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Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects

Updated October 5, 2020 50.1k votes 4.5k voters 142.5k views165 items

List RulesMovies must be mainly live action with elements of CGI.

Live action films with the best CGI effects ever include some of the most popular movies of all-time. Think Jurassic Park, the Transformers series, and the Matrix movies. 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 be sure to vote it up on the list.

Some of the best live action films with computer generated images 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 top 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 computer generated imagery movies.

What films do you think combined live action with the best CGI effects? Time to vote!

Be sure to also take a look at The Best Action Movies On Amazon Prime, The Best Action Movies On Netflix, and The Best Action Movies of All Time

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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Doctor Strange

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Released2016

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    Captain America: The First Ave is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Captain America: The First Avenger

    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    The Lord of the Rings film tri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects

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    Captain America: The Winter So is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: The  is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects

    Released2003

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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    Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Captain America: Civil War

    Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Avengers: Endgame

    Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin

    Released2019

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2006

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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    Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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    Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

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    Guardians of the Galaxy Franch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects

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    Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Thor: Ragnarok

    Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2017

    Directed byTaika Waititi

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    Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Avengers: Infinity War

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2018

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly H is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects
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    Released2011

    Directed byDavid Yates

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