The Fate of the Furious, the eighth movie in The Fast and the Furious franchise, has already been recently released worldwide. If you are feeling nostalgic about the earlier movies in this franchise, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we will quickly take you through some of the most memorable, shocking, and stunning scenes from this franchise. You will also get a quick recap of each of the previous movies which will ensure that you are all up to speed when you watch the Fate of the Furious.
The Fast and the Furious franchise has been commercially successful and has already earned $3.9 billion worldwide (before the release of the eighth installment) on a budget of roughly $1 billion. Furious 7 alone earned just a little more than $1.5 billion, making it the sixth highest grossing Hollywood movie of all time. Fun fact: According to some estimates, the total cost of the damage shown onscreen through stunts in this franchise would be a little more than $500 million (not including the eighth movie).
While this franchise is known for high speed car chase sequences and other never-before-seen stunts, it also boasts a massive star cast. And…drum roll…the eighth movie is all set to add even more stars to this long list. No wonder then that fans were waiting eagerly for the release of Fate of the Furious. So, before you go and watch this movie, refresh your memory with this collection of the 15 most memorable scenes from this franchise.
15. The First Heist (The Fast and the Furious, 2001)
The very first movie in this franchise set the tone for all that was to come—a mix of street racing and crime, specifically heists. In the first movie, Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew use high-precision driving to rob trucks of their merchandise—electronics items in this case. Brian (Paul Walker) is an undercover cop who attempts to become a part of Dom’s crew in an effort to solve this case. Brian enters an illegal race in order to catch Dom’s attention. While Brian loses the race along with his car to Dom, the police arrive at the scene, forcing everyone to flee.Brian saves Dom from getting arrested; thus, gets in his good books. Later, Brian’s cover gets blown but he gets very close to arresting Dom and cracking the case.
This was a very fast-paced movie that eventually became quite a hit at the time of its release. One of the most stunning scenes of this movie involves the very first heist right at the beginning of the movie. This scene depicts some very high-precision driving, with cars driving under the trailer of a moving truck. The photo above captures one of the heists from this movie.
14. Brian Gives His Keys To Dom Allowing Him To Escape (The Fast and the Furious, 2001)
Towards the end of this movie, Brian’s cover is blown but he still saves Vince’s (Matt Schulze) life during a heist. Later, Brian goes to arrest Dom and they get into an impromptu quarter-mile drag race against an oncoming train. Dom’s car gets hit by the train and destroyed. Instead of arresting Dom, Brian gives him the keys to his car and lets him escape. (This is linked to two previous scenes in the movie. In one scene, Dom says that he will not go to jail alive while in another scene, Brian owes a 10-second car to Dom after losing a race to him).
There are many memorable scenes in this movie—Brian’s car blowing up during a race, Brian saving Dom from the police after the race, Jesse (Chad Tyler Lindberg) being killed, and of course, the drag race against the oncoming train. But, it is this last scene—Brian letting Dom escape—that is pivotal to the entire franchise. With this one act, Brian becomes a pariah to the cops and goes on to become one of the anti-heroes himself.
13. The Car Gladiators – Roman Pearce’s Entry (2 Fast 2 Furious, 2003)
The second movie of this franchise begins with another illegal car race. This time, Brian wins both the race and the prize money. Later, cops raid the group of racers and Brian gets picked up. He is told that his criminal record would be wiped out if he goes undercover and helps take down Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), a drug lord. Brian asks to be allowed to bring in his own partner, Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), who is on parole at the time.
Roman Pearce’s entry is another memorable scene from this franchise. This scene features a gladiator-like contest (in a coliseum-like stadium). The unique thing about this contest, though, is that it features about a dozen cars hell-bent on wrecking each other. This scene essentially gives a preview of all the cars about to be wrecked in the mind-blowing stunts throughout the rest of the franchise. Roman Pearce, of course, wins the contest and accepts Brian’s offer to be his partner.
12. Car Jumping Onto Yacht (2 Fast 2 Furious, 2003)
In this movie, Carter Verone wants Brian and Roman to deliver his money from hideouts to a predetermined drop-off point, so that he can then get the money out of the country. While customs agents have surrounded his jet and are ready to arrest him, Carter changes the drop-off point to a boatyard. He then kidnaps Monica (Monica Tamayo), another undercover agent, and prepares to flee on his yacht. In an awesome scene reminiscent of Dukes of Hazzard, Brian drives his car off a ramp and lands on the yacht; thus, saving Monica and ensuring that Carter is arrested.
The second movie had many awesome scenes—the hundreds of cars simultaneously moving out of the massive warehouse to confuse the cops, cars dodging police helicopters, using the ejector seat, a car getting crushed by a truck during a race, the drag race where Brian and Roman score two cars, etc. This scene was the most stunning one in the movie and yet again, it gave a preview of where the franchise was headed, with cars dropping from planes and flying between skyscrapers in later movies.
11. Han’s Death (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, 2006)
The third movie of this franchise was unique in several ways. It did not include any of the stars from the previous movies (except for a fleeting cameo by Dom right at the end). It also did not have any connection to the previous two movies at all. This would change later when this movie was referenced at the end of the sixth movie and Han’s death became a part of The Fast and the Furious chronology.
