Fast and Furious (Film Series) Ranked

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‘The Fate of the Furious’ aka ‘Fast & Furious 8’ launches into theaters April 14th, 2017. Vin Diesel will make a major character turn and Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will be forced to work together. The trailer hit the TV and internet this week and the film has all the makings of another classic installment in the exciting film series. Take a look before we start ranking the movies:

Let’s start by saying that I’m a fan of the entire series, every movie. I own them all.

7. 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS (2003)

-The Good Guys-

Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner

Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce

-The Bad Guys-

Cole Hauser as Carter Verone

-The Review-

Vin Diesel decided not to reprise his role as Dominic Toretto, so it’s Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner fleeing Los Angeles to Miami only to be apprehended by the FBI. He’s forced into doing what he does best, go undercover. Walker is joined by childhood friend Roman Pearce. This movie is a lot of fun if you just kick back and enjoy it. At the time it felt like a sequel, but now it plays more like a Brian O’Conner spinoff or side story.

6. THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT (2006)

-The Good Guys-

Lucas Black as Sean Boswell

Sung Kang as Han

-The Bad Guys-

Brian Tee as D.K.

-The Review-

The producers actually didn’t want to continue with Paul Walker for the third installment. They won’t tell you this now, but the rumors were all over the internet at the time. So Lucas Black became the new face of the Franchise. This is a great installment and truthfully before a lot of the newer installments were produced, was arguably the greatest of the series. An American kid looking for a second chance at making good in life, moves to Tokyo and learns the ways of drifting. Drifting was foreign to most in the U.S., who weren’t big into the car world. The car scenes alone are worth the watch. Vin Diesel’s cameo at the end definitely gets you excited for his eventual return.

5. FAST AND FURIOUS (2009)

-The Good Guys-

Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto

Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner

Michelle Rodriquez as Letty

-The Bad Guys-

John Ortiz as Campos

Laz Alonso as Fenix

-The Review-

I’ll argue the street race in downtown Los Angeles featuring Toretto versus Brian is the best race in the entire series. You really believe Brian is going to defeat Toretto until Toretto pulls it out at the end. Very underrated installment and a lot better than most fans of the series want to admit. This is the first true sequel to the original film with the core four returning, with Michelle Rodriquez and Jordana Brewster back in the fold.

4. THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS (2001) 

-The Good Guys-

Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner

-The Bad Guys-

Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto

Michelle Rodriquez as Letty

Matt Schulze as Vince

Rick Yune as Johnny Tran

-The Review-

The original and the classic that no one would’ve ever thought would spawn so many sequels. The film that launched Vin Diesel into super-stardom. O’Conner is an undercover LAPD cop working for the FBI on a part of his driving skills. Toretto is the king of illegal street racing and is robbing shipment trucks with his team all over California. The two cross paths and eventually become friends until Brian’s cover is blown. Great action and racing. A story that borrows freely from ‘Point Break’, but is every much a fun thrill ride.

3. FAST AND FURIOUS 6 (2013)

-The Good Guys-

Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto

Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner

Dwayne Johnson as Agent Hobbs

Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce

Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto

Sung Kang as Han

Ludacris as Tej

Gal Gadot as Gisele

-The Bad Guys-

Luke Evans as Owen Shaw

Michelle Rodriquez as Letty

Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw

-The Review-

Hobbs has tracked down Toretto following the robbery in Rio, to have him and his crew do one final job to get pardons. This is quite the movie and quite close to being the best in the series. Owen Shaw is the best and most formidable villain seen prior to Jason Statham. The action, the story and the cast are all top-notch. This movie is never boring. The tank and plane scenes are incredible. The ending shows us Hans death in ‘Tokyo Drift’ was not simply accidental.

2. FURIOUS 7 (2015)

-The Good Guys-

Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto

Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner

Dwayne Johnson as Agent Hobbs

Michelle Rodriquez as Letty

Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce

Ludacris as Tej

Kurt Russell as Mr. Nobody

-The Bad Guys-

Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw

Djimon Hounsou as Jakande

-The Review-

The most difficult film in the series to watch due to Paul Walker’s death during filming. The movie may have turned out differently as a lot of rewrites took place. The movie gets by despite these challenges amidst tragedy. The car parachute scene, the car flying through buildings in Dubai and God’s eye scene in L.A. are all amazing. Jason Statham establishes himself as the biggest villain of the series. A very nice tribute to Paul Walker closes the film.

1. FAST FIVE (2011)

-The Good Guys-

Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto

Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner

Dwayne Johnson as Agent Hobbs

Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce

Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto

Matt Schulze as Vince

Sung Kang as Han

Ludacris as Tej

Gal Gadot as Gisele

-The Bad Guys-

Jaoquim de Almedia as Reyes

Michael Irby as Zizi

-The Review-

The be-all, end-all of the entire franchise in my view. This movie is the series at its absolute peak. It’s a simple story, about committing a robbery. The crew is on the run from Agent Hobbs of the United States, out to bring Toretto and O’Conner to justice for the events of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ and ‘Fast and Furious’. The duo decide to call in friends, featured in all of the previous movies. Fast Five is essentially Fast & Furious: All-Stars. It’s a dream movie for fans of the franchise. Rio is an insane backdrop and the vault robbery is likely the greatest robbery/police pursuit ever captured on film. Diesel and Rock fight and the movie feature some solid gun battles. This one of my all-time favorite movies. I admit I went to the theater to see it twice, in three days…

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