Best Korean Moviesby Yogesh-Odyssey-Opera | created - 28 Nov 2012 | updated - 01 Sep 2014 | Public
Best Korean Movies I've seen
I'm very very sure that these are the movies, that are considered as the best..May be there are some, but they are not as good as this mentioned below..I'd a scarcity of good korean movies, It is very hard to say but i need some good korean movies to watch.. witnessed over 700+ and counting...still greed to find movies like i stated in this list...
Included My Top 25 and My All time Favourite Movies
Check out My other similar lists:
1.Best Korean Movies II (TEARJERKING / MELANCHOLY)
2.Best Korean Movies III (ACTION)
3.Best Korean Movies IV (CRIME/THRILLERS/MYSTERY)
4.Best Korean Movies V (ROMANTIC COMEDY)
Speciality of my list (only added the 2000's & 2010's movies)
Some heart touching movies that i can't find in the IMDb: 1. Heartbreak library 2. Paradise(2009) 3. My Father Killed me
Movies That I skipped(are good but not the best):
1.A tale of two sisters(2003) 2.More Than Blue (2009) 3.Bestseller (2010) 4.The Warrior (2001) 5....ing (2003) 6.Rikidozan (2004) 7.The President's last bang (2005) 8.Innocent Steps (2005) 9.Swiri (1999) 10.Haunters aka Psychic (2010) 11.Secret Sunshine (2007) 12.Seven days(2007) 13.Poongsan (2011) 14.May 18 (2007) 15.Peppermint Candy (1999) 16.Big Bang(2007) 17.Tazza: The High Rollers(2006) 18.Parallel Life (2010) 19.Take Care of My Cat (2001) 20.The Foul King (2000) 21.Black House (2007) 22.No Doubt (2010) 23.Herb (2007) 24.Save the Green Planet! (2003) 25.Glove (2011) 26.Punch Lady (2007) 27.Private Eye (2009) 28.The Wonder Years (2007) 29.The Happy Life (2007) 30.Treeless Mountain (2008) 31.Man of Vendetta (2010) 32.Be My Guest (2009) 33.Possessed (2009) 34.Night and Day (2008) 35.A Brand New Life (2009) 36.Insadong Scandal (2009) 37.A Man Who Was Superman (2008) 38.Antique (2008) 39.Late Autumn (2010) 40.The Customer Is Always Right (2006) 41.A Bloody Aria (2006) 42.Going by the Book (2007) 43.Eye for an eye (2008) 44.My Wife Is a Gangster (2001) 45.The Front Line (2011) 46.Family Ties (2006) 47.Attack the Gas Station! (1999) 48.My Love, My Bride(1990) 49.Mayumi 50.The Lovers of Woomook-baemi 51.General's Son 52.Black Republic 53.Angel, Become an Evil Woman 54.All That Falls Has Wings 55.The Woman Who Walks on Water 56.Only Because You Are a Woman 57.Death Song 58.Fly High Run Far/Kaebyok 59.General's Son II(1991) 60.Passion Portrait 61.Seoul Evita 62.Silver Stallion 63.Susanne Brink's Arirang 64.Theresa's Lover 65.General's Son III 66.Marriage Story 67.The Moon Is... the Sun's Dream 68.Our Twisted Hero 69.White Badge 70.Dr. K(1999) 71.Ghost in Love 72.Gojitmal 73.Harmonium in My Memory 74.Love Wind Love Song 75.Love Is a Crazy Thing 76.Memento Mori 77.Nowhere to Hide 78.Our Sunny Days 79.The Power of Kangwon Province 80.Reptilian 81.A Sudden Crash of Thunder 82.The Ring Virus 83.White Valentine 84.The Cut Runs Deep(1999) 85.An Affair 86.Art Museum by the Zoo 87.Whispering Corridors 88.Too Tired to Die 89.Spring In My Hometown 90.The Quiet Family 91.A Promise 92.The Power of Kangwon Province 93.Paradise Lost 94.If the Sun Rises in the West 95.Girls' Night Out 96.Christmas in August 97.Birdcage Inn 98.Bedroom & Courtroom 99.Bye Joon(1998) 100.Ureme 8 101.Hwa-Om-Kyung 102.Two Cops 103.To the Starry Island 104.I Will Survive 105.First Love(1993) 106.The Eternal Empire 107.The Fox with Nine Tails 108.I Am a Man 109.Out to the World 110.The Story of Two Women 111.The Taebaek Mountains 112.To You From Me 113.La Vie En Rose(1994 not the french movie) 114.301, 302 115.A Single Spark 116.Life and Death of the Hollywood Kid 117.Runaway 118.Who Drives Me Crazy 119.Sunset Into the Neon Lights(1995) 120.Wild Animals 121.Yuri 122.Two Cops 2 123.Seven Reasons Why Beer Is Better Than a Lover 124.Piano Man 125.A Petal 126.Kill the Love 127.Henequen 128.The Day a Pig Fell into the Well 129.Crocodile 130.Jungle Story 131.Hoodlum Lessons 132.Born to Kill 133.Wind Echoing In My Being 134.PpilKu 135.No. 3 136.The Letter 137.The Contact 138.Bad Movie 139.The Man With Flowers(1997) 140.sad movie(2005) 141.cyrano agency(2010) 142.The Thieves(2012) 143.Surprise(2002) 144.Hammer boy(2003) 145.Muttboy(2003) 146.chaw(2009) 147.Don't click(2012) 148.Runway cop(2012) 149.Murder Takeone(2005)
