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Readers’ Poll: 10 Best ‘Star Trek’ Movies

See what film managed to top ‘Star Trek IV: Voyage Home’ and ‘Star Trek: First Contact’

Readers' Poll: 10 Best 'Star Trek' Movies

In honor of this year's 'Star Trek Beyond,' we asked our readers to select their favorite films from the long-running franchise.

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For many years, all Trekkies knew that the even-numbered Star Trek movies were great and the odd-numbered ones were shit. That pretty much held from the release of the Star Trek: The Motion Picture, in 1979, all the way through the 1998 release of Star Trek: Insurrection. Then came 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis, a film that had an even number next to it and was abysmally bad that it prematurely killed off the entire Next Generation franchise and forced Paramount to literally reboot the entire universe. We're now three films into the rebooted universe, and the newest one landed this past summer. We asked our readers to vote for their favorite Star Trek films – even or odd. Here are the results. 

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‘Star Trek IV: Voyage Home’

Gene Roddenberry had a vision for a Star Trek movie he never tired of sharing: the gang travels back in time to Dallas in 1963 to prevent the assassination of JFK, but Spock winds up becoming the second gunman on the grassy knoll in order to preserve the original timeline. That movie never got made, but when it came time for a fourth Star Trek movie, he was able to see them travel back in time to 1986 in order to bring a couple of humpback whales back to their own time in order to save the planet from a hostile alien probe. That all sounds very complicated, but it's all just an excuse to put the characters into 1980s San Francisco and let the jokes fly. This was a Star Trek movie that could be enjoyed by people that hadn't seen a second of the TV series or the previous films, and audiences ate it up. It grossed $133 million and played on cable for years. Star Trek was never quite this funny and light ever again. 

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‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’

After the disastrous Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the people behind the franchise made the very wise decision to simply bring back a beloved villain from the old show and watch the sparks fly. Ricardo Montalbán was making Fantasy Island at the time and only had dim memories of playing Khan Noonien Singh on the 1967 episode Space Seed, but he was game to suit up and give it another go. The movie begins with Khan stranded on a barren planet with his army of genetically engineered warriors, blaming Kirk for all his problems. He steals a spaceship and sets off to gain his revenge, setting up a killer confrontation even though the two men never actually come face-to-face. Their interactions are completely though view screens. Khan died in the end, but he takes Spock with him. At least, that's how it seemed until the next movie rolled around. 

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