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The Best Korean Historical Movies Of All Time

March 10, 2020 3.7k votes 571 voters 38.9k views92 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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  • Masquerade1
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    Masquerade

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

    Masquerade is a 2012 South Korean historical drama film directed by Choo Chang-min. Though it...  more
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  • The Admiral: Roaring Currents2

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

    The Admiral: Roaring Currents, also known as The Admiral, is a 2014 South Korean epic...  more
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  • The Throne3
    The Throne is a 2015 South Korean historical drama film directed by Lee Joon-ik. In 18th...  more
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  • The King and the Clown4
    The King and the Clown is a 2005 South Korean historical drama film directed by Lee Joon-ik....  more
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  • A Taxi Driver5

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

    A Taxi Driver is a 2017 South Korean historical action drama film directed by Jang Hoon. A...  more
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  • The Handmaiden6

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

    The Handmaiden is a 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park...  more
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  • The Face Reader7
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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...  more
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  • War of the Arrows8

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

    War of the Arrows is a 2011 South Korean period action war film directed by Kim Han-min....  more
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  • The Great Battle9

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

    The Great Battle is a 2018 South Korean historical action film directed by Kim Kwang-sik. Yang...  more
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  • Assassination10
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    Assassination

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

    Assassination is a 2015 South Korean espionage action film directed by Choi Dong-hoon. While...  more
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  • The Age of Shadows11

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

    The Age of Shadows is a 2016 South Korean period action thriller film directed by Kim...  more
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  • Welcome to Dongmakgol12

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

    Welcome to Dongmakgol, also known as Battle Ground 625, is a 2005 South Korean comedy war...  more
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  • The Fortress13

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%

    The Fortress is a 2017 South Korean historical drama film directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. In...  more
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  • 1987: When the Day Comes14

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

    1987: When the Day Comes is a 2017 South Korean political drama film directed by Jang...  more
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  • Joint Security Area15

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 77%

    Joint Security Area is a 2000 South Korean mystery thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook....  more
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  • The Last Princess16
    The Last Princess is a 2016 South Korean period drama film directed by Hur Jin-ho. Under...  more
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  • The Fatal Encounter17
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    The Fatal Encounter

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%

    The Fatal Encounter, also known as The King's Wrath, is a 2014 South Korean historical action...  more
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  • Blood Rain18
    Blood Rain is a 2005 South Korean mystery thriller film. During Korea's Chosun Dynasty, an...  more
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  • Ode to My Father19

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

    Ode to My Father is a 2014 South Korean family-drama war film directed by Yoon Je-kyoon. Amid...  more
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  • Taegukgi20

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

    Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War is a 2004 South Korean war film directed by Kang Je-gyu. When...  more
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  • The Royal Tailor21
    The Royal Tailor is a 2014 South Korean period drama film directed by Lee Won-suk. During...  more
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  • Untold Scandal22

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

    Untold Scandal is a 2003 South Korean romantic historical drama film directed by E J-yong. In...  more
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  • Memories of the Sword23
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    Memories of the Sword

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

    Memories of the Sword is a 2015 South Korean martial arts romance period drama directed by...  more
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  • The Pirates24

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%

    The Pirates is a 2014 South Korean period comedy adventure film directed by Lee Seok-hoon. A...  more
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  • Hwang Jin Yi25
    Hwang Jin Yi is a 2007 South Korean biographical drama film directed by Jang Yoon-hyun, based...  more
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