10 Best Star Trek Movies (According To IMDb)
The majority of fans come to Star Trek through its complex series, but the movies of the franchise have always been a big deal, too. After all, without a continuation of Kirk's adventures, no one would've gotten that iconic "Khan!" moment.
However, unlike the series that are overall loved by the fans, debate about the movies can get a little.... heated. TheTNGfilms were straight-up action flicks, the Abrams films did a lot of retconning, and the TOS films made many unique and at times goofy choices (karate clothes and space whales, anyone?).
To take the debate out of the hands of fans, let's give the ranking power to IMDb. That's a little more objective, right? Here are the 10 best Star Trek films, ranked (according to IMDb).
10 Star Trek: Nemesis (6.4)
It's no surprise that Nemesis doesn't get very high on the list. It was a bizarre concept, making a clone of Picard to try to overthrow the Federation, only to discard him on Remus and have that clone lead a revolution there.
While it did have some great moments (Picard facing off against Shinzon, Data's sacrifice), the movie wasn't the best. At least it gave fans one last shot at seeing their beloved TNG cast one last time (before Picard). And who doesn't love a Riker-Troi wedding?
9 Star Trek: Generations (6.6)
Bringing back Kirk wasn't their best idea, and neither was the weird, forgettable villain of the film. The only real draw is the gimmick and seeing Picard and Kirk interact a little.
Past that, the film doesn't have too much going for it. Especially since the gimmick rang pretty hollow by the end (crushing Kirk and leaving his corpse planet-side? Yikes).
It wasn't the worst Star Trek film, but it obviously wasn't very good, either. Trek writers could've done better with Kirk's last adventure than this.
8 Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (6.7)
After the shocking loss of Spock in The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek (and Leonard Nimoy) came back with a wild new adventure, chronicling his resurrection. It includes a weird body-regenerative machine and Vulcan mystics.
Sounds absurd? Absolutely, but that's part of Trek's charm.
All it takes is knowing that Spock was trapped inside Bones' head for a while to be sure this had to be a pretty decent, enjoyable flick. Bonus points for the reunion scenes that really melt a Trekkie's heart.
7 Star Trek Beyond (7.1)
One of the most consistent Star Trek film problems is some weird, weak villains. Well, Beyond has a pretty terrible one in the form of Idris Elba's Krall. Though his climactic ending had some great visuals, this was one of those films that probably could've used a more philosophical, scientific problem, not an action-adventure bad guy.
Though Jayla was a welcome addition to the cast as an engineering savvy alien who kicks butt, it doesn't make up for the messiness of the rest of the plot. Yes, it's cool to see Kirk on a motorcycle, but that's TOS level absurd, not the seriousness that these movies were trying to capture.
Still a decent score for the entertainment factor, though.
6 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (7.2)
While most later Star Trek series see Klingons as volatile but staunch allies of the Federation, TOS had to deal with being on their bad side. And of all people, the beloved Kirk really didn't get along well with them. They caused his crew a lot of trouble and also ended the life of his only son.
So, seeing Kirk and crew face off against Klingons trying to destroy any chances of peace is a fun, multi-layered adventure.
The Shakespeare quoting General Chang was also a delight, a weird dichotomy of a man who hated humanity and peace, but was inspired enough by The Bard to learn his plays' lines.
5 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (7.3)
Yes, the one with the whales and time travel in it.
Despite the whacky premise of Voyage Home, it's an adventure where the TOS cast gets to be their best selves, their characters interacting and enjoying each other's company just like the fans love. Even better, this was a film directed by the great Leonard Nimoy himself.
After the seriousness of the last three movies, it was fun to honor the more absurd parts of Star Trek, which fans love just as much as the drama. Also, who can say no to Spock in a karate/bathrobe hybrid outfit?
4 Star Trek: First Contact (7.6)
Trekkies have constant debates nowadays if the Borg are really so cool and if their over-use in TNG and onward ruined them.
Well, it seems from First Contact's score that coolness factor really outweighs TNG's overbearing love for pitting Picard against the Borg. Between making them fight the Borg and also getting to finally see that fated first contact moment with Zefram Cochrane, there was just a lot of beloved, "cool" Trek things happening with this film.
Sure, Data's weird little flirtation tryst thing with the Borg Queen was gross and bizarre, but otherwise, it was an entertaining flick with a great Moby Dick speech.
3 Star Trek: Into Darkness (7.7)
The Abrams films have a lot going for them, and a lot not going for them, but this film's spot on the list really shows the power of screaming the name "Khan".
Compared to Khan Noonien Singh in TOS, Benedict Cumberbatch's version is far more reserved, polished, but just as troublesome for the Enterprise.
While the plot falls flat, and despite all the forced drama or romance, the story is still Star Trek on the big screen, so it deserves credit for that. Also, who can resist more Khan?
2 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (7.7)
With the original Khan, Star Trek II created a whopper of a film. Where The Motion Picture was underwhelming, this one took a beloved TOS villain and gave him a more weighty plot where he could really stretch his maniacal wings. Pitting the idealistic, passionate Kirk against the ruthless tactician is a brilliant face-off and it clearly made for a great story.
Also, this movie had the audacity to poison Spock, the pinnacle of Star Trek fandom. That's intense and worth some serious respect. No wonder fans love this film.
1 Star Trek (7.9)
Even though fans don't seem to love the 2009 Abrams franchise all that much, it clearly had something going for it. After all, the first entry is the highest-rated Star Trek film to date.
What really helps the film is that the casting was great and the set designs and costumes were amazing. It leaned much harder into "action film" rather than the philosophical exploration that Star Trek normally does, but that didn't make it less of an enjoyable popcorn flick.
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