Best Korean Movies

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1. 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: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 464,781 | Gross: $0.71M

2. 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: 50,344

3. 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: 103,484 | Gross: $0.01M

4. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

R | 129 min | Action, 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: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae, Ji-Eun Lim

Votes: 56,627 | Gross: $0.05M

5. 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: 35,912 | Gross: $1.11M

6. 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: 32,184

7. Mother (2009)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 38,332 | Gross: $0.55M

8. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

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, Kap-su Kim

Votes: 95,389 | Gross: $0.13M

9. 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: 23,728

10. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 51,251

11. Thirst (2009)

R | 135 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

73 Metascore

Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim, Hee-jin Choi, Dong-soo Seo

Votes: 38,308 | Gross: $0.30M

12. 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: 55,939 | Gross: $0.01M

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: 42,685

14. 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: 19,753

15. Failan (2001)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

Kangjae, a small time gangster receive a news that his wife Failan is dead. Failan, his wife who he never met.

Director: Hae-sung Song | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Cecilia Cheung, Dae-Hoon Jeong, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 5,162

16. Lady Vengeance (2005)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly brutal means.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Shi-hoo Kim, Yea-young Kwon

Votes: 65,139 | Gross: $0.21M

17. Poetry (2010)

Unrated | 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: Jeong-hie Yun, Da-wit Lee, Hee-ra Kim, Nae-sang Ahn

Votes: 8,841 | Gross: $0.36M

18. A Brand New Life (2009)

92 min | Drama

Inspired by her childhood, French-Korean filmmaker Ounie Lecomte recounts the emotional journey of a little girl abandoned by her father in an orphanage.

Director: Ounie Lecomte | Stars: Sae-ron Kim, Do Yeon Park, Ko Asung, Myung-shin Park

Votes: 1,987

19. 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: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, So-Ri Moon, Nae-sang Ahn, Seung-wan Ryoo

Votes: 7,005

20. The Good the Bad the Weird (2008)

R | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Western

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, Byung-Hun Lee, Woo-sung Jung, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 30,976 | Gross: $0.13M

21. 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: 86,305 | Gross: $2.20M

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

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 71,774 | Gross: $2.38M

23. I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Soo-jung Lim, Rain, Seong-hun Cheon, Hee-jin Choi

Votes: 21,448

24. 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, Min-sik Choi

Votes: 3,722

25. Save the Green Planet! (2003)

Unrated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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: Ha-kyun Shin, Yun-shik Baek, Jung-min Hwang, Jae-yong Lee

Votes: 7,156 | Gross: $0.01M

26. 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: 45,373 | Gross: $0.24M

27. Secret Sunshine (2007)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama

84 Metascore

A woman moves to the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to fit in, another tragic event overturns her life.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Do-yeon Jeon, Kang-ho Song, Hye-jin Jang, Yeong-jin Jo

Votes: 5,673

28. Peppermint Candy (1999)

129 min | Drama

Consists of five phases of a man's life about why he committed suicide in the end.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Yeo-jin Kim, Jung Suh, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 6,728

29. The King and the Clown (2005)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, History

Two clowns living in Korea's Chosun Dynasty get arrested for staging a play that satirizes the king. They are dragged to the palace and threatened with execution but are given a chance to save their lives if they can make the king laugh.

Director: Joon-ik Lee | Stars: Woo-seong Kam, Jin-young Jung, Seong-Yeon Kang, Joon-Gi Lee

Votes: 4,715

30. The Yellow Sea (2010)

R | 136 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

The attempt to carry out a hit on a professor goes terribly awry, triggering a series of violent events which force a taxi driver to run for his life.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Yoon-seok Kim, Sung-ha Jo, Seok-jeong Hwang

Votes: 16,478

31. 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: Jong-ryol Choi, Yoo Gong, Jae-yoon Jo, Sung-ha Jo

Votes: 4,696 | Gross: $0.22M

I really enjoy the Bourne trilogy, and this one is just as good if not even better.

32. Snowpiercer (2013)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris

Votes: 244,531 | Gross: $4.56M

The sailors of the ship are mainly American, but Bong is at the helm. Extraordinary flick!

33. The Front Line (2011)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History

59 Metascore

A drama centered on the Korean War's final battle that will determine the border between north and south.

Director: Hun Jang | Stars: Ha-kyun Shin, Soo Go, Seung-su Ryu, Chang-Seok Ko

Votes: 5,362 | Gross: $0.01M

Essential modern war movies are not made in the West anymore...

34. The Berlin File (2013)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Thriller

54 Metascore

Jong-seong, a North Korean ghost agent, interrupts an illegal arms sale in Berlin. A notorious North Korean agent tests the loyalties of everyone involved as Jong-Seong prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Suk-kyu Han, Seung-bum Ryoo, Ji-hyun Jun

Votes: 5,981 | Gross: $0.67M

You can't really ask of more from a spy movie. A blast from start to finish.

35. 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: 5,520

Engaging, procedural cop movie. Very entertaining.

36. Silmido (2003)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Drama

Based on a true story of 1968 Korean Republic Army plan to assassinate North Korean president Kim Il-Sung. 31 criminals and death row inmates are recruited into secret training on the ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Suk Kang | Stars: Sung-Ki Ahn, Kyung-gu Sol, Jun-ho Heo, Jae-yeong Jeong

Votes: 3,875

Action, drama and a lesson in history all nicely wrapped up in one package.

37. War of the Arrows (2011)

R | 122 min | Action

A skilled Korean archer goes up against the mighty force of Mongols with the sole purpose of rescuing his kidnapped sister.

Director: Han-min Kim | Stars: Hae-il Park, Seung-ryong Ryu, Mu-Yeol Kim, Chae-won Moon

Votes: 10,305 | Gross: $0.25M

Who does not love bows and arrows? Both cinematography and scenery are excellent.

38. The Client (2011)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Thriller

Elite attorney Kang Seong-Hee goes up against a top prosecutor over a case involving a man accused of killing his wife.

Director: Young-Sung Sohn | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Hee-soon Park, Hyuk Jang, Dong-il Sung

Votes: 1,201

Part court room drama, part who-dunnit, with a twist.

39. Tell Me Something (1999)

R | 118 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

In Seoul, parts not matching of severed copses of three men are found in cars and bags left in public spaces. Detective Cho, who is under investigation of the Internal Affairs, is assigned ... See full summary »

Director: Yun-hyeon Jang | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Eun-ha Shim, Hang-Seon Jang, Jung-ah Yum

Votes: 2,797

Gritty, gory and Sevenesque movie with a twist.