Last week, the latest entry in the Fast and the Furious franchise, Hobbs & Shaw, debuted in theaters. With the release of this ninth F&F film, its the perfect time to look back at the best five movies in the series! Let’s see who gets first place…
5. Furious 7 (2015)
Furious 7 features some of the best car action in the entire franchise. Which is saying something for the Fast and the Furious series! It’s the first film in the franchise with director James Wan, who also directed the next film, a fan favorite. The seventh film features a Lamborghini flying from one skyscraper to another in Abu Dhabi, cars dropping over Azerbaijan, and much more. Unfortunately, its also the last F&F movie Paul Walker starred in before his untimely. This causes Furious 7 to be bittersweet but also enjoyable; a last goodbye we didn’t know we’d receive.
4. Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
Hobbs & Shaw, the latest Fast and the Furious film, and the first spin-off, entered theaters on August 2nd. It’s no surprise this franchise continues to thrive in an industry that’s 90% remakes, spin-offs, and franchises. Some Fast and Furious lovers argue that this film really does prove Vin Diesel is not necessary for the films and to the plotline. This time around, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham lead the film, as their characters Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, first introduced in the main series. The film also features some more screen time for Vanessa Kirby (Hattie Shaw) and a new villain portrayed by Idris Elba. Most of all, this film really proves the Fast & Furious franchise is strong, outlives its cast, and will continue on for many years.
3. Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
For the sixth Fast & Furious movie, Universal went big. By this point, the world knew F&F as a bankable, fun franchise that always gave them what they wanted. So why not go all the way? Director Justin Lin and writer Chris Morgan brought back Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), actually creating a rather large plothole. However, no one foes to watch a F&F movie for a coherent plotline. The film also introduced some new plot elements too: a government conspiracy, international thieves, and the characters got to drive tanks! Everything you’d want in an action film!
2. The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Justin Lin is responsible for directing three Fast and the Furious films that fans love. Tokyo Drift was his first, and third in the franchise overall. Critics and fans love the film for two main reasons: the first is that it continues the story of the first two, while raising the stakes. The second is Lin’s touch, which brought more sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing street car chases. His direction style also better matched the film’s shooting location: Tokyo. Lin’s cinematic visions, and casting choices, ultimately led to the franchise becoming the staple it is today.
1. Fast Five (2011)
Among hardcore Fast and the Furious fans, Fast Five is where the franchise really comes into its own. They consider it the best one of the franchise, and we agree! Universal decided to forgo the street racing themes from past movies and focus on a bigger, worldwide story. Meanwhile, they also introduced Dwayne Johnson to the cast. Finally, fans and critics alike enjoyed the incredible chemistry the lead actors brought to Fast Five. Meanwhile, Lin managed to balance good, melodramatic moments with testosterone-filled scenes which, let’s admit it – is the real reason we all love watching these movies.