Top 30 Found Footage Films that Impressed & Influenced Me the Most

Latest update: August 2021 | Adrian Țofei

These are the found footage films that impressed and/or influenced me the most from childhood till recently. They’re not necessarily the ones I consider to be the best or most realistic ever made, it’s a highly subjective list of the found footage films that marked my life. Colored green are the newly-added films and those that climbed in the top at the latest updates. Check out my other film lists as well!

Top 10:

  1. The Blair Witch Project (1999, Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez) – review
  2. Exhibit A (2007, Dom Rotheroe) – review
  3. Zero Day (2002, Ben Coccio) – review
  4. Noroi (2005, Koji Shiraishi)
  5. Home Movie (2008, Christopher Denham)
  6. Found Footage 3D (2016, Steven DeGennaro)
  7. M.O.M. Mothers of Monsters (2020, Tucia Lyman) – review
  8. Death of a Vlogger (2019, Graham Hughes) – review
  9. Cloverfield (2008, Matt Reeves)
  10. Lake Mungo (2008, Joel Anderson)

Top 30:

(in chronological order from 11th to 25th)

  • Teaching Jake about the Camcorder, Jan ’97 (2021 short, Brian David Gilbert)
  • Butterfly Kisses (2018, Erik Kristopher Myers)
  • Followed (Antoine Le, 2018)
  • Project Almanac (2015, Dean Israelite)
  • As Above, So Below (2014, John Erick Dowdle)
  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014, Christopher Landon)
  • Creep (2014, Patrick Brice)
  • The Den (2013, Zachary Donohue)
  • Chronicle (2012, Josh Trank)
  • Feed A (2012 short, Clarke Mayer) 
  • Sinister (2012, Scott Derrickson) [best use of found footage in a traditional film] 
  • V/H/S (2012 anthology movie, various directors)
  • Grave Encounters (2011, The Vicious Brothers)
  • Hollow (2011, Michael Axelgaard)
  • Paranormal Activity 3 (2011, Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman)
  • The Last Exorcism (2010, Daniel Stamm)
  • [REC]2 (2009, Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza)
  • Alone with Her (2006, Eric Nicholas)
  • The Alien Autopsy (1995 short, Spyros Melaris)
  • Cannibal Holocaust (1980, Ruggero Deodato)

Listing these films doesn’t mean acceptance of the potentially illegal, unethical or immoral behaviour of any creator or star, neither that I agree with their opinions on any subject matter. It also doesn’t mean approval of the ideas expressed in the films or of the ways they were made.