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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
PeteBoyle added Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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but chickens double d added Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
but chickens double d added Guardians of the Galaxy Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan

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144 92
Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
ChrisTanakis added Star Trek Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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

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ChrisTanakis added 300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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but chickens double d added Iron Man Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
ChrisTanakis added Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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

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King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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

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Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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PeteBoyle added Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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

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

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but chickens double d added Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom

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X-Men: First Class is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
but chickens double d added X-Men: First Class Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
but chickens double d added Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jour... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
ChrisTanakis added The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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

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Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
ChrisTanakis added Man of Steel Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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

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PeteBoyle added Life of Pi Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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but chickens double d added Spider-Man 2 Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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

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Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
but chickens double d added Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
but chickens double d added Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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but chickens double d added Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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The Abyss Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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I, Robot Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

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but chickens double d added X-Men 2 Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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but chickens double d added 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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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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PeteBoyle added Elysium Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects
but chickens double d added Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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but chickens double d added The Mummy Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

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The Jungle Book Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

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

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but chickens double d added Spider-Man Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning