Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects Films

Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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List Criteria: Movies must be mainly live action with elements of CGI.

Live action films with the best CGI effects include some of the most popular movies of all-time. Think Jurassic Park, the Transformers series, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. These movies all combine fantastic live action with eye-poppingly great CGI effects, creating memorable characters, and amazingly detailed scenes to keep you on the edge of your seat. This list includes some of the most notable live action movies with the best CGI effects. Don't agree? Vote a movie down. And, if you have a favorite live action CGI movie that you think uses outstanding CGI effects, by all means, add it to the list.

Some of the best live action films with manage to be compelling and real without overdoing things. In some of the greatest films that combine live action and CGI, the scenes using computer generated images are so subtle, you can't even tell. A really well done CGI/live-action movie combines incredible technical wizardry and realistic-looking details to enhance a movie, not overpower it. Michael Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and David Fincher's Fight Club are great examples of this. Sometimes, less really is more when it comes to CGI.

What films do you think combined live action with the best CGI effects? Time to vote!

Be sure to also take a look at The Best Action Movies On Amazon Prime, The Best Action Movies On Netflix Instant, and The Best Action Movies of All Time.  


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    The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

    most listed

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    Jurassic Park


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    The Matrix series


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    Avatar


    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    The Avengers


    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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    Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan

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    Pacific Rim

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    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    Batman Begins


    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    I, Robot


    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes


    James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Life of Pi

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    Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2


    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    300

    added by ChrisTanakis
    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith


    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Transformers: Dark of the Moon


    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich

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    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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    Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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    The Day After Tomorrow


    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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    Minority Report


    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    District 9


    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    King Kong


    Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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    Pan's Labyrinth

    added by wiabux
    Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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    The Abyss


    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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    Real Steel


    Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand

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    The Amazing Spider-Man


    Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

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    Captain America: The First Avenger


    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

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    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

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    War of the Worlds


    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    added by but chickens double d
    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender

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    Elysium

    added by PeteBoyle
    Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga

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    Spider-Man 2

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    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

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    Fight Club


    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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    X-Men 2

    added by but chickens double d
    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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    Total Recall

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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    X-Men

    added by but chickens double d
    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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    Star Wars

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Tron

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    Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Michael Dudikoff

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    Iron Man

    added by but chickens double d
    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

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    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    added by but chickens double d
    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards

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    Spider-Man

    added by but chickens double d
    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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