Top 40 Must See Korean Romance Movies as of 2018

by Uxorae | created - 20 Dec 2011 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

A collection of the top 40 must see Korean romance titles in my opinion. Will be updated as I watch more movies. I listed them in order starting from the best. For a comprehensive Korean romance movie list, check out my compilation list: Korean Romance Movies.

Movie mood definitions: * Happy = light-hearted and most likely contains comedy * Sad = depressing and will most likely make you cry * Bittersweet = happy, but sad at the same time * Thought-provoking = emotionally neutral, but evokes thoughts about life and love


July 23, 2018 * Replaced Please Teach Me English with Be With You

May 2, 2017 * Changed title: year from 2016 to 2017

May 30, 2016 * Replaced My Girlfriend Is An Agent with The Beauty Inside

January 5, 2016 * Changed title: year from 2015 to 2016

April 23, 2015 * Replaced Daddy-Long-Legs with Man In Love

January 3, 2015 * Changed title: year from 2014 to 2015

January 4, 2014 * Added Romance types (genre of romance) * Changed title: year from 2013 to 2014; number of movies from 30 to 40

February 20, 2013 * Added "A love story between..." to movie descriptions

January 25, 2013 * Changed title year to 2013

October 26, 2012 * Replaced He Was Cool with Oasis * Replaced Please Teach Me English with Always

October 22, 2012 * Replaced Art of Seduction with * Replaced Humming with Sad Movie

October 11, 2012 *Added movie moods

October 8, 2012 * Replaced 100 Days With Mr. Arrogant with Innocent Steps

October 5, 2012 * Added Humming, Please Teach Me English, Art of Seduction, 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant * Added Architecture 101 * Changed title: year from 2011 to 2012; number of movies from 25 to 30

October 1, 2012 * Replaced Humming with Mr. Robin Kkosigi

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1. 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: 19,560

The best Korean romance movie ever! If you only watch one movie from this list, A Moment to Remember should be the one!

A love story between a construction worker and the head of construction site's daughter.

Movie mood: Bittersweet

Romance type: drama

2. My Girl and I (2005)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

Beautiful student Su-Eun prevents her fellow student Su-Ho to drown in the ocean. Su-Ho however, does not know who saved him, until Su-Eun tells him after a while. The love between them ... See full summary »

Director: Yun-su Jeon | Stars: Tae-Hyun Cha, Hae-sook Kim, Yoon-Seok Kim, Jung-hee Moon

Votes: 2,365

You can never let go of your one and only love.

A love story between an ordinary high school student and the prettiest girl at his school.

Movie mood: Sad

Romance type: drama

3. Marriage Is a Crazy Thing (2002)

103 min | Drama, Romance

Jun-young (Kam Woo-seong) is a man in his early thirties who has seen his friends and younger brother get married but has yet to open himself to a serious relationship. Rather he is happy ... See full summary »

Director: Ha Yoo | Stars: Woo-seong Kam, Jeong-hwa Eom, Won-Sang Park, So-Jeong Kang

Votes: 907

A couple's battle on differing perspectives on life/sex, and real love. 18+.

A love story between an English literature professor and a woman he meets on a blind date.

Movie mood: Thought-provoking

Romance type: drama

4. 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: 6,601

A love story between an ex-boxer and a blind telemarketer.

Movie mood: Happy

Romance type: drama, action

5. 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: 42,377

A love story between an engineering student and a girl he meets on a train.

Movie mood: Happy

Romance type: comedy

6. Once in a Summer (2006)

121 min | Drama, Romance

Once in a Summer (Hangul) is a 2006 South Korean melodrama/romance film directed by Jo Keun-shik. The film stars Lee Byung-hun and Soo Ae. It won Best Film and Best Director (for Jo) at the 15th Chunsa Film Art Awards in 2007.

Director: Geun-shik Jo | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Soo Ae, Duk-moon Choi, Seok-yong Jeong

Votes: 746

A love story between a city boy and pretty country girl.

Movie mood: Sad

Romance type: drama, war

7. Love Phobia (2006)

117 min | Romance

One sunny day, a young boy named Jo-kang meets a curious young girl dressed in a bright yellow raincoat. She tells everyone in school that she is an alien and whomever she touches will be ... See full summary »

Director: Ji-eun Kang | Stars: Seung-woo Cho, Hye-jeong Kang, Ju-yeon Byeon, Jin-young Jung

Votes: 779

Pretty good movie about a boy in love with a girl who tells him many outrageous things to cover up for her true situation.

