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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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    The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    The Matrix series is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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


    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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


    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

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


    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    Transformers: Dark of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich

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    Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan

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    Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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    District 9 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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    Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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    Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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    The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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


    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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    The Amazing Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

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    Real Steel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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


    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga

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    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

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    Captain America: The First Ave... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects


    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

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


    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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