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Vin Diesel’s 5 Best Fast & The Furious Movies (& His 5 Other Iconic Films)

After appearing in films like Saving Private Ryan and Pitch Black, Vin Diesel blasted into international superstardom with the 2001 smash hit The Fast and The Furious. Since then, Diesel has appeared in eight Fast and the Furious movies with another two on the way. It is without question that Vin Diesel and the action mega-franchise have become synonymous with each other.

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But as Diesel is no one-trick pony, beyond the Fast and the Furious films, he has starred in a plethora of iconic movies. The actor’s career has seen him play all sorts of roles from a Navy Seal-turned-babysitter and a secret agent to even a space-traveling talking tree.

Diesel’s 5 Best Fast & Furious Movies
Fast & Furious (2009)
Dom helps Letty during a car chase in Fast & Furious

The franchise that so memorably kicked off the 00’s would bring the decade full circle with a reunion of the original cast in the fourth film. Diesel sat out on 2 Fast 2 Furious and had only a brief cameo in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

The terrific opening scene features a downhill truck heist with Toretto driving under a barreling flaming tanker to avoid being crushed. Exhilarating chases through the desert and a tunnel under the US-Mexico border are also standout moments. The fan-favorite Fast & Furious character of Han from Tokyo Drift also returns and Gal Gadot appears in her first feature film.

Fast & Furious 6: The Game (2013)
The fast and Furious 6 cast standing in front of some cars.

The follow-up to Fast Five continued the next direction for the franchise established in that film. All the major players were back, including Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs, now a Toretto ally. Gina Carano joined the series, along with Luke Evans as the film’s villain. Also introduced in the post-credit scene is Jason Statham, who would become a major character in future installments.

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The film is best remembered for a lengthy chase on an airport runway, which saw some criticism for being abnormally yet conveniently long. Other standout scenes include a chase through London and one involving a tank. The film also features the return of fan-favorite Michelle Rodriguez as Letty, who was presumed dead in the fourth film.

The Fast And The Furious (2001)
Dom and Brian look concerned after surviving a car crash in The Fast and the Furious

Before all the CGI-heavy over-the-top set pieces of later entries, 2001’s The Fast and the Furious is the one that started it all. A terrific cast of Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster would establish the core of the series for years to come. Rick Yune also appears as a rival gang leader, a role that helped him win a part in the next James Bond movie.

The film was a massive hit in 2001 and changed car movies and chase scenes forever. The actions scenes were particularly acclaimed, with standout moments including a heist on a moving truck and a terrific crash with a semi-truck. The relationship between Diesel’s Toretto and Walker’s undercover cop O’Conner also brings about a fascinating dynamic.

Furious 7 (2015)
Paul Walker and Vin Diesel as Brian and Dom in Fast and Furious 7

Furious 7 is a standout movie in the series for a lot of reasons. Long time franchise stand-out, Paul Walker, was tragically killed in a car accident before the film could be completed. Walker’s brother stepped in to help finish the film and the character’s final scene parting ways with Toretto, achieved with CGI, was a real tear-jerker.

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The action was bombastic as ever, with its skydiving car sequence, a car jump between two towers in Dubai, and an epic climax featuring crosscutting between several characters during a battle in Los Angeles. As a bonus for film buffs, the film’s title and lasting image of seven characters lined up references classic films Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven.

Fast Five (2011)
Entire fast and furious cast on the poster for Fast Five

After the 2009 installment reinvigorated the franchise, 2011’s Fast Five took it to a whole new level. The gang heads down to beautiful Brazil for the bulk of the movie and features the biggest Fast and the Furious cast yet. Tyrese Gibson returns for the first time since 2 Fast 2 Furious and Ludacris also joins the cast.

Big the biggest addition to the cast without question was Dwayne Johnson as Agent Hobbs, who lights up the film as a major antagonist to Toretto. One of the standout moments of the film and the series is a good old-fashioned brawl between Johnson and Diesel, a dream match-up finally captured on film. Fast Five adds some of the most creative chases of the series, including one where two cars drag a massive vault at high speeds.

5 Other Iconic Vin Diesel Movies
xXx (2002)
Vin Diesel Triple X return of Xander Cage XXX 4

The xXx films were an attempt by Hollywood to create a modern American James Bond. Vin Diesel was introduced as adrenaline junkie secret agent, Xander Cage. The 007 influence is abundantly clear as the code name of Triple X and the iconic flag parachute jump were both borrowed from 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me.

Though it may not reach the heights of a Bond film, xXx is a fun ride and one of Diesel’s most recognizable franchises. It features bombastic action including a skydiving snowboard drop and a car chase where cage drives off a bridge to make a daring escape. Diesel would return for the third installment in 2017.

