The “Fast & Furious” franchise has become a global phenomenon, captivating audiences with its high-octane action, charismatic characters, and themes of family and loyalty. With each installment, the franchise has evolved, delivering thrilling moments and heartwarming connections. As we eagerly anticipate the release of “Fast X,” let’s take a look at how the movies in the series stack up, ranked from worst to best.
‘Fast & Furious’ (2009)
Kicking off the rankings is “Fast & Furious,” the fourth film in the franchise. While it may not have the grandeur of later installments, this film struck gold by reuniting the core cast, delivering campy thrills, and refocusing on the family dynamic that defines the series.
‘The Fast and the Furious’ (2001)
As the series opener, “The Fast and the Furious” set the stage for the franchise’s signature mix of adrenaline-fueled action and heartfelt camaraderie. While the plot and effects may feel dated, the chemistry between Dom and Brian remains a highlight.
‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ (2003)
“2 Fast 2 Furious” earns its place in the middle of the pack. Although lacking Vin Diesel’s presence, the film introduced Tyrese Gibson’s Roman Pearce and Ludacris’s Tej, setting the stage for their future involvement in the franchise.
‘Fast Five’ (2011)
“Fast Five” marked a turning point for the franchise. The introduction of Dwayne Johnson’s character, Luke Hobbs, injected new energy and mythology into the series. The film’s global adventure, heist plot, and thrilling action sequences make it a standout.
‘Fast & Furious 6’ (2013)
This installment broke new ground by empowering its female characters. Letty’s return led to thrilling fights, while the entire crew faced off against an international supervillain. The film’s action and character development are memorable.
‘Furious 7’ (2015)
“Furious 7” tugs at the heartstrings with themes of redemption, family, and farewell. The emotional weight of Paul Walker’s passing added depth to the film. Spectacular action and an emotional send-off for Walker make this installment unforgettable.
‘The Fate of the Furious’ (2017)
“The Fate of the Furious” shook things up with a rogue Dom and a formidable supervillain. The unconventional crew, explosive spectacles, and the clash between Dom and Hobbs create a thrilling cinematic experience.
‘Hobbs & Shaw’ (2019)
“Hobbs & Shaw” deviates from the main storyline, focusing on the dynamic between Hobbs and Shaw. Explosive chaos and charismatic performances from Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham make this spin-off entertaining.
“F9” introduces magnetic mayhem and introduces new layers to the “Fast & Furious” lore. While some stunts defy physics, the film stays true to the franchise’s spirit. Charlize Theron’s chaos-causing Cipher and Helen Mirren’s badassery stand out.
‘Fast X’ (2023)
As we approach “Fast X,” anticipation is high. The series continues with its trademark action and cast of characters. While some critics find the franchise formulaic, the devilish delight of Jason Momoa and the thrilling cliffhanger keep fans engaged.
The “Fast & Furious” franchise has delivered an exhilarating ride for fans around the world. From its humble beginnings to the explosive spectacles of recent entries, the series has evolved while staying true to its core themes of family, loyalty, and heart-pounding action. With each film adding its unique flavor to the mix, the franchise continues to captivate audiences and push the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of cinematic car chases and daring heists.