The Best Korean War Movies  

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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.

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Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War
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T.O.P, Cha Seung-won, Kwon Sang-woo
71: Into the Fire is a 2010 South Korean war drama film directed by Lee Jae-han. The film was made in commemoration of those who fought during the Korean War, to raise awareness of the existence ...more
The Steel Helmet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Korean War Movies
JimThomas added Gene Evans, Richard Loo, Steve Brodie
The Steel Helmet is a war film directed by Samuel Fuller and produced by Lippert Studios during the Korean War. It was the first film about the war, and the first of several war films by ...more
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Field of Honor
Joint Security Area is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Korean War Movies
quentintarantado added Lee Young-ae, Lee Byung-hun, Song Kang-Ho
Joint Security Area is a 2000 South Korean mystery thriller film starring Lee Young-ae, Lee Byung-hun and Song Kang-ho. It was directed by Park Chan-wook and is based on the novel DMZ by Park ...more
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The Front Line
Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Korean War Movies
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Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Christopher Carley, Bee Vang and Ahney Her. This was Eastwood's ...more
Silver Stallion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Korean War Movies
Silver Stallion
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The Marines Who Never Returned Jock Mahoney, Choi Moo-ryong, Dong-hwi Jang
The Marines Who Never Returned is a 1963 South Korean film directed by Lee Man-hee. It was released in the U.S. in 1966 as Marine Battleground. For this film, Lee was given the Best Director ...more
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Piagol is a 1955 South Korean film directed by Lee Kang-cheon. A controversial film about the Korean War, it was banned due to its supposedly "pro-communist" content, but the director ...more
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Shin Ha-kyun, Kang Hye-jung, Jae-kyeong Seo
Welcome to Dongmakgol is a 2005 South Korean film. Based on the same-titled long-running stage play by filmmaker/playwright Jang Jin, Park Kwang-hyun's debut film was a commercial and critical ...more
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In Love and War
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Five Marines Park No-sik, Choi Moo-ryong, Shin Young-kyun
Five Marines is a 1961 South Korean film. It was popular genre-film director Kim Ki-duk's directorial debut.
Spring in My Hometown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Korean War Movies
Spring in my Hometown Ahn Sung-ki, Song Ok-sook, Gye-nam Myeong
Spring in My Hometown is an award-winning 1998 South Korean film.
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Red Scarf Qui Luyan-Mengmeng, Zhang Lu-Xiaowei, Xu Xiaoli-Bameizi
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The Last Witness