Top 11 Breathtaking Movies Like 'Fast and Furious' (Franchise)
What Films Are Like Fast and Furious?
Flashy, slick, and packed with action, the Fast and Furious franchise is undoubtedly one of the biggest action franchises Hollywood has ever created. What started out as a simple heist movie has now turned into a larger than life franchise. Adding more star power with each installment, this series has an equal number of admirers and critics.
Love it or hate it, it can't be denied that the Fast and Furious series holds a certain charm. As obnoxious as its certain parts are, these films are a guilty pleasure for many who wish to experience a no-brainer action extravaganza.
If you are one of them, I have compiled a list of adrenaline pumping movies like Fast and Furious that will satisfy the action junkie in you.
Movies Similar To Fast And Furious
- Mad Max
- Need For Speed
- Death Race
- The Transporter
- Gone In 60 Seconds
- Baby Driver
- Death Proof
1. Mad Max
Bizzare, supercharged, and balls to the wall crazy - these are the terms that best describe this Tom Hardy starrer. Set in a post-apocalyptic world with severe water shortage, most of the planet has turned into a deserted wasteland. In comes Max, a dogged survivor in this arid wasteland, who lands in trouble when some crazy goons capture him and take him to their war-torn kingdom. Within the first five minutes, the film will get you hyped.
Featuring massive rigs carrying concubines, a wild goose chase across the desert, and an epic rock soundtrack; Mad Max is an action lover's paradise.
When it comes to outlandish insanity, it is off the charts. A perfect example would be the scene featuring Nicholas Hoult as he drives through a massive sandstorm, watching people and fireballs rain down like confetti. Witnessing the carnage, he loudly exclaims, "Oh what a day! What a lovely day!."
This movie is a unique cinematic experience. Take my word for it.
If you are looking for a grounded action thriller, look no further than this Ron Howard directorial. Rush can be called as one of the best racing films to grace the silver screen in recent years.
Featuring real-life stories of Formula One drivers, Nikki Lauda and James Hunt, this taut feature showcases their bitter professional rivalry. Both of them may be formidable racers, but there's a night and day's difference in their attitudes. Hunt is cocky, bullish, and outright reckless at times, but Lauda exudes humility and inner turmoil.
Rush scores maximum points when it comes to balancing heavy-handed action sequences and a gripping storyline. The film neatly juggles emotional backstories of two racing legends and adrenaline-fueled races, making it a complete cinematic experience. There's scarcely anything to complain about. From authenticating performances to mesmerizing cinematography, everything is nearly perfect.
Rush is a compelling watch not only for the race junkies but also for those who enjoy quality cinema.
3. Need for Speed
Now, before the Fast and Furious fans lynch me for suggesting this film, I must explain why I liked it.
Based on the famous video game franchise, Need For Speed is like a more grounded version of the Fast And Furious franchise. The cars are real and drool-worthy, the modifications are not too far-fetched, and the action sequences don't make you roll your eyes in disbelief. Also, it's got Aaron Paul!
Storywise, it's your typical revenge tale where the lead must find redemption by winning a race. Keeping mundane storyline aside, the chase sequences are aplenty and exciting. Aaron keeps you on the edge of your seat every time he's on screen.
To sum it up, Need for Speed may not have the grandeur of Fast and Furious, but it still holds its own as a standalone film.
4. Death Race
Entering the realm of cheesy, this 2008 action film is every man's guilty pleasure. Featuring Jason Statham, the film promises what the title suggests - lots of exciting races and deaths.
Jason plays an ex-convict and NASCAR driver who faces jail time for a crime he didn't commit., He's sent to a private prison where he strikes a deal with the authorities; he'll participate in a race and if he wins, he'll get his freedom.
Of course, things aren't so simple, for this race involves machine guns, turrets, bazookas, and napalm. Whether he succeeds in winning this deranged race and earns his freedom makes up for the rest of this tale.
Statham's stoic performance keeps the film on a stable track. Sadly, no other character does much to write home about. However, over the top action sequences more than make up for the lack of authenticating performances. It's predictable and pretentious but fun all the way.
5. The Transporter
Most action films featuring gasp-inducing car races are set in the United States. However, this classic featuring Jason Statham is set in a picturesque French town. Jason plays Frank Martin, a driver whose expertise lies in delivering any kind of cargo, without asking any questions. Things, however, get out of control when one day he makes the mistake of breaking this golden rule.
What sets The Transporter apart from other films of this genre is its treatment. While most action films of this kind can be somewhat brash, this taut feature keeps things classy, or maybe that's just the European setting working its magic.
