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How to watch the Fast and Furious movies in order

The Fast and Furious movies order explained

The cast of the Fast and Furious movies.
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Want to watch the Fast and Furious movies in order? Good news: Fast 9 is available to watch from home, while Fast 10 has been given a 2023 release date. We're nearing the supposed 'end' of the series, making this the perfect time for a marathon of these preposterous yet fun action movies. 

The Fast and the Furious introduced the world to Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O'Conner (the late Paul Walker) 20 whole years ago, and the series has gone from being a straightforward street-racing action series to a massive scale adventure franchise, with each movie boasting more and more ludicrous and visually impressive stunts. 

The series is now a Marvel movies-level phenomenon, with a vast cast of characters, a handful of spin-offs and countless memes about "family" doing the rounds on social media. Still, understanding the Fast and Furious order can be a little complicated due to an at-times weird timeline and some strange series naming conventions. Luckily, we're here to help. 

With parts 10 and 11 on the horizon, now is the perfect time to watch the Fast and Furious movies in order – whether you prefer the chronological or the release order, you're in for a great ride. We've been comprehensive in this guide, throwing in a few canonical extras to make your binge watch complete. 

Let's get started, and remember, it's always about family...

Fast and Furious movies in chronological 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 (April 7, 2023)
  • 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 picks 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. The movie finds a satisfactory explanation for what happened to Han (just about) – but we'll let you discover that for yourself if you haven't seen it yet. 

Fast and Furious 10 and 11 will operate as a two-part finale for the series. Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs won't be part of the parts 10 and 11, but Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw seems like a real possibility.

"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 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) (2021)
  • Fast & Furious 10 (April 7, 2023)
  • Fast & Furious 11 (TBC)

It should be easy to work out the Fast and Furious order by release date – unfortunately, the naming conventions of this series are muddled, and the titles may be different depending on where you're reading this. 

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 embraced 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, as discussed above, but don’t be surprised if those names are slightly different when the films are released in the US.

The Fast and the Furious movies, ranked

Leaving aside a rare exception like Mission: Impossible, long-running franchises don’t generally get better as they go on. Still, if you trust the Fast and Furious ranking based on IMDb user scores, it took until Fast Five for the series to hit its stride – 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, remained the franchise low-point for a long time, but now F9 has succeeded it as the least-liked by IMDb's users, clocking in at a miserable 5.2/10. Perhaps expectations were too high, after such a long delay?

  • Fast Five/Fast & Furious 5 – 7.3
  • Furious 7/Fast & Furious 7 – 7.1
  • Fast & Furious 6 – 7.0
  • The Fast and the Furious – 6.8
  • The Fate of the Furious/Fast & Furious 8 – 6.6
  • Fast & Furious – 6.6
  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – 6.4
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift – 6.0
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious – 5.9
  • F9 – 5.2