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1. H (2002)
R | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A serial killer named Shin-Hyun gives himself up to police. He confesses to committing a series of particularly horrifying murders of exclusively female victims. He is imprisoned, awaiting ... See full summary »
My number 10 movie this director is too brilliant to make a mind twister like this and the sad thing is he didn't make it clear. And we actually missed the best part.
2. 3-Iron (2004)
R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days.
Votes: 44,016 | Gross: $0.24M
My number 19 movie kim ki duk is a real legend...one of his decent film... This is not made like a film actually it is more like an art...
3. Mother (2009)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.
Votes: 35,591 | Gross: $0.55M
My number 21 movie very super acting by this mother Won bin can act like this and like that(man from nowhere)
Do-joon is the killer(accidently killed her)
4. 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.
My number 16 movie same storyline like Il Mare but good... aching heart..
5. Pieta (2012)
Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama
A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.
Votes: 11,148 | Gross: $0.02M
My All Time Favourite movie I didn't think of it as a revenge story, because we are all perpetrators, accomplices and, at the same time, victims. This is what I meant. In a later scene, there is forgiveness. Gang-Do wears the sweater and insists its his. I don't think the movie is a revenge story, but a story of a mother having two children.- Kim Ki Duk
6. Joint Security Area (2000)
Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
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 »
My number 12 movie beautiful and little painful... These three actors are my favourite... This movie's making style is an inspiration for many other S.Korean modern movies ... a wonderful one...
The climax scene photo is the only photo of all the friends together.
7. Hellowoo goseuteu (2010)
111 min | Comedy, Drama
A man's failed suicide attempt enables him to see ghosts, who later keep following him everywhere. It is now up to him to fulfill their wishes to make them go away.
My number 1 movie ck]watched atleast 60+ timesck] Actually i don't wanna cry but it made me cry a lot... very very 1000x very good movie... Hollywood is ready to remake this masterpiece (Hollywood never misses the best movies) Actually this movie is copied(heavily inspired) from Heart and Souls (1993)(this movie is really worth watching)....
The ghosts are no strangers.. They are his own family..cry lady is his mom,smoker is his dad,pervert guy is his gradpa,hungry boy is his older brother
8. Hwanghae (2010)
R | 136 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
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.
My number 15 movie fantastic movie with many unanswered spoilers and twists..Nice story...very fast screenplay...many many unexplained spoilers..
Hyeung-seun’s wife and the Banker are having an affair, while Hyeung-seun and tae won’s woman are having an affair…Hyeung-seun’s wife and the Banker hired Myeon-ga (i.e gu nam) while KIM TAE-WON hired the driver…finally gu nam understood these secrets…like he said he found who started this(Hyeung-seun’s wife and the Banker & KIM TAE-WON) and die in the boat….Meanwhile gu nam’s wife is dead …she was killed by the Mokpo seafood guy…the last scene shows how she came to south korea….the film depicts the affairs and causing problems…self respect of Kim Tae Won…Gu nam’s love of his wife… and Myeon-ga’s ambition….
