Top Ten Most Realistic CGI Characters In Movies

This list compiles the most impressive computer-generated characters ever to grace the big screen with their presence.

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1Gollum (Andy Serkis) - The Lord of the Rings & The HobbitGollum is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He was introduced in the 1937 children's fantasy novel The Hobbit, and became an important supporting character in its sequel, The Lord of the Rings.

To this day, over twelve years after the release of 'The Two Towers', WETA Digital's perfectly crafted Gollum remains one of the most realistic computer-generated characters ever to appear on screen. - BKAllmighty

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2Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) - Pirates of the Caribbean

Nighy, himself, has been forced to tell numerous interviewers that the special effects used to create his appearance in 'Dead Man's Chest' and 'At World's End' were not made up of latex appliances or makeup of any kind. In truth, not even his actual eyes were used. It was all computer, baby. - BKAllmighty

3Caesar (Andy Serkis) - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The motion capture in 2011's 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' was impressive but the effects were downright unbelievable once the 2014 sequel came around. - BKAllmighty

4Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) - Avatar

Every member of the Na'vi is equally ultra-realistic, of course. But no one matches the energy and radiance (not to mention screen time) of Neytiri. - BKAllmighty

5King Kong (Andy Serkis) - King Kong (2005)

This marks the third addition to this list that has featured a character played by the Mo-Cap master, Andy Serkis. After playing the mightiest of monkeys (technically apes, I know) in this film, he was selected as the obvious choice to portray the lead in the current 'Planet of the Apes' series (2011-). - BKAllmighty

6Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) - Transformers seriesOptimus Prime is a fictional character from the Transformers franchise. Optimus Prime is consistently depicted as having strong moral character, excellent leadership, and sound decision-making skills, and possesses brilliant military tactics, powerful martial arts, and advanced alien weaponry.

There has to be over a million separate parts within every one of those CGI models. And each part looks as convincing as the others. - BKAllmighty

7T-Rex - Jurassic Park series

When 1993's 'Jurassic Park' came out, nothing of that scale had ever been attempted. Evenly mixed with giant puppets and animatronics, the dinos all look mind-blowingly real, even to this day. Let's hope the trend is continued with the upcoming fourth installment, 'Jurassic World'. - BKAllmighty

8The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) - Marvel's The Avengers & Avengers: Age of Ultron

The 2003 film was way too rubbery-looking, and the 2008 film's Hulk was a little boney-looking, to be honest. Well, after nine years and three movies of trying, we were finally given the Hulk we always wanted in 2012's 'The Avengers'. And soon we'll get to see more of the lovable green brute in 2015's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. - BKAllmighty

9Grendel's Mother (Angelina Jolie) - Beowulf (2007)

While the entire movie was made up of impressive CGI visuals and motion-capture performances, Angelina's memorable appearance as the evil temptress was, perhaps, the most stunningly realistic element of them all. - BKAllmighty

10Dobby - Harry Potter

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11Aslan (Liam Neeson) - Chronicles of Narnia Franchise
12Sonny (Alan Tudyk) - I, Robot (2004)

What's written above looks like a weird 70's-80's pop band, doesn't it? Anyways, 'I, Robot' features the perfect blend of action, science-fiction, suspense, and (of course) freaky, translucent, E.T. -chested, punchy, ninja robots! - BKAllmighty

13Iorek Byrnison (Ian McKellen) - The Golden Compass
14Godzilla - Godzilla (2014)Godzilla is a giant monster originating from a series of tokusatsu films of the same name from Japan.
15Tyrannosaurus Rex - Jurassic Park
16Indominus Rex - Jurassic World
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Top Remixes

1. Gollum (Andy Serkis) - The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit
2. Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) - Pirates of the Caribbean
3. Caesar (Andy Serkis) - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes



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