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MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE: 10 BEST ‘FAST & FURIOUS’ MOVIE MOMENTS

Movie theaters might as well sell champagne and Ciroc bottles whenever a new Fast & Furious movie opens. More than just energetic doses of full-throttle action cinema, new editions of the Vin Diesel-led franchise are basically big-screen parties, and the audience members are the VIP guests. Viewers applaud when certain characters make their first appearances, and with every wild stunt and near-death close call, the series’ biggest fans repeatedly lose their minds. There’s no denying it—the Fast & Furious brand is Hollywood’s purest form of crowd-pleasing entertainment.

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Dating back to 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, which was based on the 1998 VIBE article “Racer X,” the franchise has pulled in over $2.3 billion internationally. What began as a glossy look at the underground culture of illegal street racing has settled into an unparalleled compendium of action moviemaking’s greatest tropes: heists, bare-knuckle fighting, and massive set-pieces that’d make Michael “Mr. Transformers” Bay blush. And in the franchise’s latest entry, Furious 7, the stakes are even higher. Fans are in for some seriously next-level visuals—more specifically, the sights of Vin Diesel and his thrill-seeking co-stars parachuting out of an airplane while strapped into cars, Diesel driving through one skyscraper’s glass windows into another skyscraper’s glass windows, and Paul Walker barely escaping a certain death while scrambling off the roof of a whip that’s falling off a cliff—you know, child’s play for the Fast & Furious crew.

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Except that, sadly, there’s a dark cloud hanging over Furious 7: Paul Walker’s tragic November 2013 death, which delayed the film’s release for nearly a year. Because of that, the usual in-theater Fast & Furious party will at times unavoidably include collective mourning—by the end credits, tears may even flow. But that’s just another byproduct of how deeply invested audiences have become in the Fast & Furious franchise and its stars.

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Furious 7’s commercials show Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto saying it’s their “one last ride,” which, in sequel-obsessed Hollywood, doesn’t seem likely—hey, money talks, and Furious 7 is about to break all the banks. But don’t expect anyone to fret over more adventures for Dom and his merry band of automotive action junkies. As this list of The 10 Best Fast & Furious Movie Scenes confirms, there’s nothing else in the movie game quite like watching Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, and the rest of their cohorts push expensive whips and laugh in the face of danger.