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11. Rolling down the highway ('The Fast and the Furious,' 2001)
Even in the franchise's lower-budget days, The Fast and the Furious still had some strong, if not visually thrilling, chases. In this one, Dom (Vin Diesel), revealed to be a criminal, chases down a truck full of merchandise with his crew. What they don't expect is for the driver to have a shotgun and some amazing aim. Brian (Paul Walker) comes to the rescue, blowing his undercover role in the process. It's tense, but don't expect the bombast or creative ingenuity of later films.
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10. A call for decoys ('2 Fast 2 Furious,' 2003)
Brian and Roman (Tyrese Gibson) on the run from a sea of cop cars is fun enough. Throw in electric harpoons and it's even more fun. But end the chase with dozens and dozens of decoy cars pouring out of a garage to confuse the cops, and you have, if not one of the series' most inventive chases, then at least one of its most amusing.
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9. Motorcycles vs. cars ('The Fast and the Furious,' 2001)
The Fast and the Furious culminates in a chase that, while tense, doesn't quite live up to the showdowns that will end future Furious films. But with Jesse (Chad Lindberg) gunned down by Johnny Tran (Rick Yune) and his cousin, Dom chases after the two gangsters, proving that you don't bring a bike to a car fight when Brian comes in to the rescue. More than that, the chase helps solidify that Dom and Brian are brothers for life.
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8. Can cars swim? ('2 Fast 2 Furious,' 2003)
Okay, so maybe we're testing the limits of chase here—but 2 Fast 2 Furious ends in a chase, albeit a short one. Brian and Roman, wanting to rescue Monica (Eva Mendes), have only one move left. She's on a boat with Carter (Cole Hauser), and they're stranded on land with a car. What to do? Chase down the boat in true Dukes of Hazzard style, launching it into the boat.
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7. Crossing the border ('Fast & Furious,' 2009)
Fast & Furious may be the stopgap between the franchise's past and present, but the Mad Max-esque desert chase is still a strong finale. Dom and Brian, with a kidnapped Braga (John Ortiz), are on the run from Braga's men, leading them back into the smuggling tunnels connecting the U.S. and Mexico. The tunnels become an intense death trap, and the view of a dozen-plus cars driving through the desert is still one of the franchise's coolest car shots.
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6. Chasing through the streets of London ('Furious 6,' 2013)
Furious 6 may have tank and plane chases, but its all-car chase is still a memorable one, opening the film on a multi-part ride through the streets of London. After Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) escapes capture, the Furious crew is hot on his tail while trying to avoid the destruction Shaw's souped-up cars leave in their wake. From Hobbs' (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) truck-to-car jump, to Brian's tunnel crash, to Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) shooting Dom, the chase actually delivers a snapshot of everything yet to come in the film.
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5. Need for speed… and fuel ('Fast & Furious,' 2009)
In its opening minutes, Fast & Furious sets the heist-focused bombastic tone that would come to define the series post-Tokyo Drift. Dom, Letty, Leo (Tego Calderon), and Rico (Don Omar) rob an oil tanker. The series took a sharp turn into action first, racing second from this moment on, with cars as more of a tool than the focus. But this chase proves just how handy of a tool cars can be.
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4. One giant plane. Three normal cars. ('Furious 6,' 2013)
Set on the longest runway known to man, the Furious crew races after Shaw, who has the "component" and, more importantly, Mia (Jordana Brewster). But this isn't a normal chase: Dom and the gang are chasing after a plane, or a "planet" as Roman describes it. It takes more than car-ramming-into-car action to stop Shaw's getaway vehicle, but luckily the team pulls out enough Nos-powered harpoons to permanently land Shaw's plane. Because, well, it explodes in a fiery blaze. R.I.P. Giesele (Gal Gadot).
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3. Drifting through the streets of Tokyo ('The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,' 2006)
Perhaps the most important chase in the Fast & Furious mythology, Tokyo Drift's climactic chase scene results in the unfortunate death of Han (Sung Kang), which rearranges the timeline and sets up the events of Furious 7. The last great street-race-style chase in the franchise, this sequence highlights just how impressive drifting can look as the racers impossibly maneuver through the streets of Tokyo.
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2. Destruction by tank ('Furious 6,' 2013)
Furious 6's highway chase scene is a delightfully entertaining yet destructive sequence as Dom and the gang hunt down Shaw, who happens to be driving a tank. Shaw has no problem decimating pedestrian cars in his path, and the series' death count likely doubles in this sequence alone. But the franchise rarely matches the scene's mayhem, or its physics-defying ending when Dom saves Letty in midair.
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1. The wrecking vault ('Fast Five,' 2011)
Undoubtedly the most ridiculous, excessive, and incredibly fun chase of the franchise, Fast Five's show-stopping climax is emblematic of everything the franchise has become. Dom and Brian steal a giant vault and drag it by car through Rio. Physics be damned, the two use their haul like a weapon to lay waste to buildings and cars in their wake—sometimes purposefully, but mostly accidentally. There's the Ocean's 11-style twist, Dom using the safe as a finely controlled wrecking ball, and so many more moments that make this chase the series' best from the word "go."