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The Best and Worst Star Trek Movies: The Ultimate Ranking

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Why is Captain Kirk so upset if he knows he isn't trapped?With J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek coming to theaters this Friday, it seemed as good of time as any to put into words the truth about the Star Trek series: the ultimate ranking of the movies. Here you go, and if you disagree, let me know how you’re wrong:

  1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    The performances, action and emotion in this movie are beyond comparison. That being said, I almost liked…
  2. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
    …as much. In fact, it’s pretty bad ass and features several great sequences. I’ve watched this one more than any other Star TrekThe Wrath of Khan movie, including .
  3. Star Trek: First Contact
    After the disappointing Generations, this one kicked the TNG cast into high gear with a funny, exciting and Borg-filled action flick where the fate of Earth lies in the balance.
  4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
    Though it would be hard these days to pull off a movie such as this (a futuristic cast jumping back to modern time is, shall we say, cheesy), there’s something just enjoyable and funny about this one.
  5. Star Trek: Generations
    Captain Kirk is killed off in a horribly lame way. This was not how Kirk was meant to die. At least we get to see the Enterprise go down in stunning fashion.
  6. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
    This Leonard Nimoy-directed film isn’t particularly good, as it suffers from rather shoddy special effects, a weak screenplay and a disappointingly dull story when compared to the previous film. Christopher Lloyd as the main Klingon villain was horrible casting, too. That being said, the movie isn’t as bad as some people make it out to be.
  7. Star Trek: The Motion Picture
    The only Star Trek movie that feels truly dated, this one’s slow, methodical and a little too obsessed with how pretty it thinks it is (though compare it to Star Wars, which came out a year earlier, and it is really not that pretty). But, for what it’s worth, it’s still a grandiose film with an interesting ending.
  8. Star Trek: Nemesis
    A lot of people give this one a lot of heat, and in reality it’s not that great, but it’s not nearly as bad as some people say. Sure, the villains look like Nosferatus, but it was a step in the right direction… if only they hadn’t released it at the same time as Lord of the Rings, which last time I checked has an overlapping fan base.
  9. Star Trek: Insurrection
    This stupid movie had way too much New Age concepts for my taste, and all around came off as a fluffy, uninteresting action flick. But it’s not as bad as…
  10. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
    … which is truly bad. William Shatner directed this one, but it didn’t work out. Captain Kirk versus God is really not a battle anyone needs to see.

So, what do you think of the list? Am I right or am I right? And where does the new Star Trek film fall into this list…

By Erik Samdahl
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  • S. Alexander Hicks

    Yes, STAR TREK V deserves to be on this list as the worst! I think it is one of the worst movies of all time of any movie, not just STAR TREK.

  • http://blogs.4j.lane.edu/taylor_k Kathleen Taylor

    I had no idea that there were so many Star Trek movies. I didn’t see any past the first five.

  • Glynn

    I truly believe that Star Trek the Motion Picture and Star Trek V were the worst out of all of them. Star Trek TMP was so dry and SLOW. Star Trek V lacked good writing, directing, and well….it just blew.

  • http://www.freepicksusa.com Brad

    Nemesis was a good movie. the worst was inserrection. and generations sucked. The worst were generations and inserrection by far. wrath of kahn and first contact and then nemesis are my top three.

  • Dude

    I have to strongly disagree with Brad. Even Insurrection was better than the load of crap that was Nemesis. That movie just makes me throw up in my mouth. Oh, and Generations was actually decent.

  • jody sexton

    I agree Trek 5 was a flop. But I put it above Insurrection for a couple of reasons. 1. As lame a story as trek 5 was, insurrection was worse. No action no decent space scenes. And it had no special moments. 2. As bad as 5 was it had some very cool moments. The camp fire scenes were great showing the complex friendship of Kirk Spock and Bones. The scene on the ship where spock is standi g in front of the old ship wheel and explaining his relationship to his brother was a great looki g scene with incredible music. And the opening was beautiful with the rock climbing. I agree the film was bad but it did have a few moments and Insurrection did not.

  • http://www.filmjabber.com Erik Samdahl

    Jody, you do make some valid points – Star Trek 5 does have more memorable moments than Insurrection.

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