The Iron Giant (1999)

Before he was making Mission Impossible and The Incredibles films, Brad Bird’s first feature-length directing job came in the form of a cult classic 1999 animated movie. The title character, voiced by Vin Diesel, crash lands on earth and is befriended by a young boy.

The Iron Giant is a heartwarming and exciting movie the whole family can enjoy. The relationship between young Hogarth and the Giant works really well, as the young boy fights to protect his new friend from xenophobic military men. The film has large-scale impressive moments, with the Giant’s first flight being particularly memorable.

Pitch Black (2000)

This unique horror-sci-fi thriller from 2000 is the first of Diesel’s Riddick trilogy. The film has developed a cult following, with Riddick being especially popular. The character’s unique feature is his surgically augmented eyes which allow him to see in the dark but forces him to wear goggles to avoid the pain of light.

A spaceship carrying several passengers and a prisoner, Riddick, crash lands on a strange planet with three suns. The planet is in seemingly perpetual daylight due to the suns, but an approaching eclipse will allow the photosensitive monsters who live below ground to come to the surface. What follows is a good old fashion sci-fi horror romp.

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

Diesel’s weirdest role is also one of his most popular. His character of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy is an anthropomorphic tree from outer space who can grow out his limbs to use as weapons and shields. His signature catchphrase, “I am Groot,” is just about the only thing he ever says.

Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most popular Marvel films out there and, appropriately, focuses on the theme of family. The unification of the team followed by the line “We are Groot” is one of the feel-good moments in the MCU canon. Groot died in that film but regrew from a sprig to appear in three further marvel films with more on the way.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Private Ryan (Matt Damon) tells Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) he's staying in Saving Private Ryan

Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning World War 2 drama is by far the most acclaimed film in Vin Diesel’s career. Tom Hanks leads a stellar cast including Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, and Bryan Cranston. After seeing Diesel’s prior work, Spielberg wrote the character of Caparzo specifically for him.

Although Diesel only appears in the first third of the film, he leaves a major impression on audiences. His character, Caparzo, disobeys orders to save a little girl but he is hit by a far-off sniper. A shot of the dying Caparzo’s blood being splattered by the rain is one of the lasting images of the film. Saving Private Ryan was a huge break for Vin Diesel and he soon secured starring roles in Pitch Black and The Fast and the Furious.

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Fast & Furious 11 Needs Hobbs Vs. Dom (To End The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud)


Fast and Furious 11 needs to feature an epic fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel to resolve the real-life feud and bring closure to their characters’ relationship. The clash between Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five was a game-changer, and revisiting that epic confrontation in Fast 11 would elevate the action and add nostalgia. A showdown between Dom and Hobbs in Fast 11 could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation, reaffirming the underlying themes of family and unity in the franchise.

Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has returned to the Fast Saga, Fast and Furious 11 needs to include an epic fight between Johnson and Vin Diesel. In the high-octane world of the Fast and Furious franchise, the thrill of fast cars and heart-stopping action has always been amplified by the magnetic on-screen chemistry between its stars. However, a real-life feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel has been brewing since 2016. Director Louis Leterrier achieved the impossible by bringing The Rock back into the fold. Now, he must find a way to reunite Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto on-screen.

Ever since Fate of the Furious, the void left by The Rock’s absence has grown more conspicuous. The actor’s feud with Vin Diesel has cast a shadow over the franchise, making it increasingly difficult for the writers and directors to craft a cohesive narrative. As Fast Saga fans await the next installment, all eyes are on Leterrier to weave a compelling story that not only showcases jaw-dropping action but also offers a chance for Hobbs and Dom to partake in an epic showdown.

Hobbs & Dom Fighting In Fast & Furious 11 Would Bring Their Arc Full Circle
Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Fast X and Fast and Furious 11 act as sequels to Fast Five in many ways, so it makes perfect sense for the upcoming installment to build on the fight scene between Dom and Hobbs from Fast Five. The clash between the two powerhouse characters left an indelible mark on fans. Revisiting that epic confrontation could elevate the adrenaline-fueled action and add a layer of nostalgia to Fast and Furious 11. Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a change of heart and returned to the Fast Saga, the anticipation for a rematch between his and Vin Diesel’s characters has reached a fever pitch.

Dom and Hobbs’ showdown in Fast Five was a game-changer for the franchise, propelling it to new heights with its intensity and raw energy. Given the unresolved tension between the two stars in real life, a meticulously crafted fight scene in Fast 11 has the potential to invigorate the climax of the series and provide a cathartic experience for the actors and fans alike. As Fast 11 may be the final chapter in the Fast and Furious universe, all eyes are on this anticipated clash. Hopefully, a brotherly fight will be the defining moment that brings harmony back to the Fast Saga family.

