Top 100 Korean Movies

by Jack_Coen | created - 30 Jun 2011 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

  • 100 Korean Films.
  • The best South 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: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-Tae, Kang Hye-jeong, Kim Byeong-Ok

Votes: 519,205 | Gross: $0.71M

10/10

2. Failan (2001)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

A marriage of convenience between a petty gangster and an illegal immigrant he has never met has unforeseen consequences for them both.

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

Votes: 5,569

10/10

3. 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: Kim Yoon-seok, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo, Kim Yoo-Jeong

Votes: 58,968

10/10

4. 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: 112,409 | Gross: $0.13M

10/10

5. 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, Hwang Jung-min

Votes: 36,754

10/10

6. The Classic (2003)

127 min | Drama, Romance

A college student finds a diary detailing a long-ago love triangle involving her mother, her future father, and his best friend.

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Son Ye-Jin, In-Sung Jo, Cho Seung-woo, Ki-woo Lee

Votes: 8,406

10/10

7. 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: 142,114 | Gross: $0.01M

10/10

8. 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: 37,928 | Gross: $1.11M

10/10

9. 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: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Shin Ha-kyun, Bae Doona, Ji-Eun Lim

Votes: 63,034 | Gross: $0.05M

10/10

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

Votes: 19,098

10/10

11. Joint Security Area (2000)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

After a shooting incident at the North/South Korean border/DMZ leaves 2 North Korean soldiers dead, a neutral Swiss/Swedish team investigates, what actually happened.

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

Votes: 26,759

10/10

12. A Dirty Carnival (2006)

Not Rated | 140 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small time thug collecting debts for the local triad is torn between his criminal aspirations and his devotion to family.

Director: Ha Yoo | Stars: In-Sung Jo, Ho-jin Chun, Min Namkoong, Lee Bo-young

Votes: 8,027

10/10

13. 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: Nam-mi Kang, Jeong-nam Choi, Hye-Sook Go, Bok-hwa Baek

Votes: 72,411 | Gross: $0.21M

10/10

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

Votes: 63,325 | Gross: $0.01M

10/10

15. 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: 50,947 | Gross: $0.24M

10/10

16. 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: 22,073

10/10

17. 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: 53,716 | Gross: $0.55M

10/10

18. 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: 33,558 | Gross: $0.13M

10/10

19. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 57,025

10/10

20. 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: Kang-ho Song, Lee Sun-kyun, Yeo-jeong Cho, Choi Woo-sik

Votes: 571,832 | Gross: $53.37M

21. No Mercy (2010)

Not Rated | 123 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Despite being nearly proven the murderer, a serial killer threatens to kill the daughter of a forensic pathologist if he doesn't get him bailed out.

Director: Hyeong-Joon Kim | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Seung-bum Ryoo, Hye-jin Han, Ji-ru Sung

Votes: 6,864

10/10

22. Thirst (2009)

R | 134 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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, Kim Ok-bin, Hee-jin Choi, Dong-soo Seo

Votes: 42,913 | Gross: $0.30M

10/10

23. 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: Jang Dong-Gun, Joe Odagiri, Bingbing Fan, In-kwon Kim

Votes: 10,776 | Gross: $0.07M

10/10

24. 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: Lee Jung-jae, Jun Ji-Hyun, Mu-saeng Kim, Seung-yeon Jo

Votes: 8,206

10/10

25. Deiji (2006)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

About a tragic love triangle story involving young painter Hye-young, Interpol detective Jeong Woo, and professional hitman Park Yi.

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Jun Ji-Hyun, Jung Woo-sung, Sung-Jae Lee, Sara Bernardo Aires

Votes: 5,878

10/10

26. Pieta (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.

Director: Kim Ki-duk | Stars: Min-soo Jo, Lee Jung-Jin, Ki-Hong Woo, Eunjin Kang

Votes: 13,382 | Gross: $0.02M

10/10

27. 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, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Kim Young-Min

Votes: 77,869 | Gross: $2.38M

10/10

28. 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: 45,548

10/10

29. The Isle (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

Working at a fishing resort in an idyllic location, but surrounded by various facets of human unpleasantness, a young mute woman falls in love with a man on the run from the law for committing murder.

