If you want to watch the Fast and Furious movies in order, this is exactly where you want to be. You might think an action franchise like this would be quite simple to place on a timeline, but with some of the sequels set later on (even though they were filmed earlier), there's a bit of leaping around. Keep reading for a breakdown of how to watch the series chronologically and in the order the films were released.
Can you believe it's been 21 years since the start of the franchise? When Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O'Conner (the late Paul Walker) burst onto our screens, we had no idea the movies, which seemed like pretty straightforward street racing action films, would bloom into a massively successful adventure franchise. Since then, each instalment has delivered more ridiculous and visually impressive stunts than the previous offerings (they're so impressive, you'll need the best TV to watch them on. Rather be on the move? Grab the best Macbook or Mac or best Windows laptop instead).
Fast and Furious fans are awaiting the release of the next instalment – Fast 10, titled Fast X, which is due to be released on May 19. So you've got a bit of time to catch up with the rest of the series. And since we're getting to the apparent 'end' of the timeline (Fast 11 will be the last), it's the perfect time to watch or rewatch them all with a Fast and Furious marathon that'll last for days.
The question of how to watch the Fast and Furious movies in order may not be as complicated as how to watch the Marvel movies in order, but put together the spin-offs with the vast cast of characters and you might run into trouble. That's exactly where our guide comes in.
Watch the Fast and Furious movies in order: Where can I stream the movies?
With the advent of Peacock, the streaming platform owned outright by Comcast, the parent company of Universal Pictures, you'd expect, in time, that to be the place where all the Fast and Furious movies will live. But at the moment, they're all a little scattered due to existing rights deals. We've done our best to work out where you can stream them right now as part of a subscription – or you can pay for them separately (rent or purchase) on Google Play, Apple TV or Amazon Prime.
The Fast and the Furious
Peacock (US), Virgin TV Go (UK), BiNGE (AU)
The Turbo Charged Prelude (short film)
Not available to stream, but it's here on YouTube (opens in new tab).
2 Fast 2 Furious
Peacock (US), Virgin TV Go (UK), BiNGE (AU)
Los Bandoleros (short film)
Not available to stream, but it's here on Vimeo (opens in new tab)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
HBO Max (US), FuBo TV (US), Virgin TV Go (UK), BiNGE (AU)
Fast & Furious
Peacock (US), FuBo TV (US) Virgin TV Go (UK), BiNGE (AU)
Fast Five (US title)/Fast & Furious 5 (UK)
Peacock (US), Virgin TV Go (UK), BiNGE (AU)
Fast & Furious 6
Virgin TV Go (UK), BiNGE (AU)
Furious 7 (US)/Fast & Furious 7 (UK)
Peacock (US), FuBo TV (US), Virgin TV Go (UK), BiNGE (AU)
The Fate of the Furious (US)/Fast & Furious 8 (UK)
FuBo (US), Virgin TV Go (UK), BiNGE (AU)
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
FuBo TV (US), Premium Rental (US), Virgin TV Go (UK), BiNGE (AU)
F9 (US)/Fast & Furious 9 (UK)
HBO Max (US), NOW/Virgin TV Go (UK), BiNGE (AU)
Fast and Furious movies in chronological order
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)
- Fast X (May 19, 2023)
- Fast & Furious 11 (February 2024)
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 that to watch the Fast and Furious movies in order from a chronological perspective 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 X 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 has been confirmed.
"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 (opens in new tab) 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 (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 X (May 19, 2023)
- Fast & Furious 11 (TBC)
It should be easy to work out how to watch the Fast and Furious movies in 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 X 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 (opens in new tab), 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