My Top 40 Korean Movies

by babydoyz | created - 16 Nov 2013 | updated - 26 Feb 2018 | Public

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1. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Kim Sang-kyung, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 153,526 | Gross: $0.01M

2. My Sassy Girl (2001)

Not Rated | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young man sees a drunk, cute woman standing too close to the tracks at a metro station in Seoul and pulls her back. She ends up getting him into trouble repeatedly after that, starting on the train.

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Tae-Hyun Cha, Jun Ji-hyun, In-mun Kim, Song Wok-suk

Votes: 46,418

3. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.

Director: Park Chan-Wook | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Shin Ha-kyun, Bae Doona, Ji-Eun Lim

Votes: 64,833 | Gross: $0.05M

4. Sseo-ni (2011)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

Seven girls become good friends in high school, then events pull them apart for 25 years. When one of the friends lies dying in a hospital, she wishes to see each of them one last time.

Director: Hyeong-Cheol Kang | Stars: Ho-jeong Yu, Shim Eun-kyung, Hee-kyung Jin, Min-yeong Kim

Votes: 5,405

5. Oldboy (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Park Chan-Wook | Stars: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-Tae, Kang Hye-jeong, Kim Byeong-Ok

Votes: 534,200 | Gross: $0.71M

6. Veteran (2015)

Not Rated | 123 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A honest cop seeks justice for a common man against all odds. A rich boy seeks revenge on the cop.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Yoo Ah-in, Hae-Jin Yoo, Dal-su Oh

Votes: 5,817 | Gross: $1.20M

7. 1987: When the Day Comes (2017)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama

In 1987 Korea under an oppressive military regime, the unlawful interrogation and death of a college student ignite ordinary citizens to fight for the truth and bring about justice.

Director: Joon-Hwan Jang | Stars: Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Hae-Jin Yoo, Kim Tae-ri

Votes: 4,228

8. The Handmaiden (2016)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Park Chan-Wook | Stars: Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Moon So-ri

Votes: 124,508 | Gross: $2.01M

9. Il Mare (2000)

105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

In 1999, a voice actor moves from Il Mare, a seaside house, and she leaves a Xmas card in its (magical) mailbox. He, an architect student, receives it in 1997, and so begins a friendship separated by 2 years.

Director: Hyun-seung Lee | Stars: Jung-jae Lee, Jun Ji-hyun, Mu-saeng Kim, Seung-yeon Jo

Votes: 8,437

10. The Host (2006)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Horror

85 Metascore

A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and begins attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Byun Hee-Bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona

Votes: 112,338 | Gross: $2.20M

11. The Way Home (2002)

PG | 80 min | Drama

63 Metascore

Seven-year-old Sang-woo is left with his grandmother in a remote village while his mother looks for work. Born and raised in the city, Sang-woo quickly comes into conflict with his ... See full summary »

Director: Jeong-hyang Lee | Stars: Yoo Seung-ho, Eul-boon Kim, Hyo-hee Dong, Kyung-hyun Min

Votes: 5,243 | Gross: $0.44M

12. The Quiet Family (1998)

101 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A family opens a mountain inn where their first guest commits suicide. Suddenly all their guests befall horrible fates.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: In-hwan Park, Moon-hee Na, Kang-ho Song, Choi Min-sik

Votes: 4,885

13. Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy

66 Metascore

An idle part-time college lecturer is annoyed by the yapping sound of a nearby dog. He decides to take drastic action.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Bae Doona, Sung-Jae Lee, Ho-jung Kim, Byun Hee-Bong

Votes: 7,159

14. The Chaser (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

64 Metascore

A disgraced ex-policeman who runs a small ring of prostitutes finds himself in a race against time when one of his women goes missing.

Director: Na Hong-jin | Stars: Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Yeong-hie Seo, Kim Yoo-jeong

Votes: 61,108

15. A Taxi Driver (2017)

Not Rated | 137 min | Action, Drama, History

69 Metascore

A widowed father and taxi driver who drives a German reporter from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the 1980 uprising, soon finds himself regretting his decision after being caught in the violence around him.

