Top 50 Highest Rated Korean Movies On IMDb (Ranked)

Hands down, when it comes to storytelling, cinematography, acting & background music, Korean movies never let you down. They are one of the best movies when it comes to great plot.

Whatever be the genre – thriller, romance, suspense, mystery, life & more, Korean films are excellent in all the genres. A large number of movies have good ratings on review websites.

Korean Movies On IMDb Ranked

If you decide to watch a movie, you will first see its rating on IMDb. It is the most popular website to check ratings & reviews of all the movies around the world. This also includes movies from South Korea.

Highest rated Korean movies imdb ranked

If you are looking for Korean movies that have high ratings on IMDb, here are 50 of them. The list is sorted from high to low ratings. Movies with 1000+ votes are only added. Let’s get to the list.

1. Parasite

parasite

The story revolves around a family of four, who are poor & unemployed. Gi Woo’s friend tells him to replace his position as a tutor in a rich family. Gi Woo uses this as a chance to employ his family members in the same house.

IMDB Rating – 8.6

2. Oldboy

old boy

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.

IMDB Rating – 8.4

3. Hope

hope movie

Dong Hoon and Mi Hee start the day with their beloved daughter, So Won. However, an unexpected and miserable event happens to So Won on her way to school. Dong Hoon and Mi Hee fight against the world to bring hope back into So Won’s life.

IMDB Rating – 8.3

4. Miracle in Cell No. 7

Miracle in Cell No. 7

The story of the film revolves around a mentally challenged man wrongfully imprisoned for murder, who builds friendships with hardened criminals in his cell. In return, they reunite him with his daughter by smuggling her into the prison.

IMDB Rating – 8.2

5. A Moment To Remember

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?

IMDB Rating – 8.2

6. The Handmaiden

the handmaiden

A Korean swindler recruits a pickpocket to get hired as a maid to a rich Japanese heiress. The swindler wants to rob the heiress & take all her wealth. But, the story takes a twist when the maid & heiress develop an attraction.

IMDB Rating – 8.1

7. Silenced

silenced

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.

IMDB Rating – 8.1

8. Castaway On The Moon

castaway on the moon

It is a love story between a suicidal man named Kim Seung Keun who is washed ashore on a small nearby island after jumping into the Han river and a woman named Kim Jung Yeon who is addicted to the online world of “Cyworld”.

IMDB Rating – 8.1

9. Memories Of Murder

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.

IMDB Rating – 8.1

10. 3-Iron

3 iron

A young drifter enters strangers’ houses and lives while owners are away. He spends a night or a day squatting at their home and repaying their hospitality by doing small works. One day, he enters a quiet home but finds an abused housewife in urgent need of his intervention.

IMDB Rating – 8

11. Taegukgi

taegukgi

Jin Tae and Jin Seok are brothers who are drafted into the army following the war. Jin Tae vows to keep his brother safe from any danger. After a military official promises to send Jin Seok home if Jin Tae wins a medal of honor, Jin Tae begins to fight without fear.

IMDB Rating – 8

12. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring

spring summer fall winter

The film is divided into five segments (the titular seasons), each segment depicting a stage in the life of a Buddhist monk and his teacher. The segments are roughly ten to twenty years apart, and the action of each takes place during the season of its title.

IMDB Rating – 8

13. My Sassy Girl

my sassy girl

Gyun Woo, a college student saves a drunken girl from falling over into the subway train tracks. After meeting each other many times, they develop a relationship. But, they break up write letters to each other and stick them in a time capsule, to be read after two years.

IMDB Rating – 8

14. A Taxi Driver

a taxi driver

One day, a taxi driver hears that a foreigner is willing to pay a large sum for a drive from Seoul to Gwangju city and back. Not knowing that the foreigner was a German journalist, he takes the job & arrives to find the city under siege by student protesters and the military.

IMDB Rating – 7.9

15. Ode To My Father

ode to my father

The movie depicts the lives of people who go through difficult times after the Korean War to the present day. A young boy vows to take care of his family that marked the beginning of a lifelong promise spanning 60 years.

