Last Updated on September 18, 2021 by scottkandh
There is a total of 13 Star Trek Movies between Star Trek The Next Generation (TNG), Star Trek The Original Series (TOS), and Star Trek (Reboot). The new one that doesn’t even have a title yet in the Star Trek Reboot series is expected for release in 2023. In this post, I’ve arranged the Star Trek movies from the best to the worst. But before I start showing you those movies, here are the movies in their chronological sequence (by their series).
For the reason of keeping the spacing even I didn’t add the 13th worst movie (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier) to the image above.
|Star Trek TOS||Star Trek TNG||Star Trek Reboot|
|Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979)||Generations (1994)||Star Trek (2009)|
|Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn (1982)||First Contact (1996)||Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)|
|Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)||Insurrection (1998)||Star Trek Beyond (2016)|
|Star Trek IV” The Voyage Home (1986)||Nemesis (2002)|
|Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)|
|Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)|
The rankings that I’ve established for these movies have nothing to do with their box office performance (for Star Trek movies).
Here’s a brief run-down on the Star Trek movies:
Star Trek is an American media franchise based on the science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry.
The first television series, simply called Star Trek and now referred to as The Original Series, debuted in 1966 and aired for three seasons on NBC.
Paramount Pictures has produced thirteen Star Trek feature films, the most recent being released in July 2016.
1. The first six films continue the adventures of the cast of the original series
2. The seventh film, Generations was designed as a transition from that cast to the cast of the Next Generation series; the next three films, 8–10, focused completely on the cast of the Next Generation series.
3. The eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth films take place in an alternate timeline, officially known as the Kelvin Timeline, with a new cast playing younger versions of the original series characters and Leonard Nimoy portraying an elderly Spock.
Now that you have a better understanding for the Star Trek series and how
they’ve evolved let’s start looking at their rankings from best to worst:
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986): This is at the top of the list because the movie directed by Leonard Nimoy contains so much humor and contains a favorite topic of mine which is time travel. They go back in time to save a couple of whales and then bring them back to the future to save the world.
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Star Trek (2009): It was great that J.J. Abrams took this movie and completely flipped everything upside down that there would be a whole new way to show Star Trek in so many unimaginable ways. For example, introducing a 2nd version of Spock in the future as well as in the present which they really put to use in Star Trek Into Darkness where Spock asks the future Spock about Kahn.
Star Trek: Generations (1994) – I scored this movie at the higher end of the spectrum because this movie is a pivotal moment in Star Trek where the torch is passed symbolically from Captain Kirk to Captain Picard. There were a few brief moments that some of the cast from the Original Series were in the movie at the beginning but didn’t have as much time as Kirk did throughout the movie.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) – In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, Kirk and Spock show their friendship to one another, and the classic scene is show again with a slight twist that this time it’s Kirk is the one that has saved the day and paid the ultimate price and Spock is on the opposite side of the glass. It’ll be interesting to note that now that Kirk has a little bit of Kahn’s blood flowing through his veins to see if they ever mention that again. The only problem that I had with this movie is that there’s a tribble mentioned in the movie which seemed a little out of place, like it didn’t belong there. Especially when it was just one lonely tribble. And tribbles aren’t known for being in small quantities.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982): When this movie came out there were many rumors spreading that Leonard Nimoy wasn’t coming back to Star Trek. There’s a classic scene at the end of the movie which shows the special bond between Kirk and Spock and their friendship.
Star Trek: First Contact (1996): Like Star Trek: The Voyage Home this had a fair amount of humor in it, for example when Troi meets the famous Zefram Cochran and has to share a “couple” of drinks with him.
Star Trek Beyond (2016) – A whole bunch of things have attacked the Enterprise and they’re forced to go down to the planet. Fortunately, there’s an abandoned Starship that has been cleverly camouflaged by Jaylah. Her and Scotty get along quite well as they both know how to operate the ship for peak performance. The villain in this movie is Krall, portrayed by Idris Elba. With the help of Jaylah’s special equipment to make you jump from one place to another, Kirk is able to rescue his pals from Krall. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens in the new movie to be released in 2023 with the role of Chekov played by Anton Yelchin who died in real life in an automobile accident on June 19, 2016.
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) – There’s a good chase scene at the beginning of the movie with everyone chasing Data and at the beginning it’s a mystery as to why Data has decided to open fire for what looks like no apparent reason. But it’s discovered halfway through the movie why he was acting in such a manner.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) – Thankfully Spock comes back to join the Star Trek franchise and is an instrumental part of the saga until Leonard Nimoy dies around the making of Star Trek Beyond in 2016.
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) – This movie marks the 1st movie of Star Trek where they start to decline and aren’t as entertaining as other Star Trek movies before them.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) – It’s got a good premise but there aren’t that many memorable moments in this movie that ended the Star Trek Original Series movies.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) – This was one of the worst movies because the plot was stolen from one of the other Star Trek series shows and the Star Trek costumes looked almost comical.
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) – This is often marked as one of the worst ones in Star Trek movies. The movie just kind of dragged on forever and ever, and was a real let down at the end of the movie. Most movies have a beginning, a middle and an ending. This just seemed to be a movie that didn’t have most of the qualities that are necessary for a good movie.