The Best Found Footage Movies Ever Made

List by john Last updated August 16, 2017

There are some very well known "found footage" movies such as the classic 90's flick The Blair Witch Project however there are many unknown ones which are covered in this list of the best found footage films ever.


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Noroi: The Curse (2005)

Horror Mystery

A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."

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Vote count 48 Vote avg 70 Release date 2005-08-20

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

Horror Thriller
The last thing his victims saw... was his camera.

When hundreds of videotapes showing torture, murder and dismemberment are found in an abandoned house, they reveal a serial killer's decade-long reign of terror and become the most disturbing collection of evidence homicide detectives have ever seen.

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Vote count 57 Vote avg 56 Release date 2007-04-27

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The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)

Horror Mystery Thriller
Evil lives within you

What starts as a poignant medical documentary about Deborah Logan's descent into Alzheimer's disease and her daughter's struggles as caregiver degenerates into a maddening portrayal of dementia at its most frightening, as hair-raising events begin to plague the family and crew and an unspeakable malevolence threatens to tear the very fabric of sanity from them all.

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Vote count 269 Vote avg 60 Release date 2014-10-21

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Grave Encounters (2011)

Thriller Horror
They Were Searching For Proof. They Found it.

A crew from a paranormal reality television show lock themselves in a haunted psychiatric hospital. They search for evidence of paranormal activity as they shoot what ends up becoming their final episode.

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Vote count 302 Vote avg 62 Release date 2011-09-09

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The Fourth Kind (2009)

Science Fiction Thriller
There are four kinds of alien encounters. The fourth kind is abduction.

Since the 1960s, a disproportionate number of the population in and around Nome, Alaska, have gone missing. Despite FBI investigations, the disappearances remain a mystery. Dr. Abigail Tyler, a psychologist, may be on the verge of blowing the unsolved cases wide open when, during the course of treating her patients, she finds evidence of alien abductions.

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Vote count 366 Vote avg 58 Release date 2009-11-06

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Creep (2014)

Horror Thriller

Looking for work, Aaron comes across a cryptic online ad: “$1,000 for the day. Filming service. Discretion is appreciated.” Low on cash and full of naiveté, he decides to go for it. He drives to a cabin in a remote mountain town where he meets Josef, his cinematic subject for the day. Josef is sincere and the project seems heartfelt, so Aaron begins to film. But as the day goes on, it becomes clear that Josef is not who he says, and his intentions are not at all pure.

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Vote count 190 Vote avg 60 Release date 2014-06-23

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Paranormal Activity (2007)

Horror Mystery
What Happens When You Sleep?

After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban 'starter' tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to.

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Vote count 1,022 Vote avg 60 Release date 2007-09-14

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Banshee Chapter (2013)

Horror Thriller
The experiments are over, the terror has just begun...

On the trail of a missing friend who had been experimenting with mind-altering drugs, a young journalist - aided by a rogue counter-culture writer, The Silence of The Lambs -- finds herself drawn into the dangerous world of top-secret government chemical research and the mystery of a disturbing radio signal of unknown origin. A fast-paced thriller blending fact and fiction, Banshee Chapter is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about covert programs run by the CIA.

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Vote count 77 Vote avg 57 Release date 2013-08-26

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The Den (2013)

Horror Thriller
Online is the scene of the #crime

A young woman studying the habits of webcam chat users from the apparent safety of her apartment witnesses a brutal murder online and is quickly immersed in a nightmare in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.

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Vote count 106 Vote avg 62 Release date 2013-12-12

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The Atticus Institute (2015)

Horror
The only case of possession confirmed by the U.S. Government.

In the early 1970s, Dr. Henry West creates an institute to find people with supernatural abilities. When Judith Winstead comes to the facility, she exhibits amazing abilities that the military wants to turn into a weapon.

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Vote count 123 Vote avg 54 Release date 2015-01-20

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[REC] (2007)

Horror Mystery
One witness. One camera

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

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Vote count 742 Vote avg 71 Release date 2007-04-10

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Lake Mungo (2008)

Horror Thriller
If you've never seen a ghost... Look closer.

16 year old Alice Palmer drowns in a local dam. When her body is recovered and, her grieving family buries her. The family experiences a series of strange, inexplicable events centered in and around their home. Unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny. Ray discovers that Alice led a secret, double life. At Lake Mungo, Alice's secret past emerges.

