100 Most Popular Korean Movies

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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

90 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 26,241 | 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: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 464,753 | 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: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-Woong Cho, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 82,090 | Gross: $2.01M

4. 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: 112,810 | 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: In-sung Jo, Joo-Hyuk Nam, Sung-woong Park, Seol-Hyun Kim

Votes: 2,223 | Gross: $0.47M

6. The Wailing (2016)

Not Rated | 156 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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

Votes: 36,718

7. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

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, Kap-su Kim

Votes: 95,382 | Gross: $0.13M

8. 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: 103,459 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Parasite (2019)

132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 15,237

10. Train to Busan 2

Action, Horror, Thriller | Pre-production

Sequel to the 2016 South Korean zombie film.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon

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

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Mystery

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: Hoon-jung Park | Stars: Seung-chul Baek, Kim Byung-Ok, Woo-sik Choi, Da-Eun

Votes: 1,932

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: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Hee-Bong Byun, Hae-il Park, Doona Bae

Votes: 86,291 | Gross: $2.20M

13. Thirst (2009)

R | 135 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

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

Votes: 38,305 | Gross: $0.30M

14. The Spy Gone North (2018)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

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, Sung-min Lee, Jin-Woong Cho, Ji-Hoon Ju

Votes: 1,871 | Gross: $0.50M

15. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

65 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 51,249

16. The Villainess (2017)

Not Rated | 129 min | Action, Drama

64 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 9,562 | Gross: $0.03M

17. 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: 55,934 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Revenger (2018)

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: Bruce Khan, Hee-soon Park, Jin-Seo Yoon

Votes: 2,453

19. Rampant (2018)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Horror

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

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

Votes: 1,831 | Gross: $0.17M

20. 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: 50,337

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: 27,472

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: Ha-Neul Kang, Mu-Yeol Kim, Seong-kun Mun, Young-hee Na

Votes: 8,104

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: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Shi-hoo Kim, Yea-young Kwon

Votes: 65,134 | Gross: $0.21M

24. Mother (2009)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 38,322 | 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: Woo-sung Jung, Dong-won Gang, Hyo-Joo Han, Ye-ri Han

Votes: 2,711

26. V.I.P. (2017)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

The son (Lee Jong-Suk) of a high-ranking North Korean official is suspected of committing serial murders around the world. To stop the killer, South Korea, North Korea and Interpol chase after him.

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

Votes: 1,170

27. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Young-min Kim

Votes: 71,770 | Gross: $2.38M

28. 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: 56,624 | Gross: $0.05M

29. Extreme Job (2019)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Comedy

A police undercover operation takes a delicious, unexpected turn.

Director: Byeong-heon Lee | Stars: Myeong Gong, Lee Hanee, Jun-seok Heo, Jin-Hee Jang

Votes: 1,722 | 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: 3,263 | Gross: $2.30M

31. The Vanished (2018)

101 min | 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: Sang-kyung Kim, Kang-woo Kim, Hee-ae Kim

Votes: 500

32. 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: 42,681

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: Kang-ho Song, Jung-suk Jo, Doona Bae, Ga-Yoon Heo

Votes: 1,097

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, In-kwon Kim, Hyeri Lee, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 850

35. 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: Ye-jin Son, Hyun Bin, Sang-ho Kim, Young-nam Jang

Votes: 1,071 | Gross: $0.11M

36. 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: 16,474

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: Byung-Hun Lee, Kang-ho Song, Yoo Gong, Ji-min Han

Votes: 6,702 | 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: Dong-hyuk Hwang | Stars: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Hyeon-soo Kim, Kim Jee-Young

Votes: 8,533

39. The Good the Bad the Weird (2008)

R | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Western

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, Byung-Hun Lee, Woo-sung Jung, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 30,973 | 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: Ji-min Han, Suk-ho Jun, Hee-joon Lee, So-hyun Kwon

Votes: 497

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: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Seung-Yun Lee, Hee Jae, Hyuk-ho Kwon, Jeong-ho Choi

Votes: 45,372 | Gross: $0.24M

42. 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: 32,180

43. Steel Rain (2017)

TV-MA | 139 min | Action

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: Woo-sung Jung, Do-won Kwak, Eui-sung Kim, Kyeong-yeong Lee

Votes: 2,924

44. 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: 17,773 | Gross: $0.46M

45. Unstoppable (2018)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Crime

Dong-Chul (Don Lee) and Ji-Soo (Song Ji-Hyo) are a happily married couple. One day, Dong-Chul comes home to find his house in disarray and his wife is missing.

Director: Kim Min-Ho | Stars: Dong-seok Ma, Ji-Hyo Song, Seong-oh Kim, Min-jae Kim

Votes: 731 | Gross: $0.10M

46. Psychokinesis (2018)

Not Rated | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

After drinking water from a mountain spring, a bank security guard gains telekinetic superpowers, which he must use to save his estranged daughter from an evil construction company, as a superhero.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon | Stars: Seung-ryong Ryu, Eun-kyung Shim, Jung-min Park, Yu-mi Jung

Votes: 3,320

47. Pandora (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: 3,892

48. 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: 6,759

49. Grass (2018)

66 min | Drama

77 Metascore

In a small Café, Min-hee Kim plays a guest who prefers to observe but not interact with the other guests herself.

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Joobong Kee, Jae-hong Ahn, Jin-young Jung

Votes: 581 | Gross: $0.01M

50. 1987: When the Day Comes (2017)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama