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The Best Korean Movies Of The 2010s

Updated November 20, 2019 2.8k votes 283 voters 12.9k views99 items

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
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    Parasite

    Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun

    Released2019

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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    Train to Busan
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    Train to Busan

    Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok

    Released2016

    Directed byYeon Sang-ho

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    The Man from Nowhere
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    21

    The Man from Nowhere

    Won Bin, Kim Sae-ron

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Jung-beom

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  • 4
    Miracle in Cell No. 7
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    Miracle in Cell No. 7

    Park Shin-hye, Oh Dal-su

    Released2013

    Directed byLee Hwan-Kyung

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    I Saw the Devil
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    I Saw the Devil

    Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik

    Released2010

    Directed byKim Jee-woon

    I Saw the Devil is a 2010 South Korean psychological thriller horror film directed by Kim... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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    The Handmaiden
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    The Handmaiden

    Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri

    Released2016

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

    The Handmaiden is a 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 7
    A Werewolf Boy
    51
    12

    A Werewolf Boy

    Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-young

    Released2012

    Directed byJo Sung-hee

    A Werewolf Boy is a 2012 South Korean fantasy romance film directed by Jo Sung-hee. A... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 8
    The Beauty Inside
    48
    17

    The Beauty Inside

    Han Hyo-joo, Kim Dae-myung

    Directed byBaik

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  • 9
    A Taxi Driver
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    A Taxi Driver

    Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann

    Released2017

    Directed byJang Hoon

    A Taxi Driver is a 2017 South Korean historical action drama film directed by Jang Hoon. A... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 10
    The Wailing
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    The Wailing

    Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min

    Directed byNa Hong-jin

    The Wailing is a 2016 South Korean supernatural horror film directed by Na Hong-jin. Suspicion... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 11
    Burning
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    Burning

    Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun

    Released2018

    Directed byLee Chang-dong

    Burning is a 2018 South Korean mystery drama film directed by Lee Chang-dong, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 12
    Flu
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    Flu

    Soo Ae, Jang Hyuk

    Released2013

    Directed byKim Sung-su

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  • 13
    Secretly, Greatly
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    12

    Secretly, Greatly

    Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Hyun-woo

    Released2013

    Directed byJang Cheol-soo

    Secretly, Greatly is a 2013 South Korean action comedy-drama film starring Kim Soo-hyun, Park... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 14
    The Divine Fury
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    21

    The Divine Fury

    Park Seo-joon, Ahn Sung-ki

    Released2019

    Directed byJason Kim

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  • 15
    New World
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    New World

    Lee Jung-jae, Choi Min-sik

    Released2013

    Directed byPark Hoon-jung

    New World is a 2013 South Korean crime drama film directed by Park Hoon-jung. Posing as the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 16
    Hwayi: A Monster Boy
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    8

    Hwayi: A Monster Boy

    Moon Sung-Keun, Lee Gyeung-young

    Released2013

    Directed byJang Joon-hwan

    Hwayi: A Monster Boy is a 2013 South Korean crime action thriller film directed by Jang... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 17
    Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds
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    Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds

    Ha Jung-woo, Cha Tae-hyun

    Directed byKim Yong-hwa

    Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds is a 2017 South Korean fantasy drama film directed by Kim... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 18
    The Thieves
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    The Thieves

    Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Soo-hyun

    Released2012

    Directed byChoi Dong-hoon

    The Thieves is a 2012 South Korean comedy-action crime film directed by Choi Dong-hoon. A cat... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 19
    The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil
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    14

    The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil

    Ma Dong-seok, Kim Mu-yeol

    Released2019

    Directed byLee Won-tae

    The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil is a 2019 South Korean action thriller film directed by Lee... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    Snowpiercer
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    Snowpiercer

    Chris Evans, John Hurt

    Released2013

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    Snowpiercer is a 2013 South Korean-Czech dystopian science-fiction action film based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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    Cold Eyes
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    Cold Eyes

    Han Hyo-joo, Jung Woo-sung

    Released2013

    Directed byCho Ui-seok, Kim Byeong-seo

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  • 22
    The Villainess
    30
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    The Villainess

    Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun

    Released2017

    Directed byJung Byung-gil

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    Coin Locker Girl
    22
    10

    Coin Locker Girl

    Kim Hye-soo, Kim Go-eun

    Released2015

    Directed byHan Jun-hee

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  • 24
    The Admiral: Roaring Currents
    21
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    The Admiral: Roaring Currents

    Lee Jung-hyun, Choi Min-sik

    Released2014

    Directed byKim Han-min

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    Ode to My Father
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    Ode to My Father

    Hwang Jung-min, Yunjin Kim

    Released2014

    Directed byYoon Je-kyoon

    Ode to My Father is a 2014 South Korean family-drama war film directed by Yoon Je-kyoon. Amid... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button