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How to watch the Fast and Furious movies in order

Get your motor running as we explain how to watch the Fast and Furious movies

Fast and Furious movies in order
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If you want to watch the Fast and Furious movies in order, this is a good time to start, with F9 – the ninth instalment in the Fast Saga (10 if you count spin-off Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw) – arriving in movie theaters from June 25 (June 24 in the UK).

It’s 20 years since The Fast and the Furious introduced Dominic Toretto and his crew of racers to the big screen. Since then the franchise has evolved to become a high-octane adventure franchise, boasting some of the most audacious, physics-defying stunts in movie history.

While the long-running, multi-billion-dollar franchise won’t tax your brain, you can guarantee its mix of fast cars and “family” will keep you on the edge of your seats – even in its less accomplished instalments. And with parts 10 and 11 being lined up to wrap up the franchise once F9 has left the garage, Toretto and his gang aren’t done yet.

So buckle up and get yourself in gear as we explain how to watch the Fast and Furious movies in order, whether you want to view chronologically or by release date. We’ve even included a few extras and short films that tie into the series.

It’s time to put the pedal to the metal…

Fast and Furious movies in chronological order

Fast and Furious movies in order

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Here's how you watch the Fast and Furious movies in chronological order:

  • The Fast and the Furious
  • The Turbo Charged Prelude (short film)
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious 
  • Los Bandoleros (short film)
  • Fast & Furious 
  • Fast Five (US title)/Fast & Furious 5 (UK) 
  • Fast & Furious 6 
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
  • Furious 7 (US)/Fast & Furious 7 (UK)
  • The Fate of the Furious (US)/Fast & Furious 8 (UK) 
  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 
  • F9 (US)/Fast & Furious 9 (UK) (June 2021)
  • Fast & Furious 10 (TBC)
  • Fast & Furious 11 (TBC)

As if the Fast and the Furious naming/numbering convention wasn’t complicated enough, the order the films were released doesn’t correspond exactly with on-screen continuity. That means watching the Fast and Furious movies in chronological order is weirdly complex. 

The rogue element shaking everything up is Tokyo Drift. When Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto unexpectedly showed up at the end of that movie – returning to the franchise after sitting out 2 Fast 2 Furious – everybody assumed that fourth instalment Fast & Furious would pick up where that left off. But there was a glaring continuity issue – Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang), who’d been killed in Tokyo Drift, was alive and well in Fast & Furious. 

As it turns out, Han actually makes his fateful trip to Tokyo at the end of Fast & Furious 6. We subsequently learn that British rogue agent Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham, who joined the series in Fast & Furious 6) was driving the car that killed Han, while the scene where Toretto turns up in Tokyo actually takes place during Furious 7/Fast & Furious 7. Got all that?

Fast & Furious 9 will pick up after The Fate of the Furious/Fast & Furious 8, with Charlize Theron’s Cipher back in action, along with John Cena starring as Dominic Toretto's brother (!) and rival. In the first official trailer (above) we see Toretto wrenched from his quiet country life with Letty, until his quest to take down his brother sees him battling on buses and zooming over Thailand cliffs with a Pontiac Fiero strapped to a rocket engine. The trailer also hints that Han is somehow back in action – along with Tokyo Drift co-driver Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) – so it'll be interesting to see how he's been resurrected. Maybe he's an imposter...

Whether F9 also ties into standalone spin-off Hobbs & Shaw is TBC. Dwayne Johnson and Statham are reportedly not in part 9, though it’ll be a massive surprise if they don’t show up in the series’ 10th and/or 11th instalments – especially as the films will reportedly comprise a two-part finale for the two decades-old Fast Saga.

"Fast 9 is designed to be the prequel to the finale and establish a narrative that could stand over multiple films,” star/producer Vin Diesel told Total Film magazine. “F9 is an amazing film, it's going to be a thrill for people to see. But it needed to lay the groundwork for the fina finale, which will have to be broken into two films because there are so many elements to wrap up.”

There’s also a pair of official short films that expand the continuity. The Turbo Charged Prelude sets the scene for 2 Fast 2 Furious, explaining how Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner ends up in Miami. Los Bandoleros (written and directed by Vin Diesel), meanwhile, establishes key plot points for fourth movie Fast & Furious. 

And while we’ve not included it in the chronological order list above, real Fast and Furious completists may want to check out crime drama Better Luck Tomorrow – while not technically a Fast and Furious movie, regular F&F director Justin Lin and star Sung Kang have both said the Han in Better Luck Tomorrow is the same character who later turns up in Tokyo Drift. 

Meanwhile, kid-friendly spin-off Fast & Furious: Spy Racers has four seasons on Netflix. It’s about Dom Toretto’s younger cousin, Tony, but the tone is so different to the movies that we're unsure about calling it canon, so we've left it out of the chronology above. 

Fast and Furious movies in release date order

The Fast and the Furious movies

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  • The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
  • Fast & Furious (2009)
  • Fast Five (US title)/Fast & Furious 5 (UK) (2011)
  • Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
  • Furious 7 (US)/Fast & Furious 7 (UK) (2015)
  • The Fate of the Furious (US)/Fast & Furious 8 (UK) (2017)
  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
  • F9 (US)/Fast & Furious 9 (UK) (June 2021)
  • Fast & Furious 10 (TBC)
  • Fast & Furious 11 (TBC)

Normally it’s not that hard to work out the release order of movies in a long-running franchise – you just go on the number in the title. The Fast and the Furious movies, however, don’t follow normal naming conventions, particularly in the US.

It was all so simple in the early days, when the original The Fast and the Furious was followed by the pun-driven 2 Fast 2 Furious. Japan-set The Fast and the Furious 3 was subtitled Tokyo Drift, but things got seriously weird for the franchise’s fourth instalment, which was simply called Fast & Furious. No way anyone could get confused by that – though on the plus side, at least it wasn’t called Fast & Four-ious. 

From there, American viewers were treated to a moveable feast of titling, with Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, and (bizarrely) The Fate of the Furious. The ninth instalment is embracing brevity with a simple F9.

Brits, meanwhile, got a rather more consistent Fast & Furious 5, Fast & Furious 6, Fast & Furious 7, Fast & Furious 8 and Fast & Furious 9.

Fast & Furious 10 and 11 are definitely happening, but don’t be surprised if those names are slightly different when the films are released in the US.

How to stream the Fast and Furious movies

Wondering how to stream the Fast and Furious movies in the US and UK? As of March 2021, they're pretty spread out, which might just making buying them on Amazon Prime Video the easiest option. At the time of writing, HBO Max has 2 Fast 2 Furious and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw available to stream. Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6 are available on Peacock's paid tier. Furious 7 is on Fubo TV.

In the UK, the Fast and Furious movies aren't currently streaming anywhere, as far as we can tell – so you might want to consider the Amazon Prime collection of movies.

The Fast and the Furious movies, ranked

With the possible exception of Mission: Impossible, long-running franchises don’t generally get better as they go on. But, based on a ranking of Fast and Furious movies assembled from IMDb user scores, it took five instalments for the series to hit its peak – and make a successful transition from car racing dramas to all-action espionage movies.

Indeed, Fast Five was the start of a three-movie golden run for the saga, before it dropped off slightly with The Fate of the Furious. The first sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious, remains the franchise lowpoint.