9. Oldeuboi (2003)
R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 441,743 | Gross: $0.71M
My number 2 movie shocking, painful can't digest for sometime... But a real MASTERPIECE a mystery within....Wonderful screenplay...All time best movie for south korea...
Mido is his own daughter...
10. 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.
My number 18 movie fantastic story line and marvelous acting... Especially in the climax scene...Byung Hyun is terrific...stupidly copied this movie as Awarapan in Hindi...
his reflection in the glass: His self image is the most important thing to him.. He doesn't know it causes the serious trouble...Sunwoo doing what he did in his reflection.
11. 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.
Votes: 53,328 | Gross: $0.01M
My number 3 movie I've never seen an action like this for years... My favourite hero.... You can see some slight John woo's style... But this is a pure action astounding movie... P.S ( Thanayong Wongtrakul is wonderful, when comparing to Won Bin in the action sequences)
12. Neukdaeui yuhok (2004)
113 min | Action, Drama, Romance
Han-kyung comes to town to live with her mom. Attracted to her pure charm, the most popular guys Hae-won and Tae-sung fight each other for her.
My number 6 movie sad one... Fantastic storyline... wrenches the heart....
Tae-song is actually falls for Han Kyung... He never wanted her to be his sister...a triangle love relationship and perhaps a touch of incest
13. The Chaser (2008)
Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Thriller
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.
My number 11 movie really terrific chasing...a seat edge thriller.. first part of yellow sea...same leads ...
14. Keulraesik (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.
My number 20 movie a Melodrama... fantastic movie really...best movie... I hate this film's lead actor..Liked him if he acted better...very painful...
15. Baekmanjangja-ui cheot-sarang (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 »
My number 4 movie very sad movie... It is really painful... Very very beautiful cast... wonderful casting.. and a beautiful visual treat....
16. Haebaragi (2006)
Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Released from prison, Taesik goes to live with an adopted mother. He takes a job and tries to live a quiet life with his new family. His efforts are threatened when a politician seeks to knock the family restaurant down to build a mall.
My number 5 movie superb movie...Kim rae won is the best...
Tae sik sacrifices his life for the family...
17. 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.
My number 17 movie I never forget this movie, because this movie is my first korean movie...No need to say anything about this... Wonderful, terrific, marvelous.......
18. Siworae (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 »
same storyline like Ditto....Lovely climax..Hollywood legally copied this movie..
Sung-hyun did receive her warning letter and never went to intervene that day and was never hit by the car. Although this Eun-joo (the one who twice ignores him at the train station) has no memory of the correspondence, Eun-joo and Sung-hyun finally meet.
19. 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.
My All Time Favourite movie many language films copied this film...sad film.. best couple...
20. Simya-ui FM (2010)
Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Sun-young, a popular radio host, decides to quit her job to take care of her ill-daughter. But, the last day of her job turns nightmarish when a murderer takes her family hostage.
My number 23 movie high tension...Jet speed screenplay...Edge of the seat thriller...
21. Iggi (2010)
Not Rated | 163 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A mysterious person calls a young man and informs him that his estranged father has died in a country village. The curious son travels to the town to discover what happened. From there out ... See full summary »
My number 22 movie great twists and turns,,, worth watching...fantastic makeup.... great mystery..
Lee Young-Ji is the one who started this all... she told him about Ryu Hae-Kuk's father's death and helped him for her selfishness.
22. Jungdok (2002)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Two brothers, Ho-jin and Dae-jin, were the only family they had. The older brother Ho-jin married Eun-soo, extending their family to three, and they all lived happy, tranquil days together.... See full summary »
really nice, you'll like it more if you're a Byung-hun Lee's fan...
The final scene shows Dae-jun scattering Ho-jun's ashes across the sea. It is revealed that Dae-jun loved Eun-soo even before Ho-jun, and had for the entire time she was with Ho-jun. Dae-jun also confesses that he made use of all of his brother's secrets to "transform" himself into Ho-jun, to the extent of sacrificing his own identity and behaviour. He claims that it was "Dae-jun" who died after the accident. He tells his brother that Eun-soo will forever love him as Ho-jun. He apologizes and asks his brother never to forgive him for his deeds.
23. Biyeolhan geori (2006)
Not Rated | 141 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.
My number 24 movie Yu Ha's wonderful movie...Full action...An original gangster story...
