Against all the odds, The Fast and the Furious series has become a bit of a phenomenon. Car chase action movies aren’t generally considered to be modern art, but somehow these movies have managed to set themselves apart and create characters that we really care about and want to see again and again.
Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez were even able to continue to keep us coming back for more after the tragic and untimely death of Paul Walker.
There have even been a number of spin-off series, including Netflix’s Fast & Furious: Spy Racers.
With two more movies in the works, the next originally scheduled for April 2021 though this will probably be pushed back due to the pandemic, now is a good time as any to revisit the existing films.
But if you do, don’t watch them in the order that they were released. Watch them in their chronological order to give you a different perspective on the series.
So, what order should you be watching them in?
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The original film following Paul Walker as an undercover cop named Brian O’Connor charged with discovering the identity of a crew of automobile hackers. The team turns out to be led by Vin Diesel’s character, Dominic Toretto, and includes his girlfriend, played by Michelle Rodriguez. Things are made more complicated when O’Connor gets involved with Dom’s sister Mia, played by Jordana Brewster.
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Walker’s character needs to clear his name after the events of the first film, so he agrees to go undercover to bring down a drug lord, who also likes and uses fast cars. He teams up with a fellow agent, played by Tyrese Gibson, and we meet Eva Mendes as an undercover already embedded with the drug lord.
Fast & Furious (2009)
Dom finds himself forced to team up with O’Connor, who is back in the FBI, in order to avenge the death of Rodriguez’s character Letty Ortiz. Set five years after the events of the first film, they must apprehend a drug lord in the process.
Fast Five (2011)
Sibling Dom and Mia decide to pull a big heist to set them up for life. Their target is a corrupt businessman, so what is the harm? Their mission is made more complicated when they discover that the man is also being pursued by a US Diplomatic Security Service agent, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
The Rock’s DSS agent character offers amnesty to Dom and O’Connor if they agree to help him take down a skilled mercenary organization, of which Letty Ortiz is a member – no she’s not dead (spoiler).
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Paul Walker got time off and this movie stars Lucas Black as a young driver sent to live in Japan. There, he is inevitably drawn to the power vehicle, drift community. But in a country of mafia and family honor, he quickly finds himself in trouble, which he can only get out of by being an amazing driver (of course).
Furious 7 (2015)
Jason Statham joins the universe as Deckard Shaw, a rogue special forces assassin who is out to avenge his brother, which the team left in a coma in Fast & Furious 6. He sets his sights on Dom and O’Connor. Paul Walker died during the making of this film.
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
Charlize Theron enters in this movie, playing a cyberterrorist known as Copher, who coerces Dom into working for him and against his own people. But he is working to take her organization down from the inside.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
In this movie, the characters played by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham team up to fight a cybernetically enhanced terrorist played by Idris Elba, who threatens the world with a deadly virus.