It has been 20 years since Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner were racing through the streets of Los Angeles in The Fast and the Furious. What is now known as ‘The Fast Saga’ has steered and drifted away from its street racing roots into a franchise that has become a combination of heist, science fiction, espionage, action, and much more. The Fast & Furious franchise has reached a point where anything can happen including a possible crossover with dinosaurs.
When the first film launched in 2001, no one could’ve possibly seen what the franchise would become. Even producer Neal Moritz wasn’t set on the film’s title with Street Wars and Racer X being considered. Moritz happened to come across a documentary featuring footage from a 1955 film of the same name and Universal ended up licensing the title. Not only did the first film launch a multimedia franchise that includes 10 films and a spin-off, but like an ‘ejecto seato’ it launched the careers of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker into the mainstream.
The Fast & Furious franchise has grossed over $5.8 billion and ranks as the 10th highest-grossing film series of all-time becoming Universal’s biggest film series to date. With the 9th installment of “The Fast Saga” set to race into theaters on June 25, now is the perfect time to catch up on the other 9 films in the series. Services like Movies Anywhere help consolidate the franchise into one place allowing you to create your own digital locker to watch the films whenever and wherever you want after you purchase them. Movies Anywhere lets you watch your favorite films at a single convenient place without the hassle of chasing them down on various streaming platforms.
Before you press that NOS on the way to the theater to watch F9 on the series’ 20th anniversary, below is how to watch all of the Fast & Furious movies.
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The film that started it all and told the story of street racers Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker). Shot on a $38 million budget, the film ended up grossing over $200 million worldwide and sent Diesel and Walker into stardom. The most grounded movie in the series was inspired by the story of Racer X.
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
After the success of the first film, a sequel sped into theaters less than 24 months later. The world had expanded as the second film had over double the budget of its predecessor of $76 million. The film featured more cars, Walker was joined by stars like Ludacris, Tyrese, however, Vin Diesel did not appear because he felt like the script wasn’t as good as the first film. Diesel declined a $25 million dollar offer to appear and filmed The Chronicles of Riddick instead. Even without Diesel, 2 Fast and 2 Furious was a hit and grossed $236.3 million worldwide.
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
After 2 successful films, the franchise began to stall with its third installment The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift as none of the original actors or stars appeared in the film. With a budget of $85 million, Tokyo Drift received negative reviews and grossed $159 million making it the lowest-grossing film in the franchise. It was filmed and set in Japan to give it a different feel from the other two movies due to Walker, Diesel, and the other stars not appearing. The movie is notable for being the first of the series directed by Justin Lin, who would end up directing 5 films in the franchise.
Fast & Furious (2009)
After a 3-year hiatus, Fast & Furious raced into theaters with a budget of $85 million. This was the first film since the first installment to feature the original cast (Walker and Diesel) and it was directed by Justin Lin. Even though the film received negative reviews, it was a box office hit with a gross of $360.3 million and is notable for launching Gal Gadot into the mainstream as it was her first international film.
Fast Five (2011)
Notable for turning the franchise into the direction of a heist film instead of street racing, Fast Five attracted a wider range of fans and it grossed $626.1 million on a $125 million budget. Not only was there a transition into the film’s themes, but Fast Five introduced Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson into the series as Luke Hobbs. Johnson would go on to become the biggest star in Hollywood.
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
After the fifth film was a heist film and critical and commercial success, the sixth film became a spy-adventure film. Fast & Furious 6 was shot around the budget of $160–260 million but was received well critically and commercially as it had a gross of $788.7 million at the worldwide box office. Returning stars from previous films include Walker, Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Tyrese, Gadot, Jordanna Brewster, and Michelle Rodriguez.
Furious 7 (2015)
Saw creator and horror director James Wan was at the helm of the seventh installment in the series. Furious 7 introduced action-thriller tropes into the series. Jason Statham joined the cast as Deckard Shaw. Paul Walker tragically died in a car accident before the film was released, so his brothers were used as stand-ins to film his remaining scenes. Furious 7 was highly successful as it grossed $1.516 billion on a budget of $190-$250 million.
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
By the time the 8th entry into the series hit the big screen, Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson had a public feud with each other. The pair would clash and bump heads constantly during filming; however, this did not hurt the film’s box office success. The action-thriller grossed $1.236 billion on a budget of $250-$270 million.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
Since Johnson and Diesel could not get along, Universal decided to spin-off Johnson’s and Statham’s characters into a separate film, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. A buddy-action film with sci-fi elements, Hobbs & Shaw was a commercial success grossing $760 million worldwide on a $200 million budget. Since the film is a spin-off it doesn’t directly affect the story of the other 8 films in The Fast Saga. There is a sequel that is currently in the works with longtime screenwriter Chris Morgan returning.
The Fast Saga will continue on Friday, June 25 when F9 dashes into theaters nationwide.
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