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

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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
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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

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Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
Star Trek Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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

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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
Guardians of the Galaxy Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan

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Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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

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King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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

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District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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

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Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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

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

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Life of Pi Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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I, Robot Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

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

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Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jour... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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X-Men: First Class is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
X-Men: First Class Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender

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

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The Abyss Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
Man of Steel Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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

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Elysium Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga

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Real Steel Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand

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

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X-Men 2 Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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

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

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Twister Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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The Mummy Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

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Tron Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Michael Dudikoff

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