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The Most Tragically Beautiful Korean Dramas Ever

Updated February 19, 2021 19.8k votes 4.2k voters 84.9k views57 items

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 Ryeo1
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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...  more
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  • Uncontrollably Fond2
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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...  more
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  • Hi Bye, Mama!3
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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...  more
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    #36 of 134 The Best Korean Dramas to Watch on Netflix#35 of 87 The Best New Korean Dramas Of 2020

  • Guardian: The Lonely and Great God4
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    Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (tvN, 2016), also known as Goblin, is a South Korean...  more
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  • My Mister5
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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....  more
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  • Mr. Sunshine 6
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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...  more
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    #19 of 74 The Best Korean Dramas Of 2018#21 of 47 The Best Historical Shows On Netflix To Watch Now

  • The Smile Has Left Your Eyes7
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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,...  more
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  • Hymn of Death8
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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...  more
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    #72 of 102 The Most Romantic Korean Dramas Ever#49 of 58 The Best Historical KDramas Of All Time

  • Just Between Lovers9
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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...  more
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  • Remember10
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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...  more
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  • Kill Me, Heal Me11
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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...  more
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  • Stairway to Heaven12
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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...  more
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  • Chicago Typewriter13
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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...  more
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  • Empress Ki14
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    Empress Ki

    Ha Ji-won, Joo Jin-mo
    Empress Ki (MBC, 2013) is a South Korean historical romance television series. A woman born in...  more
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  • Moon Embracing the Sun15
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    Moon Embracing the Sun

    Han Ga-in, Kim Soo-hyun
    Moon Embracing the Sun (MBC, 2012), also known as The Moon That Embraces the Sun or The Sun...  more
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  • 49 Days16
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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...  more
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  • It's Okay, That's Love17
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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...  more
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    #57 of 217 The Best Korean Dramas of All Time#45 of 155 The Best K-Dramas to Watch on Viki

  • Mother18
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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...  more
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  • Chocolate19
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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...  more
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  • Autumn in My Heart20
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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...  more
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  • I'm Sorry, I Love You21
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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...  more
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  • Come and Hug Me22
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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...  more
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  • That Winter, The Wind Blows23
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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...  more
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  • Sweet Home24
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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...  more
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  • Winter Sonata25
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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...  more
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