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Star Trek movies in order: By release date and timeline

Star Trek movies in order: By release date and timeline

Star Trek is a media franchise based of the TV series created by Gene Roddenburry which aired its first film in 1979.

The Sci-Fi series is set to release a new film on December 22, 2023.

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Star Trek movies in order by release date

The Star Trek franchise has released 13 movies since 1979. They are:

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Released: December 7, 1979

This is the beginning of the Star Trek saga on the big screen.

In it, a massive energy cloud from deep space heads toward Earth, leaving destruction in its wake, and the Enterprise must intercept it to determine what lies within, and what its intent might be.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Released: June 4, 1982

Khan Noonien Singh, whom Kirk thwarted in his attempt to seize control of the Enterprise fifteen years earlier, seeks his revenge.


Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Released: June 1, 1984

Following on from Star Trek II, McCoy begins acting irrationally and Kirk learns that Spock, in his final moments, had transferred his katra, his living spirit, to the doctor.

To save McCoy from emotional ruin, Kirk and crew steal the Enterprise and violate the quarantine of the Genesis Planet to retrieve Spock.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Released: November 26, 1986

Kirk and crew learn that Earth is under siege by a giant probe. To save it, they must travel back in time.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Released: June 9, 1989

Spock’s half-brother thinks he’s been summoned by God and hijacks the brand-new Enterprise-A to take it through the Great Barrier.

This is the only film in the franchise directed by William Shatner.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Released: December 6, 1991

When Qo’noS’ moon Praxis is devastated by an explosion, caused by over-mining, the catastrophe also contaminating Qo’noS’ atmosphere, the Klingons make peace overtures to the Federation.

Star Trek Generations

Released: November 18, 1994

Picard enlists the help of Kirk, who is presumed long dead but flourishes in an extra-dimensional realm, to prevent a deranged scientist from destroying a star.

Star Trek: First Contact

Released: November 22, 1996

After a failed attempt to assault Earth, the Borg attempt to prevent First Contact between Humans and Vulcans by interfering with Zefram Cochrane’s warp test in the past.

Star Trek: Insurrection

Released: December 11, 1998

Profoundly disturbed by what he views as a blatant violation of the Prime Directive, Picard deliberately interferes with a Starfleet admiral’s plan to relocate a relatively small but seemingly immortal population.

Star Trek: Nemesis

Released: December 13, 2002

A clone of Picard, created by the Romulans, assassinates the Romulan Senate, assumes absolute power, and lures Picard and the Enterprise to Romulus under the false pretext of a peace overture.

Star Trek

Released: May 8, 2009

Piloting a one-man vessel, Spock attempts to contain the supernova by generating an artificial black hole, but is assaulted by a Romulan mining vessel captained by Nero.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Released: May 16, 2013

A Starfleet special agent coerces an officer into blowing up a secret installation in London, shoots up a subsequent meeting of Starfleet brass in San Francisco, and then flees to Qo’noS.

Star Trek Beyond

Released: July 22, 2016

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