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10 Best Vin Diesel Movies, According To Ranker

Vin Diesel is back on the big screen with the release of Thor: Love and Thunder on July 8, 2022. And although the actor won’t actually be seen, his role as Groot is beloved. Diesel has many other films in his list of credits, spanning more than two decades, and fans on Ranker have cast their votes to determine which of Vin Diesel’s movies they feel are the best.

Inevitably, the Fast & Furious installments dominate since the actor is best associated with the series. Certain others, like Guardians of the Galaxy and more, do show up, making it worth checking out which features the average Ranker fan loves to watch Vin Diesel in the most.
Note: Ranker lists are live and continue to accrue votes, so some rankings may have changed after this publishing.

Riddick (2013)
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Vin Diesel looking up in Riddick

While it’s debatable which sequel between Riddick and The Chronicles of Riddick is better, the third entry features the same action and horror elements that fans enjoy. Riddick sees the titular protagonist stranded on a scorched planet where he has to contend with alien predators and mercenaries.

Vin Diesel had already portrayed Dominic Toretto in Fast & Furious multiple times by the time of Riddick’s release, so fans were excited to see him reprise another one of his iconic roles. Riddick’s dark atmosphere might not be for everyone, but enthusiasts of the series get exactly what they want.

Pitch Black (2000)
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Riddick Tells A Story

Before Vin Diesel made it to mainstream popularity, Pitch Black served as one of his first leading roles. It sees Richard B. Riddick attempting to come up with a plan with the surviving crew of a crashed spaceship in order to survive the hostile environment of a desert planet.

Unlike its sequels, Pitch Black makes heavy use of horror elements and Vin Diesel shows off his acting range. Although Pitch Black didn’t set critical opinions alight, it connected with film audiences and continues to be regarded among Diesel’s best by viewers.

The Chronicles Of Riddick (2004)
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Riddick in a big room in The Chronicles Of Riddick

The sequel to Pitch Black veered into action territory, with Riddick going up against an invading army that plans to invade a planet to kill all its population. The Chronicles of Riddick boasted a bigger budget than the original and a PG-13 rating to attract younger viewers, which didn’t work too well at the box office.

However, the film has a good following on home media, becoming the most popular out of the three Riddick films yet. Many enjoy the sequences that make full use of Vin Diesel’s action background. The Chronicles of Riddick is a breezy watch that isn’t complex like the other two entries.

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
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Groot using his powers in Guardians Of The Galaxy

Although audiences never see the actor, Vin Diesel is present as the voice of Groot. The first entry starring the dysfunctional group established Groot as the bravest among the Guardians of the Galaxy. The story has the team banding together to stop Ronan the Accuser’s plans to destroy Xandar.

Groot is notable for being a funny and adorable member of the group, who eventually gives his life to save his friends. It’s one of the few Vin Diesel films to have an overwhelmingly positive critical and fan reception, and the actor has returned to voice Groot ever since.

Furious 7 (2015)
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Dominic Toretto aiming a gun in Furious 7

The send-off to Paul Walker gathered a lot of hype for Furious 7, which is the final adventure for Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner. Of course, the lead protagonist is still Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, who goes on a globetrotting mission with his crew to battle Deckard Shaw.

Furious 7 is largely appreciated for its final scene where Dom and Brian say their goodbyes, while the film overall isn’t as well-liked as some other Fast & Furious features. The story can get repetitive with Shaw constantly following the heroes everywhere they go, although Furious 7 still has the series’ patented over-the-top action.

Fast & Furious (2009)
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Dominic Toretto and Brian O Conner looking apprehensive in Fast and Furious

The fourth installment in the Fast & Furious series saw the reunion of Dom and Brian, both of whom hadn’t shared the screen since the first part. It still features car chases as its primary form of entertainment as in the previous three installments, but Fast & Furious also packs in notable fight sequences.

The movie is about Dom and Brian’s pursuit of the people responsible for the supposed death of Dom’s girlfriend, Letty. Fast & Furious has a soft spot in Vin Diesel fans’ hearts since it marked the time when the actor firmly became an action star and has since continued exclusively releasing films in the genre.

F9 (2021)
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Vin Diesel looking stern in F9

While there are quite a few cheesy scenes present in F9, it’s something that fans of the series look forward to. F9’s reception proves the staying power of Dominic Toretto, with the character having appeared for 20 years after the first film was released.

F9 brings the revelation of Dom’s brother, Jakob, who is on a mission to place a deadly device in space. The brothers’ conflict and eventual reconciliation are the cruces of the story. F9 didn’t really change the Fast & Furious template, but it found new ways to up the ante, such as the heroes actually going to space.

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
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Hobbs and Dom in Fast & Furious 6 pic

The sixth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise is where things started going off the rails. It sees Dom reassembling his crew to stop Owen Shaw’s team, along with his mission of reuniting with the amnesiac Letty who’s working for Shaw. Fast & Furious 6’s plot isn’t the most logical, which helps in keeping the focus on the action.

From Dom leaping over a bridge and saving Letty in midair to the crew taking down an entire plane using their cars, Fast & Furious 6 is pure high-octane entertainment. Fans like to keep it for their rewatching of the series, as the film carries a fast-paced atmosphere filled with Dom’s trademark stoicism and one-liners.

Fast Five (2011)
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Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five

Routinely ranked among Vin Diesel’s best films, Dominic Toretto took things to a grand stage in Fast Five. The series experienced a shift, moving away from racing-centric stories to a heist theme, with Fast Five featuring Dom assembling his crew to rob a crime boss in Rio de Janeiro.

Fast Five opened up the series to be more accessible to mainstream audiences and the introduction of The Rock as Luke Hobbs brought in millions of viewers. It still represents a peak for the series where both critical and fan reviews are concerned, remaining very watchable over a decade later.

The Fast And The Furious (2001)
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Dom and Brian wearing shades in The Fast And The Furious

It’s fitting that the film that started Vin Diesel’s rise to the A-list is the favorite of Ranker fans. The Fast and the Furious definitely feels small in scale now, given how far the protagonists have gone since. But watching Dom at his roots and the beginning of his friendship with Brian has its own appeal.

The Fast and the Furious is about Brian’s infiltration of Dom’s crew to find proof of their illegal dealings, only to become part of the team for real. Where it lacks in the big-budget scenes the sequels have in abundance, the first entry more than makes up in charm and the performances of the cast.
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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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