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The Worst CGI Adventure Movies  

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41 votes 12 voters 20 items

List Rules Vote up movies where the CGI totally took you out of the story.

The key to making a scene with CGI successful is all about realism. The worst CGI effects in adventure films totally fail at that one key element. Many of the motion pictures on this list are actually really good, it’s just that they contain some of the worst CGI scenes in adventure movies history.

It’s hard to believe that Steven Spielberg, who is one of the most acclaimed directors in cinema, made the fourth Indiana Jones installment Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The movie is filled with fake looking and sloppy CGI. However, Indy 4 looks Oscar-worthy next to The Rock’s animation as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns.

Which do you think are the worst CGI moments in adventure movies? Make your voice heard by voting thumbs up or thumbs down on the list below. If we left out a major CGI adventure movie offender, go ahead and add it.

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The Mummy Returns is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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
3
A Sound of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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
4
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a 2009 American superhero film directed by Gavin Hood, based on the Marvel Comic character. The early years of James Logan (Hugh Jackman), featuring his rivalry with ...more
5
Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Angela Bassett
Green Lantern is a 2011 action fantasy film written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim and directed by Martin Campbell.
6
Gods of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush
Gods of Egypt is an upcoming American adventure epic fantasy film directed by Alex Proyas and co-written with Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. The film stars Brenton Thwaites, Gerard Butler, ...more
7
Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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
8
Justice League is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
Justice League 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
9
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. ...more
10
Hulk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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
11
The Hobbit: The Battle of the ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen
The Hobbit: There and Back Again is a 2014 film writted by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro and directed by Peter Jackson.
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Die Another Day is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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
13
Snakes on a Plane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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
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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson
I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ...more
15
Star Wars Episode II: Attack o... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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
16
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more
17
Star Wars Episode I: The Phant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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
18
Ultraviolet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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
19
Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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
20
King Kong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody
King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed, co-written, and produced by Peter Jackson, it stars Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, Jack Black as Carl ...more