IMDB Rating – 7.9

16. Oasis

oasis

Hong Jong Dub is a mildly mentally disabled man who has just been released from jail after serving for three years. He visits the family of the man he killed and meets the daughter who has cerebral palsy. They slowly begin a friendship based on their mutual feelings of isolation.

IMDB Rating – 7.9

17. 1987: When The Day Comes

1987 when the day comes

In 1987, university student & pro-democracy movement member Park Jong Cheol is captured by the police. He is then tortured to death. The police and government try to cover up the case of Park Jong Cheol, but the media and university students try to reveal the truth.

IMDB Rating – 7.8

18. Masquerade

masquerade

The king orders to find a royal body double. He hires Ha Seon, a peasant who looks alike. When the king collapses, Ha Seon reluctantly becomes the king. He must follow his conscience to save his country, avoid assassination, and pull off the biggest masquerade in history.

IMDB Rating – 7.8

19. Always

always

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?

IMDB Rating – 7.8

20. Sunny

sunny movie

Seven girls become good friends in high school. They enjoy their moments, get into fights, etc. Then, some events pull them apart for 25 years. When one of the friends lies dying in a hospital, she wishes to see each of them one last time & they meet again.

IMDB Rating – 7.8

21. I Saw The Devil

i saw the devil

A dangerous psychopath driver kills a woman on his way. Her fiance Soo Hyun, who is a secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He catches the psycho, beats him & lets him free. But he comes back & the game of cat & mouse begins.

IMDB Rating – 7.8

22. The Man From Nowhere

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.

IMDB Rating – 7.8

23. Poetry

poetry movie

An elderly woman who has Alzheimer’s finds herself lost in poetry. Her grandson is linked to the violent death of a girl, and she finds herself caught up in a conspiracy to pay money to the dead girl’s family. She goes through unfortunate consequences.

IMDB Rating – 7.8

24. Mother

mother movie

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. Mother takes the law into her own hands to clear her son’s name.

IMDB Rating – 7.8

25. The Chaser

the chaser

A disgraced police detective who turned into a pimp becomes finds himself in a breathless race against time to catch a psychopathic serial killer after one of his girls goes missing. To find evidence, he has just twelve hours before the killer is released.

IMDB Rating – 7.8

26. The Classic

the classic

Ji Hye cleans up around her house when she comes across a box full of old letters and a diary that detail the first love story of her mother. Ji Hye is also in love with a boy. The movie tells the story of both relationships.

IMDB Rating – 7.8

27. The Way Home

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 in the city is not pleasant as he thought.

IMDB Rating – 7.8

28. Joint Security Area

joint security area

Two North Korean soldiers are killed on the border leading to an investigation. The investigator receives differing accounts from the two sides. One claims he fired in self-defense, while another says it was a premeditated attack.

IMDB Rating – 7.8

29. Be With You

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.

IMDB Rating – 7.7

30. The Attorney

the attorney

Song Woo Seok graduated from high school and eventually passed the exam. He is now an attorney in Busan specializing in tax law. His friend’s son Jin Woo, who is a student activist is brutally tortured and put on trial. Woo Seok decides to defend Jin Woo as his client.

IMDB Rating – 7.7

31. My Way

my way movie

After emerging as bitter rivals and enemies as young marathon runners, Korean native Kim Jun Shik and Japanese aristocrat Tatsuo Hasegawa, both find themselves in the Japanese army, fighting the Chinese and Soviets in a battle.

IMDB Rating – 7.7

32. Welcome To Dongmakgol

welcome to Dongmakgol

The story is set in Korea during the Korean War in 1950. Soldiers from both the North and South, as well as an American pilot, find themselves in a village named Dongmakgol in a remote mountain and untouched by the ongoing war. They work together to divert an air attack.

IMDB Rating – 7.7

33. Marathon

marathon movie

20-years-old Cho Won is a young man with autism. He seems to have a knack for running. After placing third in a race, his mother decides to hire a proper coach to train her son. He then decides to take part in a marathon and hopes to break the marathon’s fastest record of three hours.

IMDB Rating – 7.7

34. Train To Busan

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 that turns human into zombies & the survival game begins.

