Essential Korean Films ranked by IMDB Rating

We've gone and ranked the essential Korean films by IMDB Rating and have included the added perk letting you know whether or not it is on Netflix US.

(Hat tip to BigEye4You who originally posted the Korean Film Chart)

Movie TitleIMDB RatingYearIMDB GenreDirector(s)RuntimeRatedPlotOn Netflix US?
Oldboy8.42003Drama, Mystery, ThrillerChan-wook Park120 minRAfter being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days.yes
A Moment to Remember8.32004Drama, RomanceJohn H. Lee117 minN/AA Korean love story about a young couple's enduring love, which is tested when 27 year old Sun-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's
My Sassy Girl8.22001Comedy, Drama, RomanceJae-young Kwak123 minNOT RATEDBased on a series of true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim on the Internet describing his relationship with his girlfriend. These were later transformed into a best-selling book and the movie
Castaway on the Moon8.22009Drama, RomanceHae-jun Lee116 minN/AA failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the
Memories of Murder8.12003Crime, Drama, MysteryJoon-ho Bong132 minUNRATEDIn 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead, raped and tied and gagged with her underwear. Detective Park Doo-Man and Detective
3-Iron8.12004Crime, Drama, RomanceKi-duk Kim88 minRA transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few
Breathless8.01960Crime, Drama, RomanceJean-Luc Godard90 minUNRATEDA small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.yes
Oasis8.02002Drama, RomanceChang-dong Lee133 minN/AJong-du, a young man just out of prison for manslaughter, is a social misfit: fidgety, snuffling, laughing inappropriately, without a super ego. When released, he calls on the family of
The Chaser7.92008ThrillerHong-jin Na125 minN/AA cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of
Joint Security Area7.92000Drama, Thriller, WarChan-wook Park110 minN/AIn the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5
Children7.92006Drama, Sci-Fi, ThrillerAlfonso Cuarón109 minRIn 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at
The Man from Nowhere7.92010Action, Crime, ThrillerJeong-beom Lee119 minRA quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug- and organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only
The Classic7.92003Drama, RomanceJae-young Kwak127 minN/AShy Ji-hae's friend is having problems expressing her feelings to the boy she loves, so she asks Ji-hae to write e-mails to him in her name. As the boy falls in love with her letters,
Battle Ground 6257.92005Comedy, Drama, WarKwang-Hyun Park133 minN/ASoldiers from both sides of the Korean divide live among villagers who know nothing of the
Marathon7.92005Biography, Drama, SportYoon-Chul Chung117 minN/A(Korean with English subtitles) This hit inspirational movie follows an autistic young man, who finds solace only in running. His mother is the caring force that never gives up on him.
Peppermint Candy7.91999DramaChang-dong Lee129 minN/AConsists of five phases of a man's life about why he committed suicide in the
Masquerade7.92012Drama, HistoryChang-min Choo131 minNOT RATEDAmid national chaos and fear for his life, tyrannical King Gwanghae orders his trusted councilor Heo Kyun to find a royal body double. He hires Ha-seon, a peasant mimic who bears a perfect
Poetry7.82010DramaChang-dong Lee139 minUNRATEDA sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.yes
I Saw The Devil7.82010Crime, Drama, HorrorJee-Woon Kim141 minNOT RATEDA secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.yes
Brotherhood7.82006–2008Crime, DramaN/A60 minTV-MASet in an Irish neighbourhood in Providence, the series reflects around two brothers on opposite sides of the law: one a gangster (Jason Isaacs) and the other a politician (Jason Clarke).no
The Attorney7.82013DramaWoo-seok Yang127 minN/AAn ambitious tax attorney decides to represent an old friend in
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance7.72002Crime, DramaChan-wook Park129 minRA recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.yes
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance7.72005Crime, Drama, ThrillerChan-wook Park112 minRAfter a 13-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts seeking revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy's death. With
Il Mare7.72000Drama, Fantasy, RomanceHyun-seung Lee105 minN/AEun-joo moves out of her house "Il Mare", leaving behind a Christmas card for the eventual new owner of the house in 1999. In it she asks him/her to forward any mail of hers to her new
A Bittersweet Life7.72005Action, Crime, DramaJee-Woon Kim120 minN/AThings go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's
