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The Worst CGI Action Movies  

Ranker Film
95 votes 11 voters 29 items

List Rules Vote up the movies that had the worst CGI action moments.

Modern-day special effects create the opportunity for a spectator to fully immerse themselves in a movie. However, even a few of the biggest blockbusters produced by the world’s most acclaimed directors made this list of the worst CGI effects in action films. Say it ain’t so Spielberg and Lucas! Which of their films have to be considered among the worst CGI moments in action movies? Definitely Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the first two Star Wars prequels.

Everyone knows that movies are a false reality. Part of the agreement between spectator and filmmaker is to remove the barrier between what is real and what is on the big screen. So when horrible effects are used in a movie, it completely shatters the suspension of disbelief for audiences.

The snakes on the plane were designed to be terrifying; they weren’t because of bad CGI. The Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns was supposed to be an antagonist that instilled fear, he didn’t because of horrible effects. The worst CGI scenes in action movies literally result in the opposite of their intentions.

Make your voice heard. Vote up all the biggest action movie offenses to computer-generated imagery.  

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The Matrix Reloaded is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith
The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 American science fiction action film, the first sequel to The Matrix, and the second installment in The Matrix trilogy, written and directed by The Wachowski ...more
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The Mummy Returns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Dwayne Johnson, Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser
The Mummy Returns, is a 2001 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr, Patricia ...more
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Ultraviolet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Milla Jovovich, William Fichtner, Cameron Bright
Ultraviolet is a 2006 American dystopian science fiction action-horror-thriller film written and directed by Kurt Wimmer and produced by Screen Gems. It stars Milla Jovovich as Violet Song and ...more
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Star Wars Episode I: The Phant... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor
(32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master ...more
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Wanted is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy
Wanted is a 2008 action film which is very loosely based on the comic book miniseries of the same name by Mark Millar. The film is directed by Timur Bekmambetov and stars James McAvoy, Morgan ...more
6
Star Wars Episode II: Attack o... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson
(22 Years Before Episode IV) Ten years after the events of the Battle of Naboo, not only has the galaxy undergone significant change, but so have Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, and Anakin ...more
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by J. A. Bayona. When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire ...more
8
Justice League is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the fifth installment in the DC Extended ...more
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The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Michelle Yeoh
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, is a 2008 American dark fantasy adventure film and is the third and final installment in the Mummy trilogy. The film stars Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria ...more
10
In Time is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake
In Time is a 2011 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed, and produced by Andrew Niccol. In 2169, people are genetically engineered to stop aging on their 25th ...more
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300 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey
300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Both are fictionalized retellings of the Battle of Thermopylae which took ...more
12
Tron: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, Cillian Murphy
Tron: Legacy is a 2010 American science fiction film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. A sequel to the 1982 film Tron, it is directed by Joseph Kosinski, produced by Tron director ...more
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A Sound of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Ben Kingsley, David Oyelowo, Catherine McCormack
A Sound of Thunder is a 2005 science fiction thriller film directed by Peter Hyams, and starring Edward Burns, Catherine McCormack and Ben Kingsley. An international co-production between the ...more
14
Thor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Thor is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the Marvel Comics character. The powerful, but arrogant god Thor (Chris Hemsworth), is cast out of Asgard to live ...more
15
Jurassic Park III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern
Jurassic Park III is a 2001 American science fiction adventure monster film. It is the third installment in the Jurassic Park franchise and a sequel to the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic ...more
16
Hulk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, Eric Bana
Hulk is a 2003 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name. Ang Lee directed the film, which stars Eric Bana as Dr. Bruce Banner, as well as Jennifer ...more
17
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American science fiction adventure film. It is the fourth film in the Indiana Jones series created by George Lucas and directed by ...more
18
Lake Placid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Lake Placid Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda
Lake Placid is a 1999 American monster horror comedy film. The film was written by David E. Kelley and directed by Steve Miner, starring Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan ...more
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Snakes on a Plane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Taylor Kitsch
Snakes on a Plane is a 2006 American action thriller film directed by David R. Ellis and starring Samuel L. Jackson. It was released by New Line Cinema on August 18, 2006, in North America. The ...more
20
Spider-Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco
Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and ...more
21
Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan
Fantastic Four (stylized as Fant4stic) is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Josh Trank, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. After teleporting to an alternate universe which ...more
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Mission: Impossible II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton
Mission: Impossible 2 (also stylized as Mission: Impossible II and abbreviated as M:I-2) is a 2000 American action spy film directed by John Woo, and the second film in the Mission: Impossible ...more
23
Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio
Jurassic World is an upcoming 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The screenplay was ...more
24
Die Another Day is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Madonna, Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan
This film is the twentieth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth and last film to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film follows Bond as he leads a ...more
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Air Force One is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close
Air Force One is a 1997 American political action thriller film written by Andrew W. Marlowe and directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is about a group of Russian terrorists that ...more