Every Fаst & Furious Movie’s Best Stunt

The Fast & Furious franchise ambitiously continues to top itself in each movie, with gripping action stunts involving all manner of moving vehicles.

The Fast & Furious movies have made a name for themselves with jaw-dropping stunts that blend CGI and practical effects, and each installment of the franchise has one stunt that is its best. From the series’ grounded beginnings in The Fast and the Furious, in which the protagonists scrap for a modest haul of DVD players, to the ludicrous set pieces found in the later films, Fast & Furious has always rooted itself in car-related spectacle. As the franchise has progressed, there has been a gradual escalation in the ambition of the stunts, starting with clever street-racing tricks and coalescing into massive, explosive, city-destroying mayhem.

The movies center mostly on Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), an expert driver who lives for two things: his love of racing and his love of his Fast & Furious family. As the film universe has expanded and Dom’s family has grown, he has found himself called to protect them — and sometimes the world — in more and more extreme situations. While the Fast & Furious franchise takes advantage of CGI to help create the full picture, many of the series’ most impressive and memorable stunts were achieved practically, the product of ambitious creative visions realized by some of the most talented stunt people working in Hollywood.

The Fast And The Furious — Driving Under A Truck

The first installment in the franchise, The Fast and the Furious​​​​​​, takes a more grounded tone than later iterations; while this means less ambitious stunts, it also means these stunts could be shot practically. The opening scene car chase of The Fast and the Furious shows a gang of thieves carrying out a heist on a moving semi-truck. When the truck moves into a lane blocked off on the left and right by construction, a Honda Civic neatly slips underneath the truck and hits cruise control. The grounded stunt was shot practically, with a stunt driver and a slightly modified truck.

2 Fast 2 Furious — Car Meets Yacht

This stunt from the finale of 2 Fast 2 Furious was the franchise’s first foray into ludicrous action feats. Paul Walker’s Brian and Tyrese Gibson’s Roman plow their car headlong into the villain’s yacht by launching off a ramp. The stunt was shot practically, with three different cars used for the stunt’s three phases: one car was filmed launching off the ramp into the sea, a second was carried through the air by a crane, and a third, pre-wrecked car was used for the final collision.

The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift — Four Story Drift

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is interested in one thing and one thing only: drifting. The film explores Tokyo’s drift-focused street racing scene with numerous setpieces in which characters drift through mountains, crowds, and most impressively, a four-story parking garage ramp. The second race in the film takes place entirely in a parking garage and culminates with the villainous Takeshi performing an ambitious, dangerous piece of sustained drifting in his Nissan 350z. The stunt was shot practically, with a stuntperson behind the wheel of the car.

Fast & Furious — Dom Clears A Gas Tanker

Six years after The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the franchise reunited Paul Walker and Vin Diesel for the first time since the original film. Fast & Furious employed more CGI than earlier installments, which allowed the film to feature some dramatic stunts that can’t be accomplished practically. One of the most memorable moments in Fast & Furious comes when Dom and his gang attempt to rob a petroleum tanker. When the rig goes out of control, Dom times the car’s approach to clear under the burning truck just before it tumbles down a cliff. The ensuing fall and explosion were filmed practically.

Fast Five — Dragging The Vault

Fast Five features what is considered the Fast & Furious franchise’s most ridiculous stunt, a high-octane sequence in which the protagonists drag a bank vault through the streets of Rio de Janeiro. The sequence is thrilling, with the dragged safe possessing a real weight that gives the carnage a tangible aspect. While some of the damage was added in with CGI, the safe itself was a practical effect. The production used seven different vaults for the chase, specialized to serve different shots: two were motorized for ease of movement, one could slide, one could roll and bounce, and one was used for stationary shots.

Fast & Furious 6 — Car-Chewing Tank

Fast & Furious 6 pits the crew against Owen Shaw, who unleashes a speeding tank on the protagonists in a sequence that takes place on a busy Spanish highway. The stunt was filmed on a real highway in Tel Aviv, emptied out for the shoot. The vehicle was very real, an actual World War II tank modified to run at speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour. While the production intended to use CGI for shots of the tank chewing up cars on the highway, they ultimately opted to use real cars. The tank was up to the task, even crushing Roman’s car just as the character leaps to safety.

One of the most ludicrous stunts in the franchise’s history comes in Furious 7 when the characters launch a supercar through numerous Abu Dhabi skyscrapers during a heist sequence. While the sequence was bolstered by CGI, the stunt itself was real. The Furious 7 team constructed several 30-foot tall glass and aluminum structures through which stunt drivers actually drove. The production produced hollowed-out facsimiles of the supercars for the stunt since these actual vehicles cost around $3 million each.

The Fate Of The Furious — The Submarine Emerges

The nuclear submarine in The Fate of The Furious was the franchise’s biggest vehicle yet, and it resulted in an explosive action sequence on a frozen lake in one of the Fast & Furious franchise’s best climaxes. The sequence was shot on a real frozen lake in Iceland, where up to 16 vehicles were on the ice at any one time. The memorable moment in which the submarine emerges from the ice, sending the vehicles flying, was achieved through a blend of practical effects and CGI. The submarine was digitally rendered, but a real explosion was used to launch the vehicles 30 feet into the air.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — Helicopter Vs. Trucks

The spinoff movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw upholds the penchant for jaw-dropping stunts that earned the franchise its fame, and this is expected to continue with a standalone Hobbs spinoff movie. The Hobbs & Shaw finale sees a massive convoy of trucks attempt to tow the villainous Brixton Lore’s helicopter via a length of cable, only for Brixton to lift the line of trucks into the air and steer them toward a cliff. A blend of practical effects and CGI was used, with a hydraulic rig raising the backs of the cars, and a crane lifting some into the air in front of a blue screen.

F9 — Peligro Minas

The first action sequence in F9: The Fast Saga sets the gripping tone for the film as the characters are forced to navigate a minefield in a fictional Central American country. The sequence was shot practically, with a team of stunt drivers navigating a field of real buried explosives. The cars themselves were reinforced to withstand the explosions, although some hollowed-out off-roaders were not so lucky, being launched dozens of feet in the air by the special effects team.

Fast X — Great Ball Of Fire

Fast X features an homage to Fast Five’s vault chase with an explosive action setpiece in which antagonist Dante unleashes a vast, spherical bomb through the streets of Rome in a chaotic, largely practical sequence. The massive ball tears through the city, wreaking havoc as it demolishes buses, buildings, and even a gas pump, which causes the ball to catch fire. The production used two real balls for the shoot, one weighing almost two tons and another, more lightweight model weighing 800 pounds. The ball was controlled using overhead wires and was actually set ablaze at the Fast & Furious sequence’s explosive apex.