To boil down all the possible reasons, it is because of one or more of the following:
0) It's a business... If you're putting tens or hundreds of millions of dollars on the line, you go for the [popular] shooty-wooshy space ships every time...
1) TPTB (The powers that be) don't care.
2) There isn't time to dissect and fix scientific inaccuracies... Once production on a movie is started, it is an unstoppable steamroller with a tight deadline.
3) The decisions are made in too many places and it isn't even thought about except by people who aren't in positions to make judgment calls.
4) The script-reader's gauntlet ...A writer who spends his time describing the intricacies of a space ships propulsion system is a writer who finds his scripts in the script-reader's trash can.
5) People in film making have education in film making, they don't usually have PhD's in physics/astrophysics. ...It's not that they aren't smart enough, it's that their focus of expertise is in other areas.
6) The power of ego ...Film making isn't usually done by committee, it is done by imperial decree...