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1. Oldboy (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

74 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: 459,993 | Gross: $0.71M

2. 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: 31,803

3. 71: Into the Fire (2010)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama, War

The story of student-soldiers trying to protect a middle school during the early days of the Korean War.

Director: John H. Lee | Stars: Seung-won Cha, Sang-Woo Kwon, Seung-Hyun Choi, Seung-woo Kim

Votes: 4,650

4. The Outlaws (2017)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Crime

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: Jin-ah Bae, Gwi-hwa Choi, Joon Ha, Ki-Joon Hong

Votes: 2,403

5. A Violent Prosecutor (2016)

Not Rated | 126 min | Crime

After a prosecution lawyer is framed and convicted for murder, he tries to catch the real murderer from jail with the help of a con artist.

Director: Il-Hyeong Lee | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Dong-won Gang, Jin-mo Joo, Gi-sub Jung

Votes: 1,798

6. 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: 64,546 | Gross: $0.21M

7. 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: 101,066 | Gross: $0.01M

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

Votes: 37,438 | Gross: $0.55M

9. 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: 9,321 | Gross: $0.07M

10. 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: 17,552 | Gross: $0.46M

11. Pandora (VI) (2016)

Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Drama

The explosion of a nuclear power plant caused by an earthquake leads to a disaster which no one other than its workers can stop from spreading further.

Director: Jong-woo Park | Stars: Do-bin Baek, Seung-Hoon Choi, Bae Gang-Yoo, Kim Gun

Votes: 3,757

12. 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: 56,141 | Gross: $0.05M

13. 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: 49,689

14. Flu (2013)

Not Rated | 122 min | Action, Drama

40 Metascore

Chaos ensues when a lethal, airborne virus infects the population of a South Korean city less than 20 kilometers from Seoul.

Director: Sung-su Kim | Stars: Hyuk Jang, Soo Ae, Roxanne Aparicio, Tom Bauer

Votes: 5,300

15. 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: 55,312 | Gross: $0.01M

16. The Tower (2012)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Drama

A Christmas Eve party at a luxury residential building takes a horrific turn when a fire breaks out.

Director: Ji-hoon Kim | Stars: Sang-kyung Kim, Kyung-gu Sol, Ye-jin Son, In-kwon Kim

Votes: 4,488

17. 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: 16,262

18. 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: 85,009 | Gross: $2.20M

19. RV: Resurrected Victims (2017)

91 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

Jin-hong is a coldhearted prosecutor who's obsessed with catching the man who murdered his mother. He quickly becomes the prime suspect when the deceased woman returns from the grave to avenge her death.

Director: Kyung-taek Kwak | Stars: Rae-won Kim, Hae-sook Kim, Dong-il Sung, Hye-jin Jeon

Votes: 279 | Gross: $0.02M

20. Confidential Assignment (2017)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action

When a crime organization from North Korea crosses borders and enters South Korean soil, a South Korean detective must cooperate with a North Korean detective to investigate their whereabouts.

Director: Sung-hoon Kim | Stars: Hyun Bin, Hae-jin Yoo, Ju-hyuk Kim, Hae-Young Lee

Votes: 1,832 | Gross: $0.48M

21. A Hard Day (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

76 Metascore

After trying to cover up a car accident that left a man dead, a crooked homicide detective is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event.

Director: Seong-hun Kim | Stars: Sun-kyun Lee, Jin-Woong Cho, Man-sik Jeong, Jeong-geun Sin

Votes: 8,486

22. 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: 9,328 | Gross: $1.53M

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: 5,392

24. Montage (2013)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

15 years ago, a mother lost her child in a kidnapping case. A similar crime happens again and she won't let him go this time.

Director: Geun-seop Jeong | Stars: Jeong-hwa Eom, Sang-kyung Kim, Young-chang Song, Hie-bong Jo

Votes: 4,473

25. 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: 94,134 | Gross: $0.13M

26. 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: 239,636 | Gross: $4.56M

27. Confession of Murder (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Thriller

Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography describing murders he committed after the statute of limitations expires. A detective and one of the victim's mothers search for the author while another killer begins a spree of murders.

Director: Byung-gil Jung | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Shi-hoo Park, Hae-Kyun Jung, Yeong-ae Kim

Votes: 7,081

28. Midnight Runners (2017)

Not Rated | 109 min | Action, Comedy

Two friends who are students at Korean National Police University, find themselves in an endless race against time after they witness a kidnapping and decide to use their knowledge.

Director: Joo-hwan Kim | Stars: Seo-Joon Park, Ha-Neul Kang, Ha-seon Park, Dong-il Sung

Votes: 2,975

29. The Terror Live (2013)

Not Rated | 97 min | Action, Thriller

A newsman discovers he's been rigged with a bomb after he has an exclusive interview with a terrorist who blew up a bridge.

Director: Byung-woo Kim | Stars: Duk-moon Choi, Jin-ho Choi, Jung-woo Ha, Sung-chun Han

Votes: 4,814

30. Tunnel (2016)

TV-14 | 126 min | Action, Drama

68 Metascore

A man is on his way home when the poorly constructed tunnel he is driving through collapses, leaving him trapped.

Director: Seong-hun Kim | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Doona Bae, Dal-su Oh, Jeong-geun Sin

Votes: 5,524

31. 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: 109,740 | Gross: $2.13M

32. The Battleship Island (2017)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

60 Metascore

During the Japanese colonial era, roughly 400 Korean people, who were forced onto Battleship Island ("Hashima Island") to mine for coal, attempt to a dramatic escape.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Ji-seob So, Joong-Ki Song, Jung-hyun Lee

Votes: 4,548

33. The Thieves (2012)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

After a heist in South Korea, a gang of 5+1 fly to Hong Kong to look into a heist, in a Macau casino, of a $30M diamond, planned by someone unreliable. He brings in HK thieves as well. Can anyone be trusted?

Director: Dong-hoon Choi | Stars: Yoon-Seok Kim, Jung-jae Lee, Hye-su Kim, Ji-hyun Jun

Votes: 8,049 | Gross: $0.69M

34. The Negotiation (III) (2018)

Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

An ace crisis negotiator faces off against a cold-blooded hostage taker. Over the course of 21 hours, she attempts to crack his unusually calm demeanor and force him to reveal his motivations.

Director: Jong-suk Lee | Stars: Hyun Bin, Ye-jin Son, Sang-ho Kim, Gwang Jang

Votes: 938 | Gross: $0.11M

35. Forgotten (2017)

TV-MA | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

When his abducted brother returns seemingly a different man with no memory of the past 19 days, Jin-seok chases after the truth behind the kidnapping.

Director: Hang-jun Jang | Stars: Ha-Neul Kang, Mu-Yeol Kim, Seong-kun Mun, Young-hee Na

Votes: 7,464



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