The Rock & Vin Diesel Can Put Their Feud To Rest On Screen
Hobbs holding on to Dom in Fast and Furious 5

Vin Diesel and The Rock’s personal history adds a layer of complexity to any potential fight between their characters in Fast and Furious 11. Given their real-life feud, it’s unlikely either actor would be portrayed as the clear winner or loser. Moreover, from a storytelling perspective, it would be counterproductive to have Dom excessively harm or kill Hobbs or vice versa. However, as the series approaches its potential end, a showdown between Dom and Hobbs could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation. After all, throughout the Fast and Furious films, audiences have witnessed a recurring pattern of men engaging in physical conflicts before eventually forming unbreakable bonds.

For instance, Fast and Furious sees Dom and Brian’s tumultuous relationship evolve into a deep brotherly connection after a series of knock-down, drag-out fights. This same sort of understanding between Dom and Hobbs would reaffirm the underlying themes of reconciliation and family that have contributed to the franchise’s enduring popularity. By embracing the notion that they are, in a sense, brothers, Dom and Hobbs could mend their on-screen relationship and deliver a broader message of unity. This would ultimately give fans a satisfying conclusion to their relationship in Fast and Furious 11.

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Vin Diesel Posts Paul Walker Tribute On 10th Anniversary Of His Death


Vin Diesel shares a touching tribute to Paul Walker 10 years after the actor’s tragic death on November 30, 2013. Diesel expresses that “more smiles manage to break through the tears” as years pass because he knows his bond with Walker will be stronger than ever when they eventually reunite. Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, remains alive in the world of Fast and Furious, and Diesel has previously teased that the franchise won’t end without a proper farewell to Brian and Walker.

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel takes to social media to share a touching tribute to Paul Walker, 10 years after the actor’s death. First released in 2001, the debut installment in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise introduces Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Walker as Brian O’Connor. Both characters would return for a number of sequels, but Walker tragically passed away on November 30, 2013, during the production of Furious 7.

Now, on the 10th anniversary of Walker’s passing, Diesel has shared a touching tribute post on Instagram to honor his late Fast and Furious costar. Check out the actor’s emotional post below:

Accompanying an image of Walker with one of his daughters, Diesel reminisces about an important lesson learned from the late actor and how his legacy still lives on today. Diesel’s full caption is included below:

I was listening to a song this morning…‘That Lucky Old Sun’… thought of you, racing around Heaven all day. Hahaha…
The family of the Mourning, feels like it has grown since a decade ago… feel’s like that experience of losing someone is far too common today. Leaving more and more of us in search for meaning, trying to make sense of this complex existence…
Oh, I have finally understood what you use to do with the phone, “phone Fasting”… you had the insight to turn off your phone for long stretches of time. I started this year to do just that. You used to say, Vin and I can go years without talking, and our brotherhood will always be stronger than we left it, the ones who truly love you will always be there.
Amen to that.
This is one of my favorite images ever taken… You knew how proud I was when my daughter, the Alpha Angel, your niece would play the piano… well last night she was playing Moonlight Sonata… it took me back to the night before she was born. Me and you were working late… you were telling me that the best moment in life would be witnessing my child being born. That priceless smile you had when I told you the next day that I had cut the umbilical cord…
The next song she started playing on the piano is by an artist you would have loved, named Billie Eilish, ‘What was I made for’… when she started to play, the other angels all came and joined her at the piano and they started singing… wow…emotions… angels, I know you were listening.
After ten years… I know these days of beautiful remembrance will be filled with tears. But as time rolls on, with each year that passes… more smiles manage to break through the tears. Cause I know, when I see you again… our brotherhood will be stronger than we left it.
Miss you.

Will Brian Be Seen Again In Fast & Furious?
Furious 7 Reveals How Paul Walker’s Character Can Return
CGI Paul Walker in Furious 7.

Walker’s death in November 2013 came with a great deal of sadness, but it also created problems for the Furious 7 production, which was about halfway done. It was ultimately decided that Walker’s remaining scenes would be completed with a digital recreation of the actor, with his two brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker, serving as body doubles. Although Walker may have passed away, Brian remains alive and well within the world of the films, though he has not been seen in the flesh since Furious 7’s emotional ending.

The closet audiences have come to seeing Brian again (outside of the flashbacks featured in Fast X) is at the end of F9: The Fast Saga, when the character’s iconic Nissan Skyline pulls up at Dom’s house. This summer’s Fast X supposedly sets up the conclusion of the franchise in an 11th and potentially 12th installment (in addition to the announced Dwayne Johnson Luke Hobbs spinoff movie), and it’s very likely that the final movie will see Brian return in some capacity.

Diesel has also essentially teased as much, telling Total Film (via GamesRadar) earlier this year: “I couldn’t imagine this saga ending without truly saying goodbye to Brian O’Conner.” It’s unclear if this will mean a substantial digital recreation of the actor for extended portions of the film or a quick cameo at the very end, but it seems like audiences haven’t seen the last of Brian just yet. Even in death, Walker remains a key pillar of Fast and Furious, and it’s fitting that the final film will feature another heartfelt goodbye to further honor the late actor.

Source: Vin Diesel/ Instagram

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster

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All 4 Fast & Furious Heroes Who Stayed Dead (& Which One Is Most Likely To Return)


Fast & Furious franchise is known for bringing back dead characters, but there are a few heroes who have remained dead. Jack Toretto, Dom’s father, died in a racing accident and his death should not be undone in the franchise. Jesse, a member of Dom’s crew, was killed in a drive-by shooting, while Vince was killed during an ambush. Elena, Dom’s love interest, was killed by the villain Cipher.

The Fast & Furious franchise has brought many characters back from the dead, but a handful of its heroes have remained killed off after their demise. The Fast Saga has taken its characters on a wild ride from street racing to the most outlandish adventures possible. The running theme of the Fast & Furious franchise has long been family, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) building quite a large family indeed over the course of the Fast Saga’s run.

On top of its embrace of ridiculous, superhuman feats as a staple of its action scenes, the Fast & Furious movies are also well known for bringing back seemingly dead characters for more missions. The returns of Sung Kang’s Han in F9 and Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast X would be especially noteworthy in emphasizing the notion that no Fast & Furious death is irreversible. However, that is not entirely true, as there have been a few Fast & Furious heroes who have died and never come back.

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4 Jack Toretto
An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) is the father of Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena), and is first seen in a flashback to 1989 in F9. Jack is a highly skilled race car driver who instilled that talent in his children, with Dom and Jakob being part of his racing pit crew. However, Jack’s racing career took a tragic turn when his car malfunctioned and crashed, killing him. Dom later beat his father’s racing opponent, Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack), almost to death with a wrench, believing him responsible for his father’s demise.

This tragedy also led to Dom and Jakob falling out, with Dom later coming to believe that Jakob set up their father’s death since he was the last one to work on his car. However, Jack was intentionally attempting to throw the race in order to get his family out of debt. He had asked Jakob to help tinker with his car so that it would fail, with Jack’s death being unintentional on both their parts. While his return has been theorized by fans, of all the characters killed off in Fast & Furious, Jack Toretto’s death should never be retconned.

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

One of the early members of Dom’s family in the original The Fast and the Furious, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the brains of Dom’s crew in his enterprise of stealing DVD players. Jesse went on the run after losing a street race to Dom’s rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), having bet his MK3 Volkswagen Jetta in the race. Jesse was later killed outside of Dom’s house when Johnny Tran and his associate Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) arrived and performed a drive-by shooting. Dom and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) then chased down Johnny Tran and Lance Nguyen to avenge their fallen friend.

2 Vince
fast and furious 5 vince

Vince (Matt Schulze) was another member of Dom’s crew in The Fast & the Furious, and he was badly injured during a truck heist in that first movie. After his recovery, Vince fled to Rio de Janeiro where he later reunited with Dom and family in Fast Five. Despite Vince having settled down with a wife and a baby son, he agreed to join Dom’s daring heist of Rio’s most feared crime boss Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, Vince was killed during an ambush by Reyes’s team. After successfully pulling off the heist, Dom left Vince’s intended share of the money with his wife and son.

1 Elena
Elena Neves walks with her gun drawn by a car

Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) worked alongside Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in apprehending Dom and his crew in Fast Five. She and Dom gradually developed feelings for each other, however, and departed for Spain with Dom at the end of the movie. After Dom learned that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) was still alive despite her apparent death in Fast & Furious, Dom and Elena had an amicable split, only for it to later be revealed that Elena is the mother of Dom’s son in The Fate of the Furious.

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After Elena was killed by the villainous Cipher (Charlize Theron), Dom and Letty raised the boy together, with the two naming him Brian after Brian O’Conner. Meanwhile, Dom later met Elena’s sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior), who joined Dom’s crew in Fast X. While Elena remains deceased as of Fast X, the arrival of her sister Isabel and Fast & Furious’s habit of not truly killing off characters makes her the most likely thought-to-be-dead hero to potentially return as the franchise speeds towards its finale.

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