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The Best Korean Action Movies Of All Time

Updated September 9, 2020 1.7k votes 143 voters 6.0k views77 items

Looking for more movies like The Man from Nowhere? Here are the top Korean action movies, ranked by fans everywhere. From action comedy, like Extreme Job, to gangster thrillers, like Veteran, this list of popular Korean action movies includes '90s classics and recent box office hits. Some good Korean action movies, like The Villainess and The Outlaws, are available to stream online, so be on the look out. Which famous action flicks stand out from the rest? 

Vote up the best action films from South Korea, and add your favorites if they deserve to be ranked here. 

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    The Man from Nowhere
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    The Man from Nowhere

    Won Bin, Kim Sae-ron

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Jung-beom

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

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    Train to Busan
    71
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    Train to Busan

    Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok

    Released2016

    Directed byYeon Sang-ho

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

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  • 3
    Oldboy
    58
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    Oldboy

    Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae

    Released2003

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

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    #62 of 242 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#71 of 134 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

  • 4
    The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil
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    The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil

    Ma Dong-seok, Kim Mu-yeol

    Released2019

    Directed byLee Won-tae

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

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    Veteran
    40
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    Veteran

    Hwang Jung-min, Yoo Ah-in

    Released2015

    Directed byRyoo Seung-wan

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

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    I Saw the Devil
    34
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    I Saw the Devil

    Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik

    Released2010

    Directed byKim Jee-woon

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

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    The Outlaws
    35
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    The Outlaws

    Ma Dong-seok, Yoon Kye-sang

    Released2017

    Directed byKang Yoon-sung

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

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  • 8
    New World
    32
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    New World

    Lee Jung-jae, Choi Min-sik

    Released2013

    Directed byPark Hoon-jung

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%

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  • 9
    A Bittersweet Life
    40
    15

    A Bittersweet Life

    Lee Byung-hun, Kim Yeong-cheol

    Released2005

    Directed byKim Jee-woon

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

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    The Villainess
    41
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    The Villainess

    Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun

    Released2017

    Directed byJung Byung-gil

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

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    #108 of 123 The Best Assassin Movies#22 of 51 The Most Exciting Movies About Female Assassins

  • 11
    Rampant
    24
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    Rampant

    Hyun Bin, Jang Dong-gun

    Released2018

    Directed byKim Sung-hoon

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 62%

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  • 12
    Hwayi: A Monster Boy
    22
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    Hwayi: A Monster Boy

    Moon Sung-Keun, Lee Gyeung-young

    Released2013

    Directed byJang Joon-hwan

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%

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  • 13
    The Yellow Sea
    31
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    The Yellow Sea

    Ha Jung-woo, Cho Seong-ha

    Released2010

    Directed byNa Hong-jin

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

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    The Age of Shadows
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    The Age of Shadows

    Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo

    Released2016

    Directed byKim Jee-woon

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

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  • 15
    Secretly, Greatly
    27
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    Secretly, Greatly

    Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Hyun-woo

    Released2013

    Directed byJang Cheol-soo

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

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  • 16
    Unstoppable
    25
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    Unstoppable

    Ma Dong-seok, Song Ji-hyo

    Released2018

    Directed byKim Min-ho

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

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  • 17
    The Great Battle
    21
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    The Great Battle

    Jo In-sung, Nam Joo-hyuk

    Released2018

    Directed byKim Kwang-sik

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

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  • 18
    A Hard Day
    18
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    A Hard Day

    Lee Sun-kyun, Lee Ji-hoon

    Released2014

    Directed byKim Seong-hun

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

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    The Good, the Bad, the Weird
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    The Good, the Bad, the Weird

    Lee Byung-hun, Jung Woo-sung

    Released2008

    Directed byKim Jee-woon

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

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    #46 of 131 The Best Korean Movies Of All Time#178 of 338 The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History

  • 20
    Cold Eyes
    17
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    Cold Eyes

    Han Hyo-joo, Jung Woo-sung

    Released2013

    Directed byCho Ui-seok, Kim Byeong-seo

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

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  • 21
    The Host
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    The Host

    Bae Doona, Scott Wilson

    Released2006

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

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    #345 of 720 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time#6 of 56 The Best Korean Horror Films

  • 22
    My Wife Is a Gangster
    18
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    My Wife Is a Gangster

    Shin Eun-kyung, Park Sang-myun

    Released2001

    Directed byJo Jin-gyu

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

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  • 23
    The Admiral: Roaring Currents
    24
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    The Admiral: Roaring Currents

    Lee Jung-hyun, Choi Min-sik

    Released2014

    Directed byKim Han-min

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

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    The Suspect
    17
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    The Suspect

    Gong Yoo, Park Hee-soon

    Released2013

    Directed byWon Shin-yun

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

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    A Dirty Carnival
    21
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    A Dirty Carnival

    Jo In-sung, Lee Bo-young

    Released2006

    Directed byYoo Ha

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

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