In this movie, Han (Sung Kang) befriends Sean (Lucas Black) after being bullied and teaches him how to drift. Towards the end, Takashi (Brian Tee), the main antagonist, threatens Han, Sean, and Neela (Sean’s friend played by Nathalie Kelley), and forces them to run. As Takashi chases them, Han meets an accident and his car gets burnt. This was quite a shocking scene and it was the first scene in the franchise that showed one of the good guys dying onscreen. This one scene went a long way towards making this movie much darker than any of the other movies in this franchise.
10. Drifting On The Mountain (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, 2006)
The third movie of this franchise revolved entirely around drift racing. Hence, it was only fitting that this movie should have an awesome drift race on top of a mountain as its climactic centerpiece. This race introduced a whole new level of difficulty to the races shown in this franchise. Furthermore, this level of danger for drivers has not been replicated in this franchise in any other race. The canyon race also became the centerpiece of the game Need For Speed Carbon.
In the movie, after Han’s death, Sean goes to Takashi’s uncle, the local crime boss, and pays him some money in order to make up for what Han had stolen. He also suggests a race with Takashi to determine who would be forced to leave Tokyo. Takashi’s uncle stipulates that the race must take place on the mountain. Sean takes his father’s 1967 Mustang to the race. Takashi tries to ram Sean’s car and ends up driving off the mountain. Thus, Sean wins the race and becomes the new Drift King.
9. Driving Through A Tumbling Gas Tank Fireball (Fast & Furious, 2009)
Talk about grabbing the audience’s attention right from the first scene! After the experiment of the third movie (with none of the major stars from the previous movies), the fourth movie brought back Dom and his crew and Brian. This movie opens with a heist scene, much like the very first movie. Dom and his crew are trying to rob a truck pulling tankers of gas in this scene. Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) gets trapped on one of the tankers, much like Vince was trapped in the final heist of the first movie. Dom rescues her while the tanker flips over. The burning tanker then tumbles down the mountain towards them and Dom drives under the tumbling tanker.
The fourth movie essentially reboots the franchise. It brings back most of the characters. Brian is again a cop (FBI agent) and the movie again starts with a heist. This scene right at the beginning of the movie established a whole new level of stunts in this franchise and showed us the direction that the movies would lead henceforth—very high octane action with less focus on car races.
8. Driving Through The Tunnels While Under Attack (Fast & Furious, 2009)
After the heist at the beginning of this movie, Dom abandons his crew believing that the cops are after him. He later learns that Letty has been murdered and returns to the US. He gets himself a gig under Braga (John Ortiz), as does Brian. It turns out that Letty was working undercover for Brian. In exchange for trapping Braga, Brian had promised that he would get Dom’s criminal record cleared. Letty was transporting heroin for Braga and was killed by Fenix (Laz Alonso), Braga’s henchman, after transporting the heroin. In the climactic scene, Brian and Dom capture Braga in Mexico and then race through an underground tunnel while fighting a bunch of guys chasing them. Ultimately, Fenix gets killed and Braga is apprehended.
One of the best depictions of high-precision driving in any movie (not just in this franchise), the tunnel high-speed chase scene again took the level of stunts in this franchise to a whole new level. Apart from this scene, there were many other memorable scenes in this movie, including Letty’s killing, the street race that got Dom a gig with Braga, etc.
7. Hobbs And Team Chasing Dom And His Crew (Fast Five, 2011)
The fifth movie of this franchise brought back almost all of Dom’s crew, with the exception of Letty. It also added new characters—notably, Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), and Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky), a Rio police officer. The movie starts with another highway heist and this time, Dom is the prize! As Dom is being transported to prison, his crew attacks the bus that he is on and frees him.
Another heist follows—this time on a train. Brian, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and others steal cars from a moving train. Dom shows up and this inevitably leads to one of the more memorable sequences from this movie. However, one of the most notable scenes of this movie comes a little later, when Hobbs and his team raid Dom’s hideout. Dom, Mia, and Brian are chased on foot through the favela by Hobbs and some gangsters. This scene was one of the most elaborate foot chases in this franchise. It also established Hobbs as a tough guy who takes it all seriously.
6. Hobbs And Dom Fight (Fast Five, 2011)
The main antagonist in this movie is Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida), a Rio crime boss. However, one of the most memorable sequences in this movie is the fight scene involving Dom and Hobbs. Nobody else in this franchise had so far matched Dom physically. This scene marked a new milestone for this franchise. When Dom realizes that Hobbs is tracking his team, he gets his crew to put trackers on the vehicles used by Hobbs and his team. But the trackers are discovered, Hobbs raids their compound, and after this memorable fight scene, arrests Dom and some of his crew.
As Hobbs transports Dom’s crew, his convoy gets attacked by Reyes’ men. Dom and Brian help Hobbs fight off the attackers and save his life. Hobbs then decides to let Dom run and helps him take down Reyes. There are many other gripping scenes in this movie—heisting cars from a moving train, later jumping into the river, breaking out Reyes’ vault, etc. But the fight between Dom and Hobbs stands out for its sheer physicality.
