Star Trek films streaming guide: Where and how to watch all Star Trek movies in order

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Prepare for a warp-speed movie marathon with our streaming guide on Star Trek movies. Whether you’re a die-hard Trekkie or a newcomer curious about the iconic film series, this guide will direct you to the platforms streaming all the Star Trek movies. So without further ado, let’s set a course for entertainment excellence as we embark on this cinematic voyage through the Star Trek universe.

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How many Star Trek movies are there?

As of January 2024, there are a total of 13 movies in the Star Trek franchise. The films in the Gene Roddenberry-created franchise are classified into three categories: The Original Series movies, the Next Generation movies, and the Kelvin Timeline movies.

The Original Series movies

The cast of Star Trek: The Original Series movies
The cast of Star Trek: The Original Series movies
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

The main cast of these movies is comprised of actors from the original Star Trek TV series. These include William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, DeForrest Kelley as Leonard McCoy, James Doohan as Montgomery Scott, Nichelle Nichols as Nyota Uhura, and George Takei as Hikaru Sulu, just to name a few.

The Next Generation movies

The cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation movies
The cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation movies
  • Star Trek Generations (1994)
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  • Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

The main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series reprised their roles in The Next Generation movies. These movies star Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, Jonathan Frakes as William Riker, LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge, Brent Spiner as Data, Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher, Michael Dorn as  Worf, and Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi.

Reboot (Kelvin Timeline)

The cast of Star Trek Kelvin Timeline movies
The cast of Star Trek Kelvin Timeline movies
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • Star Trek Beyond (2016)

The Kelvin Timeline movies feature the main characters of the original Star Trek television series portrayed by a new cast. In the trilogy, Chris Pine plays James T. Kirk while Zachary Quinto portrays Spock. Other cast members include Karl Urban as Leonard McCoy, Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura, Simon Pegg as Montgomery Scott, John Cho as Hikaru Sulu, and Leonard Nimoy as Spock Prime.

Are the Star Trek movies on Paramount Plus?

In November 2021, Paramount Plus became the streaming home of all 13 Star Trek movies in the United States. However, since then, some of the films came and went from the service, sometimes appearing on other online platforms.

Does Paramount Plus have all the Star Trek movies?

Though Paramount Plus has called itself the streaming home of the Star Trek franchise, the service doesn’t have all the Star Trek movies.

By September 2022, all Star Trek films, except for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek Beyond, were still available on Paramount Plus. However, by the start of October 2022, only the 2009 film Star Trek and its 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness were available for streaming on the platform. Later that year, Star Trek Beyond ― the latest feature film in the Star Trek universe and the third installment in the Kelvin Timeline series ― arrived on Paramount Plus.

As of January 2024, only the three Star Trek movies from the Kelvin timeline are available on the six The Original Series movies and the four The Next Generation films are not on Paramount Plus.

Why are the Star Trek movies not on Paramount Plus?

While October 2022 saw the biggest exodus of Star Trek movies from Paramount Plus in over a year, TrekMovie.com reported that the departure of the films from the platform is simply due to licensing deals cut with other streaming services several years ago. The website pointed out that all The Original Series and The Next Generation movies left Paramount Plus for AMC last year only to come back to the former a few months later.

Where to watch Star Trek: The Motion Picture

As of January 2024, the first-ever Star Trek feature film is available to stream on Prime Video with a Max subscription and on the Paramount Plus Channel on Apple TV in the U.S.

Directed by Robert Wise, this is the first installment in the Star Trek film series and stars the cast of the original television series. Set in the 2270s, the movie opens with V’Ger (Persis Khambatta), a mysterious and immensely powerful alien cloud that is approaching Earth and destroying everything in its path. Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) assumes command of the recently refitted Starship USS Enterprise, to lead it on a mission to save the planet and determine V’Ger’s origins. Also starring in the movie are Leonard Nimoy as Spock, DeForest Kelley as Leonard McCoy, and James Doohan as Montgomery  “Scotty” Scott, among many others.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Where to watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

As of January 2024, fans can watch the 1982 movie on Prime Video with a Max subscription and on the Paramount Plus Channel on Apple TV.

Directed by Nicholas Meyer, this movie is a sequel to the original series episode Space Seed (1967). The plot features Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the original crew of the starship USS Enterprise facing off against the genetically engineered tyrant Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalbán).

