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The Best Korean Drama Movies Of All Time

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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    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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    A Moment to Remember is a 2004 South Korean film based on the 2001 Japanese television drama Pure Soul. It stars Son Ye-jin and Jung Woo-sung and follows the theme of discovery in a relationship and  ...more
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    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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    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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    The King and the Clown is a 2005 South Korean historical drama film directed by Lee Joon-ik. Two clowns living in Korea's Chosun Dynasty get arrested for staging a play that satirizes the king, but  ...more
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    Tragedy follows a young Korean widow (Jeon Do-yeon) after she and her son move to another town to make a fresh start.  ...more
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    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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    The Classic is a 2003 South Korean romance melodrama film directed by Kwak Jae-yong.  ...more
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    Silenced is a 2011 South Korean drama film directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, based on the novel The Crucible by Gong Ji-young. A newly appointed teacher (Gong Yoo) at a school for deaf children uncovers a  ...more
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    Marathon is a 2005 South Korean film directed by Jeong Yoon-cheol, and starring Jo Seung-woo, Kim Mi-sook and Lee Ki-young. It received 5,148,022 admissions, making it the 4th most attended Korean  ...more
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    A young Buddhist apprentice is mentored by an aging monk (Oh Yeong-su) at a secluded monastery in the Korean wilderness. As a teenager, the apprentice (Seo Jae-kyeong) encounters a girl who arrives  ...more
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    Hope is a 2013 South Korean film directed by Lee Joon-ik. Based on the infamous Nayoung Case, the film tells the story of a family dealing with the sexual assault of their eight-year-old daughter.  ...more
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    Poetry is a 2010 South Korean drama film directed by Lee Chang-dong. It tells the story of a suburban woman in her 60s who begins to develop an interest in poetry while struggling with Alzheimer's  ...more
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    Always is a 2011 South Korean romance drama film directed by Song Il-gon. A former boxer turned parking lot attendant finds hope in the love of the blind telemarketer who walks into his booth one day.  ...more
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    Punch is a 2011 drama film written by Dong-Woo Kim and directed by Han Lee.  ...more
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    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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    Il Mare is a 2000 South Korean fantasy romance film directed by Lee Hyun-seung. A man and a woman realize they are separated by two years of time when they exchange letters from different years in a  ...more
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    Backtracking from his suicide as a broken and depressed man, this film recounts the life of Yong-ho (Sul Kyung-gu), from his tragic demise to his innocent and idealistic youth, in reverse order. In  ...more
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    "Accomplished and original, Castaway on the Moon is a fascinating love story by one of South Korea's most promising young filmmakers. Lee Hey-jun made his debut in 2006 as co-director of the hit  ...more
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    Tae-suk (Jae-hee) is a lonely drifter who spends his nights in one empty vacation home after another. However, Tae-suk is not your usual squatter, as the courteous young man always makes sure to show  ...more
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    The Face Reader

    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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    The Way Home is a 2002 film written and directed by Lee Jeong-hyang. It tells the heart-warming story about a grandmother and her city-born grandson who comes to live with her in a rural village. The  ...more
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    Sunny is a 2011 South Korean comedy drama film directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol. A middle-aged woman tries to fulfill her friend's dying wish of reuniting their group of high school friends.  ...more
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    The Attorney

    The Attorney is a 2013 South Korean courtroom crime drama film directed by Yang Woo-suk. After a friend's son is abducted and tortured, a tax attorney becomes the defense lawyer for a group of young  ...more
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    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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