5. Dom And Crew Take On A Tank (Fast & Furious 6, 2013)
By the time the sixth movie in the franchise came out, there was some concern that the audience could have become a bit jaded, with so many awesome stunts having been depicted onscreen throughout the previous five movies. However, the sixth movie showed that this franchise still had a few legs and a few new ideas.
One such idea involved Dom and his crew fighting a tank. In this movie, Hobbs meets Dom and lets him know that Letty is alive working for Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Dom decides to help bring down Shaw and get Letty back. Shaw wants a specific computer chip and commandeers a tank to get it. Dom and his crew go up against the tank managing to bring down the tank after it causes a lot of mayhem. This was a never-before-witnessed scene and certainly one of the most memorable sequences from this movie. Cars flying everywhere, cars being crushed by the tank onscreen, shells being fired by the tank on a busy highway, people flying onscreen, etc.—what more could an action buff ask for?
4. Cars Take Down A Plane (Fast & Furious 6, 2013)
If you thought that the sixth movie could not showcase anything bigger than cars fighting a tank, how about cars taking on one of the largest planes in the world. At one point, Roman comments, “That ain’t a plane. That’s a planet.”
After the tank sequence, Owen Shaw gets arrested. But it turns out that he has kidnapped Mia. Thus, Hobbs lets him go along with the chip. As Owen Shaw tries to escape aboard the plane, Dom, Hobbs, and the rest of the team try to stop him. This leads to the “car versus plane” sequence. This long sequence featured some of the most memorable scenes of this movie—Dom and Hobbs team up against Shaw and his giant henchman, Letty fights against Riley Hicks (Gina Carano), Gisele (Gal Gadot) dies onscreen, etc. Finally, Owen Shaw is defeated and the plane is destroyed. There are many other gripping scenes from this movie—Riley Hicks’ introduction, her betrayal, Hobbs interrogating a criminal, Owen Shaw destroying a building while surrounded by cops, Gisele’s death, Brian trapped in a crashed car (eerily similar to his death in real life), and so on.
3. Cars Jumping From A Plane (Furious 7, 2015)
The seventh movie was released after the death of Paul Walker. Hence, it used Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, and actor John Brotherton for some of the scenes in this movie. This was the last movie to feature Walker. His fan following and the stunts in this movie were good enough to make this movie the 6th highest earning movie of all time. This movie also featured new characters—Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell), a covert government operative, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), Owen Shaw’s brother, and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), creator of a computer program called God’s Eye.
Deckard Shaw attacks Hobbs’ office, steals the list of Dom’s team members, and puts Hobbs in a hospital. Mr. Nobody then gives Dom the task of freeing Ramsey from her kidnappers. To get to the convoy transporting Ramsey, the crew decides to para drop onto a mountain road and then attack the convoy. Thus, begins one of the most memorable sequences of this movie as Dom and his crew jump from the plane in their modified cars.
2. Hobbs Destroys A UAV (Furious 7, 2015)
Dom’s team is able to free Ramsey, who tells them that the chip containing the program is with her friend in Abu Dhabi. The team goes to Abu Dhabi, where they discover that the drive containing the program is in a billionaire’s car. The team gets the drive and Brian and Dom escape by driving the car from one skyscraper to another. Later, Jakande (Djimon Hounsou) gets his hands on the drive. The team returns to Los Angeles and is ambushed by Shaw and Jakande. Dom defeats Shaw while Ramsey hacks into God’s Eye. Meanwhile, Hobbs destroys the UAV that was shooting missiles at Ramsey and Letty and then shoots at Jakande’s helicopter with a mini-gun. Finally, he blows up the helicopter by shooting up a bag of grenades that Dom had thrown onto the chopper.
The scene where Hobbs fires a mini-gun is certainly one of the most memorable moments of this movie. It is reminiscent of Terminator 2 where Arnold Schwarzenegger uses a similar gun against multiple police cars. Hobbs spends most of this movie in a hospital and his arrival at the climactic scene is quite poignant. There are many other memorable scenes in this movie. The sendoff to Paul Walker is quite elaborate (and is indeed very graceful). Other memorable scenes include Dom and Brian in a car flying between buildings, Dom and Shaw fighting, Mr. Nobody’s entry, helicopter blown up, etc.
1. The Submarine Breaking Through The Ice (Fate of the Furious, 2017)
After fighting a tank and a plane, and jumping from planes and fighting against drones and helicopters, what more are cars capable of? Can the eighth movie of this franchise live up to the high benchmarks set by the previous movies?
Well, if the trailer of Fate of The Furious gives us a true picture, then this may well be the best movie in this series so far. This movie definitely promises to live up to the franchise’s promise of never-before-seen stunts, with the trailer showing a submarine breaking through ice and attacking a bunch of cars, Dom turning against his family, a giant wrecking ball attacking cars, Hobbs and Shaw working together, Cipher (Charlize Theron) as the super-villain, several new members in the cast, etc. So, if you are a Fast and Furious fan, then you must be looking forward to Fate of the Furious with a bowlful of popcorn and large cup of soda beside you.