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The Best Korean Drama Movies  

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If you’re looking for Korean films that examine the more challenging aspects of life, then this list of the best Korean drama movies is a great guide for you to find something worth watching tonight.

Make sure to consider Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring, the story of a Buddhist monk raising a young boy until the boy is drawn away by the temptations of a secular life. Also included on this list of Korean dramas is Mother, the tale of a mother who searches for the killer who framed her son for a murder he didn’t commit, and Peppermint Candy, which examines a man’s life on the brink of his suicide.

So, which of the films on this Korean drama movies list would you recommend to others? Join our other drama mavens and give the most dramatic movies on this list a thumbs up, and please only downvote something if you've actually seen it. And if you want to watch something now, check out these other Korean movies on Netflix.

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Marathon
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Park Shin-hye, Oh Dal-su, Jung Jin-young
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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Sunny
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Hello Ghost Cha Tae-hyun, Kang Ye-won, Young-nam Jang
Hello Ghost is a 2010 South Korean comedy film about a man's multiple failed suicide attempts. After the most recent one, he discovers he can see a family of ghosts. The ghosts agree to leave ...more
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Mother
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Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo
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 (Yoo Ah-in) hoping to spend ...more
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The Attorney Song Kang-Ho, Oh Dal-su, Yim Si-wan
The Attorney is a 2013 South Korean courtroom drama film directed and co-written by Yang Woo-suk, in his directorial debut. With 11,375,954 tickets sold and a revenue of ₩82.9 billion, The ...more
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Friend
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Kim Ki-duk, Ji Dae-han, Park Ji-Ah
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring is a 2003 South Korean film about a Buddhist monastery that floats on a lake in a pristine forest. The story is about the life of a Buddhist monk as he ...more
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Bae Doona, Lee Yo-won, Moon Jung-hee
Take Care of My Cat is a 2001 South Korean coming of age film, the feature debut of director Jeong Jae-eun. It chronicles the lives of a group of friends — five young women — a year after they ...more
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Son Ye-jin, Choi Min-sik, Ahn Sung-ki
Chi-hwa-seon or Chwi-hwa-seon, is a 2002 South Korean drama film directed by Im Kwon-taek about Jang Seung-up, a nineteenth-century Korean painter who changed the direction of Korean art.
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Choi Min-sik, Oh Dal-su, Cheon Ho-Jin
Crying Fist is a 2005 South Korean film written and directed by Ryoo Seung-wan. The film had 1,728,477 admissions nationwide.
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Sunflower
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A Brand New Life
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Breathless
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The Way Home
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The Spirit of Jeet Kune Do
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The King and the Clown
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Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?: A Zen Fable
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Masquerade
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Pieta
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Moon So-ri, Kim Yeo-jin, Sol Kyung-gu
Peppermint Candy is a 1999 film, the second from South Korean director Lee Chang-dong. The movie starts with the suicide of the protagonist and uses reverse chronology to depict some of the key ...more
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Sopyonje
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Song Kang-Ho, Ok-bin Kim, Shin Ha-kyun
Thirst is a 2009 South Korean horror film written, produced and directed by Park Chan-wook. It is loosely based on the novel Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola. The film tells the ...more
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Poetry