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The Worst CGI Action Movies

Updated November 5, 2019 235 votes 19 voters29 items

List RulesVote 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.  

  • 1
    The Mummy Returns is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    The Mummy Returns

    Dwayne Johnson, Rachel Weisz

    Released2001

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    The Mummy Returns, is a 2001 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Ultraviolet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Ultraviolet

    Milla Jovovich, William Fichtner

    Released2006

    Directed byKurt Wimmer

    Ultraviolet is a 2006 American dystopian science fiction action-horror-thriller film written... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    The Matrix Reloaded is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    The Matrix Reloaded

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released2003

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 American science fiction action film, the first sequel to The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    In Time is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    In Time

    Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2011

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

    In Time is a 2011 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    Star Wars Episode II: Attack o is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

    Released2002

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    (22 Years Before Episode IV) Ten years after the events of the Battle of Naboo, not only has... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley

    Released1999

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    (32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released2018

    Directed byJ. A. Bayona

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

    Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello

    Released2008

    Directed byRob Cohen

    The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, is a 2008 American dark fantasy adventure film and is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Jurassic Park III is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Jurassic Park III

    Téa Leoni, William H. Macy

    Released2001

    Directed byJoe Johnston

    Jurassic Park III is a 2001 American science fiction adventure monster film. It is the third... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Justice League is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Justice League

    Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill

    Released2017

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Fantastic Four

    Kate Mara, Jamie Bell

    Released2015

    Directed byJosh Trank

    Fantastic Four (stylized as Fant4stic) is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Josh... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    300 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    300

    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender

    Released2006

    Directed byZack Snyder

    300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Thor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Thor

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2011

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    Thor is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the Marvel Comics... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Mission: Impossible II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Mission: Impossible II

    Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins

    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Woo

    Mission: Impossible 2 (also stylized as Mission: Impossible II and abbreviated as M:I-2) is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Wanted is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Wanted

    Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman

    Released2008

    Directed byTimur Bekmambetov

    Wanted is a 2008 action film which is very loosely based on the comic book miniseries of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Hulk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Hulk

    Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte

    Released2003

    Directed byAng Lee

    Hulk is a 2003 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Spider-Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Spider-Man 3

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2007

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    A Sound of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    A Sound of Thunder

    Ben Kingsley, David Oyelowo

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Hyams

    A Sound of Thunder is a 2005 science fiction thriller film directed by Peter Hyams, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Tron: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Tron: Legacy

    Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges

    Released2010

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

    Tron: Legacy is a 2010 American science fiction film produced and released by Walt Disney... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom  is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies

    Released2008

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American science fiction... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    Lake Placid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Lake Placid

    Betty White, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1999

    Directed bySteve Miner

    Lake Placid is a 1999 American monster horror comedy film. The film was written by David E.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Snakes on a Plane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Snakes on a Plane

    Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

    Snakes on a Plane is a 2006 American action thriller film directed by David R. Ellis and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Anaconda

    Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube

    Released1997

    Directed byLuis Llosa

    Anaconda is a 1997 adventure-horror film, directed by Luis Llosa, starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Jurassic World

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt

    Released2015

    Directed byColin Trevorrow

    Jurassic World is a 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    Blade II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst CGI Action Movies
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    Blade II

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released2002

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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