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The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s

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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    Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun
    264
    34

    Released2019

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    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 glamorous  ...more
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    Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok
    197
    37

    Released2016

    Directed byYeon Sang-ho

    Train 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
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    Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun
    154
    33

    Released2018

    Directed byLee Chang-dong

    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 hoping to spend more time with a childhood  ...more
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    Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min
    112
    32

    Released2016

    Directed byNa Hong-jin

    The 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
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    Hwang Jung-min, Yoo Ah-in
    97
    27

    Released2015

    Directed byRyoo Seung-wan

    Veteran 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
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    Won Bin, Kim Sae-ron
    105
    49

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Jung-beom

    The 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
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    Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik
    90
    42

    Released2010

    Directed byKim Jee-woon

    I 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
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    Park Shin-hye, Oh Dal-su
    93
    52

    Released2013

    Directed byLee Hwan-Kyung

    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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    Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann
    60
    23

    Released2017

    Directed byJang Hoon

    A 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
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    Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri
    85
    49

    Released2016

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

    The 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
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    Inside Men

    Lee Byung-hun, Cho Seung-woo
    41
    11

    Released2015

    Directed byWoo Min-ho

    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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    Han Hyo-joo, Kim Dae-myung
    58
    32

    Directed byBaik

    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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    Masquerade

    Han Hyo-joo, Lee Byung-hun
    47
    24

    Released2012

    Directed byChoo Chang-min

    Masquerade 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
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  • 14
    Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo
    43
    22

    Released2016

    Directed byKim Jee-woon

    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 in  ...more
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    Lee Jung-jae, Choi Min-sik
    42
    20

    Released2013

    Directed byPark Hoon-jung

    New 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
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    Assassination

    Jun Ji-hyun, Lee Jung-jae
    37
    18

    Released2015

    Directed byChoi Dong-hoon

    Assassination 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
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    Ha Jung-woo, Cha Tae-hyun
    49
    31

    Released2017

    Directed byKim Yong-hwa

    Along 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
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    Ma Dong-seok, Kim Mu-yeol
    50
    39

    Released2019

    Directed byLee Won-tae

    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.  ...more
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  • 19
    Soo Ae, Jang Hyuk
    55
    44

    Released2013

    Directed byKim Sung-su

    Flu 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
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    Lee Sun-kyun, Lee Ji-hoon
    36
    23

    Released2014

    Directed byKim Seong-hun

    A 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
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  • 21
    Hwang Jung-min, Yunjin Kim
    40
    29

    Released2014

    Directed byYoon Je-kyoon

    Ode 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
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    The Face Reader

    Kim Hye-soo, Song Kang-Ho
    32
    21

    Released2013

    Directed byHan Jae-Rim

    The 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
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    Choi Min-sik, Ha Jung-woo
    34
    23

    Released2012

    Directed byYoon Jong-bin

    Nameless Gangster (aka Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time) is a 2012 South Korean gangster film directed by Yoon Jong-bin. On the verge of being fired, a corrupt customs official finds a haul of  ...more
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  • 24
    Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho
    46
    38

    Released2013

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    A post-apocalyptic ice age forces humanity's last survivors aboard a globe-spanning supertrain. One man (Chris Evans) will risk everything to lead a revolt for control of the engine and the future of  ...more
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    Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Soo-hyun
    39
    30

    Released2012

    Directed byChoi Dong-hoon

    The Thieves is a 2012 South Korean comedy-action crime film directed by Choi Dong-hoon. A cat burglar and his gang are hired by a devious former partner to steal a $20 million diamond from a Chinese  ...more
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