Director: Hun Jang | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Thomas Kretschmann, Hae-Jin Yoo, Ryu Jun-Yeol

Votes: 18,997 | Gross: $1.53M

16. Scandal Makers (2008)

108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A radio DJ/entertainer in his 30s suddenly learns he may be a grandfather, thanks to a young girl who has a baby son and claims to be his daughter.

Director: Hyeong-Cheol Kang | Stars: Tae-Hyun Cha, Park Bo-Young, Il-Kwon Ahn, Kim Gi-Bang

Votes: 3,875

17. Battle Ground 625 (2005)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Soldiers from both sides of the Korean divide live among villagers who know nothing of the war.

Director: Kwang-Hyun Park | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Shin Ha-kyun, Kang Hye-jeong, Ha-ryong Lim

Votes: 6,835

18. A Bittersweet Life (2005)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Lee Byung-hun, Shin Min-a, Yeong-cheol Kim, Jung-min Hwang

Votes: 37,997

19. The Yellow Sea (2010)

R | 136 min | Action, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

When the attempt to kill a professor goes wrong, a series of violent events are triggered which force a taxi driver to run for his life.

Director: Na Hong-jin | Stars: Ha Jung-woo, Kim Yoon-seok, Jo Sung-ha, Cheol-min Lee

Votes: 19,799

20. The Good the Bad the Weird (2008)

R | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

69 Metascore

The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Lee Byung-hun, Jung Woo-sung, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 34,358 | Gross: $0.13M

21. Mother (2009)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

79 Metascore

A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Hye-ja Kim, Won Bin, Jin Goo, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 56,969 | Gross: $0.55M

22. A Man Who Was Superman (2008)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

A snobbish producer makes a documentary about the extraordinary behavior of her neighbor who believes himself to be Superman.

Director: Yoon-Chul Jung | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Jun Ji-hyun, Gil-seung Bang, Woo-hyuk Choi

Votes: 1,923

23. Masquerade (2012)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama, History

A look-alike commoner is secretly hired to take the place of a poisoned king to save his country from falling into chaos.

Director: Chang-min Choo | Stars: Lee Byung-hun, Seung-ryong Ryu, Han Hyo-joo, Kim In-kwon

Votes: 6,339 | Gross: $0.92M

24. The City of Violence (2006)

92 min | Action

After their childhood friend is murdered, a two-man martial arts army beats a path to the perp.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Seung-wan Ryoo, Jae-mo Ahn, Kil-kang Ahn, Dong-hyeon Baek

Votes: 4,372

25. Guns & Talks (2001)

120 min | Action, Drama, Comedy

Four unlikely assassins genuinely care about their customers and victims, meanwhile a prosecutor is on their trail.

Director: Jin Jang | Stars: Hyeon-jun Shin, Shin Ha-kyun, Won Bin, Jae-yeong Jeong

Votes: 1,801

26. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 144 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik, Jeon Gook-hwan, Ho-jin Chun

Votes: 117,496 | Gross: $0.13M

27. Silenced (2011)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

Based on real events, this film depicts the story of a school for the hearing-impaired where young deaf students were sexually assaulted by the faculty members over a long period of time.

Director: Dong-hyuk Hwang | Stars: Gong Yoo, Yu-mi Jung, Hyeon-soo Kim, Jee-Young Kim

Votes: 12,643

28. Late Blossom (2011)

118 min | Drama, Romance

"Late Blossom" follows the lives of two couples who live in the same neighborhood. Kim Man-Suk (Lee Soon-Jae) delivers milk on a motorbike at dawn. He curses a lot, but actually has a warm ... See full summary »

Director: Chang-min Choo | Stars: Soon-jae Lee, So-jeong Yun, Jae-ho Song, Kim Su-Mi

Votes: 438

29. The Fake (2013)

101 min | Animation, Drama, Thriller

A convict returns to his home town to again torture his family, face his neighbors and try to destroy the local religious fanatics and their plans to keep money from the village people.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon | Stars: Jae-rok Kim, Hae-hyo Kwon, Hee-bon Park, Ik-joon Yang

Votes: 707

30. A Hard Day (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

76 Metascore

After trying to cover up a car accident that left a man dead, a crooked homicide detective is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event.

