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The Best Korean Actors Of All Time 

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Updated July 25, 2020 5.5k votes 386 voters 2.9k 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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Kim Soo-hyun is listed (or ranked) 1 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) 2 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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Lee Min-ho is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Hyun Bin is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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Park Hae-jin is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Lee Jong-suk is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Hyung Sik is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Park Bo-gum is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Kim Woo-bin is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Kim Hyun-joong is listed (or ranked) 11 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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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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Lee Dong-wook is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Ji Chang-wook is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Ju Ji-hoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

Kingdom (2019), Princess Hours (2006), Hyena (2020), Asura (2016), Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017)

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Jung Hae-in is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Song Joong-ki is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Woo Do-hwan is listed (or ranked) 18 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 Seung-gi is listed (or ranked) 19 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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So Ji-sub is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

Oh My Venus (2015), Master's Sun (2013), Sorry, I Love You (2004), My Secret Terrius (2018), The Battleship Island (2017)

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Jung Il-woo is listed (or ranked) 21 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)

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Yoon Kye-sang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time
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Chocolate (2019), The Greatest Love (2011), The Good Wife (2016), The Outlaws (2017), High Kick! (2011)

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Lee Joon-gi is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Choi Jin-hyuk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Korean Actors Of All Time

Tunnel (2017), Rugal (2020), The Last Empress (2018), Gu Family Book (2013), Heirs (2013)

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Ji Soo is listed (or ranked) 25 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)