The film opens with the Enterprise on a training mission with Starfleet Academy cadets. Khan, who was exiled to the planet Ceti Alpha V in the original series episode, has escaped and is now seeking revenge on Kirk. He has stolen the Genesis Device, a powerful weapon developed by the United Federation of Planets that can create a new planet in a matter of hours. The Genesis planet featured in the movie was the first planet created by the device. Kirk and crew must race against time to stop Khan and save the galaxy.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Where to watch Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

The third installment in The Original Series movies is streaming on the Max Channel on Prime Video and the Paramount Plus Channel on Apple TV, as of January 2024.

Directed by Leonard Nimoy, this is the second part of a three-film story arc that begins with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and concludes with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986). The film follows the crew of the USS Enterprise as they try to accomplish the prime directive of recovering the body of Spock (Nimoy), who was killed in the previous film. The Klingons, led by General Chang (Christopher Plummer), are also searching for Spock’s body, and the two sides clash in a battle that threatens to destroy the Enterprise.

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Where to watch Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

The 1986 movie is available for streaming on the Max Channel on Prime Video and the Paramount Plus Channel on Apple TV, as of January 2024.

This movie completes the story arc that began in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and continued in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984). Intent on returning home to Earth to face trial for their actions in the previous film, the former crew of the USS Enterprise finds the planet in grave danger from an alien probe attempting to contact now-extinct humpback whales.

The film follows Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley), and the rest of the Enterprise crew as they travel back in time to 1986 San Francisco to rescue two humpback whales, which they believe are the only beings who can communicate with the probe and send it away from Earth. Along the way, they must contend with the challenges of living in a world that is vastly different from their own, and they must also learn to work together as a team once again.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Where to watch Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

As of January 2024, Trekkies can rewatch the 1989 movie on Prime Video with a Max subscription and on the Paramount Plus Channel on Apple TV.

The film begins with the Enterprise on a mission to rescue a group of scientists who have been stranded on a planetoid. However, the Enterprise is attacked by a mysterious ship, and the crew is forced to abandon the ship. They are rescued by Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill), a Vulcan and Spock’s half-brother who is searching for God at the center of the galaxy.

Claiming to be a powerful being who can lead them to God, Sybok takes the crew to the planet Sha Ka Ree. On Sha Ka Ree, the crew encounters a powerful energy barrier that prevents them from entering. Sybok believes that he can use his powers to break through the barrier, but he is unsuccessful. The crew is then forced to confront Sybok and his followers, who are determined to find God at any cost.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Where to watch Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

The last movie starring the Star Trek: The Original Series cast members is viewable on Prime Video with a Max subscription and the Paramount Plus Channel on Apple TV, as of January 2024.

The movie follows Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley), and the rest of the Enterprise crew as they race against unseen conspirators with a militaristic agenda. It opens with the destruction of the Klingon moon Praxis, which has caused widespread environmental damage to the Klingon Empire. The Klingons, led by Chancellor Gorkon (David Warner), are forced to sue for peace with the United Federation of Planets. Kirk and the Enterprise are tasked with transporting Gorkon to Earth for the peace negotiations. However, Gorkon is assassinated, and Kirk and McCoy are framed for the crime.

Kirk and McCoy are imprisoned in Rura Penthe, a penal colony in the Klingon Empire. They are rescued by Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew, and they set out to find the real assassin. The investigation leads them to a group of Klingon extremists who are opposed to peace with the Federation. Kirk and the Enterprise crew are able to stop the extremists and prevent a war between the Klingons and the Federation. The film ends with the signing of a peace treaty between the two sides, and Kirk and McCoy are pardoned for the murder of Gorkon.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Where to watch Star Trek Generations

The 1994 movie, starring the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, is available to stream on the Max Channel on Prime Video and the Paramount Plus Channel on Apple TV, as of January 2024.

This movie follows Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) of the USS Enterprise-D as he teams up with Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) to stop a renegade scientist from destroying a planetary system.

Featuring the cast of actors from the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series, the film begins with the crew of the Enterprise D on a mission to investigate a mysterious energy ribbon. The ribbon is revealed to be a doorway to an extra-dimensional realm known as the Nexus, a place of peace and tranquility. The ribbon is also revealed to be unstable, and it is slowly destroying the star system it is located in.

Captain Kirk, who was presumed dead after the events of Star Trek: The Voyage Home, is rescued from the Nexus by the Enterprise-D. Kirk agrees to help Picard stop the scientist, Tolian Soran (Malcolm McDowell), from destroying the star system. Soran is obsessed with returning to the Nexus, and he is willing to sacrifice anything to do so.