A love story between two childhood friends.

Movie mood: Sad

Romance type: comedy

8. 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: 2,756

A love story between first loves.

Movie mood: Thought-provoking

Romance type: drama

9. 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: 4,855

A movie about an arranged marriage between the grandchildren of two friends. The catch? The boy is a new teacher and the girl is a high school student at the same high school.

A love story between a student and her teacher.

Movie mood: Happy

Romance type: comedy

10. Hello, Schoolgirl (2008)

113 min | Comedy, Romance

Thirty-year-old Yun-woo bumps into a high school student in the elevator while on his way to work. His heart starts pounding at this teenager's boldness. At a subway station, KANG Sook ... See full summary »

Director: Jang-ha Ryu | Stars: Ji-tae Yu, Yeon-hee Lee, Jeong-an Chae, Kang In

Votes: 1,021

A love story between a 30 year old man and a high school student, and a 22 year old man and a 29 year old woman.

Movie mood: Happy

Romance type: comedy, drama

11. 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: Ye-jin Son, In-sung Jo, Seung-woo Cho, Ki-woo Lee

Votes: 7,186

A love story between a city girl and a country boy (past), and the city girl's daughter and a guy in the drama club (present).

Movie mood: Bittersweet

Romance type: drama

12. Sad Movie (2005)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Several couples struggle with their relationships

Director: Jong-kwan Kwon | Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Soo-jung Lim, Tae-Hyun Cha, Jung-ah Yum

Votes: 2,955

A love story between a firefighter and his girlfriend; a girl and her unemployed boyfriend; a mother and her son (motherly love); and a deaf girl working at a theme park and a guy she meets there.

Movie mood: Sad, obviously

Romance type: drama

13. Il Mare (2000)

105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Eun-joo moves out of her house "Il Mare", leaving behind a Christmas card for the eventual new owner of the house in 1999. In it she asks him/her to forward any mail of hers to her new ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 7,461

A love story between two people that live in the same house during different time periods communicating via mailbox.

Movie mood: Happy

Romance type: drama, fantasy

14. 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: 5,124

A movie about falling in love with a person you've never met.

A love story between an obsolete gangster and an illegal Chinese immigrant he has never met.

Movie mood: Sad

Romance type: drama

15. More Than Blue (2009)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

"K" loves Cream but has terminal cancer so he keeps his love for her secret and tries to find a mate for her before he dies so she will not be alone after he dies.

Director: Tae-Yeon Won | Stars: Sang-Woo Kwon, Bo-young Lee, Beom-su Lee, Jong-hak Choi

Votes: 2,085

A love story between two orphans.

Movie mood: Bittersweet

Romance type: drama

16. 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: 6,409

A love story between a Physics teacher and a young female police officer.

Movie mood: Sad

Romance type: comedy, action

17. Lover's Concerto (2002)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Romance

Two girls confused between love and friendship leave their mutal friend Ji-Hwan unexpectedly. Years later, Ji-Hwan departs on a long journey to find his old friends as he confronts a ... See full summary »

Director: Han Lee | Stars: Tae-Hyun Cha, Ye-jin Son, Eun-ju Lee, Yong-woo Park

Votes: 1,640

A love story between a boy and two girls.

Movie mood: Sad

Romance type: drama

18. A Millionaire's First Love (2006)

116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Jae-Kyung (Hyun-Bin ) is a tough guy, who is a high school senior,If he turns 19 years means, he could be a millionaire by inheriting his deceased grandfather's wealth. Unfortunately his ... See full summary »

Director: Tae-gyun Kim | Stars: Hyun Bin, Yong-joon Cho, Do-hyeon Lee, Han-sol Lee

Votes: 4,502

A love story between a rich boy and a country girl.

Movie mood: Sad

Romance type: drama

19. (2003)

104 min | Romance

Mi-na is a high school student living alone with her mother, dreams of having the perfect boyfriend. But can any man hope to live up to her image of the ideal partner?

Director: Eon-hie Lee | Stars: Soo-jung Lim, Rae-won Kim, Mi-sook Lee, In-mun Kim

Votes: 2,005

A love story between a buoyant photographer and a girl with a chronic illness and a deformed hand.

Movie mood: Sad

Romance type: drama

20. Ditto (2000)

110 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Two students, separated in time, are somehow able to talk to each other using amateur radio, one in 1979 and the other in 2000.

