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The Worst CGI Adventure Movies

Updated April 26, 2019 1.2k votes 136 voters 2.7k views20 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • 1
    The Mummy Returns is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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 Wikipedia
  • 2
    Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
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    Green Lantern

    Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    Green Lantern is a 2011 action fantasy film written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
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    17

    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 Wikipedia
  • 4
    Snakes on a Plane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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 Wikipedia
  • 5
    Hulk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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 Wikipedia
  • 6
    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom  is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies

    Released2008

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American science fiction... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    A Sound of Thunder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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 Wikipedia
  • 8
    Justice League is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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 Wikipedia
  • 9
    Gods of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
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    Gods of Egypt

    Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

    Released2016

    Directed byAlex Proyas

    Gods of Egypt is an upcoming American adventure epic fantasy film directed by Alex Proyas and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Die Another Day is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
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    25

    Die Another Day

    Madonna, Halle Berry

    Released2002

    Directed byLee Tamahori

    This film is the twentieth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth and last film to... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
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    King Kong

    Naomi Watts, Jack Black

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed,... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Ultraviolet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
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    25

    Ultraviolet

    Milla Jovovich, William Fichtner

    Released2006

    Directed byKurt Wimmer

    Ultraviolet is a 2006 American dystopian science fiction action-horror-thriller film written... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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 Wikipedia
  • 15
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
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    X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber

    Released2009

    Directed byGavin Hood

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a 2009 American superhero film directed by Gavin Hood, based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer' is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Star Wars Episode II: Attack o is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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 Wikipedia
  • 18
    Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure 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 Wikipedia
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    The Hobbit: The Battle of the  is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
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    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly

    Released2014

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Hobbit: There and Back Again is a 2014 film writted by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter... more on Wikipedia
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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst CGI Adventure Movies
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The... more on Wikipedia
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