Picard, Kirk, and the Enterprise crew are able to stop Soran and save the star system. However, Kirk is killed in the battle. The film ends with Picard eulogizing Kirk, and the Enterprise-D departing on a new mission.

Star Trek: Generations (1994) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Where to watch Star Trek: First Contact

The 1996 film is streaming on the Max Channel on Prime Video and the Paramount Plus Channel on Apple TV, as of January 2024.

Directed by Jonathan Frakes in his film directorial debut, the movie finds the crew of the USS Enterprise-E traveling back in time from the 24th century to the mid-21st century to stop the cybernetic Borg Queen from conquering Earth. 

The film opens with the Borg attacking Earth in the year 2063, just moments before Zefram Cochrane is set to make the first flight powered by a warp drive. The Borg assimilate Cochrane and destroy the Enterprise-D, killing most of its crew. Six years later, the Enterprise-E is on a mission to investigate a Borg cube that has been disabled by a strange energy field. The crew soon discovers that the cube is from the future, and that the Borg needed to go back in time to prevent Cochrane from making his flight.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his crew must race against time to stop the Borg and save Earth. Along the way, they must also confront their own fears and doubts, and learn to work together as a team.

Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Where to watch Star Trek: Insurrection

As of January 2024, Star Trek fans can watch the 1998 film on Prime Video with a Max subscription and on the Paramount Plus Channel on Apple TV.

The film opens with the Enterprise-E on a mission to the planet Ba’ku,  home to a peaceful and idyllic community of people. The Ba’ku live in harmony with nature and are unaffected by aging. The Enterprise’s mission is to study the Ba’ku and their planet, which is located in a region of space that is rich in subspace fields. These fields are believed to have healing properties, and the Federation is interested in using them to develop a new medical treatment.

However, the Enterprise soon learns that the Federation is not the only one interested in the planet of Ba’ku’s. A group of aliens known as the Son’a are also interested in the planet’s healing properties. The Son’a are a dying race, and they believe that the Ba’ku’s planet is the only hope for their survival.

When the Son’a have begun to take steps to take over the Ba’ku’s planet, Picard must decide whether to help the Ba’ku relocate to another place or reclaim their home planet.

Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Where to watch Star Trek: Nemesis

The 2002 movie is streaming on the Max Channel on Prime Video and Paramount Plus Channel on Apple TV, as of January 2024.

Set in the 24th century, the crew of the USS Enterprise-E are forced to deal with a threat to the United Federation of Planets from a clone of Captain Picard named Shinzon, who has taken control of the Romulan Star Empire in a coup d’état.

The film begins with the Enterprise-E on a mission to escort a Romulan delegation to a peace conference. However, the mission is interrupted when the Enterprise is attacked by a Romulan warship. The attack is led by Shinzon, a clone of Captain Picard who was created by the Romulans as a weapon. Shinzon has taken control of the Romulan Star Empire and is planning to attack the Federation.

The Enterprise crew must race against time to stop Shinzon and prevent him from starting a war. Along the way, they must also deal with the personal implications of facing a clone of their captain.

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Where to watch Star Trek (2009)

In the U.S., the first movie in the franchise’s Kelvin Timeline is available for streaming on Paramount Plus, Paramount Plus Channel on Apple TV, and Paramount Plus Channel on Prime Video, as of January 2024. The movie depicts the Romulan homeworld, Romulus, being destroyed by a supernova in 2387.

Starring a set of new cast members, the film follows James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) aboard the USS Enterprise as they combat Nero (Eric Bana), a Romulan from their future who threatens the United Federation of Planets. It begins with the destruction of the Romulan homeworld, Romulus, by a supernova. Nero, a Romulan commander, blames the Federation for the destruction of his homeworld and sets out to destroy them. He travels back in time to the year 2258, where he encounters the USS Enterprise, a newly-commissioned starship under the command of Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood). Nero attacks the Enterprise and kills Pike, leaving James T. Kirk, a young cadet, in command.

Star Trek (2009) Official Trailer - Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana Movie HD

Where to watch Star Trek Into Darkness

As of January 2024, the 2013 movie is streaming on Paramount Plus, Paramount Plus and AMC Plus Channels on Apple TV, Paramount Plus and AMC Plus Channels on Prime Video, Paramount Plus and AMC Plus Channels on Roku, and DirecTV.

Set in the 23rd century, the movie follows the crew of the starship Enterprise as they investigate a series of attacks on Starfleet vessels. The attacks are carried out by a mysterious figure known as John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), who is revealed to be a Starfleet officer who was presumed dead. Harrison is seeking revenge on Starfleet for the death of his people, and he plans to use a powerful weapon to destroy Earth.

