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How (& Where) To Watch By Release Date & Chronologically

The Fast & Furious franchise is made up of 11 films that can be watched according to release date or chronological order. Most movies in the franchise center around Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, a street racer, and his loyal circle of family and friends. Over the years, multiple actors have reprised their roles in the Fast & Furious films, either as leads or supporting players. Across the different movies, Dom and his team take part in daring street races, heists, and spy plots. The Fast & Furious franchise has become known for its recurring theme of family and incredible action sequences that defy the laws of physics.

With 11 films released and more planned, it is no secret that the Fast & Furious movies have been commercially successful. Because the movies have spanned decades, the franchise represents how the typical Hollywood action blockbuster has evolved over the years. As film technology improves, so do the special effects and stunts shown in Fast & Furious films. The lore behind Fast & Furious movies has also intensified with prequels, sequels, and spin-offs as more characters are introduced. The franchise is expected to expand its universe even more to give its original characters a proper sendoff with the upcoming 2025 sequel Fast 11.

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The Fast And The Furious (2001)
Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto and Michelle Rodriguez as Letty in The Fast and the Furious 2001

Released in 2001, The Fast and the Furious seems quaint compared to what the franchise has become. In the franchise’s debut film, LAPD officer Brian (Paul Walker) goes undercover to solve a hijacking case and discovers the world of street racing as he finds himself involved with Dominic’s crew. Instead of arresting Dom at the end of the movie, Brian lets him go and gives him a car to escape, calling back to the first night the two street raced together. Brian and Dom’s friendship is a core part of the franchise, and the first film succeeds in setting up the connection between the two.

Available to stream on Peacock and Sling TV.

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
2 Fast 2 Furious Cole Hauser Carter Verone

2 Fast 2 Furious is a direct sequel to The Fast in the Furious, but instead of taking place in Los Angeles, the film is set in Miami. It is also the only movie of the main storyline that does not include Diesel’s character Dominic. In 2 Fast 2 Furious, Brian is hiding out in Miami, and he works with his childhood friend Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) to help the government arrest a drug lord named Carter Verone (Cole Hauser). 2 Fast 2 Furious sets up a reoccurring plot of the main protagonists working with law enforcement to catch other criminals in exchange for immunity or protection.

Available to stream on Peacock, Sling TV, and USA Network.

The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Sean V DK in Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift

Taking place after the events of The Fast in the Furious and 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift follows Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) when he is sent to live in Tokyo with his father (Brian Goodman). In Japan, he becomes enthralled with learning how to drift, and he meets Dom’s friend Han Lue (Sung Kang). Diesel also makes a cameo as Dominic at the end of the film. When Tokyo Drift was released in 2006 it mainly functioned as a standalone film. Because of Han’s character arc in later Fast & Furious entries, it now serves as an important connecting piece in the franchise.

Available to stream on Peacock.

Fast & Furious (2009)
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in Fast & Furious

The fourth franchise entry is where the Fast & Furious movie order gets a bit trickier. It is the fourth movie in the franchise but takes place five years after the events of The Fast and the Furious, and before The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The movie cements Brian and Dom’s friendship and solidifies that Brian belongs in Dom’s family. When Dom is sentenced to prison, Brian becomes disillusioned with law enforcement and resigns from the FBI. At the end of the film, Brian is seen as a member of Dom’s crew, helping him escape.

Available to stream on Peacock and Sling TV.

Fast Five (2011)
Brian and Dom grin at the vault full of money in Fast Five

Fast Five is a sequel to Fast & Furious, and it takes place before the events of Tokyo Drift. For fans wanting to watch the Fast & Furious movies in order of release date, it is the fifth movie in the franchise. Fast Five kicks off where Fast & Furious ended with Brian and Mia (Jordana Brewster) helping free Dom. The central plot follows Brian, Dominic, and Mia trying to conduct a heist while a DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) attempts to arrest them. Fast Five signals the transformation of the franchise with the introduction of Hobbs, as it expands the series’ worldview outside of Dom’s original family.

Available to stream on Peacock and Sling TV.

