100 Most Popular Korean Movies

by IMDb-Editors | created - 22 Apr 2019 | updated - 22 Apr 2019 | Public

According to IMDb data as of April 2019, these are the most popular movies with the primary language of Korean on IMDb, per IMDb MOVIEmeter ranking. Visit the search results on IMDb for more.

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1. Burning (2018)

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

90 Metascore

Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood, who asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

Director: Lee Chang-dong | Stars: Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo, Kim Soo-Kyung

Votes: 63,696 | Gross: $0.72M

2. 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: Park Chan-wook | Stars: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jeong, Kim Byeong-Ok

Votes: 569,667 | Gross: $0.71M

3. The Handmaiden (2016)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Park Chan-wook | Stars: Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Moon So-ri

Votes: 142,976 | Gross: $2.01M

4. Train to Busan (2016)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

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

Votes: 214,680 | Gross: $2.13M

5. The Great Battle (2018)

Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Drama, History

A historical film about the siege of Ansi Fortress and the epic eighty-eight day battle that Yang Man-chun and his Goguryeo troops fought against 500,000 invading Tang dynasty men to defend it.

Director: Kwang-shik Kim | Stars: Nam Joo-hyuk, Byeong-eun Park, Zo In-sung, Jung Eun-chae

Votes: 5,161 | Gross: $0.47M

6. The Wailing (2016)

TV-MA | 156 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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

Votes: 67,141

7. 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: 128,634 | Gross: $0.13M

8. 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: Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-kyung, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 178,764 | Gross: $0.01M

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

Votes: 767,831 | Gross: $53.37M

10. Peninsula (2020)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

51 Metascore

A zombie virus has in the last 4 years spread to all South Korea. 4 Koreans in Hong Kong sail through the blockade to Incheon for USD20,000,000 on a truck.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon | Stars: Dong-won Gang, Lee Jung-hyun, Re Lee, Hae-hyo Kwon

Votes: 32,359

11. The Witch: Part 1 - The Subversion (2018)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A high school student with amnesia tries to uncover what has happened to her. All leading her into deeper troubles ultimately revealing a darkness she could not have imagined.

Director: Park Hoon-jung | Stars: Kim Da-Mi, Min-soo Jo, Choi Woo-sik, Go Min-Si

Votes: 11,651

12. 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: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-Bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona

Votes: 120,790 | Gross: $2.20M

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

Votes: 46,734 | Gross: $0.30M

14. The Spy Gone North (2018)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

In the mid-1990s, a loyal South Korean secret agent is caught in a political vortex plotted by the ruling classes of North and South Korea.

Director: Jong-bin Yoon | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Lee Sung-min, Cho Jin-woong, Ju Ji-Hoon

Votes: 5,180 | Gross: $0.50M

15. 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: 62,182

16. The Villainess (2017)

Not Rated | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A female assassin leaves a trail of bodies behind her as she seeks revenge.

Director: Byung-gil Jung | Stars: Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun, Sung Jun, Kim Seo-hyeong

Votes: 14,585 | Gross: $0.03M

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

Votes: 69,356 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Revenger (2018)

Not Rated | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A former police investigator decides to go to a prison island to revenge the brutal killings of his family.

Director: Seung-Won Lee | Stars: Je-Heon Choi, Makayla Rose Hilli, Kim In-kwon, SooJin Jeong

Votes: 4,350

19. Rampant (2018)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Drama, History

Lee Chung is a Prince of Joseon, but he has been taken hostage to the Qing Dynasty.

Director: Kim Sung-hoon | Stars: Hyun Bin, Seo Ji-hye, Heo Sung-tae, Jang Dong-Gun

Votes: 4,226 | Gross: $0.17M

20. The Chaser (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: Na Hong-jin | Stars: Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Yeong-hie Seo, Kim Yoo-jeong

Votes: 65,955

21. Ayla: The Daughter of War (2017)

125 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1950, amid-st the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a half-frozen little girl, with no parents and no help in sight. Frantic, scared and on the verge of death, ... See full summary »

Director: Can Ulkay | Stars: Çetin Tekindor, Ismail Hacioglu, Kyung-jin Lee, Kim Seol

Votes: 39,470

22. 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: Kang Ha-neul, Yeon Je Hyung, Mu-Yeol Kim, Na-ra Lee

Votes: 32,808

23. 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: Park Chan-wook | Stars: Nam-mi Kang, Jeong-nam Choi, Hye-Sook Go, Bok-hwa Baek

Votes: 78,872 | Gross: $0.21M

24. 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: 63,537 | Gross: $0.55M

25. Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018)

TV-MA | 139 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Set in the distant future where both North and South Koreas agree to establish a joint government, which has been in preparation for a duration of 7 years, the plot focuses on political ... See full summary »

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Dong-won Gang, Han Hyo-joo, Jung Woo-sung, Yeri Han

Votes: 5,190

26. V.I.P. (2017)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

The son of a high-ranking North Korean official is suspected of committing serial murders around the world, and is chased by South Korea, North Korea and Interpol.

Director: Park Hoon-jung | Stars: Jang Dong-Gun, Myung-Min Kim, Lee Jong-Suk, Hee-soon Park

Votes: 2,462

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, Oh Yeong-su, Jong-ho Kim, Kim Young-min

Votes: 82,749 | Gross: $2.38M

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

Votes: 68,797 | Gross: $0.05M

29. Extreme Job (2019)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A police undercover operation takes a delicious, unexpected turn.

Director: Byeong-heon Lee | Stars: Lee Dong-yong, Kim Eui-sung, Myoung Gong, Shin Ha-kyun

Votes: 10,315 | Gross: $1.56M

30. 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: 5,324 | Gross: $2.30M

31. The Vanished (2018)

101 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The body of Yoon Seol Hee disappears at the National Institute of Scientific Investigation. Detective Woo Joong Shik seeks clues on her disappearance, while her husband Park Jin Han claims she is alive.

Director: Chang-hee Lee | Stars: Kim Sang-kyung, Choi Myung-bin, Kim Hee-ae, Kang-woo Kim

Votes: 1,236

32. 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: 48,123

33. The Drug King (2018)

Not Rated | 139 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Set in Busan, South Korea during the 1970s, Lee Doo-sam builds an empire as a drug smuggler in the Busan underworld, while public prosecutor Kim In-goo attempts to take down Lee Doo-sam.

Director: Min-ho Woo | Stars: Song Kang-ho, Jo Jung-Suk, Bae Doona, Jeon Ah-hee

Votes: 3,192

34. Monstrum (2018)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

Yoon Gyeom is a loyal subject of King Jung Jong of Joseon. He struggles to fight against a monster that threatens King Jung Jong's life and a group of people trying to depose King Jung Jong.

Director: Jong-ho Huh | Stars: Myung-Min Kim, Kim In-kwon, Hyeri Lee, Choi Woo-sik

Votes: 2,253

35. The Negotiation (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, Son Ye-jin, Joo-Young Lee, Kim Sang-Ho

Votes: 3,311 | Gross: $0.11M

36. 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: Na Hong-jin | Stars: Ha Jung-woo, Lee Yoo-mi, Kim Yoon-seok, Byeong-eun Park

Votes: 21,172

37. The Age of Shadows (2016)

TV-MA | 140 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

Korean resistance fighters smuggle explosives to destroy facilities controlled by Japanese forces in this period action thriller.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Lee Byung-hun, Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo, Zach Aguilar

Votes: 10,026 | Gross: $0.54M

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: Hwang Dong-hyuk | Stars: Gong Yoo, Yu-mi Jung, Hyeon-soo Kim, Jee-Young Kim

Votes: 16,753

39. 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: Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jung Woo-sung, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 35,836 | Gross: $0.13M

40. Miss Baek (2018)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

A woman's past as a convict follows her everywhere and because of this she doesn't open up to others. But then she strikes up a friendship with a broken child who has suffered from domestic... See full summary »

Director: Ji-won Lee | Stars: Han Ji-min, Lee Hee-joon, Si-ah Kim, Jun Suk-ho

Votes: 1,063

41. 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: 55,086 | Gross: $0.24M

42. 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, Jung-min Hwang

Votes: 40,263

43. Steel Rain (2017)

TV-MA | 139 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A coup in North Korea forces an agent to defect to South with unconscious "Number One". While operatives from North hunt for both of them, the agent has to work with South Koreans to stop the nuclear war.

Director: WooSuk Yang | Stars: Jung Woo-sung, Kwak Do-won, Kim Kap-su, Kim Eui-sung

Votes: 5,701