Fast and Furious Movies in Order – Release Date AND Chronological

Fast and Furious Movies in Order – Release Date AND Chronological

Hold on to your seat, coz we’re going to help you zoom through every Fast and Furious movie in order of release date AND in chronological order!

Fast 9 has just released earlier this year and we couldn’t be happier! It brings the whole gang back together with its familiar fast pace, ridiculous action stunts, and upholding ‘family’ values.

Taking a jog down memory lane, the era of the early 2000s saw the emergence of The Fast and the Furious movie, a simple concept which transformed into a massive billion-dollar franchise. The movies were full of overtly seductive women, fast cars, and burly men.

What more could the audiences want? It was a massive hit at the box office and, over the years, its sequels were created to keep the spirit of the movies alive. The movies are presented by universal pictures.

The fast saga series starts with The Fast and the Furious (2001), which follows an undercover cop Brian O’Conner who intermingles himself into a heist crew run by Dominic Toretto. Throughout the rest of the series, we’re introduced to many iconic characters such as Han Lue (Sung Kang), weapons expert Gisele Yashar (Gal Gadot), bounty hunter Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), and ex-military mercenary Deckard Shaw, and luke evans.

Whether you’re a new fan of the Fast series or someone looking to re-watch the fast saga, we’ve broken down the films chronologically and by order of release. There is no absolute way to watch these movies, and the haphazard timelines mean they can be watched easily without putting in too much effort. See the list of the multiple films below including the first movie.

Don’t feel lost just yet, we’ve created a map of sorts for you to navigate through!

Fast and Furious films in order of release:

As a new fan of the Fast and the Furious saga, it’s best to stick to the simplest route. A major chunk of the movies follows a chronological order, with only the third entry in the franchise, “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)”, causing some major confusion in the furious timeline.

The Fast and the Furious – June 22, 2001

2 Fast 2 Furious – June 6, 2003

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift – June 16, 2006

Fast & Furious – April 3, 2009

Fast Five – April 29, 2011

Fast & Furious 6 – May 24, 2013

Furious 7 – April 3, 2015

The Fate of the Furious – April 14, 2017

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – August 2, 2019

F9 – June 25, 2021

Fast and Furious movies in Chronological order of events:

Apart from The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, all of the movies follow an order of furious timeline. Though it was the third film to be released, Tokyo Drift is sandwiched between Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7.

It introduces us to new characters such as Sean Boswell (Lucas Black), who is a student forced to move to Japan in order to avoid jail time.

In Tokyo Drift, we’re also introduced to Han Lue, a fan favorite who (SPOILER ALERT!) appears to be killed in a chase near the end of the film. Due to his immense popularity, Han was later resurrected very cleverly: all forthcoming Fast films would be set before Tokyo Drift.

The Fast and Furious

The Fast and Furious

Director: Rob Cohen

Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez

IMDb Rating:6.8/10

The first film of the series Fast and the Furious introduces you to the action-packed culture of drag racing. Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) goes undercover as a cop and joins the heist crew run by Dominic Toretto because of illegal street racing.

It gets complicated when Brian develops a cordial relationship with Dominic along with a romantic interest in his sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster). We later meet Letty Ortiz, a constant throughout the series. Move to the next film, cause already it is getting exciting!

2 Fast and 2 Furious

2 Fast and 2 Furious

Director: John Singleton

Stars: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Cole Hauser

IMDb Rating: 5.9/10

A direct sequel and a rather standalone entry, this only film doesn’t feature Vin Diesel and instead, it follows on from the events of The Fact and the Furious. In this spin-off film, two integral characters are also introduced, Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce and Ludacris as Tej Parker.

Fast and Furious

Fast and Furious

Director: Justin Lin

Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

Albeit the title is confusing, this third movie is actually third chronologically and story-wise is an immediate sequel to the first.

We find the wholesome duo of Walker and Diesel back together, along with a new entry Han Lue (Sung Kang) as a former associate of Dom.

We’re also introduced to team member Gisel (Gal Gadot) and timeline-wise this movie takes place five years after The Fast and the Furious.

Fast Five

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Director: Justin Lin

Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

This furious film goes supremely off track from the previous movies and spirals its way into nonsense. We’re introduced to The Rock as Luke Hobbs.

Fast and Furious 6

Fast and Furious 6

Director: Justin Lin

Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson

IMDb Rating: 7.0/10

We’re propelled 6 months into the future after Fast Five, where the team is reunited in furious film but we say goodbye to Brian O’Conner. There’s a surprise in the post-credits scene too, an introduction to Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).

The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift

The Fast and Furious Tokyo DriftDirector: Justin Lin

Stars: Lucas BlackZachery Ty BryanShad Moss

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

This is where we take a massive U-turn and reboot! The movie was set in Japan and featured Han (Sung Kang) and sets the scene of confusing its fans immensely.

None of the core cast is present in this part. The movie is the third film but is chronologically the sixth, taking place a few months after Fast & Furious 6.

Furious 7

Furious 7

Director: James Wan

Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

This furious film takes place less than a year after Fast & Furious 6 while keeping the viewers at the edge of the seats with drama and action, just like the previous installments.

The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious

Director: F. Gary Gray

Stars: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

We carry on the franchise with the eighth movie in place, just a few months after Furious 7.

This film introduces us to some powerful women, such as the villain Cipher (Charlize Theron) and Magdalene Shaw (Helen Mirren).

Fast and Furious presents Hobbs & Shaw

Fast and Furious presents Hobbs & Shaw

Director: David Leitch

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba

IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

After the Ninth film, The furious franchise takes a detour here, as it’s not a continuation of the core fast and furious timeline series but actually a spin-off.

We’re not entirely sure when this spinoff takes place but the furious films see The Rock and Statham paired together up against Idris Elba and it’s being speculated that it takes place after the upcoming F9.

This was your very fast and simple guide to watching the Fast and Furious movies in order. Enjoy!

And if your thirst for action still hasn’t been satiated, move on to watching the Marvel movies in order or all the DC movies in order.

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Chris Mack

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Chris is a technology and entertainment writer whose main interests revolve around the art of writing and expression. He loves writing research-based articles in different niches and translating his thoughts into words that inspire others.


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