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Brian, Mia, Dom, Letty, Han, Tej, and Roman say grace in Fast & Furious 6

Fast & Furious 6 takes place before Tokyo Drift and after Fast Five. In the movie, Dom’s crew works together with Hobbs to try and overthrow criminal Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). The film acts as a prequel to Tokyo Drift and sets up a future spin-off with the introduction of Jason Statham as Owen’s brother Deckard Shaw. Fast & Furious 6 also reintroduces Dominic’s love interest Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) after she was thought to be dead in Fast Five. This starts the trend of characters in the franchise coming back after it was thought they were killed off, making the Fast & Furious saga more complicated to follow.

Available to rent or purchase on Amazon Video, Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, Microsoft, DirecTV, Redbox, and AMC on Demand.

Furious 7 (2015)
Brian looks serious in Furious 7

Paul Walker died during production for Furious 7, and the movie marks the last time Brian appears in the franchise. Following Walker’s death, Brian’s storyline for Furious 7 was rewritten, and the film ended with Brian officially retiring and raising a family with Mia. Furious 7 also included a tribute to Walker that highlighted his friendship with Diesel and his years of playing Brian. While the movie’s plot features the return of Statham’s character Deckard Shaw, what stands out the most about Furious 7 is Walker’s impact on the franchise, making it the most emotional film in the series to date.

Available to stream on Peacock and Sling TV.

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The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
Cypher coerces Dom to betray his friends

The Fate of the Furious is a sequel to Furious 7, and Brian and Mia are not present in the film, as it directly follows the storyline of Brian’s retirement. The movie introduces Charlize Theron’s villain character Cipher. In the movie, Cipher manipulates Dom into turning against his own team, putting hi in a precarious position that was fresh and nerve-wracking to watch. Deckard Shaw also officially joins Dom, Hobbs, and the rest of the group, setting up the spin-off, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw.

Available to stream on fuboTV, DirecTV, and Sling TV.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs And Shaw (2019)
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham take down bad guys in Hobbs and Shaw

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw is the first official spin-off of the Fast & Furious franchise. While not a direct sequel, Hobbs and Shaw takes place after the events of The Fate of the Furious. In the movie, Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw must work together to stop terrorist Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) alongside Deckard’s sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby). While the spin-off features impressive battles between the characters, it deviates from the franchise’s original focus of street racing. With the success of Hobbs and Shaw, the movie demonstrated that the franchise can be successful without focusing on the original characters.

Available to stream on fuboTV and DirecTV.

F9 (2021)
F9 Dom and Letty pic

F9 returns to the primary storyline of the Fast & Furious series. It is the 10th film of the franchise and takes place after The Fate of the Furious and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw. F9 features the return of some familiar faces with Theron reprising her role as Cipher, Brewster returning as Mia, and Kang surprising fans by returning as Han who was presumed dead. The movie also introduces John Cena to the franchise as Jakob, Dom’s younger brother. With so many characters and connecting storylines, F9 is the best example of how expansive Fast & Furious universe became over the years.

Available to rent or purchase on Amazon Video, Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, Microsoft, Redbox, DirecTV, AMC on Demand, Flix Fling, Spectrum on Demand, and Alamo on Demand.

Fast X (2023)
Tess and Aimes next to each other in Fast X

Along with the main beloved characters, Cena returns as Jakob and Theron is present again as Cipher in the franchise’s newest release, Fast X. The movie also introduces new characters including Brie Larson as Tess and Jason Momoa as Hernan Reyes. Hobbs is only present in a mid-credits scene, which sets up Hernan as a possible antagonist against Hobbs for future films. Unlike other films in the franchise, Fast X ends on a cliffhanger instead of the team being safe. This deviation hints that future Fast & Furious movies like Fast 11 can take on a different structure when the original characters eventually exit.

Available to rent or purchase on Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, Microsoft, Redbox, DirectTV, and Spectrum on Demand.

Fast & Furious Movies In Chronological Order
Dom and Brian sitting on a car with their friends in The Fast and the Furious

The Fast And The Furious (2001) 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) Fast & Furious (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) Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs And Shaw (2019) F9 (2021) Fast X (2023)

There is a certain appeal to watching the Fast & Furious movies in order of when they were released, particularly because the movies’ universe, budget, and tone grow larger as the films continue. When watched in order of release date, the tone of Tokyo Drift fits the style of the first two Fast & Furious films. However, for fans who have difficulty following storylines and time jumps, it can be beneficial to watch the movies in chronological order, particularly with Han’s death being retconned in the series due to the character’s popularity.

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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

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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.

RELATED: How (& Where) To Watch The Fast & Furious Movies In Order By Release Date & Chronologically

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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