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The Most Tragically Beautiful Korean Dramas Ever

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If you're looking for tearjerker shows, here are the saddest Korean dramas of all time. Featuring stories about amnesia, betrayals, and unrequited love, this list of sad K-dramas includes popular shows, like Stairway to Heaven, Winter Sonata, and Moon Lovers. For those looking to cry or wanting an emotional melodrama, these tragic Korean dramas will have you grabbing the tissues. 

Vote up the best sad Kdramas worth watching, and add other tear jerking Korean dramas if they're missing from the list.

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    Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

    Lee Joon-gi, Lee Ji-eun
    Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (SBS, 2016) is a South Korean historical romance television series, based on the Chinese novel Bu Bu Jing Xin by Tong Hua. During a total solar eclipse, a 25-year-old...  more
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    Uncontrollably Fond

    Kim Woo-bin, Bae Suzy
    Uncontrollably Fond (KBS2, 2016), also known as Lightly, Ardently, is a South Korean romance drama television series. The memory of their painful breakup still fresh in their minds, two former lovers...  more
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    Hi Bye, Mama!

    Kim Tae-hee, Lee Kyu-hyung
    Hi Bye, Mama! (tvN, 2020) is a fantasy drama South Korean television series. After dying in a tragic accident five years ago, Cha Yoo-ri (Kim Tae-hee) is given the chance to be reincarnated for 49...  more

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    My Mister

    Lee Sun-kyun, Lee Ji-eun (IU)
    My Mister (tvN, 2018), also known as My Ahjussi, is a South Korean drama television series. Three middle-aged brothers, who are enduring the weight of their lives, and a strong, cold woman, who has...  more
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    Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (tvN, 2016), also known as Goblin, is a South Korean romance fantasy television series. Goblin and protector of souls, Kim Shin, seeks a human bride to end his...  more
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    Chicago Typewriter

    Yoo Ah-in, Im Soo-jung
    Chicago Typewriter (tvN, 2017) is a South Korean romance television series. Three resistance fighters who lived during the 1930s Japanese occupation of Korea are reincarnated into the present as a...  more
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    Mr. Sunshine 

    Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri
    Mr. Sunshine (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean historical action drama television series. After returning to Korea as a United States Marine Corps officer, Choi Yoo-jin falls in love with an aristocrat's...  more

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    Hymn of Death

    Lee Jong-suk, Shin Hye-sun
    Hymn of Death (SBS, 2018), also known as Death Song or Praise of Death, is a South Korean historical romance television series. A tragic romance transpires between Joseon's first soprano Yun Sim-deok...  more

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    Kill Me, Heal Me

    Ji Sung, Hwang Jung-eum
    Kill Me, Heal Me (MBC, 2015) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. Having developed dissociative identity disorder, business heir Cha Do Hyun tries to regain control over his life with...  more
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    Just Between Lovers

    Lee Jun-ho, Won Jin-ah
    Just Between Lovers (JTBC, 2017), also known as Rain or Shine, is a South Korean romance drama television series. Three young people, who each lost a loved one in the same building collapse, attempt...  more
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    Mother

    Lee Bo-young, Heo Yool
    Mother (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean drama television series, based on the 2010 Japanese television series. A temporary teacher at an elementary school realizes that one of her students is being...  more
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    Stairway to Heaven

    Kim Tae-hee, Choi Ji-woo
    Stairway to Heaven (SBS, 2003) is a South Korean romance drama television series. Two childhood friends, who both share the pain of losing a parent, form a special bond that blossoms into love....  more
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    Autumn in My Heart

    Song Seung-heon, Song Hye-kyo
    Autumn in My Heart (KBS2, 2000), also known as Autumn Fairy Tale or Autumn Tale, is a South Korean romance melodrama television series. Two siblings who are not blood-related must overcome obstacles...  more
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    I'm Sorry, I Love You

    Im Soo-jung, So Ji-sub
    I'm Sorry, I Love You (KBS2, 2004) is a South Korean romance drama television series. Cha Moo Hyuk, a man who was abused and left homeless at an early age, falls in love with the coordinator of a...  more
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    That Winter, The Wind Blows

    Jo In-sung, Song Hye-kyo
    That Winter, the Wind Blows (SBS, 2013), also known as Wind Blows in Winter, is a South Korean romance melodrama television series, based on the 2002 Japanese television series I Don't Need Love,...  more
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    49 Days

    Lee Yo-won, Nam Gyu-ri
    49 Days (SBS, 2011) is a South Korean fantasy romance television series. After an accident shatters her storybook life, a comatose woman gets a second chance at life when a reaper from above...  more
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    It's Okay, That's Love

    In-sung, Gong Hyo-jin
    It's Okay, That's Love (SBS, 2014) is a South Korean romantic comedy television series. A novelist clashes with a psychiatrist on a talk show, but soon they become roommates and fall in love....  more
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    The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

    Seo In-guk, Jung So-min
    The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean mystery thriller television series, based on the 2002 Japanese television series Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi. A veteran homicide...  more
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    Hotel del Luna

    Lee Ji-eun, Yeo Jin-goo
    Hotel del Luna (tvN, 2019) is a South Korean fantasy romantic comedy television series. Forced to run a hotel for ghosts due to a past curse, Jang Man-wol meets the new manager....  more

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    Chocolate

    Yoon Kye-sang, Ha Ji-won
    Chocolate (JTBC, 2019) is a South Korean romance drama television series. Brought together by meaningful meals in the past and present, a doctor and a chef are reacquainted when they begin working at...  more
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    Remember

    Yoo Seung-ho, Park Sung-woong
    Remember (SBS, 2015), also known as Remember - War of the Son or War of the Son, is a South Korean thriller television series. A 22-year-old lawyer who can remember every detail of every day of his...  more
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    Come and Hug Me

    Jang Ki-yong, Jin Ki-joo
    Come and Hug Me (MBC, 2018) is a South Korean romance drama television series. A police officer and an actress with tragic pasts try to overcome their painful wounds and find renewed love with each...  more
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    Sweet Home

    Song Kang, Lee Jin-wook
    Sweet Home (Netflix, 2020) is a South Korean horror, thriller drama based on the webtoon of the same name by Kim Kan-bi and Hwang Young-chan. Following the death of his family in an accident, Cha...  more

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    Sky Castle

    Yum Jung-ah, Lee Tae-ran
    Sky Castle (JTBC, 2018) is a South Korean drama television series. In an apartment building in the suburbs of Seoul, ambitious mothers try to make princes and princesses out of their sons and...  more
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    Winter Sonata

    Bae Yong-joon, Choi Ji-woo
    Winter Sonata (KBS2, 2002) is a South Korean romance drama television series. The talented son of a musician searches for information about his past in a rural city and falls in love....  more
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