-income family, is transferred to Japan to live with his father, a U.S. Navy officer stationed in Tokyo, to avoid juvenile detention or prison.
Boswell is soon smitten with the world of Tokyo’s underground drift racing and a Japanese girl called Neela. The Japanese Mafia, which earns thousands of dollars from the sport, is unsettled by Boswell’s presence and increasing skill for drifting. Confrontations occur, and Sean must choose between drifting and dying.
7. Furious 7 (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).
Dominic “Dom” Toretto, Brian O’Conner, and the rest of their crew have returned to the United States to resume regular lives after beating Owen Shaw and obtaining amnesty for their previous crimes. While Brian adjusts to life as a parent, Dom works to help Letty Ortiz regain her memories. Meanwhile, Deckard, Owen’s elder brother, sneaks into the hospital where the unconscious Owen is being kept before robbing the DSS office in Los Angeles and stealing profiles of Dom’s team.
Deckard battles Luke Hobbs and escapes after exposing his true identity, detonating a bomb that badly injures Hobbs. Dom subsequently learns from his sister Mia that she is pregnant for the second time and persuades her to inform Brian. However, soon after Han Lue, a member of Dom’s crew, is supposedly murdered by Deckard in Tokyo, a letter bomb dispatched from Tokyo explodes and destroys the Toretto home. Dom goes to Tokyo to collect Han’s corpse, and from Han’s buddy, Sean Boswell, he obtains the items discovered at the accident scene.
Shaw’s brother, Deckard Shaw, is now out on the loose, murdering the crew one by one for vengeance. Worse, a Somalian terrorist named Jakarde and a shadowy government figure is known only as “Mr. Nobody” is vying for possession of “God’s Eye,” a computer terrorism software that can convert any modern gadget into a weapon. Torretto and his crew must regroup to halt Shaw and recover the God’s Eye program while trapped in a power struggle between the terrorist and the US government.
8. The Fate of the Furious (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).
Dominic “Dom” Toretto and Letty Ortiz are on their honeymoon in Havana after defeating Deckard Shaw and Mose Jakande when Dom’s nephew Fernando falls into problems for owing money to local racer Raldo. Dom challenges Raldo to a race, pitting Fernando’s 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline against Raldo’s 1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria, and putting his own 1961 Chevrolet Impala on the line. Dom allows Raldo to retain his vehicle after barely winning the race, stating that his admiration for him is sufficient, and leaves his cousin with his automobile.
Cipher, an enigmatic lady, coerces Dom into working for her the following day by showing him something on her phone. Dom and his team, which includes Letty, Roman Pearce, Tej Parker, and Ramsey, are soon recruited by Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs to assist him to recover an EMP weapon from a military base in Berlin.
Dom turns rouge during the escape, knocking Hobbs off the road and steals the gadget for Cipher, a cyberterrorist. Hobbs is apprehended and imprisoned in the same high-security prison as Deckard Shaw. Mr. Nobody and his protégé Eric Reisner enlist Hobbs and Shaw to assist the squad to locate Dom and catch Cipher after they both escape the jail.
When Cipher seduces Dom into a world of crime he can’t seem to get out of, and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will encounter challenges that will put them to the test as they’ve never been put to before. The elite force will traverse the globe, from the beaches of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the freezing wastes off the arctic Barents Sea, to stop an anarchist from wreaking havoc on the global stage, and to return home the man who made 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 initial encounter in 2015’s Furious 7, burly lawman Hobbs, a devoted agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless misfit Shaw, a former British military elite operator, have traded trash talk and body punches in an attempt to take each other down.
When cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and defeats a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just 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.
10. F9 The Fast Saga (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).
Jack Toretto competes in a late model race in 1989, with his kids Dominic and Jakob serving as pit crew members. Dom confronts Kenny Linder, a rival racer, about his shady methods. As the race continues, Linder’s vehicle collides with Jack’s bumper, causing the automobile to crash into a wall and explode, killing him. Dom is jailed for almost killing Linder following the accident.
He remembers Jakob working on Jack’s vehicle the day he died while serving his term and believes that Jakob murdered their father. Dom approaches and dares Jakob to a race after his parole, ordering him to flee town if he loses.
Dom is now retired and raising his son Brian with his wife, Letty Ortiz, two years after the encounter with cyberterrorist Cipher. Mr. Nobody has captured Cipher, and his aircraft has been assaulted by renegade agents, landing in Montequinto, Central America, according to Roman Pearce, Tej Parker, and Ramsey. After learning that Jakob is implicated, Dom offers to assist them.
They discover part of an Ares gadget while searching the aircraft, which can hack into any computer-controlled weapons system. The crew is attacked and the gadget is stolen by a private army headed by Jakob. On their way to their safe home, the gang meets up with Michael Stasiak. Mia, Dom’s sister, comes to assist, and Dom grudgingly agrees to let her join them. When the crew discovers that Han Lue is linked to Ares, Letty and Mia go to Tokyo to look into it.
Dom and the team are tasked with battling an international terrorist who happens to be Dom and Mia’s estranged brother.