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Vote count 73 Vote avg 61 Release date 2008-06-17

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Troll Hunter (2010)

You believe it when you see it!

A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.

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Vote count 509 Vote avg 67 Release date 2010-10-29
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V/H/S (2012)

Horror Thriller
This collection is killer.

When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.

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Vote count 315 Vote avg 58 Release date 2012-07-28

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V/H/S/2 (2013)

Horror Thriller
Who's tracking you?

Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil.

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Vote count 248 Vote avg 60 Release date 2013-06-06

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Cloverfield (2008)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
Some Thing Has Found Us

Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.

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Vote count 1,879 Vote avg 64 Release date 2008-01-15

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The Dyatlov Pass Incident (2013)

Thriller Mystery
History always repeats itself.

Five young filmmakers retrace the steps of a doomed group of hikers in pursuit of an unsolvable mystery.

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Vote count 148 Vote avg 56 Release date 2013-02-27

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The Last Exorcism (2010)

Horror Drama Thriller
Believe In Him.

After years of performing “exorcisms” and taking believers’ money, Reverend Marcus travels to rural Louisiana with a film crew so he can dispel what he believes is the myth of demonic possession. The dynamic reverend is certain that this will be another routine “exorcism” on a disturbed religious fanatic but instead comes upon the blood-soaked farm of the Sweetzer family and a true evil he would have never thought imaginable.

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Vote count 273 Vote avg 56 Release date 2010-08-27

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The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Horror Mystery
The scariest movie of all time is a true story.

In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary. A year later their footage was found.

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Vote count 813 Vote avg 63 Release date 1999-07-14

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The Tunnel (2011)

Horror Thriller Mystery
The light runs out

In 2007, in the midst of the drought and water shortages, the NSW State government has unveiled plans to tap into and recycle millions of litres of water trapped in a network of abandoned train tunnels just beneath the heart of Sydney. However the government suddenly goes cold on the plan and it is not made public why. There is talk of homeless people who use the tunnel as shelter going missing, even though the government states that there are no homeless people in there. This, and the silence from the officials and ministers, leads a journalist, Natasha to begin an investigation into a government cover-up. She and her crew Pete (Producer), Steve (Cameraman) and Tangles (Sound Technichian) decide to investigate the story in the tunnel.

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Vote count 97 Vote avg 56 Release date 2011-05-19

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As Above, So Below (2014)

Horror Thriller
The only way out is down.

When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.

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Vote count 639 Vote avg 62 Release date 2014-08-14

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Sinister (2012)

Horror Thriller Mystery
Once you see him, nothing can save you.

Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.

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Vote count 1,250 Vote avg 67 Release date 2012-03-29

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The Bay (2012)

Horror Science Fiction Thriller
Panic feeds on fear.

Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept through the quaint seaside town of Claridge, Maryland, but the harrowing story of what happened that Independence Day has never been told—until now. The authorities believed they had buried the truth about the tragedy that claimed over 700 human lives. Now, three years later, a reporter has emerged with footage revealing the cover-up and an unimaginable killer: a mysterious parasitic outbreak. Told from the perspective of those who were there and saw what happened, The Bay unfolds over 24 hours through people's iPhones, Androids, 911 calls, webcams, and whatever else could be used to document the nightmare in Claridge. What follows is a nerve-shredding tale of a small town plunged into absolute terror.

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Vote count 186 Vote avg 56 Release date 2012-09-13

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The Conspiracy (2012)

Horror Thriller
Which one of us is really crazy?

A documentary about conspiracy theories takes a horrific turn after the filmmakers uncover an ancient and dangerous secret society.

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Vote count 85 Vote avg 60 Release date 2012-08-23

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The Possession of Michael King (2014)

Horror
If you invite it in, it will never let you go.

The film tells the story of documentary filmmaker Michael King (Shane Johnson), who doesn’t believe in God or the Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, Michael decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural, making himself the center of the experiment – allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him – in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go.

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Vote count 89 Vote avg 60 Release date 2014-08-22

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Phoenix Forgotten (2017)

Horror Mystery Science Fiction

20 years after three teenagers disappeared in the wake of mysterious lights appearing above Phoenix, Arizona, unseen footage from that night has been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition.

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Vote count 8 Vote avg 63 Release date 2017-04-21

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