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.
Directed by: Bong Joon-hoParasite 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 glamorous... more
Directed by: Yeon Sang-hoTrain to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller film directed by Yeon Sang-ho. A man, his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a... more
Directed by: Lee Chang-dongBurning 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 hoping to spend more time with a childhood... more
Directed by: Na Hong-jinThe Wailing is a 2016 South Korean supernatural horror film directed by Na Hong-jin. Suspicion leads to hysteria when rural villagers link a series of brutal murders to the arrival of a mysterious... more
Directed by: Ryoo Seung-wanVeteran is a 2015 South Korean action crime comedy film directed by Ryoo Seung-wan. A tough detective hunts down a young and successful man who has bad intentions.... more
Directed by: Lee Jung-beomThe Man from Nowhere is a 2010 South Korean action thriller film directed by Lee Jeong-beom. When a young girl (Kim Sae-ron) is kidnapped, a mysterious man (Won Bin) embarks on a bloody rampage to... more
Directed by: Kim Jee-woonI Saw the Devil is a 2010 South Korean psychological thriller horror film directed by Kim Jee-woon. A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.... more
Directed by: Lee Hwan-KyungMiracle 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
Directed by: Jang HoonA Taxi Driver is a 2017 South Korean historical action drama film directed by Jang Hoon. A taxi driver from Seoul (Song Kang-ho) unintentionally becomes involved in the events of the Gwangju... more
Directed by: Park Chan-wookThe Handmaiden is a 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook. A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to... more
Released: Lee Byung-hun, Cho Seung-woo, Baek Yoon-sik
Directed by: 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.
Directed by: Kim Jee-woonThe 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 in... more
Directed by: BaikThe 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
Directed by: Park Hoon-jungNew World is a 2013 South Korean crime drama film directed by Park Hoon-jung. Posing as the right-hand man of a ruthless gangster, an undercover cop finds it difficult to play both parts, even with... more
Directed by: Choo Chang-minMasquerade is a 2012 South Korean historical drama film directed by Choo Chang-min. Though it places his own life in danger, a look-alike commoner secretly takes the place of a poisoned king to save... more
Directed by: Choi Dong-hoonAssassination is a 2015 South Korean espionage action film directed by Choi Dong-hoon. While Korea is occupied by the Japanese Army in 1933, the resistance plans to kill the Japanese Commander, but... more
Directed by: Kim Seong-hunA Hard Day is a 2014 South Korean crime action thriller film directed by Kim Seong-hun. A homicide detective accidentally kills a man with his car, then tries to hide the body in his mother's coffin... more
Directed by: Kim Sung-suFlu is a 2013 South Korean action disaster film directed by Kim Sung-su. Chaos ensues after a lethal, airborne virus infects the population of a South Korean city less than 20 kilometers from Seoul.... more
Directed by: Kim Yong-hwaAlong With the Gods: The Two Worlds is a 2017 South Korean fantasy drama film directed by Kim Yong-hwa, based on the webcomic. Having died unexpectedly, firefighter Ja-hong (Cha Tae-hyun) is taken to... more
Directed by: Bong Joon-hoSnowpiercer 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
Directed by: Yoon Je-kyoonOde to My Father is a 2014 South Korean family-drama war film directed by Yoon Je-kyoon. Amid the time of Korean War, a young boy vows to take care of his family, marking the beginning of a lifelong... more
Directed by: Lee Won-taeThe 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.... more
Directed by: Han Jae-RimThe Face Reader is a 2013 South Korean historical drama film directed by Han Jae-rim. A Korean face-reader learns of a prince's plan to seize his country's throne.... more
Directed by: Yang Woo-sukSteel Rain is a 2017 South Korean action thriller film directed by Yang Woo-suk, based on his 2011 webtoon. A former agent from the North Korean intelligence (Jung Woo-sung) and a senior member of... more
Directed by: Cho Ui-seok, Kim Byeong-seoCold Eyes is a 2013 South Korean action crime thriller film directed by Cho Ui-seok and Kim Byeong-seo. A high-tech police surveillance team attempts to take down a gang of ruthless bank robbers... more