Since making its debut, the Fast and the Furious movie series has proved to be incredibly popular. The franchise has taken over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, and has attracted legions of fans in the process.

But keeping track of all the Fast and the Furious movies can be quite tricky. Between sequels and spin-offs, the series has amassed multiple entries, and if you haven’t followed the film series from the beginning, it can be confusing if you are trying to play catch up.

The most pressing question that new audiences have about the series is: What Fast and Furious movie is number one? And if you have asked this question yourself, hopefully this post can help.

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The first entry in the Fast and the Furious movie series is The Fast and the Furious. The movie, which kick-started the popular action franchise, was released on June 22nd 2001.

The Fast and the Furious starred Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster. The film was produced on a budget of $38 million, and took $207,283,925 at the box office.

If you have never watched a Fast and Furious movie (not a single entry in the saga), and you want to start your journey from the very beginning, then this is your jumping on point. The Fast and the Furious sets up the basic premise of the series and introduces a number of the characters who will become key players in the sprawling franchise.

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And now for a word of warning: Don’t get The Fast and the Furious confused with Fast & Furious, which has a similar sounding title but is NOT the same movie. Fast & Furious was released in 2009, and is one of the Fast sequels, not the original movie.

Due to the similar names, some people get the two movies mixed up. Don’t make that mistake!

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I hope this post has guided you towards the first entry in the Fast and the Furious movie series with ease. I have previously compiled a post with the correct viewing order for the Fast and the Furious movies, so if you wish to read a full rundown of what films to watch and when to watch them, be sure to check it out.

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