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The Best Korean Thrillers Of All Time

Updated December 4, 2020 1.4k votes 137 voters 5.0k views58 items

Looking for movies like Parasite? Here are the best Korean thriller movies ever, ranked by fans everywhere. The 2003 psychological thriller Oldboy is considered to be one of the most famous movies from South Korea and a must-watch for those unfamiliar with Korean cinema. Other popular Korean thrillers include The Handmaiden, I Saw the Devil, Mother, and The Chaser.

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  • Parasite1

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

    Parasite is a 2019 South Korean dark comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho. An...  more
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    #67 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#20 of 92 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture

  • Train to Busan2

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

    Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller film directed by Yeon...  more
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    #1 of 91 The Best Korean Horror Films#473 of 722 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time

  • Oldboy3

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

    Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller neo-noir film directed by Park Chan-wook, based...  more
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    #63 of 230 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#74 of 177 The Greatest Comic Book Movies Of All Time

  • I Saw the Devil4

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

    I Saw the Devil is a 2010 South Korean psychological thriller horror film directed by Kim...  more
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    #1391 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies#97 of 114 The Best Intelligent Horror Movies

  • The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil5

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

    The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil is a 2019 South Korean action thriller film directed by Lee...  more
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  • Mother6

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

    Mother is a 2009 South Korean drama mystery film directed by Bong Joon-ho. When her disabled...  more
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  • The Man from Nowhere7

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

    The Man from Nowhere is a 2010 South Korean action thriller film directed by Lee Jeong-beom....  more
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    #2 of 53 The Best Korean Movies to Watch on Viki#1 of 78 The Best Korean Action Movies Of All Time

  • The Chaser8

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

    The Chaser is a 2008 South Korean action thriller film directed by Na Hong-jin. A disgraced...  more
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  • The Handmaiden9

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

    The Handmaiden is a 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park...  more
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  • Forgotten10

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

    Forgotten is a 2017 South Korean mystery thriller film directed by Jang Hang-jun. A man loses...  more
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  • Memoir of a Murderer11
    Memoir of a Murderer is a 2017 South Korean action thriller film directed by Won Shin-yun. A...  more
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  • #Alive12

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

    #Alive is a 2020 South Korean zombie film directed by Cho Il-hyung. The rapid spread of an...  more
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  • The Age of Shadows13

    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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  • Bedevilled14

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

    Bedevilled is a 2010 South Korean horror thriller film directed by Jang Cheol-soo. Selfish...  more
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  • A Hard Day15

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

    A Hard Day is a 2014 South Korean crime action thriller film directed by Kim Seong-hun. A...  more
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  • No Mercy16
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    No Mercy

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

    No Mercy is a 2010 action thriller film directed by Kim Hyeong-Joon. Despite of being nearly...  more
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  • Confession of Murder17
    Confession of Murder is a 2012 South Korean crime action thriller film directed by Jung...  more
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  • Joint Security Area18

    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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  • Lady Vengeance19

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

    Lady Vengeance is a 2005 South Korean psychological thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook,...  more
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  • The Call20
    The Call, also known as Call, is a 2020 South Korean thriller film directed by Lee Chung-hyun,...  more
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  • Thirst21
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    Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

    Thirst is a 2009 South Korean horror film directed by Park Chan-wook, loosely based on the...  more
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    Montage

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

    Montage is a 2013 South Korean thriller mystery film directed by Jung Geun-sub. A mother who...  more
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  • The Villainess23

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

    The Villainess is a 2017 South Korean action film directed by Jung Byung-gil. A female...  more
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    #57 of 132 The Best Korean Movies Of All Time#95 of 123 The Best Assassin Movies

  • Seoul Station24

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

    Seoul Station is a 2016 South Korean animated zombie film directed by Yeon Sang-ho. A man...  more
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    #122 of 144 The Best Zombie Movies Of All Time#55 of 204 The Best Zombie Horror Films

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    Cold Eyes

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

    Cold Eyes is a 2013 South Korean action crime thriller film directed by Cho Ui-seok and Kim...  more
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