As J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot hits theaters, look back at the other films in the franchise's vault. Which movie did TVGuide.com readers vote as the No. 1 Star Trek film of all time? Click ahead to find out!
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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (tie)
"Why does God need a starship?" Kirk asks in this movie. The better question might be: Why did this film get made? Spock's half-brother, Sybok, holds Klingon, Romulan and Federation representatives hostage on the planet Nimbus III in order to lure a rescue mission and then commandeer a starship. His goal: to travel beyond the Great Barrier (aka the "final frontier") to answer his calling from God. Sound silly? There's a reason it's tied for last place in our poll.
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Star Trek: Insurrection (tie)
This one suffered from a lack of any interesting action and a pretty weak script. When the leprosy-stricken Son'a aliens find a planet that can heal them, they cook up a scheme to eradicate the peaceful Ba'Ku who call the planet home. Picard exposes the Son'a plot and takes them down, and the Ba'Ku ultimately decide to share the planet. So, um, why didn't that happen before all the fighting?
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Star Trek: Original Motion Picture (tie)
Likely green-lit because of the success of the totally different Star Wars, this re-launch of the Star Trek franchise (unless you include the animated series) deserves credit for reuniting the Enterprise crew with the now-Admiral James T. Kirk as he boldly leads them through a talky, kinda slow sci-fi movie. Still, its chic new costumes, sleek spacecrafts, and thrilling score (courtesy of Jerry Goldsmith) make it watchable even for non-Trekkies.
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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (tie)
After the thrills and fast pace of Khan, The Search for Spock takes us through a complicated attempt to bring back our favorite Vulcan through a prohibited visit to the Genesis Planet. Spoiler: Spock is back.
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Star Trek: Nemesis (tie)
This was the last film made before the reboot, and it pretty much proved that it would take some reimagining to give the franchise the jump start it needed. On a diplomatic mission to Romulus, the Enterprise encounters Shinzon, a clone of Picard with evil intentions. Though Shinzon is thwarted, Data must sacrifice himself in the process. (The similarity to Spock's death in Khan is another strike against this one.)
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Star Trek: Generations
Kirk & Co. rescue several refugees from an energy ribbon that's been cut in the universe, but Kirk is sucked into the void in the process. Seventy-eight years later, Picard and his crew come across Dr. Soran (Malcolm McDowell) — one of those saved refugees — who wants to go back to the energy ribbon, as it is actually a portal to paradise. Picard gets sucked in and pals around with Kirk in this other region — the only real highlight of this outing — before they team up stop Soran for good.
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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
This one plays more as a political thriller than action flick, and is all the better for it. When the Klingon chancellor turns up dead, Kirk and McCoy are the prime suspects and are banished "inescapable" icy Klingon penal colony. But, of course, they (easily) escape and save the Federation President from an assassination of his own.
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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
By far the funniest Star Trek film, thanks in large part to Leonard Nimoy's influence, this outing finds the Enterprise crew in the San Francisco of 1986, the year of the film's release, in search of whales. The screwy mission — and Spock being a little off — make this a loose, fun escapade that allows us to basically just hang out in a beautiful city with characters we love. In one highlight, Kirk, slightly misremembering San Francisco history, tries to explain Spock's weirdness by saying he's done too much "LDS."
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Star Trek: First Contact
In another time-travel adventure, the Next Generation crew travel back to the mid-21st Century to stop the Borg from changing the past to change the future. In doing so they ensure the first meeting of humans and Vulcans. The Jonathan Frakes-directed film continues the tradition of crews having some of their best moments outside of high-tech settings, and James Cromwell does humanity proud as Zefram Cochrane, inventor of warp drive. Remember life before war drive?
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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Now this is how you make a Star Trek movie. Ricardo Montalban is masterful as Khan (who's delivery of the name "Kiiiiihhhhrk!" still haunts us), and we see some of our favorite Enterprisers in flesh-and-blood danger from the beginning. Who can forget the hideous mind-controlling eels that enter the ears of Chekov and Terrell? Wrath of Khan is perhaps the most passionate of all the films — and yet its heart lies in a Vulcan's ultimate sacrifice.