A movie, also known as a film or motion picture, was a Human artistic form of entertainment, popular throughout the 20th, 21st and 22nd centuries. Movies were typically viewed in movie theaters, but were also available for home viewing on a television. Movies that featured animated drawings were generally known as cartoons.
In 1930, a time-travelling James Kirk was to take Edith Keeler on a date to a Clark Gable movie. The likewise-displaced Leonard McCoy was familiar with the concept of a movie, but not the star. (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever")
The Denobulans were said to have had something similar to movies and television centuries ago, but gave it up when they decided their real lives were much more interesting. Nevertheless, the Denobulan Dr. Phlox enjoyed attending movie evenings with fellow crew members in the mess hall of the Enterprise NX-01 while munching on a bowl of popcorn. Unfortunately, Phlox had an irritating habit of talking loudly about the film's plot-holes with whoever happened to be sitting next to him, a habit which greatly annoyed T'Pol. (ENT: "Dear Doctor")
During the 22nd century, Trip Tucker scheduled weekly movie nights aboard the starship Enterprise. Enterprise had a database of 50,000 movies. (ENT: "Cold Front", "The Catwalk") Tom Paris also began movie nights aboard the USS Voyager in 2377, using the ship's holodeck. (VOY: "Repression")
- See: Movie genres
In a deleted scene from TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver", movies based on the Sino-Western trouble, featuring villainous Orientals, were mentioned. While searching for the right word to refer to this type of media, Sulu called it "those old... images on celluloid stuff." ("Inside the Roddenberry Vault, Part I", Star Trek: The Original Series - The Roddenberry Vault special features) The scripted version of this scene (from the second revised final draft script of "The Corbomite Maneuver") also implied that movies were still being made and released in the mid-21st century.
Several Star Trek characters were named after characters and actors from films. One example is the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Siege of AR-558", in which a number of the guest characters were named after characters and actors from the 1962 movie Hell Is for Heroes. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion (p. 628))
In excised dialogue from the final draft script of ENT: "Detained", Lieutenant Malcolm Reed stated that Ensign Hoshi Sato had "dumped" Enterprise's entire database of movies into the computer system at Tandaran Detention Complex 26, thereby concealing a transporter beam.
Similarly, in an ultimately deleted scene which was written into the final draft script of "Twilight" and was set in 2165 of an alternate timeline, Lieutenant Hoshi Sato handed Former Captain Jonathan Archer a PADD containing movies as she welcomed him back aboard Enterprise. She said he had requested the movies but, aware he had been infected with interspatial parasites, Sato acknowledged that he wouldn't remember asking for them. According to her, the movies had been difficult to track down, as Enterprise had lost most of its database years ago. Archer thanked Sato for the movies.