Hindsight7.72015–Comedy, DramaN/A30 minN/ABecca, as she nears 40, is about to embark on her second wedding to Andy Kelly, but her joy is tempered by the absence of her old best friend Lolly who's a no-show, having dropped out of their relationship years
New World7.62013Action, Crime, DramaHoon-jung Park134 minNOT RATEDStory about a conflict between the police and the mob through the eyes of an undercover
Montage7.52013ThrillerGeun-seop Jeong120 minN/A15 years ago, a mother lost her child in a kidnapping case. A similar crime happens again and she won't let him go this
Sad Movie7.52005Comedy, Drama, RomanceJong-kwan Kwon108 minN/ASeveral couples struggle with their relationshipsno
Going by the Book7.52007ComedyHee-chan Ra102 minN/AThings get out of control when Doman, an eager and saintly traffic cop, is asked the play the role of the bank robber in a robbery intervention police training
A Man who was Superman7.52008Comedy, DramaYoon-Chul Chung102 minN/AA snobbish producer makes a documentary about the extraordinary behavior of her neighbor who believes himself to be
Ode to my Father7.52014DramaYoun Jk126 minN/AAmid the time of Korean War, a young boy's vow to take care of his family marked the beginning of a lifelong promise spanning 60
A Dirty Carnival7.52006Action, Crime, ThrillerHa Yoo141 minN/AByung-du is a 29-year-old career criminal, working for the middle-rank enforcer Sang-chul. Burdened with a terminally ill mother and taking care of younger siblings, Byung-du is feeling
The Yellow Sea7.42010Crime, Drama, ThrillerHong-jin Na136 minRThe story of a cab driver in Yanji City, a region between North Korea, China and Russia. His wife goes to Korea to earn money, but he doesn't hear from her since in 6 months. He plays
Save the Green Planet7.42003Comedy, Drama, FantasyJoon-Hwan Jang118 minUNRATEDByeong-gu believes that the world is on the verge of an alien invasion, and sets out to save the
Bedevilled7.32010Crime, Drama, HorrorChul-soo Jang115 minN/AA woman subject to mental, physical, and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out.yes
Miss Granny7.32014Comedy, Fantasy, MusicDong-hyuk Hwang124 minN/AA 74-year-old widow realizes she is becoming a burden on her family. She mysteriously regains her physical appearance from the age of 20.yes
The Good, The Bad, and the Weird7.32008Action, Adventure, ComedyJee-Woon Kim130 minRThe story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese
Windstruck7.32004Comedy, Crime, DramaJae-young Kwak123 minN/AThe heart-warming romance story between Kyungjin and Myungwoo. Even though he has passed away, he will be always with Kyungwoo
Time7.32006Drama, Mystery, RomanceKi-duk Kim97 minN/ATo save her relationship, a woman puts herself through extensive plastic
Address Unknown7.32001Drama, WarKi-duk Kim117 minRRomances end in blood and the frail hopes of individuals are torn apart in a vile karmic continuity of colonialism, civil war and occupation. After surviving Japanese colonization, Korea
A Tale of Two Sisters7.32003Drama, Horror, MysteryJee-Woon Kim115 minRA family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the
The Warrior7.22001Action, Drama, HistorySung-su Kim158 minR1375. Nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle to protect a Chinese Ming Princess from Mongolian troops.yes
Thirst7.22009Drama, Horror, ThrillerChan-wook Park133 minRThrough a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic
A Hard Day7.22014Action, Crime, ThrillerSeong-hoon Kim111 minN/ADetective Go Geon-soo is having a hard day, and the following events happen to him in less than 24 hours: He receives a divorce notice from his wife. His mother passes away. He and his
Seven Days7.21998–2001Sci-Fi, Action, DramaN/A45 minN/AAn ex-CIA is the point man for a government organization dedicated to time traveling to correct errors that occurred in the previous
Silmido7.22003Action, DramaWoo-Suk Kang135 minN/ABased on a true story of 1968 Korean Republic Army plan to assassinate North Korean president Kim Il-Sung. 31 criminals and death row inmates are recruited into secret training on the
Radio Star7.22006Comedy, DramaJoon-ik Lee112 minN/AOnce a superstar with a music award on his belt, rocker CHOI Gon now sings in a run-down café. But an incident with one of the guests at the café has him end up locked behind bars. His
Samaritan Girl7.22004DramaKi-duk Kim95 minRJae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When
Nameless Gangster7.22012Crime, ThrillerJong-bin Yun134 minN/AOn the verge of being fired, a corrupt customs official finds a haul of drugs and teams up with a vicious gangster to become the most powerful crime partnership in
Secret Reunion7.12010Drama, ThrillerHun Jang116 minN/AA North Korean spy and a former South Korean agent form a tense partnership.yes
The Show Must Go On7.12007Crime, DramaJae-rim Han109 minN/AIn-gu is a full-time gangster aspiring to be a full-time husband and dad. Shunned by his daughter and wife, his only goal is to live a quiet life with his family out in the country. But
