Top Ten Most Realistic CGI Characters In Movies

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

The Top Ten

1 Gollum (Andy Serkis) - The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit Gollum (Andy Serkis) - The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit Gollum 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

My favorite Motion Capture Performance

My Precious - JPK

He's CGI? The world makes so much sense.

~TheSuprisedViolist

2 Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) - Pirates of the Caribbean Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) - Pirates of the Caribbean Davy Jones is a fictional villain character in the Pirates of the Caribbean feature film series, who first appears in the second film, Dead Man's Chest and returns in the series' third installment, At World's End.

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

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

4 Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) - Avatar Neytiri (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

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

6 Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) - Transformers series Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) - Transformers series Optimus 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

7 T-Rex - Jurassic Park series T-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

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

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

10 Aslan (Liam Neeson) - Chronicles of Narnia Franchise Aslan (Liam Neeson) - Chronicles of Narnia Franchise

The Contenders

11 Dobby - Harry Potter Dobby - Harry Potter
12 Godzilla - Godzilla (2014) Godzilla - Godzilla (2014) Godzilla is a giant monster originating from a series of tokusatsu films of the same name from Japan.
13 Sonny (Alan Tudyk) - I, Robot (2004) Sonny (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

14 Iorek Byrnison (Ian McKellen) - The Golden Compass Iorek Byrnison (Ian McKellen) - The Golden Compass
15 Tyrannosaurus Rex - Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus Rex - Jurassic Park
16 Indominus Rex - Jurassic World Indominus Rex - Jurassic World
17 Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) - Guardians of the Galaxy
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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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