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The Most Tragically Beautiful Korean Dramas Ever

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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    Lee Joon-gi, Lee Ji-eun
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    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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    Kim Woo-bin, Bae Suzy
    3,518
    501
    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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  • 3
    Ariella Marie Leodones Carandang addedKim Tae-hee, Lee Kyu-hyung
    1,987
    278
    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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    #18 of 154 The Best Korean Dramas To Watch On Netflix#29 of 90 The Best Fantasy & Supernatural K-Dramas Ever

  • 4
    Lee Sun-kyun, Lee Ji-eun (IU)
    1,452
    184
    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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  • 6
    Yoo Ah-in, Im Soo-jung
    1,068
    147
    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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  • 7
    Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri
    1,101
    172
    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

    #18 of 59 The Best Historical Shows On Netflix To Watch Now#3 of 32 The Greatest Period TV Shows Set in the 1900s

  • 8
    Lee Jong-suk, Shin Hye-sun
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    188
    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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    #87 of 127 The Most Romantic Korean Dramas Ever#52 of 68 The Best Historical KDramas Of All Time#48 of 59 The Best Romance Series On Netflix To Watch Now

  • 9
    Ji Sung, Hwang Jung-eum
    824
    198
    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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  • 10
    Lee Jun-ho, Won Jin-ah
    798
    212
    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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  • 11
    Lee Ji-eun, Yeo Jin-goo
    266
    27
    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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  • 12

    Mother

    Lee Bo-young, Heo Yool
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    77
    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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  • 13
    Song Seung-heon, Song Hye-kyo
    366
    75
    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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  • 14
    Kim Tae-hee, Choi Ji-woo
    426
    99
    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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  • 15

    I'm Sorry, I Love You

    Im Soo-jung, So Ji-sub
    346
    73
    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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  • 16
    Jo In-sung, Song Hye-kyo
    397
    94
    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
  • 17
    Lee Yo-won, Nam Gyu-ri
    370
    90
    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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  • 18
    In-sung, Gong Hyo-jin
    467
    132
    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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    #45 of 163 The Best K-Dramas To Watch On Viki#47 of 106 The Best Romantic Comedy K-Dramas Ever#22 of 52 The Best Medical KDramas Of All Time

  • 19
    Seo In-guk, Jung So-min
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    453
    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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  • 20
    Lee Je-hoon, Tang Joon-sang
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    49
    Move to Heaven (Netflix, 2021) is a South Korean drama television series. A young man with Asperger syndrome and his uncle work as trauma cleaners, clearing out the possessions of dead people,  ...more
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  • 21
    Yoon Kye-sang, Ha Ji-won
    357
    115
    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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  • 22
    Lee Joon-gi, Moon Chae-won
    136
    11
    Flower of Evil (tvN, 2020) is a South Korean mystery romance television series. A homicide detective discovers her husband's dark secrets while working on a strange case.  ...more
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    #23 of 237 The Best Korean Dramas of All Time#3 of 99 The Best Korean Crime Dramas Ever#2 of 87 The Best New Korean Dramas Of 2020

  • 23
    Jang Ki-yong, Jin Ki-joo
    409
    156
    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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  • 24
    Yoo Seung-ho, Park Sung-woong
    561
    238
    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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  • 25
    Bae Yong-joon, Choi Ji-woo
    230
    67
    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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