Director: Jeong-kwon Kim | Stars: Ji-tae Yu, Ha-neul Kim, Ji-won Ha, Sang-won Kim

Votes: 1,727

Similar to Il Mare as they are both about love between two people from different time periods; however, Ditto has a twist.

A love story between a guy living in the year 2000 and a woman living in 1979 communicating through radio.

Movie mood: Bittersweet

Romance type: drama, fantasy

21. Innocent Steps (2005)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Former acclaimed dancer Na Young-sae (Park Keon-Hyeong) attempts to make a comeback after his opponent, Hyun-soo (Yoon Chan), purposely injures him at a dance competition. At the suggestion... See full summary »

Director: Young-hoon Park | Stars: Geun-young Moon, Keon-hyeong Park, Yu-mi Jeong, Gi-su Kim

Votes: 1,368

A love story between a former renowned dancer and girl from China that knows nothing about dancing.

Movie mood: Bittersweet

Romance type: drama

22. 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: 6,873

A love story between moderately mentally disabled man just released from prison and a woman with severe cerebral palsy.

Movie mood: Thought-provoking

Romance type: drama

23. 200 Pounds Beauty (2006)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A talented but obese girl, who ghost-sings for a not-so-talented pop star, undergoes extensive plastic surgery to become a slender beauty with a new identity.

Director: Yong-hwa Kim | Stars: Jin-mo Ju, Ah-jung Kim, Dong-il Sung, Hyun-sook Kim

Votes: 6,475

There's more to love than looks...but looks certainly help.

A love story between an obese singer that undergoes plastic surgery and her company's director.

Movie mood: Happy

Romance type: comedy

24. Someone Special (2004)

107 min | Comedy, Romance

A struggling for love, Baseball players discovers he has terminal illness and meets a girl who has had a crush on him since times immemorial. The twists and turns of events bring them together.

Director: Jin Jang | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Nayoung Lee, Jin Jang, Young-nam Jang

Votes: 1,004

A love story between a baseball player and a girl who has loved him from afar.

Movie mood: Happy

Romance type: drama

25. Addicted (2002)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

2 Korean brothers live together with the older's wife. The 2 each have a car accident and end up in a coma. After a year the younger wakes up but behaves like and claims to be the older brother. Is he and will the wife accept it?

Director: Young-hoon Park | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Mi-yeon Lee, Eol Lee, Seon-yeong Park

Votes: 1,186

More of a thriller than a romance, but it still has love as an underlying theme.

A love story between a man and his brother's wife.

Movie mood: Thought-provoking

Romance type: drama

26. Mr. Robin kkosigi (2006)

Not Rated | 107 min | Romance

A Korean company analyst rear-ends an American man's car then discovers he's her new boss. Unlucky at love, she begins to take romance lessons from him in order to seduce him.

Director: Sang-woo Kim | Stars: Jeong-hwa Eom, Daniel Henney, Holly Karrol Clark, Joong-hyeon Bang

Votes: 1,691

A love story between a woman and her new boss.

Movie mood: Happy

Romance type: comedy

27. 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: 45,053 | Gross: $0.24M

The minimal dialogue in this movie may deter some.

A love story between a drifter and an abused housewife.

Movie mood: Thought-provoking

Romance type: drama

28. My Tutor Friend (2003)

110 min | Comedy, Romance

A man from a wealthy family who should be in his second year of college, is still finishing his highschool requirements. His family hire a tutor for him who is his own age but she comes from a poor background.

Director: Kyeong-hyeong Kim | Stars: Ha-neul Kim, Sang-Woo Kwon, Il-seob Baek, Yoo Gong

Votes: 2,175

A love story between a rich, struggling male high school student and a poor female university student.

Movie mood: Happy

Romance type: comedy

29. Too Beautiful to Lie (2004)

115 min | Comedy, Romance

A professional lady con makes herself the pharmacist's fiancée overnight, and faces a disastrous blemish in her impeccable con-woman career.

Director: Hyeong-jun Bae | Stars: Ha-neul Kim, Dong-won Gang, Jae-ho Song, Kim Jee-Young

Votes: 1,656

A love story between an ex-convict and a naive country boy.

Movie mood: Happy

Romance type: comedy

30. 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 Wai-Keung | Stars: Ji-hyun Jun, Woo-sung Jung, Sung-Jae Lee, Sara Bernardo Aires

Votes: 5,401

A love story between a painter and two guys: an Interpol detective and a hitman.

