Adventure Entertainment

The Best CGI Adventure Movies 

Ranker Film
Updated August 12, 2019 976 votes 297 voters 30 items

List Rules Vote up the adventure movies that were made all the more exciting with CGI.

An adventure movie can take an audience to a land far away, on a quest for treasure, or on an epic crusade to save the world. The best CGI effects in adventure films enhance the journey by serving the story, not by taking it over. The best CGI scenes in adventure movies can leave a spectator breathless and help to truly define the magic of the cinema.

Special effects can go horribly awry. In the wrong hands, they can appear cartoonish, over the top, and even ruin an otherwise perfectly good flick. The adventure films on this list vary in subgenre; there are superhero movies, disaster films, and science fiction offerings. However, they all use computer-generated imagery to perfection.

What are the best CGI moments in adventure movies? Make your voice heard. Let us know by voting the movies up or down on the list below.

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1
Avatar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Released: 2009

Directed by: James Cameron

Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more
2
Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

Released: 2014

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The film ...more
3
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan ...more
4
The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

Released: 1989

Directed by: James Cameron

The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James Cameron, starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. When an American submarine ...more
5
Inception is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

Released: 2010

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more
6
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more
7
The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2002

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second ...more
8
Serenity is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

Released: 2005

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Serenity is a 2005 American space western film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a continuation of Whedon's short-lived 2002 Fox science fiction television series Firefly and stars the ...more
9
Transformers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Bay

Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line. An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil ...more
10
The Chronicles of Narnia... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

Released: 2005

Directed by: Andrew Adamson

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published ...more
11
The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

Released: 1999

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

The Mummy is a 1999 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Kevin J. O'Connor, with Arnold Vosloo in ...more
12
Harry Potter and the Dea... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 2010

Directed by: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a 2010 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the first of two cinematic parts based on the novel ...more
13
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ang Lee

Life of Pi is a 2012 American historical drama film directed by Ang Lee, based on the novel of the same name by Yann Martel. Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma), a young man who is cast away after a ...more
14
Rogue One: A Star Wars S... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed

Released: 2016

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

This film is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The daughter (Felicity Jones) of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to take the plans.
15
Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche

Released: 2014

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise and retells the origins of Godzilla in contemporary times as a ...more
16
Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Bumblebee Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.

Directed by: Travis Knight

Bumblebee is a 2018 American science fiction action film directed by Travis Knight, based on the Transformers' character. In 1987, Bumblebee takes refuge in a small California beach town ...more
17
Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

Released: 2014

Directed by: James Gunn

Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more
18
The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

Released: 2000

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

The Perfect Storm is a 2000 American biographical disaster drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It is an adaptation of the 1997 non-fiction book of the same title by Sebastian Junger, which ...more
19
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more
20
Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler film based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks. It was directed by Gore ...more
21
The Golden Compass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, Ian McKellen

Released: 2007

Directed by: Chris Weitz

The Golden Compass is a 2007 American fantasy-adventure film directed by Chris Weitz. A young girl, Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards), travels to the far North to save her friend and other ...more
22
Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams

Released: 2016

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Scott Derrickson, based on the Marvel Comics character. After a career-ending car collision, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon ...more
23
Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

This film is a 2006 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, following The Curse of the Black Pearl. It was directed by Gore ...more
24
Jumanji: Welcome to the ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black

Directed by: Scott Rosenberg

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a 2017 American 3D action dark fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan. Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn ...more
25
War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

Released: 2005

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh ...more