Director: Seong-hun Kim | Stars: Sun-kyun Lee, Cho Jin-woong, Man-sik Jeong, Shin Jeong-geun

Votes: 12,493

31. The Beauty Inside (2015)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

48 Metascore

A South Korean has a different person's body, changing every morning to a body "borrowed" for a day - man, woman, old, child and sometimes a foreigner. "He" works as furniture designer. He loves a girl. She loves him for the beauty inside.

Director: Jong-Yeol Baek | Stars: Han Hyo-joo, Seo Jun Park, Juri Ueno, Lee Jin-Wook

Votes: 5,989 | Gross: $0.11M

32. One Fine Spring Day (2001)

106 min | Drama, Romance

A sound engineer falls in love with a radio show host after they work together on a project capturing natural sounds.

Director: Jin-ho Hur | Stars: Lee Yeong-ae, Yoo Ji-Tae, Sang-hui Baek, In-hwan Park

Votes: 1,512

33. Wanee & Junah (2001)

115 min | Drama, Romance

Wanee, a young animator, and Junah, a scriptwriter, are lovers leading a peaceful life together. And one day, an old friend of Wanee's pays her a visit and unearths Wanee's hidden memories of her first love, her stepbrother.

Director: Yong-gyun Kim | Stars: Kim Hee-seon, Ju Jin-Mo, Cho Seung-woo, Kang-hee Choi

Votes: 396

34. Save the Green Planet! (2003)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

Byeong-gu believes that the world is on the verge of an alien invasion, and sets out to save the world.

Director: Joon-Hwan Jang | Stars: Shin Ha-kyun, Yun-shik Baek, Jung-min Hwang, Jae-yong Lee

Votes: 7,963 | Gross: $0.01M

35. Poetry (2010)

TV-PG | 139 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Yun Jeong-hie, Lee Da-wit, Kim Hee-ra, Ahn Nae-sang

Votes: 11,285 | Gross: $0.36M

36. Blades of Blood (2010)

R | 108 min | Action

During a turbulent time when politics, rebellion, and invasion come to a head. A clash stirs between two swordsmen in a violent struggle to seize control of the country they love.

Director: Joon-ik Lee | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Seung-Won Cha, Ji-hye Han, Sung-Hyun Baek

Votes: 724

37. Children... (2011)

Not Rated | 132 min | Crime, Thriller

The film is based on a true case from the early 1990s that is known among Koreans as the "disappearance of the frog children." In 1991, five elementary school students told their parents ... See full summary »

Director: Kyu-maan Lee | Stars: Yong-woo Park, Seung-ryong Ryu, Dong-il Sung, Ji-ru Sung

Votes: 2,400

38. Barbie (2011)

R | 97 min | Drama

Soon-Young (Kim Sae-Ron) is a young girl who is the head of her family. She lives with her mentally handicapped father (Jo Yong-Suk), unscrupulous uncle (Lee Chun-Hee) and younger sister ... See full summary »

Director: Sang-woo Lee | Stars: Yong-Seok Cho, Earl Jackson, Ah-ron Kim, Cheon-hee Lee

Votes: 250

39. Going by the Book (2007)

102 min | Action, Comedy

Things get out of control when Doman, an eager and saintly traffic cop, is asked the play the role of the bank robber in a robbery intervention police training program.

Director: Hee-chan Ra | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Byung-ho Son, Young-eun Lee, Chang-Seok Ko

Votes: 1,762

40. The Truth Beneath (2016)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

THE TRUTH BENEATH follows a mysterious 15-day scandal of a politician and his wife as their daughter goes missing just before the national elections.

Director: Kyoung-mi Lee | Stars: Son Ye-jin, Ju-hyuk Kim, Yu-hwa Choi, Cheol-woo Han

Votes: 1,234



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