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How to Watch the “Fast and Furious” Movies in Chronological Order

Here’s everything to know about the iconic 'Fast and Furious' franchise, including how to watch the movies in chronological order

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Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in 'Fast Five'

The Fast and Furious series is one of the most popular movie franchises in the world. Since it began in 2001, the movies have been seen by millions, grossed billions and helped propel the likes of Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and the late Paul Walker further into superstardom.

So far, there have been 10 movies in the regular series, complemented by the spinoff movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, two short films and an animated TV series on Netflix. The 11th and rumored-to-be final film in the franchise, is expected to be released in 2025.

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But with so many Fast and Furious movies out there now, what’s the best way to watch them? The series release order does not follow the story’s chronology — 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is set later than the next three movies that were released. Plus, one character in Tokyo Drift appears to die at the end of the movie, but he returns in several films released after 2006 (which are set earlier in time).

From the movie that started it all to the most recent release, here’s how to watch the Fast and Furious movies in chronological order.

The Fast and the Furious (2001)

<p>Bob Marshak/Original/Kobal/Shutterstock</p> Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in 'The Fast and The Furious'

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Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in 'The Fast and The Furious'

The movie that started it all, The Fast and the Furious, was inspired by a 1998 Vibe article about illegal street racing in New York City. It was released in the U.S. in June 2001 and starred Walker as Brian O’Conner, an undercover Los Angeles police officer tasked with going undercover to investigate a heist crew — including Diesel's character, street racer Dominic "Dom" Toretto — that has hijacked a vehicle carrying electronic goods.

The movie — which also introduces Rodriguez's street racer and mechanic character, Letty Ortiz and Dom's sister Mia Toretto, played by Jordana Brewster — grossed $208.1 million according to Deadline.

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2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

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Tyrese Gibson, Paul Walker, Jin Auyeng, Devon Aoki, and Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges in '2 Fast 2 Furious'

In the sequel, which grossed more than $236 million worldwide, many of the original cast reprised their roles, while Tej Parker played by Ludacris, Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) all made their first appearances in the franchise. The movie finds ex-officer Brian now in Miami, where much of the movie is set as he enters the world of street racing again before becoming involved in taking down a drug dealer.

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Fast & Furious (2009)

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Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in 'Fast & Furious'

The first movie in the franchise produced by Diesel himself, Fast & Furious (sometimes called Fast & Furious 4) is actually the fourth installment in the franchise, but is set directly after the first two films. The movie, which sees Brian and Dom crossing paths again after a murder brings the latter back to the U.S., takes place between the U.S., Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic. It grossed more than $360 million worldwide, per Deadline, and also marks the first appearance in the franchise from Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot as Gisele Yashar.

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Fast Five (2011)

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Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson in 'Fast Five'

In Fast Five, the main gang plan a heist to steal $100 million from a corrupt businessman turned drug lord, with some scenes filmed on location in Rio de Janeiro. Dwayne Johnson makes his first appearance in the franchise as agent Luke Hobbs. The movie, which grossed more than $626 million worldwide, per Deadline, marked a transition in the series from a focus on street racing to action and heists.

Watch Fast Five on Amazon Prime Video

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

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Dwayne Johnson and Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges in 'Fast and Furious 6'

After the heist in Brazil, the main crew live scattered across the world until they take on a mission from Hobbs in exchange for their amnesty and ability to return to the U.S. The movie, which features Luke Evans as bad guy Owen Shaw, grossed more than $788 million worldwide and was the final Fast & Furious movie released in Walker’s lifetime, before he died in November 2013.

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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

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Lucas Black and Nathalie Kelley in 'The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift'

The third film released, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is the sixth film chronologically. The cast largely differs from the other films in the series and follows Lucas Black as high school student and car enthusiast Sean Boswell, who’s sent to Tokyo to live with his estranged U.S. Navy officer father. It also introduced audiences to Sung Kang's character Han Seoul-Oh.Tokyo Drift grossed nearly $159 million worldwide.

Watch The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift on Amazon Prime Video

Furious 7 (2015)

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Paul Walker in 'Furious 7'

Furious 7 grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide, making it one of the highest-earning films of all time — though it had a generous budget estimated at $190million, per Box Office Mojo.

The seventh installment follows the main group of characters living back in the U.S., where they help stop a terrorist from getting his hands on a hacking program. Furious 7 sees Jason Statham, who had a brief cameo in Fast & Furious 6, featuring more significantly, causing the crew problems, as Owen Shaw's brother, Deckard Shaw. The movie also marked Paul Walker’s final film appearance.

Watch Furious 7 on Amazon Prime Video.

The Fate of the Furious (2017)

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Dwayne Johnson in 'The Fate of The Furious'

The first film in the franchise since Tokyo Drift not to feature Walker, the eighth movie sees Charlize Theron as a cyberterrorist named Cipher who coerces Dom (Diesel) into working for her and turns him against his team. The Fate of the Furious grossed more than $1.2 billion.

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

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Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in 'Hobbs & Shaw'

Strictly speaking, Hobbs & Shaw is a spinoff independent of the main franchise, but it stars a few familiar faces. Grossing more than $760 million, the movie follows former agents Hobbs (Johnson) and Shaw (Statham) as they team up with Shaw’s sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby) to combat terrorists. Idris Elba and Helen Mirren also appear.

Watch Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw on Amazon Prime Video

F9 (2021)

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Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel in 'F9: The Fast Saga'

Grossing more than $728 million, per Deadline, on its opening weekend the 2021 movie's takings made it the biggest launch of the pandemic era, according to The Hollywood Reporter. F9 (a.k.a. F9: The Fast Saga) focuses on the team’s bid to stop Dom’s brother, Jakob, who is involved with cyberterrorist Cipher (Theron). John Cena makes his first appearance as Jakob.

Watch F9  on Amazon Prime Video

Fast X (2023)

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Vin Diesel and Daniela Melchior in 'Fast X'

In Fast X, Dom fights to protect his family from Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa), the son of the drug lord from Fast Five. The 10th installment made more than $719 million worldwide and is set to have a sequel in 2025. Most of the movie is set in Italy and the U.S. and at its release made it the eighth-most expensive film ever made, according to Collider.

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