IMDB Rating – 7.7

35. New World

the new world

Ja Sung, an undercover cop infiltrates the biggest crime syndicate in South Korea and spends 8 years rising in the ranks. When the head of the organization is killed, Ja Sung becomes torn between his duties.

IMDB Rating – 7.6

36. Hello Ghost

hello ghost

Sang Man attempts to commit suicide but finds himself in a hospital. He then starts seeing ghosts who will go away after their wishes are fulfilled. Sang Man tries to fulfill their wishes but finds the pleasure of life. The twist is at the ending.

IMDB Rating – 7.6

37. More Than Blue

more than blue

K, a radio producer who loves Cream, gets to know that he has only a few months left to live. He knows that Cream’s biggest fear is to be left alone, he urges her to marry Ju Hwan, a healthy man, while hiding his secret from her.

IMDB Rating – 7.6

38. Breathless

breathless movie

A loan shark named Sang Hoon has risen to the dubious heights of debt collector for a criminal gang. He finds himself striking a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl, Yeon Hee, as he faces his troubled childhood with his abusive father.

IMDB Rating – 7.6

39. Crossing

crossing movie

Set in a coal-mining village in North Korea, a father and husband decide to illegally cross into China to buy medicine for his pregnant wife who is suffering from tuberculosis. However, once he crosses into China, he realizes that it’s not as easy as he thought.

IMDB Rating – 7.6

40. Lady Vengeance

sympathy for lady vengeance

Geum Ja goes to prison for kidnapping & killing a boy & gets released after 23 years. She teams up with a group of friends she made while in prison and sets out to clear her name and find the daughter she was forced to leave behind.

IMDB Rating – 7.6

41. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

sympathy for mr vengeance

Ryu, a young, deaf-mute factory worker tries hard to earn enough money for his sister’s kidney transplant. He kidnaps the daughter of a wealthy man for ransom. But, the man launches a bloody quest for revenge that leaves many dead and puts Ryu’s life in danger.

IMDB Rating – 7.6

42. Failan

failan movie

Failan, an orphan emigrates to Korea to find her only remaining relatives but her relatives had moved to Canada over a year ago. Desperate to stay and make a living in Korea, Failan is forced to have an arranged marriage through a match-making agency.

IMDB Rating – 7.6

43. Christmas in August

Christmas in august

Jung Won, who suffers a fatal disease, runs a photo studio. One day, he meets Da Rim who comes daily to his studio to develop snapshots. He falls in love with Da Rim. But, will their love survive due to Jung Won’s bad health?

IMDB Rating – 7.6

44. Innocent Witness

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.

IMDB Rating – 7.5

45. I Can Speak

i can speak

Ok Bun, an elderly woman popular for filing complaints at the district office, finds out that Min Jae, a civil service officer, is good at English and asks him to teach her. As they study together, Min Jae discovers the heartbreaking past of Ok Bun.

IMDB Rating – 7.5

46. Burning

burning movie

Jong Su bumps into Hae Mi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. She asks him to look after her cat while she’s on a trip. After returning, she introduces Ben, a guy she met on her trip. One day, Ben visits Jong Su and tells him his secret hobby.

IMDB Rating – 7.5

47. Forgotten

forgotten

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.

IMDB Rating – 7.5

48. Swing Kids

swing kids

A musical drama film that tells the story of soldiers at the Geoje prison camp during the Korean War in 1951 plans a tap show to distract themselves and the prisoners from the hardships of the Korean War. They all have their own needs.

IMDB Rating – 7.5

49. The Wailing

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?

IMDB Rating – 7.5

50. Montage

montage

15 years ago, a kidnapper disappeared. Five days before the case’s statute of limitations expires, someone leaves a flower at the crime scene. A few days later, another crime takes place using the same method on a similar target.

IMDB Rating – 7.5


Wrapping Up

That’s it. These were the Korean movies ranked on IMDb according to their rating. Don’t forget that even if a movie has a low rating on IMDb, it will turn out great. Don’t trust IMDb’s rating for Korean movies.

Even some highest rated Korean movies may turn out bad. But, it depends on what type of movies you like to watch.

If you want to watch these movies, you can find some of them on YouTube, Netflix & Viki. But, some of them are not available on them. Therefore, you can watch all these movies on free streaming sites.

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