Audiences around the world are absolutely loving Furious 7, that much is clear. After earning an incredible $60 million internationally in its first two days, it seems that the latest installment of the Fast & Furious franchise is showing no signs of slowing down and has gone on to break a serious box office record, raking in a whopping $163 million during its opening weekend. In North America alone, Furious 7 brought in $143.6 million, making it not only the best debut in the entire franchise but the highest since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire back in November 2013. Are you impressed yet? I know I am. This movie is absolutely killin' it!
If you've already hit up your local theater to see Furious 7, you're probably ready to see it again already - and ready to re-watch the first six movies, too. I don't blame you! They're fast paced, high energy and an action lover's dream (plus, you can buy the DVDs online for mad cheap). And while the latest release might be the most successful, each Fast & Furious movie that came before it had its own highlights that are worth reliving. I'm ready to get back in the driver's seat and relive some of the best scenes of the series - are you? Let's do this thing.
The Fast & The Furious (2001)
Back in 2001, special effects weren't quite what they are these days, but that doesn't mean the first film of the franchise didn't pack its own punches. The Ferrari racing scene is one of the most awesome ones of the entire series - and it all ends at a biker bar. What more could you want?
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Fast-forward two years to 2 Fast 2 Furious and things are getting HD up in here. The skyline scene with a lead-footed Ludacris (complete with one of his songs playing in the background!) is one of the highlights of the movies and kinda made me want a blue light under my car, even though I don't own a car or even have my license. Such is the power of 2 Fast 2 Furious!
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
By 2006, the Fast & Furious franchise had established itself as the King of racing movies (not that it had much competition, but whatever!), and by the time Tokyo Drift came out, we were all more than ready for the action. The garage race basically made us all hold our breaths in anticipation... and partly in anxiety, because it's hard to even park in a garage, let alone race in one.
Fast & Furious (2009)
When you think of action, I bet the first name that pops into your head is Vin Diesel. In Fast & Furious, he brought some serious driving and one of the best rescue scenes ever on film. After all, if you're stuck on the back of a tanker, can you think of anything more comforting than knowing Vin Diesel's got your back? I don't think so.
Fast Five (2011)
Most fans of the Fast & Furious franchise would probably agree that the fifth installment wasn't the best, but that doesn't mean it wasn't good in its own way and didn't have its own highlights, like the ambush scene above. Vin Diesel is here to save the day again, and this time he's brought Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson with him. Double Whammy!
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Fast & Furious 6 had all the action of the previous five films, but it also had a lot of humor. The auction scene with The Rock and Ludacris is the perfect tag team adventure and one of the best parts of the movie.
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