Believe it or not, the Star Trek franchise began with more of a whimper than a bang. The original series, which began airing in September 1966, was canceled after just three short seasons and 79 episodes. In fact, it wasn’t until the series began airing in broadcast syndication that it truly took off, with Star Trek becoming a staple of the 1970s.
Since then, Star Trek fans have witnessed 13 feature films, making it one of the largest science-fiction franchises of all-time. However, just because the franchise is so expansive doesn’t mean every installment is a winner. To be honest, there are quite a few embarrassments in the history of Star Trek films. On the other hand, though, there have also been some absolute gems.
That being said, let’s take a look at which film falls under which of those aforementioned categories, as well as which ones fall somewhere in the middle. Here are all 13 Star Trek films, ranked from worst to best: