6. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
The final film starring the original cast, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is a rousing sendoff triumphantly celebrating the 25th anniversary of Star Trek in 1991. Originally intended to be a reboot called Starfleet Academy starring a younger cast (a plan ironically similar to J.J. Abrams' reboot 18 years later), Paramount insisted instead that the original crew get a final movie after the dismal returns of Star Trek V. The timely story of "the wall coming down in outer space" was hatched by Leonard Nimoy and Star Trek II's director Nicholas Meyer returned to helm Star Trek VI. Kim Cattrall shines as the duplicitous Valeris while Christopher Plummer chews the scenery as the sinister General Chang - Star Trek's first bald Klingon. Peppered with witty dialogue and featuring a stunning climactic mind meld sequence between Spock and Valeris, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was a glorious final bow for the crew that started it all.
5. Star Trek Beyond (2016)
With Justin Lin taking over the director's chair from J.J. Abrams, who served as producer, Star Trek Beyond is an exhilarating ride that amazingly comes the closest of the reboot films to capturing the spirit and camaraderie of the 1960s Star Trek TV series. The clever screenplay co-written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung is filled with insider references to Star Trek lore, with a surprising amount of reverence paid to Star Trek: Enterprise. Sofia Boutella steals scenes as Jaylah, the best new female character introduced in a Star Trek film in decades, although an unrecognizable Idris Elba gets lost in his elaborate makeup as the villainous Krall. In Star Trek Beyond, Chris Pine's Kirk as more seasoned and closer to William Shatner's interpretation than he was in J.J. Abrams' films and it also ended the controversial love story between Spock and Uhura (Zoe Saldana). Sadly, along with commemorating Leonard Nimoy's 2015 death, Star Trek Beyond is also the final appearance of Anton Yelchin, who tragically died months before the film premiered during summer 2016. As the film celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, Star Trek Beyond is a thrilling adventure about unity and finding hope in the impossible, and it even managed to make the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" an integral part of its climax.
4. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Directed by Jonathan Frakes, Star Trek: First Contact played two major cards to make it a success with fans: it brought the Borg, the most popular villains from Star Trek: The Next Generation, to the big screen, and it featured an engaging time travel story that showed the never-before-seen first contact with the Vulcans. Patrick Stewart's Captain Picard transformed into an action hero who shoots down Borg drones while giving Lily (Alfre Woodward), Zephram Cochrane's (James Cromwell) co-pilot, a tour of her "first space ship". Star Trek: First Contact balances Picard's cat-and-mouse game aboard the Enterprise with some light-hearted comedy on the ground as Riker and his team attempt to corral Cochrane and launch his all-important ship on schedule. While the confusing plot doesn't quite hold up under scrutiny, Star Trek: First Contact was a hit; the film earned $92 million in late-1996 and proved the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation could indeed deliver an action-packed, crowd-pleasing sci-fi thriller without the help of the original Star Trek cast members.