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The Best Korean War Movies

Updated October 12, 2018 405 votes 120 voters 8.2k views17 items

Filmmaking is one of the arts a society uses to understand its own history. The best Korean War movies struggle to make sense of the civil war (1950-1953) which escalated into an international conflict resulting in the two Koreas we know today. This is a list of all Korean movies about the Korean War, ranked best to worst by votes from fans of the genre.  

This list of Korean War movies includes the classics Piagol (1955), Five Marines (1961) and The Marines Who Never Returned (1963) all made within a few years of the conflict. Later films dealing with the Korean War include Spring In My Hometown, following a family's relationship with the US troops, The Last Witness, in which a detective (South Korean superstar, Lee Jung Jae) investigates a story of POWs during the war, and The Front Line which depicts the final battle of the war and the determining of the border between north and south. Most of these Korean war films are in the Korean language with subtitles, but they're really great foreign films.

Let us know which of the films on this Korean War movies list you find most effecting by voting that film to the top of the list.
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    The Steel Helmet

    Gene Evans, Richard Loo
    The Steel Helmet is a war film directed by Samuel Fuller and produced by Lippert Studios...  more
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    Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War

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    71: Into the Fire

    T.O.P, Cha Seung-won
    71: Into the Fire is a 2010 South Korean war drama film directed by Lee Jae-han. Seventy-one...  more
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    The Front Line

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    Gran Torino

    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker
    Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also...  more

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    Field of Honor

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    Piagol

    Piagol is a 1955 South Korean film directed by Lee Kang-cheon. A controversial film about the...  more
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    The Marines Who Never Returned

    Jock Mahoney, Choi Moo-ryong
    The Marines Who Never Returned is a 1963 South Korean film directed by Lee Man-hee. It was...  more
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    Silver Stallion

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    Welcome to Dongmakgol

    Shin Ha-kyun, Kang Hye-jung
    Welcome to Dongmakgol, also known as Battle Ground 625, is a 2005 South Korean comedy war...  more

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    Joint Security Area

    Lee Young-ae, Lee Byung-hun
    Joint Security Area is a 2000 South Korean mystery thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook....  more
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    In Love and War

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    Spring in my Hometown

    Ahn Sung-ki, Song Ok-sook
    Spring in My Hometown is a 1998 South Korean war drama film directed by Lee Kwang-mo. After...  more
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    Five Marines

    Park No-sik, Choi Moo-ryong
    Five Marines is a 1961 South Korean film. It was popular genre-film director Kim Ki-duk's...  more
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    Nambugun

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    Red Scarf

    Qui Luyan-Mengmeng, Zhang Lu-Xiaowei
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    The Last Witness