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Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects

Updated October 5, 2020 52.2k votes 4.9k voters 144.1k 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
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Forrest Gump
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 3
    Doctor Strange
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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Released2016

    Directed byScott Derrickson

  • 4
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • 5
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Released2003

    Directed byGore Verbinski

  • 6
    The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

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  • 7
    Iron Man 2
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    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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    Iron Man
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    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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  • 9
    Captain America: The First Avenger
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    Captain America: The First Avenger

    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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  • 10
    Captain America: Civil War
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    Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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  • 11
    Independence Day
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2006

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • 13
    The Matrix
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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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  • 14
    Guardians of the Galaxy Franchise

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  • 15
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Jackson

  • 16
    Titanic
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 17
    Avengers: Endgame
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    Avengers: Endgame

    Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin

    Released2019

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

  • 19
    Guardians of the Galaxy
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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

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  • 20
    Star Wars
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Thor: Ragnarok
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    Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2017

    Directed byTaika Waititi

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  • 22
    Avengers: Infinity War
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    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2018

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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  • 23
    Star Trek
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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  • 24
    Batman Begins
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    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender

    Released2006

    Directed byZack Snyder

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