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Every Star Trek Movie Ranked (From Worst To Best)

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10. Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984)

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock marks the directorial debut of Leonard Nimoy and is a direct continuation of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Overall, Star Trek III is an efficient and serviceable sequel that suffers from building to a foregone conclusion - although Spock's climactic reunion with Kirk is touching. The cast is a mixed bag too: Christopher Lloyd hams it up as the evil Klingon Kruge but Kirstie Alley, unfortunately, refused to reprise her role as Saavik, with Robin Curtis doing a thankless job where Saavik's only real function in the movie was to engage in Pon Farr with the young Spock. Outside of the crowd-pleasing ending, Star Trek III is an overall forgettable affair, although after the apex of Star Trek II, the film reverses the death of Spock, sets everything back to normal, and serves as a necessary pendulum swing back to the next high point of the franchise: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

9. Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

The Son'a Star Trek Insurrection

The second film directed by Jonathan Frakes, Star Trek: Insurrection followed up his action-packed and well-received Star Trek: First Contact with a film that more closely resembles an extended episode of the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series. Insurrection has a lighter tone and gives the cast comedic (and musical) moments, as well as featuring a romantic subplot for Picard and a Ba'ku woman named Anji (Donna Murphy) and the resumption of Will Riker and Deanna Troi's relationship. Unfortunately, the ethical conflict involving the forced relocation of the Ba'ku is questionable; Picard rebels with moral authority according to the principles of the Prime Directive but the film also argues that the fate of 600 Ba'ku may not compare to the benefits for billions of people if the Federation possessed the Ba'ku's secret to long life. Either way, Star Trek: Insurrection marked the downturn of The Next Generation's film franchise.

8. Star Trek Generations (1994)

Star Trek Generations marks the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation's graduation to feature films but Paramount originally wanted it to be a crossover event film with the original Star Trek cast. After Leonard Nimoy and DeForrest Kelley declined, William Shatner's Kirk meeting Patrick Stewart's Picard became Generations' main draw, which ended with Kirk's rather underwhelming demise (Kirk's famous last words: "Oh my"). Written by Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga and directed by David Carson, Star Trek Generations feels like a glorified TV episode, even though it featured the destruction of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, Data installing his emotion chip to deliver awkward comedy, and walk-on cameos by The Original Series' Scotty (James Doohan) and Chekov (Walter Koenig). Thankfully, the best Next Generation film would be just around the corner.

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7. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

The second Star Trek film directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Trek Into Darkness is a blatant remake of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, only 11 years after Star Trek: Nemesis also essentially did the same thing. Star Trek Into Darkness was made worse by the director's denials and attempts at subterfuge to hide the film's big twist. The other controversies surrounding Star Trek Into Darkness, including a scene where Alice Eve's Dr. Carol Marcus stripped to her underwear just because and killing Kirk in place of Spock (Zachary Quinto) only to have the captain instantly revived by Khan's (Benedict Cumberbatch) "magic blood", overshadows its virtues as a stunningly shot and thrilling roller coaster ride. Leonard Nimoy also cameos as the older Spock for the final time, giving his younger self the information they need to beat Khan. Star Trek Into Darkness underperformed in North America compared to its 2009 predecessor Star Trek, but, with $467 million worldwide, Star Trek Into Darkness actually ranks as the highest grossing Star Trek film ever worldwide.

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