Life Of Pi
The story of a young Indian boy who is stranded on a boat with a tiger obviously needed a lot of visual effects. To film his scenes, Suraj Sharma stood on a boat in a pool surrounded by green screen.
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
To make the apes incredibly human-looking, editors used CGI on human actors to turn them into apes.
The Dark Knight
The create the grotesque scarring on the face of Batman villain Two-Face, Aaron Eckhart had to wear motion-capture sensors so that CGI could be added.
The culmination of the various movies within the Marvel franchise, "The Avengers" made liberal use of visual effects.
Lord Of The Rings
To portray the ring-obsessed Gollum in the "Lord of the Ring" series, Andy Serkis had to wear a full bodysuit and spend most of his time crouched down.
The gorgeous settings in "The Hobbit" movies were computer generated.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past
The newest "X-Men" movie went all-out with special effects. The character of Sunspot shoots giant pillars of flame, which actor Adan Canto had to pretend he was doing.
300 — Rise Of An Empire
"300" also depended a lot on visual effects. The crew even computer generated an entire ancient Greek city.
Pirates Of The Caribbean
To portray the tentacle-faced Davy Jones in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, Bill Nighy had to act out all of his scenes in motion sensors.
Sandra Bullock did a lot of CGI work when filming "Gravity." For the scenes when she is out in space, her scenes were filmed in a completely white room.
The Monuments Men
Instead of finding a huge underground holding in "The Monuments Men," Matt Damon and Bill Murray really find just a tiny inlet of sacks and a large green screen.
Alice In Wonderland
Another movie that makes copious use of visual effects is Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland." The characters of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum were actually live actors wearing green screen fat suits and walking on stilts.
To portray the "Sleeping Beauty" villain, Angelina Jolie walked intimidatingly through a lot of green screen forestry.
It's probably no surprise that "Tron: Legacy" involved a ton of CGI. The actors did pretty much all of their scenes on green screen.
In "Elysium," robots police the futuristic, dystopian Earth. The robots were meant to act human, so they were actually acted by real people and then created by CGI.
The "RoboCop" actors had to perform their scenes in front of a stack of sticks the roughly shape the robots they became in the final cut.
The Chronicles Of Narnia
The whimsical land of Narnia was largely created by green screen.
Bella develops a close relationship with the werewolf Jacob in the "Twilight" series. It was really Kristen Stewart petting a man in a bodysuit's head when you're seeing the wolf on screen, though.
Of course, special effects were a huge part of making the recent "Godzilla" film so visually stunning.
The Wolf Of Wall Street
The opulent visuals in "The Wolf of Wall Street" were also largely created by special effects.
A science fiction saga set in out space is going to need a lot of visual effects help, of course. When Ender floats through his Zero Gravity training simulator, the actor was actually being carried around a large green screen.
Chris Evans did a ton of green screen work for the "Captain America" series. He had to pretend he was ziplining onto a rushing train in the snowy mountains.
A lot of the backgrounds in the "Twilight" series utilized green screen, including this ocean scene.