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How to watch the Fast and Furious movies in order

The chronological order of the Fast and Furious movies

Fast and Furious movies in order
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Want to watch the Fast and Furious movies in order? In this guide, we'll explain how to watch the Fast and Furious movies in both chronological and release orders, because this series of mega-popular action movies can be a little hard to follow.  

When the first The Fast and the Furious movie raced into theaters in 2001, surely no one would've guessed that it'd become this monstrously popular, MCU-sized series. But while the franchise definitely has its ups and downs, this series is perfect Sunday afternoon watching – you switch off your brain and enjoy. It's also no coincidence that characters like Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto have taken on a life of their own, either. Clearly this series has a cast that really resonates with people. 

In terms of where the series is going next, Fast and Furious 9 was hit by a massive coronavirus-induced delay and is now arriving on 25 June, 2021, with Fast and Furious 10 apparently set to follow in 2022. 

Below, we'll explain how to watch the Fast and Furious movies in order – including other extras and short films that tie in to the series. 

Fast and the 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 
  • Fast & Furious 9 (June 2021)
  • Fast & Furious 10 (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 (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 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.

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 apparently final instalment. 

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 & Furious completists may want to check out crime drama Better Luck Tomorrow – while not technically a Fast & 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 three 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 off the chronology above. 

Fast and the 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)
  • Fast & Furious 9 (2021)
  • Fast & Furious 10 (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. Brits, meanwhile, got a rather more consistent Fast & Furious 5, Fast & Furious 6, Fast & Furious 7, and Fast & Furious 8. 

Fast & Furious 9 and 10 are definitely happening – the 10th movie will be the last in the series – 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 The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw available to stream. Fast Five is available on Peacock's free tier, while Fast & Furious 6 is available on Peacock's paid tier. The Fate of the Furious is on FXNow. USA Network is showing Tokyo Drift and Fast and Furious. 

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 & Furious movies assembled from IMDb user scores, it took five instalments for the series to hit its peak. Indeed, that 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.