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The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s  

Jason Bancroft
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What are the best Korean movies of the decade? You get to help make that call. Korea has a vibrant filmmaking scene, and their movies are popular around the world. Due to the phenomenal recent success of Bong Joon-ho's Parasite, both critically and commercially, eyes are increasingly focused on Korean cinema. For good reason, too. There's an emphasis on challenging and absorbing stories that pull viewers right in.

Parasite is definitely one of the most popular Korean movies of the 2010s. Others that have achieved a measure of acclaim in North America include Kim Ji-woon's I Saw the Devil, Lee Chang-dong's Burning, and Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden. Bong Joon-ho's two prior films, Okja and Snowpiercer, are also among the finest movies to come out of Korea in the last ten years. There are plenty of others. We've assembled a list of Korean films from every genre -- drama to comedy, horror to romance. Aside from ranking the finest titles, this will also serve as a jumping-off point for anyone wanting to experience what Korean cinema has to offer.

Vote up the top 2010s Korean movies from the list below, and if there are some highly-ranked ones you haven't seen, plan a night of viewing entertainment. 

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Parasite is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong
Parasite is a 2019 South Korean dark comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho. An unemployed driver (Song Kang-ho) and his out-of-work family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and ...more
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Cold Eyes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Cold Eyes Han Hyo-joo, Jung Woo-sung, Simon Yam
Cold Eyes is a 2013 South Korean film starring Sol Kyung-gu, Jung Woo-sung, Han Hyo-joo, Jin Kyung and Lee Junho. A remake of 2007 Hong Kong film Eye in the Sky, the film is about detectives ...more
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Miracle in Cell No. 7 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Park Shin-hye, Oh Dal-su, Jung Jin-young
Miracle in Cell No. 7 is a 2013 South Korean film starring Ryu Seung-ryong, Kal So-won and Park Shin-hye. The film is a heartwarming comedy and family melodrama about a mentally challenged man ...more
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Train to Busan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi
Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller film directed by Yeon Sang-ho. The film takes place in a train to Busan, as a zombie apocalypse suddenly becomes apparent ...more
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The Handmaiden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo
The Handmaiden is a 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook. A woman (Kim Tae-ri) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Kim Min-hee), but ...more
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Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton
Snowpiercer is a 2013 South Korean-Czech dystopian science-fiction action film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. A new ...more
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Burning is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo
Burning is a 2018 South Korean mystery drama film directed by Lee Chang-dong, based on the short story "Barn Burning" by Haruki Murakami. A part-time worker (Yoo Ah-in) hoping to spend ...more
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The Beauty Inside is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Han Hyo-joo, Kim Dae-myung, Do Ji-han
The Beauty Inside is a 2015 South Korean high-concept romantic comedy film directed by Baik. Furniture designer Woo-jin wakes up in a different body every day, regardless of age, gender, and ...more
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The Gangster, The Cop, The Dev... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Ma Dong-seok, Kim Mu-yeol, Kim Sung-kyu
The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil is a 2019 South Korean action thriller film directed by Lee Won-tae. A gangster and a cop team up to chase a serial killer, each for their own reasons.
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The Tower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Son Ye-jin, Ahn Sung-ki, Cha In-pyo
The Tower is a 2012 South Korean disaster thriller film about a fire that breaks out in a luxury skyscraper in central Seoul on Christmas Eve. The film is directed by Kim Ji-hoon, and stars Sol ...more
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The Face Reader is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
The Face Reader Kim Hye-soo, Song Kang-Ho, Lee Jong-suk
The Face Reader is a 2013 South Korean film starring Song Kang-ho as the son of a disgraced noble family who goes around Joseon and studies physiognomy. He is able to assess the personality, ...more
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The Age of Shadows is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo, Han Ji-min
The Age of Shadows is a 2016 South Korean period action thriller film directed by Kim Jee-woon. Korean resistance fighters smuggle explosives to destroy facilities controlled by Japanese forces ...more
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A Reason to Live is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
A Reason to Live Song Hye-kyo, Song Chang-eui, Nam Ji-hyeon
A Reason to Live is a 2011 South Korean film written and directed by Lee Jeong-hyang. It stars Song Hye-kyo as a director who forgives a teenage boy for killing her fiancé. It premiered ...more
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Flu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Soo Ae, Jang Hyuk, Cha In-pyo
Flu is a 2013 South Korean disaster film written and directed by Kim Sung-su about an outbreak of a deadly disease which throws a city into chaos. It stars Jang Hyuk and Soo Ae.
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I Saw the Devil is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik, Cheon Ho-Jin
I Saw the Devil is a 2010 South Korean psychological thriller/horror film directed by Kim Ji-woon. The film follows NIS agent Kim Soo-hyun (Byung-hun), who embarks on a quest of revenge, ...more
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The Man from Nowhere is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Won Bin, Kim Sae-ron, Young-chang Song
The Man from Nowhere is a 2010 South Korean action thriller film directed by Lee Jeong-beom. The film follows the story of a mysterious and shady man (Won Bin) who embarks on a bloody rampage ...more
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The Divine Fury is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Park Seo-joon, Ahn Sung-ki, Woo Do-hwan
The Divine Fury is a 2019 South Korean action horror film written and directed by Jason Kim. A martial arts champion gains divine powers to fight with a powerful evil force.
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Okja is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano
Okja is a 2017 South Korean-American action-adventure film directed by Bong Joon-ho and co-written by Bong and Jon Ronson. A young girl named Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, ...more
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Pandora is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Kim Nam-gil, Kim Young-ae, Kim Ju-hyeon
Pandora is a 2016 South Korean disaster film directed by Park Jung-woo. The explosion of a nuclear power plant caused by an earthquake leads to a disaster which no one other than its workers can ...more
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The Wailing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min, Chun Woo-hee
The Wailing is a 2016 South Korean horror film directed by Na Hong-jin about a policeman who investigates a series of mysterious killings and illnesses.
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The King of Pigs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Kim Khobbi, Yang Ik-Joon, Oh Jung-se
The King of Pigs is a 2011 South Korean animated drama film directed by Yeon Sang-ho. It won three awards at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival. The film was selected to be screened in ...more
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Inside Men is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Inside Men Lee Byung-hun, Cho Seung-woo, Baek Yoon-sik

Inside Men is a 2015 South Korean political crime-action film directed by Woo Min-ho, based on the webtoon by Yoon Tae-ho.

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Hwayi: A Monster Boy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Moon Sung-Keun, Lee Gyeung-young, Yoo Yeon-seok
Hwayi: A Monster Boy is a 2013 South Korean film about a 16-year-old boy of the same name who is raised by five criminal fathers to become the perfect assassin. It takes pulling the trigger to ...more
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The Thieves is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Soo-hyun, Kim Hye-soo
The Thieves is a 2012 South Korean heist film directed by Choi Dong-hoon with an all-star ensemble cast. Splashy action in overseas locations is mixed with double-dealings and multiple betrayals ...more
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The Suspect is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s
The Suspect Gong Yoo, Hee-soon Park, Ju-bong Gi
The Suspect is an action thriller film directed by Shin-yeon Won.