BEST KOREAN MOVIES

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1. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 101,116 | Gross: $0.01M

2. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 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: Byung-Hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Joon-Hyuk Lee, In-seo Kim

Votes: 94,159 | Gross: $0.13M

3. 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: Dong-Gun Jang, Won Bin, Eun-ju Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 35,741 | Gross: $1.11M

4. A Moment to Remember (2004)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

A Korean love story about a young couple's enduring love, which is tested when 27 year old Sun-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease.

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

Votes: 19,561

5. 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: 3,134 | Gross: $2.30M

6. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim

Votes: 55,322 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Train to Busan (2016)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

72 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: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma, Su-an Kim

Votes: 109,809 | Gross: $2.13M

8. The Admiral (2014)

Not Rated | 126 min | Action, Drama, History

Admiral Yi Sun-sin faces a tough challenge when he is forced to defend his nation with just 13 battleships against 300 Japanese enemy ships in the Battle of Myeongryang.

Director: Han-min Kim | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Seung-ryong Ryu, Jin-Woong Cho, Myung-gon Kim

Votes: 8,860 | Gross: $2.59M

9. Windstruck (2004)

123 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The heart-warming romance story between Kyungjin and Myungwoo. Even though he has passed away, he will be always with Kyungwoo forever.

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Ji-hyun Jun, Hyuk Jang, Su-ro Kim, Ki-woo Lee

Votes: 6,410

10. The Attorney (2013)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama

55 Metascore

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

Director: Woo-seok Yang | Stars: Kwang Soo Cha, Seon-Mook Cho, Ki-Jung Han, Sung-ho Hong

Votes: 4,116 | Gross: $0.56M

11. 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, Jun-yeol Ryu

Votes: 9,334 | Gross: $1.53M

12. 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: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Yoon-Seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo, Yoo-Jeong Kim

Votes: 49,707

13. My Sassy Girl (2001)

Not Rated | 123 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, Ji-hyun Jun, In-mun Kim, Wok-suk Song

Votes: 42,382

14. Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013)

127 min | Comedy, Drama

A story about love between a mentally-ill father and his lovingly adorable daughter. Accused of murder and rape, her father's home is prison.

Director: Hwan-kyung Lee | Stars: Seung-ryong Ryu, So Won Kal, Dal-su Oh, Man-sik Jeong

Votes: 11,316

15. 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: Ji-seob So, Hyo-Joo Han, Shin-il Kang, Cheol-min Park

Votes: 6,607

16. My Little Bride (2004)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A teenage girl tries to continue her normal social and school life, after her grandfather forces her into an arranged marriage with a man in his twenties.

Director: Ho-joon Kim | Stars: Rae-won Kim, Geun-young Moon, Sun-yeong Ahn, Bo-kyeong Kim

Votes: 4,856

17. Joint Security Area (2000)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 ... See full summary »

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Byung-Hun Lee, Kang-ho Song, Tae-woo Kim

Votes: 23,499

18. The Wailing (2016)

Not Rated | 156 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman, drawn into the incident, is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Do-won Kwak, Woo-hee Chun

Votes: 35,608

19. 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: Byung-Hun Lee, Seung-ryong Ryu, Hyo-Joo Han, In-kwon Kim

Votes: 5,188 | Gross: $0.92M

20. 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, Ha-kyun Shin, Hye-jeong Kang, Ha-ryong Lim

Votes: 6,130

21. Architecture 101 (2012)

G | 118 min | Drama, Romance

35-year-old architect Seung-Min receives a visit at his office from a woman. Seung-Min doesn't recognize the woman at first, but then realizes the woman is Seo-Yeon. Seo-Yeon is his first ... See full summary »

Director: Yong-Joo Lee | Stars: Tae-woong Eom, Ga-in Han, Je-hoon Lee, Suzy Bae

Votes: 2,758

22. 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant (2004)

95 min | Comedy, Romance

A cute, poor, Korean high school senior's dumped by her boyfriend so she kicks a beer can hitting a handsome driver, who "crashes" his convertible. He insists on 3M won/USD3000 in damages. She can work it off over 100 days. Comedy follows.

Director: Dong-yeob Shin | Stars: Jae-won Kim, Ji-won Ha, Tae-hyeon Kim, Min Han

Votes: 2,733

23. Cold Eyes (2013)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A high-tech police surveillance team attempts to take down a gang of ruthless bank robbers.

Directors: Ui-seok Jo, Byung-seo Kim | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Woo-sung Jung, Hyo-Joo Han, Jun-Ho Lee

Votes: 5,395

24. 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: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Hyeon-soo Kim, Kim Jee-Young

Votes: 8,316

25. 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: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Seung-Yun Lee, Hee Jae, Hyuk-ho Kwon, Jeong-ho Choi

Votes: 45,062 | Gross: $0.24M

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

Votes: 85,032 | Gross: $2.20M

27. Veteran (2015)

Not Rated | 123 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A detective hunts down a young and successful man.

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

Votes: 4,061 | Gross: $1.20M

28. The Face Reader (2013)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History

About Nae-kyung who is able to assess the personality, mental state and habits of a person by looking at his face. Because of his abilities, he gets involved in a power struggle between Prince Sooyang and Kim Jong-Seo.

Director: Jae-rim Han | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Jung-jae Lee, Yun-shik Baek, Jung-suk Jo

Votes: 1,757 | Gross: $0.52M

29. Take Off (2009)

137 min | Drama, Sport

Five men go for the gold as members of Korea's national ski jumping team.

Director: Yong-hwa Kim | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Dong-il Sung, Ji-seok Kim, Dong-wook Kim

Votes: 724

30. The Throne (2015)

125 min | Drama, History

Set in 18th century Korea, long-ruling King Yeongjo's struggle with his son, Sado, sees the king take extreme measures in order to deal with his heir.

Director: Joon-ik Lee | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ah-in Yoo, Geun-young Moon, Hae-sook Kim

Votes: 1,595

31. My Wife Is a Gangster (2001)

107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

The story of how Eun-jin (Eun-kyung Shin) became a legend in the South Korean underworld by defeating an army of gangsters.

Director: Jin-gyu Cho | Stars: Eun-Kyung Shin, Jae-mo Ahn, In-kwon Kim, Se-jin Jang

Votes: 2,960

32. New World (2013)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 17,553 | Gross: $0.46M

33. A Bittersweet Life (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama

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

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

Votes: 31,813

34. Sunflower (2006)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Drama

Released from prison, Taesik goes to live with an adopted mother. He takes a job and tries to live a quiet life with his new family. His efforts are threatened when a politician seeks to knock the family restaurant down to build a mall.

Director: Seok-beom Kang | Stars: Jeong-su Han, In-jae Heo, In-seong Hwang, Eun-pyo Jeong

Votes: 1,632

35. My Way (2011)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, War

30 Metascore

In World War II-era Korea, rival runners, one Korean (Jang Dong-gun) and one Japanese (Joe Odagiri), go to war together against the Soviets.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Joe Odagiri, Bingbing Fan, In-kwon Kim

Votes: 9,322 | Gross: $0.07M



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