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17 Best Korean Movies Of All Time (2022)

Do you want to know the best Korean movies to watch?

The Hallyu wave is spreading rapidly all around the world with many people being interested in the entertainment industry. Korean dramas are often subjected to many restrictions mainly due to being aired on TV and this puts a barrier on the writer’s head.

Korean movies, on the other hand, have fewer restrictions compared to K-dramas and this lets their movies have a darker tone with complicated subjects. K-movies are short and easy which is perfect if you have less time on your hand.

What are Best K-Movies Of all time?

Best Korean Movies To Watch

From the action movie “Secretly and greatly”, the thriller “Forgotten”, romantic “Always” to the heartwarming “Ode To My Father”. Here are the 17 best Korean movies to watch right now.

So let’s get started

Silenced (2011)


Watch On: Netlfix

Based on a novel that is inspired by real events that took place in a Korean boarding school for deafmutes. This movie has many bone-chilling scenes that will make you hooked.

Gang In Ho is the newly appointed teacher at Gwangju Inhwa School, a school for deafmutes. The children in the school are distant and afraid at all times.

Taking the matters into his own hands, he finds out that children are being sexually abused by the principal and teachers.

Secretly Greatly (2013)

Secretly Greatly

Watch On: Amazon Prime

This movie is overall action genre with great plotline and Kim So Hyun acting gives us the much needed comedic relief.

Three spies were trained by North Korean elite forces since their childhood for their mission of uniting Korea. They are sent to South Korea where each spy disguises himself as a fool, an aspiring singer, and a high school student.

They get used to their lifestyle of being ordinary neighbors until they receive their mission “Secret And Great”.

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Forgotten (2017)


Watch On: Netflix

This movie grips you from start to finish with its suspense which is thanks to its main leads Kang Ha Neul and Kim Mu Yeol.

Jin Seok moves into a new house with his mother and brother Yoo Seok. One day Jin Seok sees his brother being abducted in a van and returns after 19 days.

He notices his brother’s change in personality and quickly begins to suspect him. He then sets out to find out what happened in those 19 days.

My Annoying Brother (2016)

My Annoying Brother

Watch On: Netflix

Doo Sik is released from prison after his brother Doo Yeong pleads with the jury for his release. Doo Yeong was an athlete after an injury he lost his eyesight and shuts contact with everyone.

Returning home after 15 years both brothers begin to live under the same roof even though they hate each other.

You might be thinking this is a comedy movie judging by the title but we assure you it’s not, this K-movie starts with family drama vibes and quickly gets into emotional tense.

The Witch Franchise

The Witch Franchise

Watch On: Netflix, Viki

This movie gets action, supernatural, and thriller elements at their best with serious dark tones underneath. The witch currently has 2 parts and is scheduled to have more in the upcoming years.

Ja Yoon is a high school student with amnesia and after entering a competition that aired on TV mysterious incidents appear in her life.

Determined to find out the truth she sets on a journey to uncover the secrets behind the laboratory that experimented on her.

Midnight Runners (2017)

Midnight Runners

Watch On: Netflix, Asiancrush

Park Ji Hoon and Kang Hee Yeol are rookie students at Korean National Police University. One evening they witness a kidnapping of a woman and try to get the police involved but are met with denial.

So they decide to take the matter into their own hands and begin their investigation secretly.

Midnight runners will have you cackling from start to finish and the bromance of Park Seo Joon and Kang Ha Neul makes this movie a perfect balance of seriousness and comedy.

#Alive (2020)


Watch On: Netflix

This K-movie takes on a realistic approach to the zombie apocalypse scenario which makes this movie more worth watching.

A mysterious virus is spreading throughout Seoul and has caused things to be out of control. The access to cellular data, Wi-Fi, and phone call have been terminated.

Jun Woo, Yu Bin, and other survivors are trapped in the apartment and are struggling to survive this zombie outbreak.

Ode To My Father (2014)

Ode To My Father

Watch On: Netflix

While watching this be sure to prepare tissue beforehand, This Korean movie showcases the values and cultures of Korean people that will surely inspire you.

