If you have a Netflix subscription, here’s our list of the Ten Best Korean Movies on Netflix. These listings have been updated for 2019 to ensure these movies are still available.
Even if you don’t have Netflix, we’ve provided other convenient options to purchase or watch these Korean movies online. Enjoy!
10. Assassination (2015)
Starring Jun Ji-hyun (from My Sassy Girl), Assassination is an espionage action movie that follows a group of Korean resistance fighters trying to assassinate a Japanese officer around World War II. Assassination was one of Korea’s highest-grossing films of 2015, drawing in audiences with copious action scenes and subtle commentary on the Japanese colonial period.
9. Northern Limit Line (2015)
If you’re looking for a modern war film, then check out Northern Limit Line. Based on a real-life 2002 incident between North and South Korean patrol boats, the movie provides plenty of action and camaraderie.
8. The Beauty Inside (2015)
The Beauty Inside is a Korean remake of an American film of the same name (how’s that for role reversal). A high-concept romantic comedy, the movie centers around a man who wakes up in a different body each day, the only constant in his life being the girl he loves.
7. Luck Key (2017)
I felt pleasantly surprised and highly entertained after watching Luck Key. This action comedy shows the craziness that results when an out-of-luck actor (Lee Joon) switches bodies with a seasoned assassin (Yoo Hae-jin). Luck Key has a surprising number of plot twists, and a good balance of funny and action-packed moments.
6. Pandora (2016)
Imagine if the Fukushima nuclear disaster happened in Korea — that’s what Pandora does. The movie shows the disastrous effects of a nuclear meltdown in a seaside Korean town, and the heroic efforts of nuclear workers (including one played by Kim Nam-gil) to fight it. Netflix bought the rights to Pandora in advance, meaning they should never have to remove it or set geographic restrictions!
5. A Violent Prosecutor (2016)
In A Violent Prosecutor, Hwang Jung-min plays a prosecutor who goes to jail on false charges. The prosecutor must team up with a scammer to take revenge on those who framed him. This was the second-highest grossing Korean movie of 2016. It’s easy to see why: A Violent Prosecutor is packed with jokes, action, and thoughtful plot turns.
4. Inside Men (2015)
Here’s another popular movie with Korean prosecutors: Inside Men. In this movie (which stars Lee Byung-hun), we see media moguls, corrupt politicians, and henchmen battle it out. If you like action or crime movies, you’ll like Inside Men.
3. Age of Shadows (2016)
The Age of Shadows is a slick spy thriller set during Korea’s colonial period. In this movie, Gong Yooplays a Korean resistance fighter who engages in a battle of wits with a Japanese collaborator cop played by Song Kang-ho. Besides plenty of action scenes, this Korean film offers many psychological thrills.
2. Oldboy (2003)
If you haven’t already heard of Oldboy: it’s one of the most famous Korean movies of all time. No, this is NOT the 2013 American remake. This is the real deal, part of director Park Chan-wook‘s renowned “Vengeance Trilogy”. In this movie, Choi Min-sik plays a man out for revenge after being mysteriously kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years. Oldboy not only has many well-choreographed fights, but a thoughtful plot.
1. Train to Busan (2016)
Topping our list of best Korean movies on Netflix is Train to Busan — one of the most popular Korean films of all time. An action-packed zombie movie, Train to Busan also offers quite a bit of emotional depth and character development.