Movie mood: Sad

Romance type: drama

31. Christmas in August (1998)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

Hahn Suk-Kyu suffers from a fatal disease. He meets Shim Eun-Ha and falls in love with her. What will be the fate of this love - will it be a tragic ending?

Director: Jin-ho Hur | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Eun-ha Shim, Goo Shin, Ji-hye Oh

Votes: 3,050

A love story between a male photographer and a female parking agent.

Movie mood: Bittersweet

Romance type: drama

32. A Werewolf Boy (2012)

Not Rated | 122 min | Fantasy, Romance

Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits the country cottage she lived in as a child. Memories of an orphan boy she knew 47 years ago come flooding back to her.

Director: Sung-hee Jo | Stars: Joong-Ki Song, Bo-Young Park, Yeong-ran Lee, Young-nam Jang

Votes: 5,663 | Gross: $0.34M

A love story between a country girl and a wild boy.

Movie mood: Thought-provoking

Romance type: drama, fantasy

33. Man in Love (2014)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance

Tae-Il lives a fast life as low level thug. He then learns that he has a terminal illness and not much time left to live. For the first time in his life falls in love. The woman's name is Ho-Jung.

Director: Dong-wook Han | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Hye-jin Han, Il-woo Nam, Do-won Kwak

Votes: 437

A love story between a gangster and the daughter of a man with a debt to pay.

Movie mood: Sad

Romance type: drama

34. Two Faces of My Girlfriend (2007)

117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Naive and awkward Gu-chang is on his seventh year of college, constantly failing job interviews and living off of an allowance from his divorced sister. The almost 30-year-old virgin has ... See full summary »

Director: Seok-hoon Lee | Stars: Tae-gyu Bong, Sa Hee, Ryeowon Jung

Votes: 486

A love story between a 30 year old virgin and a woman with a split personality.

Movie mood: Happy

Romance type: comedy

35. Humming (2008)

96 min | Romance

Jun-Seo (Lee Chun-Hee) and Mi-Yeon (Han Ji-Hye) have been dating for a long time. Jun-Seo grows tired of his girlfriend's unfailing love, and volunteers to do research work in Antartica. ... See full summary »

Director: Dae-yeong Park | Stars: Ji-hye Han, Soo-hyeon Kim, Cheon-hee Lee, Jeong-Hoon Lee

Votes: 154

A love story between a bored boyfriend and an unwavering girlfriend

Movie mood: Sad

Romance type: drama

36. Postman to Heaven (2009)

107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Jaejoon, isn't your ordinary postman, he delivers letters to Heaven from those missing their loved ones.

Director: Hyung-min Lee | Stars: Jae-Joong Kim, Hyo-Joo Han

Votes: 614

A love story between a grieving woman and a special man.

Movie mood: Happy

Romance type: drama

37. Miracle of Giving Fool (2008)

99 min | Comedy, Romance

A mentally challenged man trying to keep his mother's only wish alive at any cost while trying to reconcile with his first and only real crush.

Director: Jeong-kwon Kim | Stars: Tae-Hyun Cha, Ji-won Ha, Sulli Choi, Hyeong-gook Im

Votes: 1,239

A love story between a pianist with stage fright and the village fool.

Movie mood: Sad

Romance type: drama, comedy

38. Maundy Thursday (2006)

120 min | Drama, Romance

A suicidal girl started to visit a convicted murderer awaiting execution every Thursday.

Director: Hae-sung Song | Stars: Nayoung Lee, Dong-won Gang, Yuh Jung Youn, Shin-il Kang

Votes: 1,127

A love story between a university professor and a death row prisoner.

Movie mood: Sad

Romance type: drama

39. The Beauty Inside (2015)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, 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: Hyo-Joo Han, Seo-Joon Park, Juri Ueno, Jin-wook Lee

Votes: 4,047 | Gross: $0.11M

A love story between a furniture shop employee and a man whose appearance changes after waking up.

Movie mood: Thought-provoking

Romance type: drama

40. Be with You (2018)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Woo Jin takes care of his son Ji Ho alone after his wife Soo A passed away. Before she passed away, she promised she would be back on a rainy day one year later. One year later, Soo A appears again, but she does not remember anything.

Director: Jang-Hoon Lee | Stars: Ji-seob So, Ye-jin Son, Yoo-ram Bae, Hyeon-soo Kim

Votes: 2,202

A love story between high school crushes.

Movie mood: Bittersweet

Romance type: drama

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