Every Fast and Furious Movie Ranked from Worst to Best

The Fast the Furious franchise may not be everyone’s favorite, but there’s no debating that it still has a massive built-in fan base that has continued to gross stupid amounts of money at the box office.  Now that The Fate of the Furious is about to see released in theaters, let’s take a look back at the first seven Fast and Furious films that had us wondering what Vin Diesel just mumbled on screen.

#7: The Fast and the Furious: Toyko Drift (2006)

So the first two Fast and Furious films didn’t exactly hit the mark with every moviegoer.  So how did the creative team for The Fast and the Furious: Toyko Drift decide to move forward with the franchise?  How about replace the whole cast with a guy no one’s heard of and Lil Bow Wow?  Brilliant!

The film may have a few impressive stunts revolving around cars, but the film has literally nothing else to warrant watching it.  I can’t believe it when I say that I missed Vin Diesel in this film.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 37%

Metacritic Score: 46

MovieBabble Score: D

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#6: 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

The sequel to the original The Fast and the Furious is more like a retread with less fun involved.  There are less memorable action sequences with more of the silly plot that none of us really cared about.  The film is hamstrung by Diesel not taking part in the film, effectively getting rid of the one relationship that you may have cared about from the first film.

Although the film has most of the original cast (except for good ol’ Vin), 2 Fast 2 Furious feels way too generic to recommend to anyone that didn’t adore the first film.  I can’t really remember anything from the film, can you?

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 36%

Metacritic Score: 38

MovieBabble Score: D+

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#5: Fast & Furious (2009)

How did this franchise get passed four films?  Fast & Furious, along with having a confusing title that makes you question what film number it is in the franchise, does nothing to distinguish itself from the other Fast and Furious films.  Sure it has some flashy stunts, but the plot is just a thinly veiled cover for poor acting and many other little details that I forgot quickly after the end credits rolled over the screen.  I feel bad for picking on him, but Vin, please stop mumbling.  I can’t understand you!

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 28%

Metacritic Score: 45

MovieBabble Score: D+

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#4: The Fast and the Furious (2001)

It’s certainly the best film of the first half of the Fast and Furious franchise, but then again, that’s not saying much.  I give the movie a ton of credit for having a largely unseen culture at the front of the story.  However, that doesn’t change the fact that The Fast and the Furious is basically Point Break but with cars and less charismatic actors.  Plus, the relationship between Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez has always felt forced and unnatural and has bogged down the fun action that we all want to see.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 53%

Metacritic Score: 58

MovieBabble Score: C+

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#3: Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

It certainly ups the ante in the action department, however, the film is undone by a lot of its implausible, death-defying stunts.  Moreover, the ending action sequence takes place on the longest airplane runway in the history of man.  Also, apparently Vin Diesel can smash into a car windshield and only have a couple scrapes on his arm.

That being said, there’s certainly a lot to enjoy about the sixth installment of the franchise.  First and foremost, The Rock returns to give us more awesomeness while lathered in baby oil.  Additionally, the film utilizes the plot of the film as a framework for the action, which is what any Fast and Furious film should do, giving the film more of a focus on what should be in the limelight.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 69%

Metacritic Score: 61

MovieBabble Score: C+

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#2: Furious 7 (2015)

Furious 7 is a vast improvement over many other films the franchise.  It gets a serious lift with Jason Statham as the villain, giving the film an extra edge that other films lack.

Although it contains a limited amount of The Rock, he steals every scene he’s in, delivering cheesy one-liners with a ton of charisma that can make the biggest cynic smile while kicking some major tail.

James Wan understands what the correct tone of a Fast and Furious film should be, containing a ton winks to the audience throughout the film’s run time.  However, he applies a very intelligent, poignant ending to honor the memory of Paul Walker.  Furious 7 is definitely a triumph that surprisingly worked very well.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 79% 

Metacritic Score: 67

MovieBabble Score: B+

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#1: Fast Five (2011)

Fast Five was the film that finally embraced the cheese and silliness that this over-the-top action franchise needs.  By now, you may realize that I love The Rock and all his musclely goodness, and the monument of a man is in full effect as the main antagonist against Paul Walker and Vin Diesel.

The best moment (which I may consider the best in the entire franchise) is the absurd chase through the streets of Brazil while one car has a safe strapped to it.  It added a fun heist element to a franchise that sorely needed a face lift.

This is the film that turned the franchise into the one that many enjoy today.  It’s silly, ridiculous, and everything that a Fast and Furious movie should be.  It deserves all the praise it receives.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 77%

Metacritic Score: 67

MovieBabble Score: A-

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Nick Kush

A current young professional, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016 in order to provide insightful film analysis that is meant to educate and entertain. Nick is also a member of the Internet Film Critics Society. You can follow Nick at the official MovieBabble Twitter account @MovieBabble_

12 Responses

  1. I agree with 5 being the best and 3 being the worst. But the thing I don’t like about this franchise is that it started out being about the cars and the racing but then focused more on about them being criminals and doing crimes for the police. I guess that’s just what people wanted to see. I love number 1 and 5 the best but not sure how I feel about them going all the way to 10. Great post though ?

  2. Agree with your list! 🙂 Although, always torn between whether I like Fast & Furious or The Fast and the Furious more. Haha! One is a start and one is the revival of the series in my book! Great post!
    Can’t wait for Friday!!

  3. fivezero says:

    LOL. I feel like I need to watch all of them, now. I think I’ve seen the first, the second, Tokyo Drift, and the last one with The Rock (which was fun and def the best).

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