One of the biggest arguments among fanboys is which Star Trek movie is the best and how all of the others rank behind it. Well, we tackled this challenge to provide you with the definitive list of the eleven current Star Trek movies; although only ten of them deserve to be ranked…you’ll see why below.
#1 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Duh? Is there a better Star Trek movie than Wrath of Khan? It’s not possible. Khan will never be topped. From Ricardo Montalban giving the performance of a lifetime, to the greatest hero-villain faceoff ever (especially when they never physically meet in the movie!), to an incredible space battle in a nebula; Khan has it all. Kirk yells, Spock dies, and you get the best Star Trek movie ever made.
#2 Star Trek: First Contact
First Contact is, in a way, the Next Generation’s Khan in that the best villain the series ever had returns. But it’s more than just a Khan retread. It’s the movie where the TNG crew came into their own out out of the shadow of the previous Original Series movies. It’s also great fun, and that final scene is a real treat for Trekkies/Trekkers as it shows how Star Trek began. Even if you’re not a TNG fan, this one is great.
#3 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
The most fun of all Trek films, by far. It’s a lighthearted romp after the serious life and death stories the previous movies dealt with. The mission to bring George and Gracie back to the 23rd Century is a classic scifi story that appeals to more than just Trek fans. “Hello, computer…”
#4 Star Trek
There are people who hate the “Abramsverse” Trek reboot, but not us. Roberto Orci, one of the two screenwriters, is a very hardcore Trekkie/Trekker and it shows. The movie is great fun and takes huge risks with the franchise (Vulcan) that pay off and open up endless possibilities for where the new movies can go. And the casting couldn’t have been more perfect. Karl Urban has DeForest Kelly’s Katra rattling around in his head. Lens flares aside, Star Trek is great.
#5 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
The goodbye to the Original Series cast. Nick Meyer returned to send off the crew in a final adventure that was meant to mirror the end of the Cold War. Roddenberry’s apparent hate for the film is the stuff of legend, but Star Trek was always best when it dealt with real-world issues by telling the stories masked as scifi. And the Undiscovered Country does just that while wrapping it up in an epic final adventure for Kirk and crew.
#6 Star Trek: The Motion Picture
The Motion Picture really isn’t appreciated as much as it should be. It’s not as whizz-bang exciting as Wrath of Khan, but you need to understand that they were going for more of a 2001: A Space Odyssey feel as opposed to a Star Wars feel. Jerry Goldsmith’s score for the Motion Picture is legendary. That scene where he spends eight minutes making sweet love to the Enterprise is among the greatest pieces of film music ever composed.
#7 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Search for Spock is the middle part of “The Trilogy” and while it is one of the weaker Trek films, it has its moments. If you do not get a huge lump in your throat along with a huge smile on your face when Spock says “Jim. Your name is…Jim”, you simply are not a Star Trek fan.
#8 Star Trek: Generations
Generations is a mess, but a sometimes entertaining mess. It’s a real transition movie where the TNG crew goes directly from the TV series into the movies; complete with the same uniforms and sets (it was filmed right when the series wrapped). The one lesson the movie has taught everyone? Never let Troi drive!
#9 Star Trek: Insurrection
Insurrection isn’t a horrible Next Generation…episode. It’s just not a great movie. As a sixth or seventh season two-part episode, it would’ve been pretty good. It’s just not big enough to earn its place as a full Star Trek movie. True TNG fans should enjoy that the movie got Riker and Troi back together, finally.
#10 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Before 2002, Star Trek V was the most reviled Star Trek movie. Kirk and pals go to the center of the galaxy and meet God! There isn’t a rolleyes.gif big enough for this one. It’s goofy and dumb, but at least Jerry Goldsmith shines once again.
Not ever deserving to be ranked among “Star Trek” movies: NEMESIS
Nemesis sucks. Words fail to fully describe how horrible and insulting this piece of crap is. It makes me physically ill to watch it. The only thing as insulting as this was the final episode of Enterprise, “These Are the Voyages…”