Korean movies are now popular worldwide and are getting more recognition. One of the reasons is Parasite, the Oscar-winning movie that sparked the interest of people in South Korean movies.
While Korean dramas are gaining more viewership due to streaming platforms like Netflix, and Viki, recently movies from South Korea are also performing well internationally. Netflix is also investing in Korean content.
South Korean cinema has a long history of producing groundbreaking movies with international acclaim. If you’re not watching Korean movies already, you need to start watching them.
Best Korean Movies
Whether you want to watch heart-melting romance, cheeky relationships, tearjerkers, thrillers, suspense, horror, survival, or plot twists, Korean movies have got them all. They will not let you down.
You can watch all the movies on this list and not be disappointed as these are the best and recommended Korean movies to watch right now. The movies in this list are randomly arranged.
Most of them are available on Netflix and you can watch them with a paid subscription. If you don’t have Netflix, you can watch all of them on any of the free movie streaming websites. Let’s get to the list.
1. Miracle in Cell No. 7
Prepare your tissue box because this movie will bring out some tears. It is about a mentally impaired father who is falsely accused of multiple crimes. He is imprisoned and assigned to cell number seven. How will he survive? Will a miracle happen?
This is one of the most heart-wrenching movies in which a drunk male stranger takes advantage of a young girl creating multiple injuries and severe emotional trauma. Narrowly surviving this brutal incident, her family labors to help her heal while coping with their rage and grief.
The 1st Korean film to receive an academy award. The son of a poor family finds an opportunity to work in a rich household. He takes this chance to infiltrate the household and employ his other family members. Showing the reality between the poor and the rich, this movie is an eye-opener.
4. A Taxi Driver
Based on a real-life story, a taxi driver is struggling to make ends meet. Wanting to be driven from Seoul to Gwangju city, a foreigner is willing to pay a large amount of money. This taxi driver takes the job. As the journey starts, some unexpected events start to unfold.
5. Train To Busan
Seok Woo is a fund manager who heads to Busan from Seoul with his daughter by a KTX train. However, they get stuck with other passengers on the train due to a virus breakout people who get bite turns into zombies & the survival game begins.
Gang In Ho uncovers sexual and physical abuse at a school for hearing impaired children. With the help of a human rights activist, Gang fights against the community to expose the abuse and put a stop to it. This movie is not for light-hearted people.
7. Midnight Runners
Ki Joon and Hee Yeol are new students at the Korean National Police University. They decide to go out one evening & on their way, they witness a young woman being kidnapped. They decide to save the young woman’s life before it’s too late.
8. Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds
This movie of the deceased will face a total of seven trials over 49 days. As Kim Ja Hong travels the afterlife, he is accompanied by three guardians. A vengeful spirit makes his journey harder but using his mother as his motivation he continues to face obstacles to prove the kind of life he’s lived.
9. Be With You
A very interesting & fantasy movie in which Soo Ah makes a promise to her husband Woo Jin to return a year later on a rainy day. Unbelievably, she returns to her husband and son but all her memories are disappeared. The end of this movie hits differently.
10. Ode To My Father
The movie is about an ordinary man doing everything to protect his family and keep the last words he said to his father. Showing the difficult lives of people after the Korean War to the present day, this movie will witness some heartbreaking separations and struggles.
11. The Man From Nowhere
Tae Shik leads a quiet life his only friend is a little girl, So Mi. Her mother, Hyo Jeong, is a drug addict & steals drugs from a crime group. The group’s boss sends his subordinates to retrieve the drugs from her. They then kidnap her and So Mi. Tae Shik sets off to rescue them.
A man who is imprisoned in a hotel room for no reason gets out after 15 years only to find himself in love with a chef. His captor then gives him five days to find out why he was locked. The story comes with a twist.
13. The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion
When she was young, Ja Yoon escaped from a government facility but lost all her memory. 10 years later, when she appears in a nationally televised competition to win money for her family, her life is turned upside down by faces from her past.
14. Innocent Witness
Soon Ho is an attorney who is engaged to deal with a murder case. The only witness, in this case, is an autistic high school student named Ji Woo. To convince Ji Woo to attend the trial as a witness, he decides to meet her and befriends her for her testimony.
