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Every Heist In The Franchise, Ranked By Badassness

Few fictional characters have experienced as much career growth as the ones in the Fast & Furious franchise. Over the years, members of Dominic “Dom” Toretto’s crew have gone from participating in street races and robbing semi-trucks to stealing hundreds of millions from crime bosses and stopping nuclear wars.

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Ever since the franchise started in 2001, numerous car-related heists have also been featured, with most of them turning out to be successful. But while some have been basic grab-and-go missions, others were carried out in a manner that left viewers impressed at just how badass the whole process was.

It Starts With DVD Players – The Fast & The Furious (2001)
Dom and his crew steal DVD players in The Fast & The Furious (2001)

Characters in the franchise have now gone all the way to space so far but in the beginning, things were simple. The franchise starts with a nighttime semi-truck heist. The goal is to grab the DVD players being ferried in the semi-truck and sell them.

Since it’s the introductory heist, the movie keeps things mysterious by hiding the faces of the robbers. It’s only later on that viewers get to learn that Dom was the mastermind. There are no major complications either, with everything going on without a hitch. But the heist isn’t without its delicious moments, including one where a car keeps maneuvering under the semi-truck, confusing the driver in the process.

Queenie Gets Herself Some Jewelry – Fast 9 (2021)
Queenie flees from the police in Fast 9

After getting paroled, Queenie goes back to her criminal ways. She stops by London’s New Bond Street where she steals a million-dollar necklace from a store. She then makes a getaway by stealing one of the most expensive Fast 9 cars, the Noble M600.

Queenie’s double-theft is what makes the scene indelible. Stealing an expensive necklace and then tapping that up by stealing an expensive car is the kind of move only legendary criminals pull off. The police do try to catch up with her but it’s no contest. She flees within seconds, reminding everyone that she isn’t the type of thief that needs a getaway driver.

Dom And His Crew Get Outfoxed – The Fast & The Furious (2001)
Brian jumps to truck in The Fast and the Furious 2001

Dom and his crew go on what is intended to be their final heist in the 3rd act. They attempt to hijack a semi-trailer truck on a highway but it all goes wrong because the driver has a shotgun. He shoots Vince and fends off the crew before speeding away.

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The badassness in this instance is on the side of the trailer-truck driver. Despite having to deal with a formidable crew that consists of Dom, Letty, and Vince, he maintains his composure, alternating between driving and firing shots. Thanks to his valor, Letty and Vince almost die. It only takes a dedicated Brian, who arrives late, to save the day.

Going After The Nightshade Device – Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Dom's crew chases after Owen's airplane in Fast and Furious 6

Seeking to get the Nightshade—a device that can disable a country’s electricity supply for 24 hours—the crew chases after Owen Shaw as he is getting on a plane. They aim to stop him and get the device before the plane takes off.

What makes Dom’s colleagues so good is that they are often quick to improvise. On this occasion, they tie cables from their cars to the plane to prevent so it won’t take off. They then get inside and get the job done, but before that happens, fans see an epic fight sequence between several characters (including Dom and Shaw). There are a couple of scares and a character death but when it all ends, the Nightshade is in Dom’s hand.

Wrecking Ball Mayhem – The Fate of The Furious (2017)
A wrecking ball destroys cars in The Fate of the Furious

Luke Hobbs recruits “the family” to help the DSS steal an EMP device that’s being kept inside a Berlin military outpost. As German soldiers are pursuing them, the team uses a giant wrecking ball to smash at their vehicles.

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The wrecking ball move is an intelligent one because the crew members realize they can’t make a clean escape with all those soldiers pursuing them. The kind of destruction witnessed here is part of what makes these movies such blockbuster hits. What’s even more remarkable about the heist is that there is a twist at the end. Dom goes rogue, stealing the EMP and leaving everyone baffled.

Cars On A Train – Fast Five (2011)
Dom and Brian on a car in Fast Five.

It’s undoubtedly a heist that made fans take the franchise seriously. In it, Dom and his crew try to steal a collection of supercars from a train in Brazil. It turns out one of the cars, a Ford GT40, has an important chip belonging to one of the wealthiest Fast & Furious villains, the Rio kingpin, Hernan Reyes.

The brilliance of this particular heist is in the details. Watching the crew use harpoons to destroy part of the train so as to drive off with the cars is fascinating but a twist emerges.  DEA agents happen to be on the train. The cars belong to a drug lord after all. As everything goes wrong, Brian has to play hero and save Mia. But the most badass moment comes when Brian and Dom have to drive their car off a cliff and into a lake. It’s a scene worthy of rewinding multiple times.

Mayhem In The Dominican Republic – Fast & Furious (2009)
Dom rescues Letty in Fast & Furious

The movie opens with the crew chasing after a gas truck in the Dominican Republic and Han doesn’t understand why. In one of Letty’s best quotes, she explains to him that “Down here, gas is gold.”

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The heist is packed with wild moments (including the revelation that the truck driver has a pet iguana sitting on his lap). Dom and Han also get to flex their skills by driving in reverse at speeds of over 100 mph, while Letty emulates Peter Parker by jumping from vehicle to vehicle. The conclusion is unforgettable too, with the truck, whose driver has opted to jump out, rolling down the road towards Dom. Audiences fear for him but he doesn’t even blink, waiting until it’s almost hitting him before driving right underneath it.

The Abu Dhabi Sky Scraper Sequence – Furious 7 (2015)
Dom and Brian standing next to a red supercar in Furious 7

In order to acquire a chip containing the God’s Eye program from the Jordanian Prince, Dom’s crew heads over to his party happening on one of the top floors of an Abu Dhabi tower. Since the chip is inside a car, Dom drives it through two several buildings before he is able to grab the tech.

How exactly Dom manages to drive through several high floors while maintaining his composure is still a mystery. The scene leaves audiences in awe because Dom doesn’t flinch, even when the car’s breaks fail. He and Brian still manage to pull out the chip and get out before the car goes crashing down. The brawl back at the party is an entertaining one too, with Letty emerging as one of the best fighters in the Fast & Furious franchise.

Police Station Raid – Fast Five (2011)
Dom and Brian dragging large metal vault with their cars in Fast Five

It takes a lot of guts to conduct a heist at a police station but that’s what Dom and his crew do in Rio. Since kingpin Hernan Reyes is keeping his money inside a giant vault at the station, the crew organizes to rip it out using cars and speed through the streets of Rio.

The heist is not only the best in the franchise but also one of the best in the history of movies. Brian and Roman’s coordinated driving while dragging the vault with their Dodge Chargers is truly euphoric to watch. The Rio Police Department suffers plenty of loss as the vault smashes through dozens of its cars. There is a happy ending too, with everyone spending their cut in different parts of the world and Hobbs staring at an empty fae vault.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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