The Fast and the Furious was released almost exactly 18 years ago, and it would be hard to imagine that, in the intervening years, it would spawn a multimedia franchise peppered with A-listers which to date has grossed more than $5.1 billion worldwide. Still, that's exactly what happened, and with the new spinoff Hobbs & Shaw in theaters this weekend – and with two more films in the main franchise already confirmed – there's plenty more where that came from. Here's a comprehensive rundown of every Fast & Furious movie so far, in order of worst to best.
8. 2 Fast 2 Furious
The nadir of the franchise, unfortunately, but at least it has a really cool, nonsensical name (a theme throughout these movies). 2 Fast 2 Furious tried to capture the early-aughts energy of a hyper-saturated action movie about drug smugglers and cars with neon lights underneath 'em, but the whole thing was a try-hard, boring mess.
7. The Fast and the Furious
Look, I love The Fast and The Furious. It's the movie that kicked off this whole silly franchise and features one of cinema's most enduring, endearingly clunky pieces of product placement ("You can have anything you want, as long as it's a Corona") but let's not pretend this thing was high art.
6. Fast & Furious
Confusingly named, this is the fourth film in the series and the "soft reboot" that went on to inform the grittier, action-focused tone that subsequent sequels refined. The main cast returned, and while the whole affair was a bit too obsessed with establishing itself as a "serious" action movie for boys and dads, there were bright spots.
5. The Fate of the Furious
Of course, all that gritty realism whiffed out of the window like a bad steering wheel four movies later in 2017, when Dwayne Johnson threw a torpedo at a truck. The evolution of cinema! Progress marches on.
4. Fast & Furious 6
By far the most giddily melodramatic and mind-numbingly thrilling movie in the series, Fast & Furious 6 has [Stefon voice] everything: A main character with amnesia, a Rita Ora cameo, Vin Diesel catching his girlfriend mid-air at 120 mph, and an airport runway that, by all reasonable scientific measurements, would have had to be 26 miles long.
3. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
The threequel that should have signified the franchise's death knell has, in fact, many years later, proved to be the shot in the arm that gave the franchise some of its brightest moments and characters. In fact, one character, Han, was so widely beloved he was brought back for the fourth, fifth, and sixth films, despite his death halfway through Tokyo Drift, making this 2006 release a retroactive sci-fi movie set in the future, and the others technically prequels? None of this makes any sense, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
2. Furious 7
Paul Walker's untimely death forced a major creative pivot midway through filming Furious 7 for the cast and director James Wan. Regardless, what emerged from the hasty rewrites and new scenes was a fitting end to a character who'd ridden with the franchise from its inception, and a touching ode to family that would make Dominic Toretto proud.
1. Fast Five
Top-to-bottom, Fast Five delivered one of the best heist movies ever made, along with introducing some brilliant new characters and, oddly, some insightful commentary on the socio-economic landscape of Brazil. The final chase sequence is a masterclass in special effects and set piece staging, and is the true roaring engine of the entire franchise. If you only watch one film to get a sense of what this whole world is all about (you shouldn't; watch them all!) make it Fast Five.