The Best Found Footage Movies

"Found footage" movies are films shot in POV, presented as being created accidentally, by people using video cameras in "real life" situations. These first-person films are fictional, but attempt to simulate reality, either in a "mockumentary" style or directly implying that the movie has been "discovered" somewhere and then distributed to viewers. The first-person gimmick is most often used in horror movies, as the heightened realism of watching "amateur"-shot footage can enhance the tension and suspense in a found footage movie.

The best found footage movies manage to offer thrills, some chills and certainly suspense as their storylines unfold. Typically, found footage films are horror films, but not always. This list includes some excellent films from the found footage movie genre, so be sure to vote for the ones you like the most (and vote down any that you didn't think worked too well). You can also re-rank this list in any order you choose.

Some movies that are generally considered to be found footage films combine elements of the POV footage and a larger narrative, so essentially they are a combination film. This list includes a few of those movies, and if you don't agree they should be on here, vote them down. Many of these spooky movies could be considered among the greatest horror films ever made, too.

What's the scariest found footage movie ever? Certainly, some of the major contenders include the original 'Paranormal Activity' movie (released in 2007), 'REC' (also 2007) and 1999's 'The Blair Witch Project' (perhaps the first found footage movie to gain mainstream appeal at the theaters). Do these movies scare you out of your wits? If so, you're probably a big found footage fan - one who spends endless hours perusing the best horror movies on Netflix instant to get some new thrills.

Some excellent found footage movies that aren't necessarily in the horror movie genre include 2012's science fiction/thriller 'Chronicle' and the cop drama 'End of Watch.' The comedy 'Project X,' also released in 2012, could certainly be considered among the best found footage movies, even though it is most definitely *not* a horror film. It's actually an excellent teen movie.

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  • Hell House LLC
    Stephen Cognetti
    • Actors: Kristin Michelle Taylor, Theodore Bouloukos, Natalie Gee, Jeb Kreager
    • Released: 2015
  • Devil's Pass
    Renny Harlin
    • Actors: Gemma Atkinson, Richard Ried, Matt Stokoe, Aleksey Nesterov, Aleksey Kink
    • Released: 2013
    • Actors: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang, Brett Gentile
    • Released: 2014
  • Phoenix Forgotten
    Justin Barber
    • Actors: Chelsea Lopez, Florence Hartigan, Justin Matthews, Luke Spencer Roberts
    • Released: 2017
  • The Visit
    M. Night Shyamalan
    • Actors: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn
    • Released: 2015
  • Afflicted
    Derek Lee, Clif Prowse
    • Actors: Clif Prowse, Derek Lee, Baya Rehaz, Benjamin Zeitoun, Zach Gray
    • Released: 2013
  • Creep
    Patrick Brice
    • Actors: Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice
    • Released: 2014
  • Project Almanac
    Dean Israelite
    • Actors: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, Ginny Gardner
    • Released: 2015
  • The Den
    Zachary Donohue
    • Actors: Melanie Papalia, David Schlachtenhaufen, Matt Riedy
    • Released: December 23, 2013 (Russia), March 14, 2014 (United States)
  • Europa Report
    Sebastián Cordero
    • Actors: Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Christian Camargo, Daniel Wu, Karolina Wydra
    • Released: 2013
  • The Sacrament
    • Actors: Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, AJ Bowen, Kate Lyn Sheil, Kentucker Audley
    • Released: 2013
  • The Conspiracy
    Christopher MacBride
    • Actors: Aaron Poole, James Gilbert
    • Released: September 20, 2012
  • Exists
    Eduardo Sánchez
    • Actors: Dora Madison, Samuel Davis, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn, Brian Steele
    • Released: 2014
  • Area 51
    Oren Peli
    • Actors: Susan Lanier, Sandra Staggs, Roy Abramsohn, David Saucedo, Glenn Campbell
    • Released: 2014
  • Ghostwatch
    Lesley Manning
    • Actors: Craig Charles, Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene
    • Released: 1992
  • Banshee Chapter
    Blair Erickson
    • Actors: Ted Levine, Katia Winter, Michael McMillian
    • Released: December 12, 2013 (United States)
  • Creep 2
    Patrick Brice
    • Actors: Mark Duplass, Karan Soni, Patrick Brice, Desiree Akhavan, Caveh Zahedi
    • Released: 2017
  • Digging Up the Marrow
    • Actors: Ray Wise, Adam Green, Will Barratt
    • Released: 2013
  • Paranormal Activity: the Marked Ones
    • Actors: Jorge Diaz, Andrew Jacobs, Gabrielle Walsh, Richard Cabral, Noemi Gonzalez
    • Released: January 3, 2014 (United States)
  • 20
    Vincent J. Guastini, Michael McQuown
    • Actors: Brittany Underwood, Emilia Ares Zoryan, David Hull, David Rountree

  • 21

    The Phoenix Tapes '97

  • Extraterrestrial
    Colin Minihan
    • Actors: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Melanie Papalia
    • Released: 17 October 2014 (USA)
  • Unfriended
    Levan Gabriadze
    • Actors: Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki
    • Released: 2014
  • Atrocious
    Fernando Barreda Luna
    • Actors: Rafael Amaya, Ferran Castera, Jose Masegosa, Xavi Doz, Chus Pereiro
    • Released: 2010
  • Paranormal Entity
    Shane Van Dyke
    • Actors: Erin Marie Hogan, Shane Van Dyke, Norman Saleet, Fia Perera
    • Released: 2009