From nail-biting combat to chase sequences, everything plays seamlessly, like a well-oiled machine. Jason's deadpan performance works well. He comes off as suave, sophisticated, and deadly, pulling off his role with panache.
This film has achieved cult status over the years. Once you watch it, you'll know why.
6. Gone in 60 Seconds
This slick action flick featuring Nicholas Cage came out when he was a bankable star in the industry. Accompanying him on the silver screen are Angelina Jolie and Robert Duvall. The plot follows the story of a master thief who has an impossible task at hand. In a race against time, he has to steal 50 cars in 96 minutes! If the insurmountable odds doesn't get your heart pumping, nothing else will.
It's no masterpiece. The action set pieces involving cars are ludicrous. However, that's where the beauty of the film lies. It promises ridiculous action and it delivers on that promise.
The film came out in 2000, back when cheesy action movies were in trend. Watch this film for Nicholas Cage's charismatic screen presence and early 2000s nostalgia.
This Tom Hardy starrer isn't exactly an action feature, but it's filled with super tense moments. He plays a man who juggles family, a massive work contract, and a lover's pregnancy, all at the same time from the comfort of his car. Forced to drive in the middle of the night for a woman who's giving birth to his child, he's anguished about telling his wife the truth, which would eventually lead to a separation.
Without spoiling anything, things are getting crazy on the work front as well. Cornered into submission, Hardy's gritty character struggles to avoid going down the rabbit hole of melancholy and irrelevance.
It's miraculous to witness our protagonist not breaking down under such intense pressure. However, there are certain moments when he comes close to quitting in a fit of rage. Seeing this flawed man's struggle in a car for the entire duration of this film is a strangely satisfying experience. This movie has no action sequences, but it's still a fine addition when it comes to car-themed films.
8. Baby Driver
Insane car chase sequences, check; epic background score, check; a deep commentary on the hero's emotional journey, check. Featuring Ansel Engort, Baby Driver shows one man's struggle to leave his past behind as he craves for something new. Ansel plays a getaway driver who wants to escape from the clutches of his mob boss, played by the controversial Kevin Spacey. Leaving the mob life is easier said than done, and the driver's struggle to break free pretty much sums up the tale.
Edgar Wright does full justice to Baby Driver as a filmmaker. Good performances from the lead actors along with insane action sequences will satisfy the action junkies. But there's more to it than meets the eye. Behind the run-of-the-mill plot lies a portrayal of the lead character's deep emotional distress. Ansel's character isn't just running from the mob, but from himself as well.
9. Death Proof
Director Quentin Tarantino brings his quirky style to this action flick. This flick has insane car stunts punctuated with some excellent horror elements. Kurt Russell plays a stunt car driver who charms women in dive bars with his smooth talking. He takes them home, only to kill his victims in most innovative ways with his car. This psychopath, however, gets more than what he can handle when a group of victims put up a fight.
Tarantino brings his strange and garish style in this film. It starts off as one thing and takes a very different direction in a short span of time. The dialogues go on and on like real-life casual conversations. Combining heavy-handed action with tongue-in-cheek dialogues is Tarantino's specialty, and this is what he's done here as well. The result, as always, is an instant classic.
Speaking of classics, it would be blasphemous not to include this Keanu Reeves starrer on the list. The suspense, the tension, the drama, and semi-corny dialogues - this taut feature has every ingredient for a nail-biting action movie.
The plot revolves around SWAT officer Jack Traven as he attempts to save passengers on a moving bus. A terrorist named Howard Payne has rigged the bus with explosives that will detonate once the speed limit falls below fifty miles. It's up to Jack and his partner to rescue citizens from the moving death machine, without the bomb going off.
One of the biggest plus points of Speed is its unflinching poignancy. It focuses a good amount of time on distressed passengers as they try to wrap their head around the situation. Keanu and Sandra Bullock carry the majority of the film on their capable shoulders, leaving very little to complain about. If you love action films like Fast And Furious, don't miss out on this sly feature.
Starring Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise, this film neatly ties car chases with some impressive, albeit disturbing action set pieces. Foxx plays an honest cab driver in Los Angeles who goes through a hellish night when he gets an assassin, played by Cruise, for a passenger. The contrast between the two characters makes this film a gripping journey.
While Jamie plays a desperate, intrepid taxi driver, Tom is the exact opposite. Cold, lethal and absolutely ruthless, he drags Foxx around LA as he completes his missions. The power dynamic between the two leads combined with some crazy stunts makes Collateral a flick that will be remembered for a long time.
Did I miss out on any other good movies like Fast And Furious? Let me know in the comments section.