Every Fast and Furious film ranked from worst to best
What started off as a film for petrolheads and boy racers is now a multi-billion-action franchise starring some of the heaviest heavyweights in Hollywood right now. The Fast And The Furious franchise has raked in a whopping US $3.8bn since the first film came out in 2001, and with the eigth instalment hitting cinemas this Friday on April 14, that sum is expected to easily go over the four billion mark. It’s not a bad legacy for a film that originally cost a measly US $38 million to make.
To mark the release of The Fate Of The Furious, we locked our best film buffs in the office with a DVD player, some snacks and all seven films so that they could decide once and for all which is the best in the franchise.
7. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
The less said about this film the better. The top stars refused to come along for the ride in the third film, or weren’t asked at all if you believe the rumours (the studio felt that Paul Walker was too old, apparently). The end result was a strange attempt at making the franchise younger by casting the oldest-looking teenager ever.
Best moment: While the film kind of sucked, the drift scenes were excellently made.
Fun Fact: This was Han (Sung Kang’s) first appearance in the Fast And The Furious franchise, and also chronologically, his last.
6. 2 Fast 2 Furious
Paul Walker returns sans Vin Diesel for the second instalment of the franchise, which picks up where the first one left off. Lots of colorful, souped-up cars, street races and a healthy dose of action and early 2000s fashion.
Fun Fact: So much neon lighting was used in the cars that a technical neon specialist was kept on set at all times.
5. Furious 7
This one is a high-octane – and at times very silly – addition to the franchise and it marks the moment when the films went from crazy, to just downright insane. Jason Statham plays Deckard Shaw, who is out for revenge for what the team did to his little brother in Fast & Furious 6.
Best moment: Dwayne Johnson and Statham beating the crap out of each other, and that moment when Brian O’Conner defies physics by running up the side of a falling bus. Then there’s the moment Dom and Brian jump from one Dubai skyscraper to the next, in a car, without dying.
Fun Fact: This is the only film in the franchise to break the one-billion-dollar mark.
Furiousness: 6/10 - this one only ranks higher than 2 fast 2 Furious because of the box office success
4. Fast and Furious
Justin Lin’s second – and the fourth film overall – marked a turning point in the franchise. They pretty much ignored what happened in Tokyo Drift and focused on what made the original so successful – the dynamic between Dom and Brian, rebooting the franchise and paving the way for future success at the box office. This one is still very much a car film – with a healthy sprinkling of action – as the duo head to Mexico to take down the Braga cartel after the death of Letty.
Best moment: The crazy final chase through the mountain tunnels as Braga finally gets what he deserves.
Fun Fact: With a gross of US $72.5 million, it had the biggest three-day opening for Universal Pictures when it was released in 2009.
3. Fast and Furious 6
The sixth instalment really took it up a notch when it comes to action. There’s a lot less driving and lot more punching and shooting in this one, which all makes for the perfect playground for Dwayne Johnson to take the reigns as the leader of the gang as he teams up with Dom to take down Luke Shaw and get Letty back, who’s alive!
Best moment: Tank takes on sports cars. Sports cars win.
Fun Fact: Johnson’s character Hobbs is mocked three times as a different member of The Avengers. He’s called The Hulk, Captain America and ‘Samoan Thor’. Elsa Patacky (Elena) is married to Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor.
2. The Fast and the Furious
The film that started the madness. Cool cars, attractive women and a little bit of a story to offer some substance. The film is still as entertaining now as it was 16 years ago, and they didn’t even need super submarines or tanks to keep our attention.
Best moment: The final race between Dom and Brian in their souped-up supercars.
Fun Fact: Neither Michelle Rodriguez nor Jordana Brewster had driver’s licenses before production of the film.
And the award for best Fast and Furious film goes to…
1. Fast Five
The fifth instalment of the franchise was perhaps its peak as well. It merged the two features of the series – car chases and extreme action – into a well-oiled machine as Dom and Brian get the team together in what is essentially the Avengers for petrolheads.
This one also happens to be the best rated on IMDb with a score of 7.3. But while it’s action-packed and silly, the heroes still find themselves mostly behind the wheel of a car rather than playing can’t-be-killed superheroes in what’s still essentially a car heist film. The introduction of Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs also breathes new life into the franchise as he gradually steals the show with his over-the-top acting and the revelation that he ‘likes his dessert first.’
Best moment: The superstar beatdown between Vin Diesel and The Rock.
Fun Fact: This is the first of the films to not feature ‘Furious’ in the title.