The Fast Saga: Ranked

"The most important thing in life will always be the people in this room. Right here, right now.""The most important thing in life will always be the people in this room. Right here, right now."

“The most important thing in life will always be the people in this room. Right here, right now.”

The Fast saga is certainly a unique one to say the least. Very few films achieve this level of notoriety and success let alone 10 films to date with one spin-off and possibly more on the way. It’s also a franchise of two halves, two tones and two very distinct personalities. Installments 1-4 represent what the franchise began with, it’s humble beginnings that planted its roots in the culture of underground racing with a hint of other various criminal activities. This is where we met Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), who so selflessly invited us to be a part of the dysfunctional yet loyal family. 

Look how easy it was for Brian O’ Connor (Paul Walker) to be invited in unbeknownst to Dom Brian was undercover tasked to infiltrate his family to squeeze information. Regardless, the characters created by Gary Scott Thompson have been at the forefront of pop culture for 20 years with many characters being added with each installment. 

The Fast saga has been around longer than the Marvel Cinematic Universe in terms of longevity. With the 9thfilm in the main saga recently released in theaters earning the highest box office post Covid-19 pandemic, plans for the franchise are slowing down. The plan according to Vin Diesel, who has a financial stake in the saga as a producer, is to put out two more films to wrap up the over-arching story that has been set up in Fast Five up until now. 

I wholeheartedly believe the franchise should have stopped after the passing of Paul Walker during production of Furious 7 but the franchise had a string of successes one after the other and no end was insight even though the end came for the franchises backbone. Stopping a speeding train or in this case a supped-up muscle car was never an option for Vin Diesel and company. 

Combined, the Fast saga has earned more than 6 billion in revenue for Universal Studios making it the highest grossing franchise Universal owns the rights to. That’s an incredible achievement for any film franchise. So why stop now? Many could argue (me included) that the finish line is in sight. The brakes are being tapped coming into the final turn. It’s been a good run; these actors and actresses are immortalized with their character counterparts. Along with writer Chris Morgan and director Justin Lin who have collaborated on more than half of the films which proved to be the better installments of the franchise. The word ‘family” will never escape any of the hard-working people who made this franchise what it is today.

what the Fast saga has accomplished should never be overlooked especially the celebration of a culture of racing and car appreciation. With every installment the cars get faster, more beautiful and the parties get bigger. The stunts become more complex while distancing themselves from reality. The Fast saga should be a series of films to be enjoyed in a theater full of people with minds turned off and buckets full of popcorn.

After the release of F9 this is how I rank the franchise from worst to best.

10) 2 Fast 2 Furious

9) F9: The Fast Saga


8) The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift


7) The Fast and the Furious


6) Fast and Furious: Hobbs & Shaw


5) Fast & Furious

4) The Fate of the Furious


3) Fast & Furious 6


2) Furious 7


1) Fast Five


Keep in mind this ranking only reflects the movies currently released up until now and may change with more installments down the line. That said, this is my subjective ranking of The Fast saga.

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