The Admiral7.12014Adventure, Biography, WarHan-min Kim126 minN/AAt the strait 'Roaring Currents', master strategist Admiral Yi and his 12 battleships oppose enemy's fleet of 330, and win the most incredible victory of
Arrow, the Ultimate Weapon7.12003DramaKi-duk Kim103 minROn an isolated lake, an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him who learns to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass
The Show Must Go On7.12007Crime, DramaJae-rim Han109 minN/AIn-gu is a full-time gangster aspiring to be a full-time husband and dad. Shunned by his daughter and wife, his only goal is to live a quiet life with his family out in the country. But
I'm a Cyborg, But That's Okay7.12003DramaKi-duk Kim103 minROn an isolated lake, an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him who learns to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass
Deiji7.12003DramaKi-duk Kim103 minROn an isolated lake, an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him who learns to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass
The Quiet Family7.11998Comedy, Crime, HorrorJee-Woon Kim101 minN/AA family opens a mountain inn where their first guest commits suicide. Suddenly all their guests befall horrible
Barking Dogs Never Bite7.12000ComedyJoon-ho Bong110 minN/AAn idle part-time college lecturer is annoyed by the yapping sound of a nearby dog. He decides to take drastic
Miracle in Cell No. 77.12003DramaKi-duk Kim103 minROn an isolated lake, an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him who learns to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass
Attack the Gas Station!7.11999ComedySang-Jin Kim113 minRFour disaffected youths rob a gas station but find their plans complicated and sidetracked before the night is
Tokyo!7.12008Comedy, Drama, FantasyJoon-ho Bong, Leos Carax, Michel Gondry112 minUNRATEDA cinematic triptych of three Tokyo-set
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring7.12003DramaKi-duk Kim103 minROn an isolated lake, an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him who learns to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass
Three... Extremes7.12004HorrorFruit Chan, Takashi Miike, Chan-wook Park125 minRAn Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie
Confession of Murder7.02012Action, Mystery, ThrillerByeong-gil Jeong119 minN/AAfter the statute of limitation expires on the murders he has committed, Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography describing all his murders in great detail. Detective Choi, who investigated ...yes
Hwayi: A Monster Boy7.02013Action, ThrillerJoon-Hwan Jang126 minN/AA boy with five fathers who is attached to the criminal underworld. A sinister past is about to be revealed as he is forced to join the killing
Voice of a Murderer7.02007Drama, ThrillerJin-pyo Park122 minN/AOne day, the only son of famous news anchor HAN Kyung-bae, disappears without a trace. Soon, the kidnapper calls the mother demanding a $100,000 ransom. The police assign a veteran
Running Turtle6.92009Comedy, Crime, DramaYeon-woo Lee117 minN/AJo Pil-seong, a rural detective, is an unhappy husband, often blamed by his older wife for gambling. Despite her being hard on him, he steals money from her to bet on bull butting. ...yes
The Suspect6.92013Action, ThrillerShin-yeon Won137 minN/ADong-chul is the best field agent in North Korea until he is abandoned during a mission, his wife and daughter murdered. Hunted and on the run, torn between grief and vengeance, his revenge mission
Gangster High6.92006Action, CrimeKi-hyeong Park100 minN/AThe film opens with Sang Ho being interrogated by a man, informing him that he is arrested for murder.To the man surprise Sang Ho says he belongs to a soccer club called the 'Tigers'. The
Moss6.92010Crime, Drama, MysteryWoo-Suk Kang163 minN/AA mysterious person calls a young man and informs him that his estranged father has died in a country village. The curious son travels to the town to discover what happened. From there out
The Thieves6.82012Action, CrimeDong-Hoon Choi135 minNOT RATEDIn order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job. But the mastermind behind this job is none other than Popeye's old partner ...yes
The Crucible6.81996Drama, HistoryNicholas Hytner124 minPG-13A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft
Arahan6.82004Action, ComedySeung-wan Ryoo114 minN/AWhen a thief driving a motorcycle steals a purse of a pedestrian, the clumsy, naive and honest rookie policeman Sang-hwan runs after him, but the skilled specialist in martial arts Wi-jin
Sky Blue6.82003Action, Fantasy, AnimationMoon-saeng Kim86 minUNRATEDCivilization has been destroyed by war and pollution, but the survivors have built the last city of Ecoban. As most natural resources have been exhausted, Ecoban is powered by pollution.