24. Ssang-hwa-jeom (2008)
133 min | Drama, History, Romance
A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard.
My number 25 movie some obscene scenes... But fantastic storyline and BGM...
25. Kwa-sok-seu-kaen-deul (2008)
108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A radio DJ/entertainer in his 30s suddenly learns he may be a grandfather, thanks to a young girl who has a baby son and claims to be his daughter.
cha tae hyun is wonderful... 200 out of 100 ...some laughs and some feelings...superb movie...
26. Nae yeojachingureul sogae habnida (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.
My All Time Favourite movie Don't see this movie before my sassy girl. watch it, after my sassy girl... You'll experience a great feeling in the climax of this film... Just give a try...
27. 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.
My All Time Favourite moviewonderful movie... sorrow in the heart...my favourite lead actors...
28. The Host (2006)
R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Horror
A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.
Votes: 82,303 | Gross: $2.20M
29. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
R | 140 min | Action, Drama, War
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.
Votes: 35,173 | Gross: $1.11M
My All Time Favourite movie anything for younger brother... Jang dong and won bin...wow...
30. Shi (2010)
Unrated | 139 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 8,182 | Gross: $0.36M
31. Oasis (2002)
133 min | Drama, Romance
An irresponsible and childish ex-con befriends a girl with cerebral palsy and develops a progressively stronger bond with her.
My All Time Favourite movienot recommended for lame audiences...
32. Welkkeom tu Dongmakgol (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.
My number 9 movie crying and smiling at the same time like the monalisa picture... Jang Jin is the best... Rare film of the decade...
33. Yongseoneun eupda (2010)
Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Despite of 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.
34. 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.
My All Time Favourite movie not recommended for lame audiences... really painful
35. Urideul-ui haengbok-han shigan (2006)
120 min | Drama, Romance
A suicidal girl started to visit a convicted murderer awaiting execution every Thursday.
My All Time Favourite movie Good and sad...
36. 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.
My number 8 movie Many people dint like this film... But just give a try... I like it very much...actually it is irritating & a pain in the ass..But wanna see it again and again......Jang Jin's movie...
37. Killerdeului suda (2001)
120 min | Action, Drama, Comedy
Four unlikely assassins genuinely care about their customers and victims, meanwhile a prosecutor is on their trail.
My All Time Favourite movie guns and some laughs.... jang jin...
38. Thirst (2009)
R | 135 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.
Votes: 36,627 | Gross: $0.30M
My number 13 movie only chan wook park can make like this...
39. Eorin shinbu (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.
My number 14 movie very nice movie....sweet and cute...clever rip off of my wife is 18...But this copy is better than the original...
40. Yeongeo wanjeonjeongbok (2003)
PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Romance
Young-Joo (Lee Na-Young) is selected by her co-workers to take an English class for her department. On her first day in class, things suddenly turn interesting when she meets Moon-Soo (Jang... See full summary »
41. Ddongpari (2008)
Not Rated | 130 min | Crime, Drama
A bitter loan shark strikes a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl as he faces his own troubled past with his abusive father.
My All Time Favourite movie Many people do not like this film... But just give a try... It is really nice. Great movie...
42. Hamoni (2010)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama
Female prison inmates form a choir.
Recommended only if you wanna cry...
43. Yeong-hwa-neun yeong-hwa-da (2008)
Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Drama
A gangster who wants to be an actor; an actor more gangster than anything. Here their paths and lives begin to cross.
Kim Ki Duk's story... fantastic action..
44. Geunyeoreul midji maseyo (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.
My number 7 movie really beautiful.. very very natural and a good family drama movie..
45. Minyeo-neun goerowo (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.
nice movie... especially the song...multi talented actress..
46. My Dear Enemy (2008)
123 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Jobless, single and in her early thirties, Hee-soo is miserable. Desperate, she sets out to find her ex-boyfriend, Byoung-woon, who owes her $3,500. Rather inconveniently, it turns out that... See full summary »
My All Time Favourite movie not recommended for lame audiences...it is purely a marvelous art like film...
47. Dal-kom-han geo-jit-mal (2008)
113 min | Comedy, Romance
TV writer Ji-ho has been secretly in love with the same man for the last ten years. One day she gets hit by a car by that very same man. After the accident she suffers from amnesia and ... See full summary »
48. Airiseu: Deo mubi (2010)
Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Drama