Nothing quite gets your adrenaline pumping like the “Fast and Furious” franchise. With street races, heists, spies and emphasis on family, these films will leave you at the edge of your seat.
The infamous series, with stars including Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker and Gal Gadot, has been around for two decades.
From the main franchise and spin-offs to short films and a television show, the “Fast and Furious” has enough content to keep anyone occupied.
Here is how many “Fast and Furious” movies there are, including the original series and spin offs, as well as the correct order to watch.
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How many ‘Fast and Furious’ movies are there?
There are currently nine films in the main “Fast and Furious” franchise, with the 10th, “Fast X,” set to release in 2023. There are other movies in the series, including a “Hobbs and Shaw” spin off, its planned sequel and a planned, untitled, woman-led spin-off.
‘Fast and Furious’ movies in the order they were released
The first film in the franchise, released in 2001, follows Los Angeles cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), who is tasked to investigate a recent series of automobile hijackings. O’Conner goes undercover and befriends Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), who is a suspect in this case of dirty money and big-rig hijacking. O’Conner must then decide where his loyalty lies.
In the 2003 sequel, after relocating to Miami, O’Conner goes back undercover with his friend Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) to take down a drug lord to erase the pair’s criminal records.
The third film is a standalone sequel to the previous. Released in 2006, it chronicles the life of Sean Boswell (Lucas Black), who goes to live with his estranged father in Japan after his affinity for street racing gets him in trouble. Boswell befriends Twinkie (Bow Wow) and is introduced to drift racing, which gets Boswell into more trouble in Tokyo.
In the 2009 film, Toretto and O’Conner are tasked with investigating the murder of Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Toretto’s lover, and seizing drug lord Arturo Braga (John Ortiz).
This movie is set five years after the original and before “Tokyo Drift.”
Toretto and O’Conner are back in the fifth installment, released in 2011. The duo, along with Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster), plan a heist to steal from a corrupt businessman. All the while, the squad of racers is being trailed by U.S. Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson).
This film is also set before the events of “Tokyo Drift.”
The 2013 movie features Toretto, O’Conner and the crew teaming up with agent Hobbs in exchange for amnesty in order to help Hobbs catch a team of lethal mercenaries. One of the mercenaries appears to be Toretto’s presumed deceased lover, Ortiz.
This is the final film in the timeline before “Tokyo Drift.”
In this 2015 release, Toretto, O’Conner, and the rest of the team return to normal lives after securing amnesty for their crimes. That is until Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), a rogue assassin, comes seeking to avenge his younger brother.
The film is set after “Fast & Furious 6” and continues from the end of “Tokyo Drift.” It also marked the last appearance of Brian O’Conner played by Paul Walker, who died in 2013.
The seventh installment, released in 2017, starts with Toretto and Ortiz settling down to a calmer life than one of crime and racing cars. But a mysterious woman named Cipher (Charlize Theron) ends this, forcing Toretto to betray his family and join her. The crew must then get together to find Toretto and stop Cipher.
The latest “Fast and Furious” release from 2021 sees Toretto and family coming together to foil a world-shattering plot headed by Cipher and Toretto’s estranged younger brother Jakob (John Cena).
What is the correct order of ‘Fast and Furious’ movies?
Though “Fast and Furious” films were released in a certain order, the events of the movies do not follow that same timeline.
The films’ complicated timeline does not follow chronological order of how they were released. If you are planning a marathon to binge all nine, you may become confused unless you watch in the correct order.
Here is how to watch the “Fast and Furious” movies in order, according to Rotten Tomatoes:
- “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)
- Fate of the Furious (2017)
- F9 (2021)
So in short terms, the correct order to watch the “Fast and the Furious” is the first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth, third, seventh, eighth and finally ninth movie.
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What was Paul Walker’s last scene?
Paul Walker, who played Brian O’Conner, died in 2013 while “Furious 7” was still being filmed. Instead of canceling the movie, the creative team changed its ending, according to Screen Rant.
Though Walker had shot a majority of his on-camera work for “Furious 7,” a visual effects company had to render Walker for the new ending and scenes, according to Screen Rant.
Walker’s two brothers, Caleb and Cody, and actor John Brotherton stood in as body doubles, and Walker’s face was digitally overlaid on top, says Screen Rant.
Director James Wan has not confirmed which scene was Walker’s last, according to Slash Film.
“I think it’s very important that people go into this movie not fixated on trying to work out which is Paul, which isn’t Paul,” Wan said. “I want them to just watch the movie and enjoy the film and be caught up in the emotion of it all.”
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