37 Best Korean Movies_(Updated_2022)

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Best Korean Movies between 2001 - Update Date

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1. Parasite (2019)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

96 Metascore

Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Song Kang-ho, Sun-kyun Lee, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-sik

Votes: 764,968 | Gross: $53.37M

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

Votes: 16,656

3. 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: 48,090

4. 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: Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Hae-Jin Yoo, Ryu Jun-Yeol

Votes: 23,965 | Gross: $1.53M

5. Oasis (2002)

133 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

An irresponsible and childish ex-con befriends a girl with cerebral palsy and develops a progressively stronger bond with her.

Director: Lee Chang-dong | Stars: Sol Kyung-gu, Moon So-ri, Ahn Nae-sang, Seung-wan Ryu

Votes: 9,429

6. 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: Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-kyung, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 178,152 | Gross: $0.01M

7. 1987: When the Day Comes (2017)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama, History

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: 5,120

8. Will You Be There? (2016)

111 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A surgeon (Kim Yun-Seok) doesn't have much time left due to a serious illness. His wish is to see his girlfriend who died in an accident 30 years ago. The surgeon gets 10 pills from a ... See full summary »

Director: Ji-Yeong Hong | Stars: Se-ha Ahn, Yo-Han Byun, Seo-jin Chae, Lee Ho-Cheol

Votes: 1,412

9. A Moment to Remember (2004)

PG-13 | 144 min | Drama, Romance

A young couple's enduring love is tested when 27-year-old Su-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease.

Director: John H. Lee | Stars: Jung Woo-sung, Son Ye-jin, Jong-hak Baek, Seon-jin Lee

Votes: 23,929

10. Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2019)

TV-14 | 132 min | Drama

A story of love between a mentally-ill father who was wrongly accused of murder and his lovely six year old daughter. Prison will be their home. Based on the 2013 Korean movie Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013).

Director: Mehmet Ada Öztekin | Stars: Aras Bulut Iynemli, Nisa Sofiya Aksongur, Deniz Baysal, Celile Toyon Uysal

Votes: 47,934

11. Hope (2013)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

Story of an 8 year old girl coping with a gruesome rape damaging her internally and affecting emotionally, trying to overcome all obstacles in the aftermath of the incident with a good support from those around her.

Director: Joon-ik Lee | Stars: Re Lee, Sol Kyung-gu, Ji-won Uhm, Kim Hae-sook

Votes: 7,598

12. Kim Ji-young: Born 1982 (2019)

118 min | Drama

Kim Ji-young, an ordinary woman in her 30s, suddenly shows signs of being inhabited by others such as her late mother and older sister, and the stories of the people connected to her.

Director: Kim Do-Young | Stars: Lee Bong-ryun, Lee Eol, Min-Jung Gong, Lee Hae-woon

Votes: 3,576

13. Castaway on the Moon (2009)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness.

Director: Lee Hae-jun | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Ryeowon Jung, Yeong-seo Park, Mi-kyeong Yang

Votes: 18,305

14. Always (2011)

108 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A love story centered on ex-boxer Chul-min and a blind telemarketer Jung-hwa.

Director: Il-gon Song | Stars: So Ji-seob, Han Hyo-joo, Kang Shin-il, Cheol-min Park

Votes: 9,938

15. 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: 568,661 | Gross: $0.71M

16. Burning (2018)

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

90 Metascore

Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood, who asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

Director: Lee Chang-dong | Stars: Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo, Kim Soo-Kyung

Votes: 63,524 | Gross: $0.72M

17. Train to Busan (2016)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

73 Metascore

While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon | Stars: Gong Yoo, Yu-mi Jung, Ma Dong-seok, Su-an Kim

Votes: 213,980 | Gross: $2.13M

18. The Attorney (2013)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama

55 Metascore

An ambitious tax attorney decides to represent an old friend in court.

Director: WooSuk Yang | Stars: Song Kang-ho, Kwang Soo Cha, Kwak Do-won, Han Gi-Joong

Votes: 6,533 | Gross: $0.56M

19. The Suspect (2013)

Not Rated | 137 min | Action, Thriller

63 Metascore

Betrayed and on the run, a North Korean agent tries to uncover the volatile secrets hidden inside the eyeglasses of a dead man.