15. Extreme Job
Narcotics detectives work undercover in a chicken joint to try and bust a gang of organized criminals. Things take an unexpected turn when their new recipe suddenly transforms the run-down restaurant into the hottest eatery in town.
16. Memories Of Murder
In 1986, in Gyunggi, a young woman is found dead. Two local detectives try to investigate the murder using brutality and torturing the suspects, without any result. Then, a detective from Seoul comes to help them and is convinced that a serial killer is killing the women.
Jin Seok moves into a new house with his family & his elder brother gets abducted in front of him. His brother comes back after 19 days with no memory of what happened. Jin Seok tries to reveal what had happened to his brother.
18. Secretly Greatly
Three North Korean spies infiltrate South Korea as a village idiot, a rock musician, and a high school student. Awaiting their orders, they get shocked when they are ordered to kill one another or face death at the hands of an elite hit team.
A nuclear power plant in a small town explodes due to an unexpected earthquake & hydrogen gas gets released. To stop the spreading of gas & exposing the people to radiation, Jae Hyuk goes into the nuclear power plant to save the people.
For 10 years, Mija has been caretaker to Okja – a massive animal. But that changes when a conglomerate takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where they have big plans. With no particular plan, Mija sets out on a rescue mission.
21. A Hard Day
A homicide detective accidently crashes a man on the road killing him while driving from his mother’s funeral. He tries to get rid of the body but is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event..
22. The Way Home
Sang Woo is brought to his grandma’s house in the countryside for a while as his mom has to work. He hates his grandma who knows nothing about fast food and hates rural life. But the way going back home to the city is not pleasant as he thought.
For his mother’s birthday, a man insisted on having the party at Dream Garden because his crush works there. When a disaster strikes, covering the sky with mysterious gas, he has to use his rock climbing skills to get everyone to safety.
24. A Moment To Remember
Soo Jin, a fashion designer bumps into a carpenter, Chul Soo. While at a construction site, Soo Jin sees the same man and soon falls in love with him. But, Soo Jin gets diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease. Will their love survive?
25. The Thieves
Popie, the brain and muscle, Pepsee, an expert safecracker, Yenicall, the wall climber, Zampano, the strategy head, and Chewing Gum, the master of disguise, decide to rob a 20 million-dollar diamond only to find them against each other.
26. The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale
When a pharmaceutical company’s illegal experiments inadvertently create a zombie, the strange Park family who runs a petrol station finds it and tries to profit from it. But things turn the other way when the villagers turn to zombies.
Chul Min, a former boxer starts a new job as a parking attendant. One night, a visually impaired woman, Jung Hwa who is a telemarketer walks into his tollbooth. They fall in love with each other. But will their love & happiness be short-lived?
28. On Your Wedding Day
Woo Yeon falls in love with his best friend Seung Hee in high school. But after a while, she leaves the town with her family, leaving him heartbroken. After 10 years, he receives the wedding invitation from Seung Hee.
29. The Outlaws
Jang Chen works as a loan shark in a seedy Chinatown area of Seoul. He is beyond brutal in his methods to collect money. Ma Suk Do is a detective in the Chinatown area. He tries to keep the peace, while two Chinese-Korean gangs battle over turf in the neighborhood.
30. A Day
Joon Young, a surgeon, isn’t a very good father to his daughter. One day, he sees his daughter die in an accident in front of him. From that moment, the same day repeats itself and he struggles to find the secret with an ambulance driver who also loses his wife.
Jun Woo wakes up to find that a virus outbreak has spread throughout Seoul and rapidly grows, trapping survivors inside their apartments without access to cellular data or phone calls. He and Yu Bin struggle to survive in an isolated apartment from those infected with the virus.
Mother and son are plunged into a nightmare when the body of a murdered young girl is discovered. Evidence indicates the son’s involvement, and he becomes the prime suspect. The mother takes the law into her own hands to clear her son’s name.
33. The Wailing
A series of deaths take place in a village. A police officer hears a rumor from a coworker about a mysterious Japanese man who lives in the mountain area. The rumor suspects him as the one causing these deaths. But what is the truth?
So, these were the top 33 Korean movies that are the best to watch on weekends. Get ready to laugh or cry while watching these movies. It can be said that Korean movies are better than Hollywood or Bollywood movies in certain aspects.
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