The is movie is about the incredible journey of Yoon Deok Soo a young boy who made a promise to his father to protect his family.

He continues to keep it even in times of the Korean war and makes his family survives difficult events that happened in the history of time.

Along With Gods Franchise

Along With Gods Franchise

Watch On: Viki, Netflix

Based on the webtoon of the same name, This movie currently has 2 parts and is scheduled to produce more in the upcoming years

The movie follows three guardians who are tangled with the underworld, the living world, and god’s affairs.

Along With Gods is a fantasy action movie that grabs your interest from the first frame with its incredible CGI and fantastic plotline.

Hope (2013)


Watch On: Netflix

Based on the infamous Nayoung case of South Korea, The movie isn’t for casual viewers and dives deep into the tragedy and trauma of the affected family.

So Won is sexually assaulted by a stranger and suffers multiple injuries. Her parents Dong Hoon and Mi Hee are emotionally torn apart by this incident and try their best to support their daughter at the same time.

Always (2011)


Watch On: Netflix, Asiancrush

Chul Min is a former boxer who’s now working as a parking assistant. One night a blind woman Jung Hwa barges into his tollbooth to watch a TV drama.

Jung Hwa’s bright smile and cheerfulness pierced into Chul Min’s heart and both soon become a couple but their past gets intervened with each other.

A heart-touching romantic movie that sometimes ruthlessly breaks your heart with its tragic tone.

Swing Kids (2018)

Swing Kids

Watch On: Viki

Swing Kids is a true masterpiece that one shouldn’t miss watching, the movie is packed with emotions and perfectly balances different genres.

At the end of the Korean war, a new general G I Jackson is assigned to Geoje Island in South Korea to teach war prisoners to dance.

His dance mission quickly becomes hopeless after seeing a bunch of crazy people and his only bet is a north Korean soldier Ro Ko Soo who’s a funky tap dancer.

Miracle In Cell No. 7 (2013)

Miracle In Cell No. 7

Watch On: Netflix, Viki

An emotional roller coaster ride that will put a simile on your face and tears in your eyes.

Lee Yong Gu has a neurological condition that makes him the same age as his 6 years old daughter. After trying a person from accident a person reported him for sexual assault.

The court finds him guilty and sentences him to cell no.7 the harshest cell despite being falsely accused.

The Beauty Inside (2015)

The Beauty Inside

Watch On: Viki

Woo Jin designs furniture for a living and has a supernatural situation that causes him to change bodies every morning after waking up.

He falls for Yi Soo who works in a furniture store and finally takes the step to ask her out but wants to keep his situation a secret.

Beauty inside has unique concepts in romance storyline and has one of the best cinematography that conveys heartwarming scenes perfectly.

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A Taxi Driver (2017)

A Taxi Driver

Watch On: Netflix, Viki

Based on a true story, This movie accurately tells events that occurred in the 1980s about people fighting for their freedom.

Kim Man Sub raises his daughter alone and he takes a German reporter from Seoul to Gwangju for a large sum to pay his late wife’s hospital bill.

A simple and joyful trip soon turns into his worst nightmare as he gets caught in the violence.

Parasite (2019)


Watch On: Netflix

One of the surprise hits of 2019 which won has won several awards all thanks to its genius director Bong Joon Ho.

Kim Gi Woo is a young man who lives with his family in a small basement and he begins to tutor a rich family. he uses his intelligence to employ other members of his family.

Soon Kim Gi Soo’s family lives as rich people in their boss’s house eventually becoming a parasite.

Train To Busan (2016)

Train To Busan

Watch On: Netflix, Viki

The pride of South Korean movies is undoubtedly “Train To Busan” because of its brilliant execution of cinematography and the whole zombie/outbreak plot.

Seok Woo works as a fund manager and is separated from his wife. He lives with his daughter Soo An and on her birthday she wants to meet her mother in Busan.

They both get a Train from Seoul to Busan and their trip soon turns into a zombie outbreak.


This ends our list of best Korean movies to watch. The above-mentioned movies have high ratings and popularity which overall are good to watch.

Which is your favorite Korean movie on this list? let us know in the comment section below.