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The Best CGI Adventure Movies

Updated August 12, 2019 1.3k votes 299 voters30 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • 1
    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2014

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher... more on Wikipedia
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    Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

    Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Prometheus

    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender

    Released2012

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Serenity is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Serenity

    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

    Released2005

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Serenity is a 2005 American space western film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    The Mummy

    Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser

    Released1999

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    The Mummy is a 1999 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Inception is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg.... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart

    Directed byScott Rosenberg

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a 2017 American 3D action dark fantasy adventure comedy film... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Transformers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Transformers

    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on... more on Wikipedia
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    War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Life of Pi

    Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan

    Released2012

    Directed byAng Lee

    Life of Pi is a 2012 American historical drama film directed by Ang Lee, based on the novel of... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Felicity Jones, Diego Luna

    Released2016

    Directed byGareth Edwards

    This film is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The daughter... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Bumblebee

    Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena

    Directed byTravis Knight

    Bumblebee is a 2018 American science fiction action film directed by Travis Knight, based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Godzilla

    Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston

    Released2014

    Directed byGareth Edwards

    Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    The Abyss

    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

    Released1989

    Directed byJames Cameron

    The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The  is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies

    Released2003

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Doctor Strange

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Released2016

    Directed byScott Derrickson

    Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Scott Derrickson, based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Snow White and the Huntsman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Snow White and the Huntsman

    Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart

    Released2012

    Directed byRupert Sanders

    Snow White and the Huntsman is a 2012 American dark fantasy action film based on the German... more on Wikipedia
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    Star Trek Into Darkness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Star Trek Into Darkness

    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2013

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth... more on Wikipedia
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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The  is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure... more on Wikipedia
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    Harry Potter and the Deathly H is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Yates

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a 2010 fantasy film directed by David Yates... more on Wikipedia
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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best CGI Adventure Movies
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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a 1997 American science fiction adventure directed by Steven... more on Wikipedia
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