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List Rules 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
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
Star Trek Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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

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

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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

+ - 196 141
Inception is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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

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

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

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Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

+ - 45 14
X-Men: First Class is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom

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Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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

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

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

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
Man of Steel Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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Life of Pi Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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

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I, Robot Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

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

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Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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

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The Abyss Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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

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

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Real Steel Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand

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Elysium Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga

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

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

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

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The Mummy Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 46 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 Curious Case of Benjamin Button Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

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X-Men Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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Twister Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

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Tron Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Michael Dudikoff