Fast & Furious fans are still mourning the loss of star Paul Walker, and they’re not alone it seems. Co-star Vin Diesel was sure to mention Walker this week while accepting an award for the Fast & Furious movies.
He also confirmed rumors that the next movie will be titled Fast 8 and is due in theaters on April 14, 2017.
While I love the Fast & Furious movies, it’s always confused me about the order they fall in the overall plot, since the release dates don’t follow the chronological order of the films. In case you’re a bit mystified as well, here’s the order you should re-watch them.
WHAT ORDER TO WATCH FAST & FURIOUS MOVIES
|1. THE FAST & THE FURIOUS (2001)|
|The Fast and the Furious is a 2001 American street racing action filmdirected by Rob Cohen and starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. The film is the first installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise and was distributed by Universal Pictures. The film follows undercover cop Brian O’Conner who must stop semi-truck hijackers led by Dominic Toretto from stealing expensive electronic equipment. The film’s concept was inspired by a Vibe magazine article about street racing in New York City. Filming locations include Los Angeles and parts of southern California. The Fast and the Furious was released on June 22, 2001 to financial success. The film’s budget was an estimated $38 million, grossing $207,283,925 worldwide. Critical reaction was mostly mixed, according to review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. The film became the original of a franchise series when it was followed by 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7.|
|2. 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS (2003)|
|2 Fast 2 Furious is a 2003 American street racing action film directed by John Singleton. It is the second installment of The Fast and the Furiousfranchise. Brian O’Conner teams up with his ex-con friend Roman Pearceand works with undercover U.S. Customs Service agent Monica Fuentes to bring Miami-based drug lord Carter Verone down.|
|3. FAST & FURIOUS (2009)|
|Fast & Furious is a 2009 American street racing action film directed by Justin Lin and written by Chris Morgan. It is the fourth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. The plot connects the first film from which Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster reprise their roles. The film serves as a sequel/prequel to the series as it is set after the second installment 2 Fast 2 Furious and set before the third installment, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Originally released on April 3, 2009, the film received negative reviews upon release, but was a success grossing $363 million worldwide.|
|4. FAST FIVE (2011)|
|Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent.|
|5. FAST & FURIOUS 6 (2013)|
|Hobbs has Dominic and Brian reassemble their crew to take down a team of mercenaries: Dominic unexpectedly gets convoluted also facing his presumed deceased girlfriend, Letty.|
|6. THE FAST & THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT (2006)|
|The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a 2006 American action film directed by Justin Lin, produced by Neal H. Moritz and written by Chris Morgan. It is the third installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, and the sixth in chronological order. The film stars Lucas Black, Bow Wow, Nathalie Kelley, Brian Tee and Sung Kang. The film was shot in Tokyo and parts of Los Angeles, the latter often covered with props and lights to create the illusion of the Tokyo style. While the rest of the actors from the previous films are not in the film, Vin Diesel reprises his role as Dominic Toretto in a cameo at the end of the film.|
|7. FURIOUS 7|
|Furious 7 is an upcoming American action film. It is the sequel to the 2013 film Fast & Furious 6 and the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious film series. The film was written by Chris Morgan and directed by James Wan. It stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Lucas Black and Jason Statham. With the previous three installments being set between 2 Fast 2 Furious and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Furious 7 is the first film of the series to take place after Tokyo Drift. The film will mark the final film appearance of Paul Walker, who died on November 30, 2013 with filming only half-completed. After Walker’s death, filming was delayed for script re-writes, and his brothers Caleb and Cody Walker being used as stand-ins to complete his remaining scenes. Furious 7 is set for release on April 3, 2015. It is set to be released in 3D internationally.|
What’s your favorite Fast & Furious movie?