Director: Shin-yeon Won | Stars: Gong Yoo, Hee-soon Park, Song Boo-gun, Jong-ryol Choi

Votes: 6,284 | Gross: $0.22M

20. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee | Stars: Won Bin, Kim Sae-ron, Kim Tae-hoon, Kim Hee-won

Votes: 69,267 | Gross: $0.01M

21. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk in an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Kim Ki-duk | Stars: Kim Ki-duk, Oh Yeong-su, Jong-ho Kim, Kim Young-min

Votes: 82,666 | Gross: $2.38M

22. Microhabitat (2017)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Whiskey and cigarettes, the only ways of keeping her dignity in this city.

Director: Jeon Go-Woon | Stars: Esom, Jae-hong Ahn, Jae-Hyun Choi, Choi Deok-moon

Votes: 2,427

23. Glory Day (2015)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama

Four friends on a trip rescue a woman who is being beaten by a man, only to be pursued by the police. One of them lapses into unconsciousness following an ensuing car accident and the other three are arrested on suspicion of murder.

Director: Jeong-Yeol Choi | Stars: Ji Soo, Jun-Myon Kim, Ryu Jun-Yeol, Kim Hee-Chan

Votes: 796

24. Minari (2020)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama

89 Metascore

A Korean family starts a farm in 1980s Arkansas.

Director: Lee Isaac Chung | Stars: Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan Kim, Noel Cho

Votes: 77,331

25. My Annoying Brother (2016)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Doo-Sik (Jo Jung-suk) gets paroled from prison thanks to his younger brother (Do Kyung-Soo) Doo-Young. Doo-Young is a promising judo athlete. After 15 years, Doo-Sik (Jo Jung-suk) suddenly ... See full summary »

Director: Soo-Kyung Kwon | Stars: Chranny, Kyung-soo Do, EK Harris, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 3,376 | Gross: $0.05M

26. 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: 63,381 | Gross: $0.55M

27. The Chaser (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 65,840

28. The Tiger (2015)

Not Rated | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

While the Kingdom of Korea is under occupation by the Japanese, an old and experienced hunter is challenged by the hunt of the last tiger.

Director: Park Hoon-jung | Stars: Kim Hong-pa, Man-sik Jeong, Seok-won Jeong, Ji-so Jung

Votes: 5,649

29. 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: 142,392 | Gross: $2.01M

30. 3-Iron (2004)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days.

Director: Kim Ki-duk | Stars: Seung-Yun Lee, Hee Jae, Hyuk-ho Kwon, Jin-mo Joo

Votes: 55,028 | Gross: $0.24M

31. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, War

64 Metascore

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Jang Dong-Gun, Won Bin, Eun-ju Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 39,692 | Gross: $1.11M

32. I Eat, Therefore I Am (2015)

90 min | Drama

A young Korean woman finds herself unemployed following an alcohol-infused faux pas while dining with her boss. The story continues to build around her need for money and sustenance as she attempts her dream job as a free-lance writer.

Director: Cheol-ha Lee | Star: Min-woo No

Votes: 25

33. Ode to My Father (2014)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, War

Amid the time of Korean War, a young boy's vow to take care of his family marked the beginning of a lifelong promise spanning 60 years.

Director: JK Youn | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Yunjin Kim, Dal-su Oh, Jin-young Jung

Votes: 5,305 | Gross: $2.30M

34. Breathless (2008)

Not Rated | 130 min | Crime, Drama

A bitter loan shark strikes a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl as he faces his own troubled past with his abusive father.

Director: Yang Ik-joon | Stars: Kkobbi Kim, Hwan Lee, Yang Ik-joon, Jeong-soon Park

Votes: 5,309

35. Squid Game (2021– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children's games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits with deadly high stakes. A survival game that has a whopping 45.6 billion-won prize at stake.

Stars: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Hoyeon, Oh Yeong-su

Votes: 428,690

36. Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016–2017)

TV-14 | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In his quest for a bride to break his immortal curse, Dokkaebi, a 939-year-old guardian of souls, meets a grim reaper and a sprightly student with a tragic past.

Stars: Gong Yoo, Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong-Wook, Yoo In-Na

Votes: 20,093

37. New World (2013)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

An undercover cop finds it difficult to play both a cop and a goon.

Director: Park Hoon-jung | Stars: Lee Jung-jae, Choi Min-sik, Jung-min Hwang, Park Sung-woong

Votes: 23,523 | Gross: $0.46M

38. The Outlaws (2017)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Based on real events, this crime action film depicts a Seoul detective's attempts to keep peace while two Chinese-Korean gangs battle over turf in the neighborhood.

Director: Yoon-Seong Kang | Stars: Ma Dong-seok, Yoon Kyesang, Jo Jae-yoon, Gwi-hwa Choi

Votes: 7,498



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