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The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time 

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February 20, 2020 440 votes 90 voters 6.3k views 38 items

List Rules Only movies that feature a gangster as the main character.

If you enjoy mafia movies, here are the best Korean gangster movies ever, ranked by fans everywhere. Featuring high school gangsters, Triads, Yakuza, and even some gangster comedy movies, these South Korean movies about the mob and criminal organizations include some of the country's greatest cinematic masterpieces. New World, Friend, and A Bittersweet Life are considered to be the most popular Korean gangster movies, but you'll also find some new and recent titles listed here. 

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New World is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%

New World is a 2013 South Korean crime drama film directed by Park Hoon-jung. Posing as the right-hand man of a ruthless gangster, an undercover cop finds it difficult to play both parts, even ...more
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Nameless Gangster: Rules... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%

Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time is a 2012 South Korean gangster film directed by Yoon Jong-bin. On the verge of being fired, a corrupt customs official finds a haul of drugs and teams up ...more
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A Bittersweet Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

A Bittersweet Life is a 2005 South Korean action film directed by Kim Jee-woon. When a high-ranking enforcer refuses to execute a hit ordered by his boss, he becomes the number one target.
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The Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time
The Outlaws

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

The Outlaws is a 2017 South Korean crime action film directed by Kang Yoon-sung. When a new crime lord starts fighting for territory, a fearless detective tries to keep the peace the only way he ...more
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Friend is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

Friend is a 2001 South Korean action film directed by Kwak Kyung-taek. Four childhood friends go their separate ways; two go off to college, while the others become rival gangsters.
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The Gangster, The Cop, T... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil is a 2019 South Korean action thriller film directed by Lee Won-tae. A gangster and a cop team up to chase a serial killer, each for their own reasons.
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A Dirty Carnival is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

A Dirty Carnival is a South Korean neo-noir action film directed by Yoo Ha. A small time thug (Jo In-sung) collecting debts for the local triad is torn between his criminal aspirations and his ...more
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Asura: The City of Madne... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Asura: The City of Madness, also known as Asura, is a 2016 South Korean action crime film directed by Kim Sung-su. A shady cop (Jung Woo-sung) finds himself in over his head when he gets caught ...more
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Breathless is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Breathless is a 2008 South Korean crime drama film directed by Yang Ik-june. A bitter gangster (Yang Ik-june) strikes a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl (Kim Kkot-bi) as he faces his own ...more
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The City of Violence is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

The City of Violence is a 2006 South Korean crime action film directed by Ryoo Seung-wan. Three former childhood friends reunite for their friend's funeral, which prompts two of them vowing to ...more
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The Drug King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

The Drug King is a 2018 South Korean crime drama film directed by Woo Min-ho. Set in Busan, South Korea during the 1970s, Lee Doo-sam builds an empire as a drug smuggler in the Busan underworld, ...more
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My Wife Is a Gangster 2 ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time
My Wife is a Gangster 2: The Return Fable is a 2003 South Korean film directed by Jeong Heong-sun, and a sequel to the 2001 film. After losing her memories from a fight, former gang leader (Shin ...more
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Gangster High is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time
Gangster High
Gangster High is a 2006 South Korean action film directed by Park Ki-hyung. When ordinary high school student Sang Ho becomes close with a girl whose boyfriend is the leader of another school's ...more
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My Wife Is a Gangster is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time
My Wife Is a Gangster

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

My Wife Is a Gangster is a 2001 South Korean film directed by Jo Jin-kyu. A female gang boss (Shin Eun-kyang) tries to get married to fulfill her dying sister's wishes.
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Kick the Moon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time
Kick the Moon is a 2001 South Korean film directed by Kim Sang-jin. Childhood friends - a gangster (Lee Sung-jae) and a high school teacher (Cha Seung-won) - reunite unexpectedly and fall for ...more
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The Prison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time
The Prison is a 2017 South Korean prison action film directed by Na Hyun. A troubled ex-cop imprisoned for a hit-and-run accident discovers that the entire penitentiary is controlled by an ...more
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Rough Cut is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time
Rough Cut
Rough Cut is a 2008 South Korean action film directed by Jang Hoon. An egotistical actor (Kang Ji-hwan) persuades a gangster (So Ji-sub) to join his newest movie.
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My Dear Desperado is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time
My Dear Desperado
My Dear Desperado is a 2010 South Korean romantic comedy film directed by Kim Kwang-sik. A university graduate (Jung Yu-mi) moves into a new place where her neighbor (Park Joong-hoon) is a ...more
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Gangnam Blues is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time
Gangnam Blues
Gangnam Blues, also known as Gangnam 1970, is a 2015 South Korean action film directed by Yoo Ha. The friendship of two childhood friends is tested as they find themselves entangled in the ...more
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No. 3 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time
No. 3 is a 1997 South Korean gangster comedy film directed by Song Neung-han. The "number 3" man (Han Suk-kyu) of a gang aspires to rise up the ranks and become the leader of his own
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Beat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time
Beat
Beat is 1997 South Korean gangster film directed by Kim Sung-su and written by Sam Shin about a high school dropout who is forced into gang life. Jung Woo-sung played the lead Min and Ko ...more
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Man in Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time
Man in Love
Man in Love is a 2014 South Korean romance drama film directed by Han Dong-wook. A terminally ill gangster (Hwang Jung-min) falls in love for the first, and possibly last time.
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No Blood No Tears is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time
No Blood No Tears

Rotten Tomatoes score: 68%

No Blood No Tears is a 2002 South Korean pulp noir film directed by Ryoo Seung-wan. The ill-treated mistress (Lee Hye-young) of a gang boss and a taxi driver (Jeon Do-yeon) hatch a plan to steal ...more
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Marrying the Mafia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%

Marrying the Mafia is a 2002 South Korea film released on September 13, 2002. It was an instant hit, beating out other 2002 film competitors such as Jail Breakers, The Way Home and Sex is Zero. ...more
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A Better Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time
A Better Tomorrow
A Better Tomorrow is a 2010 South Korean contemporary gangster drama film, starring Joo Jin-mo, Song Seung-heon, Kim Kang-woo and Jo Han-sun. It is an official remake of the 1986 Hong Kong film ...more