NB: This chronological order only takes into account the components available on Netflix, Fast & Furious 8 and the spin-off Hobbs & Shaw not being on the platform. Also note that the short film Prelude Turbo-Charge, between the 1st film and the 2nd film, and the short film Los Banderos, located before the 4th film, are not available on the platform.
Watch out, spoilers. Some paragraphs contain important plot elements that allow a good understanding of the chronological order of the saga.
Fast & Furious (2001)
First part of the saga, Fast & Furious, directed by Rob Cohen, inspired by the article Racer X of journalist Ken Li published in Vibe. The film presents the main characters of the franchise and lays the foundations for the intrigue that immerses the spectator in the world of street racing where reigning master Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), a former jailer, and his gang, he considers his family. Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), an ambitious Los Angeles cop and auto enthusiast, is chosen to infiltrate this gang suspected of being behind several truck robberies. Brian will become attached to this family and turn against his colleagues to save Dominic and the others from the police but also from attacks by the rival gang of Justin Tran. He lets Dom run away at the end to prove his friendship while Dom discovered his true identity.
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Change of scenery for 2 Fast 2 Furious, directed by John Singleton, Brian, wanted by the police for treason, left for Miami where he has now made a name for himself in the night rodeo races. But the FBI finds him and offers him a deal: they will destroy his criminal record if he accepts a dangerous mission that requires his skills as a driver. He must help the FBI arrest businessman Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), suspected of money laundering. Brian then called upon his childhood friend Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), also an excellent driver, to bring down the businessman and redeem himself with the police. The shocking duo succeeds in their mission with the help of Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes), an undercover cop, and at the same time gets their pockets full to start a new life.
Fast & Furious 4 (2009)
After the 3rd opus in Tokyo, Justin Lin realizes Fast & Furious 4 which follows the framework of the 2nd shutter with the return of the original casting, which however had refused at the time to shoot a third film. Five years later, we find Brian O’Conner, now an FBI agent, and Dom Toretto, still fugitive and at the head of a gang of racers. Despite their old quarrel, the two men will have to work together to bring down the drug lord Arturo Braga, responsible for the death of Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). This adventure will bring the two old friends closer and Brian will find Mia (Jordana Brewster), Dom’s sister, with whom he resumes his relationship. Despite Dom’s involvement in this mission, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. It was without counting Brian and Mia who manage to extradite him during his transfer to the penitentiary center.
Fast & Furious 5 (2011)
Still directed by Justin Lin, Fast & Furious 5 directly follows the fourth installment after the escape of Dom, Mia and Brian. They find themselves in Rio and are forced to participate in one last blow to be whitewashed and regain their freedom. This is an opportunity to bring together a team of old and new runners, we find in particular Roman Pearce, Tej Parker (Ludacris, seen in 2 Fast 2 Furious), Vince (Matt Schulze of the 1st part), Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang) and Gisele Harabo (Gal Gadot). Together, they’ll take on Hernan Reyes, a crooked businessman. But it won’t be their only problem since federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is after them. The latter realizes, however, that all is not all white or all black and leaves a little respite to Brian, Mia and Dom who starts a relationship with Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky), the partner of Hobbs.
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
In the sixth installment of Fast & Furious, still under the leadership of Justin Lin in directing and Chris Morgan in script, we find Dom, Brian and the others all over the world living peacefully thanks to the booty collected during the last breakage. But this fugitive life leaves them with a bitter taste, especially for Mia and Brian who are now parents. This is where Hobbs comes to find them and asks them to reform the group to measure themselves against Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and his gang of formidable mercenary drivers. In return, Dom and the others will return to normal life. In this confrontation, with crazy stunts and frantic races, a person will return from the dead and disrupt Dom’s plans.
Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Third part of the franchise, Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, directed by Justin Lin, is chronologically located between the 6th and the 7th opus. After Los Angeles and Miami, direction Tokyo where we follow Sean Boswell (Lucas Black), passionate about cars, forced to accept the guardianship of his father to avoid prison after an accident. He meets Twinkie (Lil ’Bow Wow), who will introduce him to the world of night and underground drifting. Sean will soon be confronted with Takashi, the racing leader nicknamed DK for Drift King but also a member of the Yakusa. He will also meet a certain Han, who will make him work and teach him drift to be a better runner.
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
The very last minutes of Fast & Furious 6 takes over one of the scenes of Tokyo Drift in which Han is in full race in the streets of Tokyo to flee Drift King. But he was hit by another car and left for dead. A small sequence is added and provides important information. The one who hit and killed Han is none other than Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), Owen Shaw’s brother, who takes out his phone and threatens Dom Toretto. The 3rd part and the 6th part are around the same time, especially that at the end of Tokyo Drift, Dom races with Sean and learns of Han’s death.
Fast & Furious 7 (2015)
Fast & Furious 7, still written by Chris Morgan, is this time directed by James Wan. This seventh installment is the last in which Paul Walker appears, the actor having died in a car accident before the end of the shooting. These new adventures mark a major confrontation between Dom and his gang and that of Deckard. In their struggle, Dom, Brian and the others are helped by Frank Petty (Kurt Russell) of the secret services who charges them with yet another mission, Brian finally wishing to devote himself to his family life.
Then follow Fast & Furious 8 and the spin-off Hobbs & Shaw. Following the coronavirus epidemic, Fast & Furious 9 is postponed to March 31, 2021. A tenth component is also planned. In addition, an animated series derived from Fast and Furious, The spies in the race, following the adventures of Dom’s cousin, is available on Netflix.