Director: Kim Ki-duk | Stars: Jung Suh, Yu-seok Kim, Jae-Hyun Cho, Hang-Seon Jang

Votes: 12,938 | Gross: $0.02M

10/10

30. Crying Fist (2005)

134 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Tae Sik, a troubled middle aged man and Sang Hwan, a troubled youth will meet in the ring with their respective mission. To change their life.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Choi Min-sik, Seung-bum Ryoo, Kil-kang Ahn, Jeong-ah Bae

Votes: 2,827

10/10

31. 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: 108,445 | Gross: $2.20M

10/10

32. 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: 4,552

10/10

33. Fists of Legend (2013)

Not Rated | 154 min | Action

47 Metascore

Three old friends and rivals get set to face off on a TV program billed as "The Greatest Fight Show on Earth".

Director: Woo-Suk Kang | Stars: Cheol-woo Han, Hwang Jung-min, Seong-jin Kang, Jung-Hyuk Lee

Votes: 1,042

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

Not Rated | 107 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: Lim Soo-jung, Rain, Kim Byeong-Ok, Seong-hun Cheon

Votes: 22,940

35. Man of Vendetta (2010)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

The life of a respected minister and loving family man shatters after his daughter is kidnapped. When she is not returned, he renounces God and becomes a corrupt businessman.

Director: Min-ho Woo | Stars: Myung-Min Kim, Ki-joon Uhm, Joo-mi Park, Kim So-Hyun

Votes: 539

36. Attack the Gas Station! (1999)

R | 113 min | Comedy

Four disaffected youths rob a gas station but find their plans complicated and sidetracked before the night is through.

Director: Sang-Jin Kim | Stars: Sung-Jae Lee, Oh-seong Yu, Seong-jin Kang, Yoo Ji-Tae

Votes: 4,142

37. Moby Dick (2011)

112 min | Action

A mysterious explosion occurs at the Balam Bridge in Seoul on November 20th, 1994. In front of hot-blooded local news reporter Lee Bang-Woo, Yoon Hyeok appears. Yoon Hyeok is from the same ... See full summary »

Director: In-je Park | Stars: Hwang Jung-min, Jin Goo, Min-hee Kim, Kim Sang-Ho

Votes: 328

38. 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, Jung Yu-mi, Hyeon-soo Kim, Jee-Young Kim

Votes: 11,625

39. 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: 6,655

40. 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: Jeon Do-yeon, Kang-ho Song, Jang Hye-Jin, Yeong-jin Jo

Votes: 7,170

41. Moebius (2013)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

A father driven into desire, a son coveting that of his father's, and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy.

Director: Kim Ki-duk | Stars: Jae-Hyun Cho, Yeong-ju Seo, Na-ra Lee, Jae-hong Kim

Votes: 5,245

42. Swiri (1999)

R | 125 min | Action, Thriller

50 Metascore

South Korean agents Ryu and Lee are tracking a female assassin from North Korea who has mysteriously disappeared. With new killings and the theft of a deadly bomb, time is running out to catch her.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Choi Min-sik, Yunjin Kim, Kang-ho Song

Votes: 7,868 | Gross: $0.10M

43. Painted Fire (2002)

Unrated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

78 Metascore

In a time of political and social unrest in nineteenth-century Korea, an uncouth, self-taught painter explores his natural talent amidst the repressive world around him.

Director: Kwon-taek Im | Stars: Choi Min-sik, Sung-Ki Ahn, Ho-jeong Yu, Kim Yeo-Jin

Votes: 2,574 | Gross: $0.06M

44. 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: Shin Ha-kyun, Go Soo, Seung-su Ryu, Chang-Seok Ko

Votes: 6,008 | Gross: $0.01M

45. 3 Extremes II (2002)

R | 140 min | Horror, Mystery

Three constitutes an omnibus package of three short horror films made by Asian directors. "Memories," made by Kim Ji-Woon, is about a woman (Kim Hye-Soo) who disappears from the home she ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Jee-woon Kim, Nonzee Nimibutr | Stars: Leon Lai, Kim Hye-su, Bo-seok Jeong, Suwinit Panjamawat

Votes: 3,374

46. Three... Extremes (2004)

R | 125 min | Horror

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