Making it just about silent digfx is silly, 2001 and Close Encounters and Blade Runner are the best looking vfx films ever, and probably the most influential of the last half of the 20th century, too. Go read Cinefex 80, where the industry pros pick their favorite fx sequences from 1980 to 2000 ... MUCH better list
And: Digital Effects aging very quickly. While one sees the fake special effects often look at (and after, because he's so great), act quickly outdated Vfx: Mercury from Heini Terminator 2: We have since too many animated Kraftgel droplets or their opponents, the Slime-Keim-goo seen that seem to be photo-realistic, despite its silliness. In Titanic sure you will believe what you see, and the huge set does the film still has a terrific impact, while many computer tricks look already, after only ten years ago, a little like the History Channel. Polar Express: Here, as synonymous in Beowulf see the movements of people like the one from Shrek. The scripts themselves are good, and man is annoyed that it is motion capture. In Walt Disney's Christmas Carol Standing on the shoulders of giants. Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings, perfectly adequate for the past 33 years.