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The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time 

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March 10, 2020 1k votes 154 voters 11.2k views 92 items

If you like movies about kings or South Korean history, then you'll probably enjoy the best Korean historical movies. From period films to action dramas, this list of famous Korean historical films includes South Korea's highest-grossing films, like The Admiral: Roaring CurrentsMasquerade, and The King and the Clown. If you're looking for new and recent movies, Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden depicts a love triangle in a Japanese-occupied Korea. 

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Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
Masquerade

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

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 ...more
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The Admiral: Roaring Cur... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

The Admiral: Roaring Currents, also known as The Admiral, is a 2014 South Korean epic action-war film directed by Kim Han-min. Admiral Yi Sun-sin faces a tough challenge when he is forced to ...more
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The Great Battle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

The Great Battle is a 2018 South Korean historical action film directed by Kim Kwang-sik. Yang Manchun and his Goguryeo troops fight in an epic eighty-eight day battle against 500,000 Tang ...more
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The King and the Clown ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
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, ...more
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A Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

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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Untold Scandal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

Untold Scandal is a 2003 South Korean romantic historical drama film directed by E J-yong. In late 1700s Korea, Lady Cho challenges the playboy Lord Jo-won into seducing and sleeping with her ...more
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The Handmaiden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

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 ...more
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War of the Arrows is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

War of the Arrows is a 2011 South Korean period action war film directed by Kim Han-min. During the second Manchurian invasion of Korea in 1636, a skilled archer sets out to save his kidnapped

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Memories of the Sword is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
Memories of the Sword

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Memories of the Sword is a 2015 South Korean martial arts romance period drama directed by Park Heung-sik. While in medieval Korea, a young girl sets out to revenge the betrayal and the death of ...more
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A Frozen Flower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
A Frozen Flower is a 2008 South Korean erotic historical film directed by Yoo Ha. Under the influence of the Yuan Kingdom, the King of Goryeo is pressured to produce a successor to the throne, ...more
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The Fatal Encounter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
The Fatal Encounter

Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%

The Fatal Encounter, also known as The King's Wrath, is a 2014 South Korean historical action drama film directed by Lee Jae-kyoo. King Jeongjo attempts to protect his royal powers from the ...more
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Kundo: Age of the Rampan... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Kundo: Age of the Rampant is a 2014 South Korean period action film directed by Yoon Jong-bin. In 1862, amidst the rule of the late Joseon dynasty in Korea, a band of fighters named Kundo rise ...more

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The Face Reader is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
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.
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Rampant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 62%

Rampant is a 2018 South Korean period zombie film directed by Kim Sung-hoon. Returning from imprisonment abroad, a prince and his fellow countrymen band together to battle bloodthirsty demons in ...more
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Assassination is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
Assassination

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Assassination is a 2015 South Korean espionage action film directed by Choi Dong-hoon. While Korea is occupied by the Japanese Army in 1933, the resistance plans to kill the Japanese Commander, ...more
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The Battle: Roar to Vict... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
The Battle: Roar to Victory is a 2019 Korean-Japanese period action war film directed by Won Shin-yun. Over a four-day period, a fierce battle takes place between Korean independence militias ...more
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The Sword with No Name ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
The Sword with No Name is a 2009 action period drama film directed by Kim Yong-gyun. A Joseon dynasty bounty hunter becomes the body guard of the queen he secretly loves.
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Blood Rain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
Blood Rain is a 2005 South Korean mystery thriller film. During Korea's Chosun Dynasty, an imperial investigator probes a series of grisly murders that may be linked to the executions of a ...more
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Forbidden Quest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
Forbidden Quest is a 2006 South Korean period drama film directed by Kim Dae-woo. A scholar pens illicit erotic literature and risks his life to begin a dangerous affair with the king's
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Hwang Jin Yi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
Hwang Jin Yi is a 2007 South Korean biographical drama film directed by Jang Yoon-hyun, based on Hong Seok-jung's 2002 novel Hwangjini. In the 16th-century Joseon Dynasty, aristocrat Hwang Jin ...more
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Detective K: Secret of t... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow
Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow is a 2011 South Korean historical comedy crime film directed by Kim Sok-yun, based on the novel by Kim Tak-hwan. Joseon's top detective is ordered by ...more
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Femme Fatale, Jang Hee-b... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
Femme Fatale, Jang Hee-bin, also known as Concubine Jang Hui-bin, is a 1968 South Korean film directed by Im Kwon-taek. A concubine plots to drive the queen into exile and she usurps her place ...more
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Mal-Mo-E: The Secret Mis... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
Mal-Mo-E: The Secret Mission is a 2019 South Korean historical drama film directed by Eom Yu-na. Imprisoned several times during the 1940s, when Korea was under Japanese occupation, illiterate ...more
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The Servant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
The Servant is a 2010 South Korean historical romantic drama film directed by Kim Dae-woo. A beautiful woman, a nobleman and his servant are caught up in a love triangle.
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Henequen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time
Henequen
Henequen is a 1996 South Korean historical drama film directed by Kim Ho-sun. In 1905, a group of henequen, Korean immigrants who work sugarcane fields in Mexico, are yanked off a ship to face ...more