5 Best Fast and Furious Movies: A magazine article about illicit street racing inspired the Fast and Furious franchise, which debuted in 2001.
However, in the two decades after its release, it has grown into one of the most successful film franchises of all time, and it continues to be a vital blockbuster property for Universal Pictures.
Over the course of its life, the franchise has reinvented itself multiple times, moving from the crime to the heist to the spy genres while keeping the same cast for practically every key installment. However, some of the films have made significantly more money than others.
1. Furious 7 (2015) – $1,515,341,399
After the death of co-star Paul Walker, Furious 7 became a very personal film for Vin Diesel, and it served as a very heartbreaking and emotional send-off to that beloved character.
The final montage, which is set to Charlie Puth’s “See You Again,” is practically guaranteed to make viewers cry.
It could have gone awry juggling this weight with the franchise’s action status, but Furious 7 succeeds on both fronts, providing one of the series’ best villains in the form of Deckard Shaw.
It may have been a fitting finish to the series, similar to Fast Five, but its commercial success indicates that it has a long cultural influence.
It was the highest-grossing film of all time at the time, grossing $397.6 million worldwide in its first weekend. The film was the third highest-grossing film of 2015 and the fourth highest-grossing film of all time at the time of release, grossing over $1.5 billion worldwide.
It was the highest-grossing picture in the United States in 2015. Furious 7 also became the franchise’s highest-grossing film in the first twelve days of its theatrical release, and it remains the franchise’s highest-grossing picture to date.
The Fate of the Furious, a sequel, was released in April 2017.
2. The Fate Of The Furious (2017) – $1,236,005,118
The Fate of the Furious (also known as F8 and marketed internationally as Fast & Furious 8) is a 2017 action film directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Chris Morgan. It is the eighth chapter in the Fast & Furious franchise and the sequel to Furious 7 (2015).
Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron feature in the movie.
Dominic Toretto had settled down with his wife Letty Ortiz in the film until cyberterrorist Cipher coerces him into working for her and turns him against his squad, causing them to track down Dom and bring Cipher down.
Despite the negative reviews, the film was a box office success, grossing over $1.2 billion worldwide, making it the nineteenth film (and the second in the franchise, following Furious 7) to gross over $1 billion, the third highest-grossing film of 2017, and the eleventh highest-grossing film of all time.
3. Fast & Furious 6 (2013) – $788,680,968
Fast & Furious 6 is a 2013 American action film written by Chris Morgan and directed by Justin Lin. It is the sixth chapter in the Fast & Furious franchise and the sequel to Fast Five (2011).
It also stars Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyres Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Sung Kang, Luke Evans, and Gina Carano as Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner, respectively.
Toretto, O’Conner, and the rest of the squad are given amnesty for their crimes if they help DSS agent Luke Hobbs catch a mercenary organization, one of whose members is Toretto’s thought murdered lover, Letty Ortiz (Rodriguez).
It earned $788.7 million, making it the sixth highest-grossing film of 2013, Universal’s fourth highest-grossing film, and the franchise’s highest-grossing film at the time. In April 2015, the sequel, Furious 7, was released in the United States.
4. Hobbs & Shaw (2019) – $759,056,935
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is a 2019 American action-adventure film directed by David Leitch and written by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce based on Morgan’s story.
It is the ninth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise, as well as a spin-off set after The Fate of the Furious (2017) and before F9 (2021).
Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Eiza González, Cliff Curtis, and Helen Mirren star alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, who reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, respectively, from the main series.
The story follows the main protagonists as they join forces with Shaw’s sister (Kirby) to fight a cybernetically enhanced terrorist (Elba) who is threatening the globe with a deadly virus.
Vin Diesel, the series’ actor, and producer, first hinted in 2015 that spin-offs were in the works, and Hobbs & Shaw was formally revealed in October 2017. In April 2018, Leitch signed on to direct, while Kirby and Elba joined the cast in July.
Filming began in September and ended in January 2019, with the majority of the action taking place in London and Glasgow.
Hobbs & Shaw had its world debut at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on July 13, 2019, and Universal Pictures distributed it in theatres on August 2, 2019.
The picture “gets excellent mileage out of its well-matched performers and over-the-top action sequences,” grossing over $760 million worldwide. A sequel is in the works.
5. F9: The Fast Saga (2021) – $726,229,501
F9: The Fast Saga and Fast & Furious 9 is a 2021 American action film directed by Justin Lin and based on a script written by Daniel Casey and Lin. It is the ninth main installment and tenth full-length film in the Fast & Furious franchise, after The Fate of the Furious (2017).
Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Michael Rooker, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron star alongside Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto.
Toretto and his gang band together in the film to foil a world-shattering conspiracy hatched by his younger brother, Jakob (Cena).
The film got mixed reviews, with some praising the stunts and Lin’s direction while others criticizing the artificial action sequences.
It broke multiple pandemic box office records and earned over $726 million globally, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of 2021. Fast X, the sequel, will be released on May 19, 2023.