Top 10 Korean Movies Of All Time Ranked

The gripping response that Korean songs, dramas, series, and movies are getting from the audiences has made us pen this article. It would be very right to say that the Korean industry is booming all over the world especially across Asia, Europe, and North America. Moreover, the plots and the characters in K-dramas are so exciting that you eventually end up creating a connection with them. 

Top 10 Korean Movies Of All Time Ranked

So if you were in search of an enthralling Korean movie filled with sequential drama ingredients, then here you go, down below are listed the Top 10 Korean movies that you can stream on your device to enjoy your weekend.  

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10. War Of The Arrows (2011)

IMDb: 7.2/10

Kim’s historical action epic War Of The Arrows was supposedly Korea’s second-highest-grossing release of 2011. The events of the story are based during the 1636 Mongolian invasion of Korea. Nam-Yi sets to rescue her sister Ja-in from the Manchurian soldiers who kidnapped her on the day of her wedding to an imperial soldier, Wan-Han. The character’s emotions are of prime consideration. 

9. Train to Busan (2016)

IMDb: 7.6/10

Directed by Yeon Sang-ho, Train to Busan is certainly the best horror Korean movie. The movie follows the story of a divorced and workaholic father, Seok-woo who along with his young daughter Su-an takes a train to visit her mother for her daughter’s birthday in Busan. Little to their surprise, they find out that a woman infected by zombies has bordered the train who is learned to be spreading the infection through passengers.

8. I Saw The Devil (2010)

IMDb: 7.8/10

Executed by director Kim Jee- Woon, this one comes with a very gripping storyline where a sadistic murderer Kyung-Chul murders a special agent Soo-Hyun’s fiancé but soon after police discover her butchered body in a river. The police chief and father of the girl provide a list of all the suspects to Soo-Hyun who immediately proceeds to investigate the crime.

7. Mother (2009)

IMDb: 7.8/10

Mother depicts a beautiful story of the bond between a mother and her mentally challenged son where they face a sudden nightmare out of their normal happy life. They discover the body of a dead girl and as the investigation process, it comes out that her son is involved in the brutal act. She relies on the legal system for justice until she decides to handle the matter on her own.

6. Poetry (2010)

IMDb: 7.8/10

Poetry was awarded the Best Screenplay at Cannes in 2010, the course of the story begins with a girl whose body comes off the shore, later, we learn that the girl committed suicide by leaping into the river and that she attended the same school as Mija’s grandson. Mija in the movie is played by legendary Korean actress Jeong-hee Yoon.

5. A Moment to Remember (2004)

IMDb: 8.2/10

A Moment To Remember’ is South Korea’s hit melodrama that focuses on the story of a couple and is a tremendously emotional movie that explodes a  cascade of feelings throughout. The end of the movie is so emotional that you can’t back away your tears. The direction and the performance of the characters in the movie are simply spellbinding. 

4. The Handmaiden (2016)

IMDb: 8.1/10

Directed by the great Chan-wook Park, The Handmaiden is based on the English novel ‘Fingersmith’ and follows the story of a Korean pickpocket, Sook-Hee who plans a heist with a clever man named Count Fujiwara to rob Lady Hideko, an innocent Japanese heiress. The movie is filled with a lot of twists right from the very beginning. It’s a brilliant movie with great visuals and is precisely executed.

3. Memories Of Murder (2003)

IMDb: 8.1/10

Based on the events of a true story, Memories Of Murder is one of the finest investigation movies ever created. The story revolves around Oh Dae-Su who on his daughter’s birthday gets kidnapped for a reason unknown. He is kept as a hostage in a hotel room for 15 long years with limited sources. Later, he is released to find out the person who kidnapped him. On his search, he falls in love with a girl and eventually starts searching for the kidnapper together.  

2. Old boy (2003)

IMDb: 8.4/10

Old boy is one of the most iconic Korean movies that you’ll ever come across. It tells the story of Oh Dae-Su, an obnoxious drunk who finds himself in a strange room. The story then follows a conventional revenge thriller with exhilarating fight scenes. The movie is deliriously twisted and the ending is worth watching again. The excellent cast makes this movie even more noteworthy. 

Honorable Mentions

  • The Host (2006): IMDb: 7.1/10
  • Burning (2018): IMDb: 7.5/10
  • The Wailing (2016): IMDb: 7.5/10
  • The Man from Nowhere (2010): IMDb: 7.8/10
  • Joint Security Area (2000): IMDb: 7.8/10

1. Parasite (2019)

IMDb: 8.6/10

Directed by Bong Joon-ho, Parasite is packed with an insightful and thrilling story. The movie follows the  Kim family who lives in an enclosed semi-basement apartment and the members there are constantly hustling for employment. They are unable to find a stable job for living until their son is given a reference to start tutoring English to the Park family’s teenage daughter who happens to be very wealthy.


Which is the best Korean movie to date?

Parasite is considered to be one of the most iconic Korean movies ever. 

What are the most popular movies in the Korean film industry?

All the movies listed above are some of the most popular movies of the Korean film industry.


So this was what we got for the list of Top 10 Korean movies. If you too follow Korean culture and are looking for some good Korean content, then I am sure that your quest of finding one has ended here.

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Which one is it that you’ve decided to watch? Is it a horror movie or thriller suspense? Are you aware of more such Korean movies that you think have a great storyline? 

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