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The Best Korean Drama Movies Of All Time

Updated August 17, 2020 1.2k votes 195 voters 14.2k views57 items

Love Kdramas, but looking for feature films? Here are the best Korean drama films ever, ranked by fans everywhere. From old classics to new and recent hits, this list of Korean drama movies includes gripping mystery dramas, romantic melodramas, historical biopics, period films, and underrated arthouse movies. While many people have seen the popular 2014 drama Ode to My Father, one of South Korea's highest-grossing films, only the most serious of film buffs have seen indie films, like film festival winner On the Beach at Night Alone

Vote up the top drama movies from South Korea, and add any favorites we may have missed. 

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  • A Moment to Remember1

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

    A Moment to Remember is a 2004 South Korean film based on the 2001 Japanese television drama...  more
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  • The Beauty Inside2

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

    The Beauty Inside is a 2015 South Korean high-concept romantic comedy film directed by Baik....  more
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  • A Taxi Driver3

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

    A Taxi Driver is a 2017 South Korean historical action drama film directed by Jang Hoon. A...  more
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  • Burning4

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

    Burning is a 2018 South Korean mystery drama film directed by Lee Chang-dong, based on the...  more
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  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring5

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring is a 2003 South Korean film directed by Kim Ki-duk....  more
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  • Masquerade6
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    Masquerade

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

    Masquerade is a 2012 South Korean historical drama film directed by Choo Chang-min. Though it...  more
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  • Silenced7
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    Silenced

    Silenced is a 2011 South Korean drama film directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, based on the novel The...  more
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  • Secret Sunshine8

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

    Secret Sunshine is a 2007 South Korean drama film directed by acclaimed South Korean director,...  more
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  • The Classic9

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%

    The Classic is a 2003 South Korean romance melodrama film directed by Kwak Jae-yong....  more
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  • Hope10
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    Hope

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

    Hope is a 2013 South Korean film directed by Lee Joon-ik. Based on the infamous Nayoung Case,...  more
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  • Ode to My Father11

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

    Ode to My Father is a 2014 South Korean family-drama war film directed by Yoon Je-kyoon. Amid...  more
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  • Poetry12
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    Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

    Poetry is a 2010 South Korean drama film directed by Lee Chang-dong. It tells the story of a...  more
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  • Marathon13
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    Marathon

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

    Marathon is a 2005 South Korean film directed by Jeong Yoon-cheol, and starring Jo Seung-woo,...  more
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  • The King and the Clown14

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

    The King and the Clown is a 2005 South Korean historical drama film directed by Lee Joon-ik....  more
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  • Castaway on the Moon15

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

    "Accomplished and original, Castaway on the Moon is a fascinating love story by one of South...  more
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  • The Way Home16

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

    The Way Home is a 2002 film written and directed by Lee Jeong-hyang. It tells the...  more
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  • Always17
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    Always is a 2011 South Korean romance drama film directed by Song Il-gon. A former boxer...  more
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  • Peppermint Candy18

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

    Peppermint Candy is a 1999 film, the second from South Korean director Lee Chang-dong. The...  more
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  • Sunny19
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    Sunny

    Sunny is a 2011 South Korean comedy drama film directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol. A middle-aged...  more
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  • Il Mare20

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

    Il Mare is a 2000 South Korean fantasy romance film directed by Lee Hyun-seung. A man and a...  more
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  • Punch21
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    Punch

    Punch is a 2011 drama film written by Dong-Woo Kim and directed by Han Lee....  more
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  • Green Fish22
    Green Fish is a 1997 South Korean film directed by Lee Chang-dong. Returning home and finding...  more
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  • 3-Iron23
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    Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

    3-Iron is a 2004 South Korean romantic drama film directed by Kim Ki-duk. A transient young...  more
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  • Painted Fire24
    Chi-hwa-seon or Chwi-hwa-seon, is a 2002 South Korean drama film directed by Im Kwon-taek...  more
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  • Once Upon a Time in High School25

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

    Once Upon a Time in High School, also known as Once Upon a Time in High School: The Spirit of...  more
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