Flu6.72013Drama, ThrillerSung-su Kim122 minN/AThe worst epidemic ever seen is sweeping through Bundang, the suburb of Seoul. After smuggling illegal immigrants into the country, Byung-woo dies from an unknown virus. Soon after that, ...yes
A Company Man6.72012Action, Drama, ThrillerSang-yoon Lim96 minNOT RATEDHyeong-Do (So Ji-Sub) is an assassin for a company that masquerades as a metal trading company. One day, he takes on a job partnering with a man Hyun-Yi, who is he is to kill afterwards. ...yes
No Tears for the Dead6.72014Action, DramaJeong-beom Lee116 minN/AA hit man traumatized from accidentally killing a young girl during a job is given the mission to eliminate her mother, and begins the ultimate fight to save her life.yes
Spider Forest6.72004Drama, Horror, MysteryIl-gon Song112 minRA recently widowed TV producer is drawn to an isolated cabin in a mysterious
Running Wild6.72006Action, Crime, ThrillerSeong-soo Kim124 minN/AJang is a homicide detective who likes to use violence with criminals, while Oh is a prosecutor who believes in the importance of evidence. After the murder of his younger half-brother
Princess Aurora6.72005Crime, Drama, MysteryEun-jin Pang106 minN/AA woman gets killed in a department store. No one imagines this could lead to serial murders, but two days after the first murder, another homicide occurs. A woman is suffocated to death
Rainbow Eyes6.72007Crime, Drama, MysteryYun-ho Yang99 minN/AOfficers Kyung-yoon CHO and Eun-joo PARK are on the hunt a killer following duo of ghastly murders. The victims carry a common military past, and the secret of their past must be unraveled to find the
The Housemaid6.52010Drama, ThrillerSang-soo Im106 minNOT RATEDA man's affair with his family's housemaid leads to a dark consequences.yes
Dead Friend6.32004HorrorTae-kyeong Kim98 minN/AA teenage girl suffering from amnesia discovers that she is somehow connected to a group of people who are being killed off one by one by a vengeful
Wishing Stairs6.02003Horror, DramaJae-yeon Yun97 minRA staircase leading to the dormitory of a remote boarding school usually has 28 stairs, but every so often there appears to be 29. When someone steps on the mysterious extra stair, the horror beginsno
The Host7.02006Action, Horror, Sci-FiJoon-ho Bong11 minRA monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its
No Mercy5.61986Action, Crime, RomanceRichard Pearce106 minRAn unconventional undercover Chicago cop and his partner are recruited to commit the murder of a New Orleans criminal
No Mercy5.61986Action, Crime, RomanceRichard Pearce106 minRAn unconventional undercover Chicago cop and his partner are recruited to commit the murder of a New Orleans criminal
Addicted5.12014Drama, ThrillerBille Woodruff106 minRA gallerist risks her family and flourishing career when she enters into an affair with a talented painter and slowly loses control of her
The Art of Fighting6.82011Documentary, Short, ActionGavain Browne12 minN/AThe beginning of a refugee's journey from Christmas Island to

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