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The Best Found Footage Movies

Updated November 21, 2019 2.8k votes 1.4k voters 87.6k views68 items

"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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    Devil's Pass

    Renny Harlin

    ActorsGemma Atkinson, Richard Ried, Matt Stokoe, Aleksey Nesterov, Aleksey Kink

    Released2013

    Devil's Pass is a 2013 UK-Russian science fiction horror film directed by Renny Harlin, written by Vikram Weet, and starring Holly Goss, Matt Stokoe, Luke Albright, Ryan Hawley, and Gemma Atkinson as...  more

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    Afflicted

    Derek Lee, Clif Prowse

    ActorsZach Gray, Michel Gill, Greg Ng, Clif Prowse, Derek Lee

    Released2013

    Afflicted is a 2013 Canadian found footage film that was written and directed by Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, and is their feature film directorial debut. It had its world premiere on September 9, 2013...  more

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    ActorsJill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang, Brett Gentile

    Released2014

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    Inner Demons

    Seth Grossman

    ActorsWilliam Thomas Jones, Sewell Whitney, Brian Flaherty, Kate Whitney, Susan Ateh

    Released2013

    Inner Demons is a 2014 horror film written by Glenn Gers and directed by Seth Grossman....  more
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    Hell House LLC

    Stephen Cognetti

    ActorsKristin Michelle Taylor, Theodore Bouloukos, Natalie Gee, Jeb Kreager

    Released2015

    Hell House LLC is a 2015 American found footage horror film written and directed by Stephen Cognetti....  more
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    Creep

    Patrick Kack-Brice

    ActorsMark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice

    Released2014

    Creep is a 2014 comedy horror film directed by Patrick Brice, based on a script written by Brice and Mark Duplass. The movie, which is Brice's directorial debut, had its world premiere on March 8,...  more

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    Area 51

    Oren Peli

    ActorsSusan Lanier, Sandra Staggs, Roy Abramsohn, David Saucedo, Glenn Campbell

    Released2014

    Area 51 is an upcoming science-fiction horror film, written and directed by Oren Peli, the director of Paranormal Activity and starring Benjamin Rovner, Reid Warner and Darrin Bragg....  more
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    Devil's Due

    Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

    ActorsAimee Carrero, Allison Miller, Vanessa Ray, Sam Anderson, Zach Gilford

    Released2014

    Devil's Due is a 2014 American found footage supernatural horror film directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, and written by Lindsay Devlin. The film stars Allison Miller, Zach Gilford,...  more
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    The Visit

    M. Night Shyamalan

    ActorsOlivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn

    Released2015

    The Visit is a 2015 American found footage horror film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Two siblings become increasingly frightened by their grandparents' disturbing behavior while visiting them on...  more

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    Alien Outpost

    Jabbar Raisani

    ActorsAdrian Paul, Rick Ravanello, Brandon Auret, Reiley McClendon

    Released2015

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    ActorsJorge Diaz, Andrew Jacobs, Gabrielle Walsh, Richard Cabral, Noemi Gonzalez

    ReleasedJanuary 3, 2014 (United States)

    Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is a 2014 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Christopher B. Landon. Released on January 3, 2014 in the United States, it is the first...  more

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    Project Almanac

    Dean Israelite

    ActorsSofia Black D'Elia, Amy Landecker, Gary Grubbs, Virginia Gardner, Jonny Weston

    Released2015

    Project Almanac is a 2015 American found footage science fiction thriller film directed by Dean Israelite and written by Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman. Filmed in 2013 and originally planned...  more
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    ActorsAmy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, A. J. Bowen, Donna Biscoe, Kate Lyn Sheil

    Released2013

    The Sacrament is a 2013 horror thriller film written and directed by Ti West....  more

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    ActorsRichard Dillane, Peter Brooke, Matthew Kane, Natasha Loring, Stephen Jennings

    Released10 August 2012 (United Kingdom)

    The Dinosaur Project is a 2012 British adventure science-fiction film written and directed by Sid Bennett....  more
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    ActorsRay Wise, Adam Green, Will Barratt

    Released2013

    Digging Up the Marrow is a 2013 documentary film written and directed by Adam Green. Adam Green being his documentary featuring monsters and is surprised when William Dekker (Ray Wise), a retired...  more
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    The Den

    Zachary Donohue

    ActorsMelanie Papalia, David Schlachtenhaufen, Matt Riedy

    ReleasedDecember 23, 2013 (Russia), March 14, 2014 (United States)

    The Den is a 2013 found footage film by Zachary Donohue and his feature film directorial debut. The film was first released in Russia on December 23, 2013, and was given a simultaneous limited...  more

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    Creep 2

    Patrick Brice

    ActorsMark Duplass, Desiree Akhavan, Karan Soni

    Released2017

    Creep 2 is a 2017 American found footage horror film directed by Patrick Brice. A video artist (Desiree Akhavan) looking for work drives to a remote house in the forest to meet a man (Mark Duplass)...  more

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    The Dark Tapes

    Vincent J. Guastini, Michael McQuown

    ActorsBrittany Underwood, Emilia Ares Zoryan, David Hull, David Rountree

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    The Conspiracy

    Christopher MacBride

    ActorsAaron Poole, James Gilbert

    ReleasedSeptember 20, 2012

    The Conspiracy is a 2012 Canadian conspiracy thriller film written and directed by Christopher MacBride and features actors Aaron Poole, James Gilbert, Alan C. Peterson, and Julian Richings. It tells...  more
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    Europa Report

    Sebastián Cordero

    ActorsSharlto Copley, Embeth Davidtz, Christian Camargo, Daniel Wu, Dan Fogler

    Released2013

    Europa Report is a 2013 science fiction film directed by Sebastián Cordero, and starring Christian Camargo, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Karolina Wydra, and Sharlto Copley. A found...  more

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    Phoenix Forgotten

    Justin Barber

    ActorsChelsea Lopez, Florence Hartigan, Justin Matthews, Luke Spencer Roberts

    Released2017

    Phoenix Forgotten is a 2017 American found footage science-fiction supernatural psychological horror film directed by Justin Barber. 20 years after three teenagers disappeared in the wake of...  more
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    Unfriended

    Levan Gabriadze

    ActorsShelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki

    Released2014

    Unfriended is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by Levan Gabriadze. A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account...  more

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    Greystone Park

    Sean Stone

    ActorsOliver Stone, Bruce Payne, Alexander Wraith, Pete Antico, Sean Stone

    Released2012

    Greystone Park is a found footage horror film written by Sean Stone and Alexander Wraith, directed by Sean Stone and starring Sean Stone, Alexander Wraith, Antonella Lentini, Oliver Stone and Bruce...  more
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    Megan is Missing

    Michael Goi

    ActorsApril Stewart, Tammy Klein, Jennifer DiBella, Amber Perkins, Peter Renaud

    Released2011

    Megan Is Missing is a 2011 American drama horror movie written and directed by Michael Goi. The movie is presented by way of "found footage" and follows two teenage girls that go online to find...  more
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    ActorsDanielle Lozeau, Andrea Monier, Anthony Fanelli, Robin Steffen

    Released2014