Not only is the CGI great, the set and the creativity and liveliness of everything set this one apart from others that also have solid CGI. The makeup and costumes are great as well. It just balances CGI and set too well to leave off the list.
There isn't hardly any CGI, it's the bleakness and simplicity that gives it a spot on this list. There's hardly anything to it. That's what makes it beautiful. It's so bleak. That's exactly what they wanted.
I don't think there's ever been such a widely accepted and loved film like Apocalypse Now that looks so good. They chose the perfect place to shoot, the jungle looks so good and feels so believable. From the trees to the ocean, all the way to the napalm, this film looks great.
I suppose it doesn't have powerhouse CGI or and inventive artistic style, it's the scenery that is so charming. It's hard to find a more epic looking film than Lawrence of Arabia (They do exist though. Check #10.) The broad scale and feel it pulls off so nicely puts it on this list.
While the film itself never lives up to its potential and is scattered and unfocused, the imagery is so surreal and the obvious love that went into the sets and the CGI that's in it is amazing. It had an impressively unique look that is hard not to recognize if you've seen the film.