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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!

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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Guardians of the Galaxy Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan

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    300 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    Transformers: Dark of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Transformers: Dark of the Moon Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich

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    District 9 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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    The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

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    I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    I, Robot Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Rise of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

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    Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Star Trek Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    The Matrix series is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    The Matrix series

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Inception is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    The Day After Tomorrow Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Man of Steel Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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    Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jour... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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    Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Life of Pi Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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    Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Pan's Labyrinth Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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    The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    The Abyss Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    The Amazing Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    The Amazing Spider-Man Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

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    Real Steel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Real Steel Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand

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    X-Men: First Class is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    X-Men: First Class Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom

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    War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Elysium is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Elysium Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga

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    Captain America: The First Ave... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Captain America: The First Avenger Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

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    The Curious Case of Benjamin B... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

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    Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

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    Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Spider-Man 2 Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Iron Man Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

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    X-Men 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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    Tron is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Tron Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Michael Dudikoff

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    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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    X-Men is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    X-Men Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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    Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: At W... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards

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