The Fast and the Furious represents one of the most unlikely successful film franchises of all time. It all started with a decidedly meidocre streetracing movie back in 2001, and from there it improbably evolved into a legitimately inventive and fun franchise.
Here is where you can find each increasingly crazy and fun film in the series online to get caught up before you check out Fate of the Furious!
The Fast and the Furious
Want to feel old? Do you know what the entire criminal plot revolved around in the original Fast and the Furious movie? Dom’s crew was stealing and re-selling first generation DVD players. Yes, this series has come a long way.
2 Fast 2 Furious
2 Fast 2 Furious begins the series time-honored tradition of really stupid titles with numbers in them. Beyond that, this mediocre is sequel is crucial in the Fast and Furious mythology for introducing Ludacris. What’s his character’s name? Who could possibly remember. He’s Ludacris.
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Tokyo Drift definitively wrestles away the title of funniest sequel subtitle from Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. Beyond that, it’s largely a dud. Aside from a brief added-on Vin Diesel cameo, there are no other characters from the first two movies. Thankfully, later films have bent over backwards to fit Tokyo Drift into the canon in creative ways.
Fast & Furious
This is more or less the “first” Fast and Furious movie. Or at least it’s the first movie in what we now know as the franchise. It’s like a film exec woke up one day and went “remember that dumb street racing movie we did awhile back? What if we took all those same characters and just made it a straight-up action film?” Thank God they did.
Fast Five enters the annals of history as the first Fast and the Furious movie to have a positive Rotten Tomatoes score. Each subsequent sequel after this one would achieve a positive RT score as well. This also marks the much needed introduction of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson into the family.
Fast and Furious 6
Fast and Furious 6 is technically the first film to move away entirely from the street racing premise, though the previous two certainly flirted with it. This also establishes the Shaw family as the Fast universe’s closest thing to a “big bad.”
Man, this movie is fun. It’s arguably the least sensical and disconnected film in the series, but the action in this is legitimately excellent and creative.