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The Best Korean Gangster Movies Of All Time

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    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 with...  more
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    The Outlaws

    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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    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....  more
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    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....  more
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    Nameless Gangster (aka 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...  more
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    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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    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....  more
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    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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    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 inmate who...  more
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    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 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 Dude In Me is a 2019 South Korean fantasy comedy film directed by Kang Hyo-jin. In an unfortunate accident, a bullied high school student switches bodies with a gang leader....  more
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    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 gang,...  more
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    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....  more
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    Night in Paradise is a 2021 South Korean drama film directed by Park Hoon-jung, starring Uhm Tae-goo, Jeon Yeo-been and Cha Seung-won. After his sister and nephew are murdered because he tried to...  more

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    The Man from Nowhere is a 2010 South Korean action thriller film directed by Lee Jeong-beom. When a young girl (Kim Sae-ron) is kidnapped, a mysterious man (Won Bin) embarks on a bloody rampage to...  more

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    #4 of 16 16 Underrated Revenge Movies Where The Hero Goes Scorched-Earth#3 of 101 The Best Korean Movies On Amazon Prime

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    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 So-young his...  more
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    Friend: The Great Legacy

    Friend: The Great Legacy, also known as Friend 2, is a 2013 South Korean action film directed by Kwak Kyung-taek, and the sequel to the 2001 film. After serving 17 years behind bars, newly released...  more
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    Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller neo-noir film directed by Park Chan-wook, based on the Japanese manga by Garon Tsuchiya. After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh...  more

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    #66 of 245 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#78 of 93 The Most Rewatchable Action Movies

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    The Chaser is a 2008 South Korean action thriller film directed by Na Hong-jin. A disgraced ex-policeman who runs a small ring of escorts finds himself in a cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer....  more

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    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 A...  more
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    Beasts Clawing at Straws is a 2020 South Korean drama thriller film directed by Kim Young-hoon. A struggling restaurant owner (Bae Sung-woo), caring for his sick mom, finds a bag of cash in a sauna...  more
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    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. The...  more
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    The Yellow Sea is a 2011 crime action film directed by Na Hong-jin. A taxi driver goes on the run after an attempt to carry out a hit on a professor goes terribly awry....  more

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    #41 of 139 The Best Korean Movies Of All Time#20 of 87 The Best Korean Action Movies Of All Time

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    My Wife Is a Gangster

    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....  more