11. THE WATER ALIENS IN THE ABYSS (1989)
The CGI work in James Cameron’s The Abyss is a precursor to almost every animated creature that came after it. From startling water effects, to realistic facial expressions, the water aliens in this movie were a small building block towards what has become one of the most prevalent move making tools of the past two decades.
The Abyss wasn’t exactly a blockbuster hit when it came out, despite a strong critical response; but over the years it has been recognized as a landmark in special effects technology. James Cameron has been a part of special effects revolutions in every decade since the '80s, and The Abyss was merely the beginning of what the director has brought to the movie industry.