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The Best Korean Mystery Movies Of All Time

Updated August 18, 2021 2k votes 219 voters 12.6k views62 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.

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    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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    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 mysterious...  more
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    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 with a childhood...  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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    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 truth...  more
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    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....  more
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    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....  more

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    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 home...  more

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    The Call, also known as Call, is a 2020 South Korean thriller film directed by Lee Chung-hyun, based on the 2011 British and Puerto Rican film The Caller by Matthew Parkhill. Connected by phone in...  more
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    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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    Recalled, also known as Memories of Tomorrow, is a 2021 South Korean mystery-thriller film directed by Seo Yoo-min. After losing her memories in an accident, Soo-jin gains the ability to see the...  more
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    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 over...  more
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    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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    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 fiancée who...  more
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    Memoir of a Murderer is a 2017 South Korean action thriller film directed by Won Shin-yun. A former serial killer with Alzheimer's fights to protect his daughter from her psychotic boyfriend....  more
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    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 member...  more
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    Missing, also known as Missing Woman, is 2016 South Korean mystery film directed by Lee Eon-hee. A struggling divorcee discovers her infant daughter and Chinese nanny have gone missing....  more
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    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 playing...  more
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    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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    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 catch a...  more
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    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 suspected...  more
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    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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    Perfect Number

    Perfect Number is a 2012 South Korean mystery drama film directed by Bang Eun-jin, based on the Japanese novel The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. A brilliant mathematician and his neighbor...  more
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    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 that...  more
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    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....  more
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