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The Best Korean Actors Of All Time 

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Updated July 25, 2020 6.9k votes 479 voters 3.5k views 88 items

If you're deciding on good Korean movies to watch, try ones featuring the best Korean actors of all time. Whether you're looking for the highest paid stars or hot Korean actors, this list of famous Korean male actors includes older actors over 40 as well as new and young celebs. One of the most talented Korean actors, Song Kang-ho gained even more international fame after Bong Joon-ho's Parasite won the Best Picture Oscar. Lee Byung-hun, Gong Yoo, and Hyun Bin are just a few other popular Korean actors who are known for their films and Korean dramas. 

Vote up the top South Korean actors, and add your favorites if they're missing from the list. 

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Ji Chang-wook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time
Ji Chang-wook

Healer (2014), Suspicious Partner (2017), The Bros (2017), The K2 (2016), The Empress Ki (2013)

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Kim Soo-hyun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

My Love from Another Star (2013), The Moon That Embraces the Sun (2012), Dream High (2011), The Producers (2015), Secretly, Greatly (2013)

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Park Seo-joon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time
Park Seo-joon

Itaewon Class (2020), What's Wrong with Secretary Kim (2018), Fight for My Way (2017), She Was Pretty (2015), The Divine Fury (2019)

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Jo Jung-suk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time
Jo Jung-suk

Oh My Ghost (2015), Hospital Playlist (2020), The King 2 Hearts (2012), Hit-and-Run Squad (2019), The Drug King (2018)

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Gong Yoo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

Train to Busan (2016), Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016), The Age of Shadows (2016), Coffee Prince (2007), Big (2012)

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Lee Jong-suk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

I Hear Your Voice (2013), W (2016), While You Were Sleeping (2017), Pinocchio (2014), Doctor Stranger (2014), Romance Is a Bonus Book (2019)

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Hyun Bin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

Crash Landing on You (2019), Secret Garden (2010), Memories of the Alhambra (2018), Rampant (2018), My Lovely Sam-Soon (2005)

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Lee Min-ho is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time
Lee Min-ho

Boys Over Flowers (2009), The King: Eternal Monarch (2020), City Hunter (2011), Personal Taste (2010), Legend of the Blue Sea (2016), Heirs (2013)

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Hyung Sik is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

Strong Girl Bong-soon (2017), Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016), Suits (2018), Heirs (2013), The Juror (2019)

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Ji Sung is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

Kill Me, Heal Me (2015), Doctor John (2019), Whatcha Wearin'? (2012), Familiar Wife (2018), Defendant (2017)

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Kim Woo-bin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

Heirs (2013), Uncontrollably Fond (2016), School (2012), Friend 2 (2013), Master (2016)

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Nam Joo-hyuk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (2016), Who Are You: School 2015 (2015), The Bride of Habaek (2017), The Great Battle (2018), Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)

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Kim Hyun-joong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

Boys Over Flowers (2009), Mischievous Kiss (2010), Inspiring Generation (2014), When Time Stops (2018), Barefoot Friends (2013)

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Woo Do-hwan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

The King: Eternal Monarch (2020), Tempted (2018), My Country: The New Age (2019), The Divine Fury (2019), Mad Dog (2017), Save Me (2017)

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Lee Dong-wook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016), The Beauty Inside (2015), Touch Your Heart (2019), Life (2018), Strangers from Hell (2019), My Girl (2005)

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Park Bo-gum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time
Park Bo-gum

Reply 1988 (2015), Moonlight Drawn by Clouds (2016), A Hard Day (2014), Coin Locker Girl (2015), Encounter (2018)

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Park Hae-jin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

My Love from Another Star (2013), Doctor Stranger (2014), Forest (2020), Bad Guys (2014), Cheese in the Trap (2016)

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Jung Hae-in is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

While You Were Sleeping (2017), Prison Playbook (2017), Something in the Rain (2018), Tune in for Love (2019), One Spring Night (2019)

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Cha Eun-woo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (2018), Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung (2019), Sweet Revenge (2017), Top Management (2018), My Brilliant Life (2014)

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#209 of 274 The Hottest Men Of 2020, Ranked #26 of 66 The Best K-Drama Actors Of All Time #38 of 242 The Hottest Men Of 2019, Ranked

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Song Joong-ki is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

Descendants of the Sun (2016), Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010), Arthdal Chronicles (2019), A Werewolf Boy (2012), The Battleship Island (2017)

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#20 of 66 The Best K-Drama Actors Of All Time #130 of 132 Who Is The Most Famous Actor In The World Right Now?

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Ji Soo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

Strong Girl Bong-soon (2017), Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016), My First First Love (2019), Bad Guys 2 (2017), Fantastic (2016)

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D.O. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

100 Days My Prince (2018), Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017), Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018), Swing Kids (2018), My Annoying Brother (2016), It's Okay, That's Love (2014)

More D.O. 

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Lee Seung-gi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

Vagabond (2019), A Korean Odyssey (2017), Gu Family Book (2013), The King 2 Hearts (2012), My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho (2010)

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#15 of 66 The Best K-Drama Actors Of All Time #9 of 14 College Graduate Kpop Idols #35 of 63 Cakes Kpop Idols Received from Their Fans

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Lee Joon-gi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016), The Scholar Who Walks the Night (2015), ​​​​​​ Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016), The King and the Clown (2005), My Girl (2005), Tale of Arang (2012)

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Jung Il-woo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time
Jung Il-woo

Cinderella and the Four Knights (2016), The Moon That Embraces the Sun (2012), Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (2011), Haechi (2019), 49 Days (2011)