James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew must race against time to stop Harrison before he can carry out his plan. Along the way, they must deal with personal conflicts and challenges, and they must learn to work together as a team in order to save the world.

Star Trek Into Darkness Official Trailer #3 (2013) - JJ Abrams Movie HD

Where to watch Star Trek Beyond

The most recent Star Trek film is streaming on Paramount Plus, Paramount Plus Channel on Apple TV, Paramount Plus Channel on Prime Video, and Paramount Plus Channel on Roku, as of January 2024.

In this movie, the crew of the USS Enterprise is on a five-year mission of exploring new worlds when they are attacked by Krall (Idris Elba), a ruthless alien warlord who seeks to destroy the Federation. The Enterprise is badly damaged and forced to crash-land on a desert planet. James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and the rest of the crew must find a way to repair the ship and defeat Krall before he can destroy the Federation.

Star Trek Beyond - Trailer (2016) - Paramount Pictures

Are Star Trek movies on Netflix?

As of March 2023, no Star Trek movie is available to stream on Netflix in the U.S.

When will Star Trek movies return to Paramount Plus?

As indicated above, most of The Original Series movies and The Next Generation movies have left Paramount Plus for HBO Max. However, it’s not clear when they will move back to Paramount Plus.

Where can I watch Star Trek movies for free

Unlike some movies, you can’t watch Star Trek films online for free. You either have to pay a subscription fee to watch them on a streaming platform or spend money to rent or buy their digital copies. Fans, however, may be able to watch them for free through free trials of some streaming services.

How to watch Star Trek movies in chronological order

Simply follow the release dates of the Star Trek movies to watch them in chronological order.

How to watch Star Trek movies in release order

The chronological order and the release order of Star Trek movies are the same, so if you want them in order of their release dates, you can follow the list below:

Here is the list of Star Trek movies in release order:

  1. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  2. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  3. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
  4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
  5. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  6. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
  7. Star Trek Generations (1994)
  8. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  9. Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
  10. Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
  11. Star Trek (2009)
  12. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  13. Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Upcoming Star Trek movies

Star Trek 4

A fourth movie in the Kelvin Timeline is in the works. Star Trek 4 was officially announced at the Paramount Global Investors’ Day event in February 2022. Production of the film started in the spring of 2022. No director is currently attached to the project, but the main cast members from the first three movies are expected to return to their respective roles.

The project will be a joint-venture production between Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions, with J. J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber signed on as producers. Josh Friedman and Cameron Squires were recently hired to do a rewrite of the previous draft of the script created by Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet.

Untitled Kalinda Vasquez film

In March 2021, it was announced that Kalinda Vasquez, who previously worked on Star Trek: Discovery is writing a new Star Trek film. The project is also a joint-venture production between Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions, with J. J. Abrams serving as producer.

Untitled Nicholas Meyer film

Nicholas Meyer revealed in March 2021 that he and Steven Charles-Jaffe had written a concept for a Star Trek movie set between  Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. They pitched the idea to Alex Kurtzman, J.J. Abrams, and Emma Watts from Paramount Pictures last year.

Star Trek films streaming guide FAQs

Q: Where can I find information on the release of the next Star Trek film?

A: You can find information on the release of the next Star Trek film on official Star Trek websites, entertainment news websites, and social media platforms of the film studios or production companies associated with the Star Trek franchise.

Q: Are all the Star Trek movies available for streaming?

A: Most of the Star Trek movies are available for streaming on various platforms. However, availability may vary depending on your location and the streaming service’s content catalog.

Q: Which platform offers a comprehensive collection of Star Trek series and films for streaming?

A: Platforms like Paramount+ and Amazon Prime Video offer a comprehensive collection of Star Trek films and series (both live-action and animated series) for streaming.

Q: What Star Trek movie features both Kirk and Picard?

A: There’s only one movie that features both Captain James T. Kirk and Captain Jean-Luc Picard on screen together: Star Trek Generations.

Q: Is Tom Hardy part of the Star Trek Universe?

A:  Yes, Tom Hardy is technically part of the Star Trek franchise, but his involvement is limited to one film.

In 2002, Hardy played the role of Reman Praetor Shinzon, the villainous clone of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, in the movie Star Trek: Nemesis. This was an early role in Hardy’s career, before he became the well-known and acclaimed actor he is today. While his performance was significant in the film, his involvement with the overall franchise has been relatively minor.

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