Top 38 Found Footage Films that Impressed & Influenced Me the Most [new]

Expanded, updated & republished: May 2021

These are the found footage films that impressed and/or influenced me the most from adolescence 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.

The list can also be found on LetterboxdIMDb and iCheckMoviesCheck out also the Top 100 Horror Films that Impressed & Influenced Me the Most.

Colored green are the newly-added titles and those that climbed in the top at the latest update.

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. M.O.M. Mothers of Monsters (2020, Tucia Lyman) – review
  7. Death of a Vlogger (2019, Graham Hughes) – review
  8. Cloverfield (2008, Matt Reeves)
  9. Lake Mungo (2008, Joel Anderson)
  10. Cannibal Holocaust (1980, Ruggero Deodato)

Top 25:

(in chronological order from 11th to 25th)

  • Butterfly Kisses (2018, Erik Kristopher Myers)
  • Followed (Antoine Le, 2018)
  • Found Footage 3D (2016, Steven DeGennaro)
  • Project Almanac (2015, Dean Israelite)
  • As Above, So Below (2014, John Erick Dowdle)
  • Creep (2014, Patrick Brice)
  • The Den (2013, Zachary Donohue)
  • Chronicle (2012, Josh Trank)
  • Grave Encounters (2011, The Vicious Brothers)
  • Hollow (2011, Michael Axelgaard)
  • The Last Exorcism (2010, Daniel Stamm)
  • [REC]2 (2009, Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza)
  • Paranormal Activity (2007, Oren Peli)
  • Alone with Her (2006, Eric Nicholas)
  • The Alien Autopsy (1995 short, Spyros Melaris)

Top 38:

(in chronological order from 26th to 38th)

  • Teaching Jake about the Camcorder, Jan ’97 (2021 short, Brian David Gilbert)
  • The Visit (2015, M. Night Shyamalan)
  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014, Christopher Landon)
  • Unfriended (2014, Levan Gabriadze)
  • V/H/S/2 (2013 anthology movie, various directors)
  • Feed A (2012 short, Clarke Mayer) 
  • V/H/S (2012 anthology movie, various directors)
  • Paranormal Activity 3 (2011, Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman)
  • Atrocious (2010, Fernando Barreda Luna)
  • Snuff: A Documentary About Killing on Camera (2008 documentary, Paul von Stoetzel)
  • REC (2007, Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza)
  • Alive in Joburg (2005 short, Neill Blomkamp)
  • Ghostwatch (1992 tv movie, Lesley Manning)

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.