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The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time 

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Updated July 13, 2020 410 votes 22 voters 58 items

If you enjoy true crime and twists, here are the best Korean mystery movies ever, ranked by fans everywhere. Featuring thrillers, romance, and horror, these famous South Korean mystery movies include films about detectives, serial killers, and historical events. Popular Korean mystery films include Burning, The Silenced, and Bong Joon Ho's Memories of Murder.

Vote up the best top Korean mystery films, and add other good whodunit movies if they deserve a spot on this list. 

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Memories of Murder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Memories of Murder is a 2003 South Korean crime-drama film directed by Bong Joon-ho. In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found ...more

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Burning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

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 hoping to spend more time ...more
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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

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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The Wailing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

The Wailing is a 2016 South Korean supernatural horror film directed by Na Hong-jin. Suspicion leads to hysteria when rural villagers link a series of brutal murders to the arrival of a ...more

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Mother is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Mother is a 2009 South Korean drama mystery film directed by Bong Joon-ho. When her disabled son is charged with murdering a girl, his mother desperately searches for the truth.

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A Tale of Two Sisters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

A Tale of Two Sisters is a 2003 South Korean psychological horror mystery film directed by Kim Jee-woon. After spending time in a mental hospital, a girl is reunited with her sister and returns ...more

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I Saw the Devil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

I Saw the Devil is a 2010 South Korean psychological thriller horror film directed by Kim Jee-woon. A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

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H is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

H is a 2002 South Korean thriller mystery film directed by Lee Jong-hyeok. A serial killer who preyed on pregnant women has been behind bars for 10 months, until detectives need his help to ...more
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Addicted is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time
Addicted is a 2002 South Korean horror mystery film directed by Park Young-hoon. Hidden betrayals are brought to light when a race car driver takes on his brother's identity after a serious ...more
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Forgotten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time
Forgotten is a 2017 South Korean mystery thriller film directed by Jang Hang-jun. A man loses his memory after being kidnapped for 19 days, and his younger brother is determined to seek the ...more
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Princess Aurora is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time
Princess Aurora
Princess Aurora is a 2005 South Korean crime mystery film directed by Bang Eun-jin. When detective Oh Seong-ho arrives at a bloody murder scene, he zeroes in on the one clue left behind, a ...more
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Sympathy for Mr. Vengean... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 54%

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is a 2002 South Korean drama thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook. A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ...more

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Moss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time
Moss
Moss is a 2010 South Korean mystery thriller film directed by Kang Woo-suk. After the death of his estranged father, a young man discovers his father's history of threats and violence toward the ...more
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Antarctic Journal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time
Antarctic Journal is a 2005 South Korean horror mystery film directed by Yim Pil-sung. Arctic cold and paranoia take their toll as Korean explorers are beset by the same strange occurrences that ...more
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A Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

A Day is a 2017 South Korean mystery thriller film directed by Cho Sun-ho. A man who witnesses a car accident involving his daughter finds himself locked in a loop as the events repeat over and ...more
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Blood Rain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Korean Mystery 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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Spider Forest is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time
Spider Forest is a 2004 South Korean horror mystery thriller film directed by Song Il-gon. Television producer Kang Min wakes in Spider Forest and is shocked to discover his girlfriend slowly ...more
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Tell Me Something is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time
Tell Me Something is a 1999 South Korean mystery crime thriller film directed by Chang Yoon-hyun. Lieutenant Cho, a cop mourning the recent death of his mother, is under investigation for graft ...more
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Rainbow Eyes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time
Rainbow Eyes
Rainbow Eyes is a 2007 South Korean crime mystery thriller film directed by Yang Yun-ho. A detective begins to crack under the strain of investigating a pair of brutal murders.
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Helpless is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time
Helpless is a 2012 South Korean psychological mystery thriller film directed by Byun Young-joo, based on the Japanese novel All She Was Worth by Miyabe Miyuki. A man searches for his ...more
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The World of Silence is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time
The World of Silence
The World of Silence is a 2006 crime drama mystery film directed by Jo Ui-seok. A famous photographer who has a special ability to read people's minds is a main suspect for the gruesome events ...more
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Svaha: The Sixth Finger ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time
Svaha: The Sixth Finger is a 2019 South Korean mystery thriller film directed by Jang Jae-hyun. A pastor (Lee Jung-jae) who works to expose suspicious religious groups looks into a cult whose ...more

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Hide and Seek is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time
Hide and Seek is a 2013 South Korean mystery film directed by Huh Jung. Strange symbols and worsening nightmares plague an already troubled man after he tries to solve his estranged brother's ...more

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Lucid Dream is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time
Lucid Dream is a 2017 South Korean science fiction mystery thriller film directed by Kim Joon-sung. With the help of a detective and a psychiatrist friend, an investigative journalist uses lucid ...more
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The Gifted Hands is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time
The Gifted Hands
The Gifted Hands is a 2013 South Korean mystery thriller film directed by Kwon Ho-young. While hunting for a murderer, a detective meets a young man who can see someone's entire past simply by ...more