Do you love binge-watching but already watched your favorite list, then no worries this article will restock your favorite list with Best Korean Movies on Netflix. Korean Dramas are surely very famous among today’s youth but Korean movies are underrated. As not only dramas but the plot and cast of movies as well is amazing.
Every character has its own unique personality which makes it one of the best options. Many best South Korean films are mentioned below so that you can enjoy different plots at your place with Netflix and popcorn.
Before starting the list, let’s appreciate Train to Busan, The Handmaiden, and Parasite, for their international success. Korean dramas and movies are becoming incredibly favorite and one of the most-watched series.
From Korean titles to the star-studded cast of a South Korean film, everything is just remarkable. K-drama-like squid game set a revolutionary in terms of entertainment. After enjoying famous dramas, let’s move to movies of Korean cinema.
From thrilling movies with serial killers or comedy movies, horror movies to action-loaded films, the concept of psychological thrillers to romance you can enjoy any genre of Korean cinema on Netflix.
21 Amazing Movies of Korean Cinema:
Forgotten is a 2016 movie directed by Jang Hang Jun. The most interesting thing about this movie is its bunch of genres, you will go crazy after watching this horror, thriller, sci-fi, mysterious movie.
The main star cast of the forgotten movie includes Kang Ha‑Seul, Kim Mu‑yeol, Na Young‑hee, Moon Sung-Geun. The story is written by Jang Hang-jun
The story revolves around two brothers Jin-Seok, and Yoo-Seok. Jin-Seok is a young boy, becomes an eyewitness, and sees the kidnapping of his own brother by himself. Yoo Seok pulled into the car. After 19 days of kidnapping, his brother came back suddenly.
Now suspense in the movie begins. Jin suddenly becomes violent, and horrible after this, because he was in shock. This movie will make you bite your nails together with your fingers. So give “Forgotten” a try. This is one of the best Korean movies on Netflix.
2. Time to Hunt
Another best Korean movie on Netflix, directed by Yoon Sung-Hyun, and written by Yoon Sung-Hyun. The main lead of Time to Hunt include Ahn Jae‑hong, Lee Je‑hoon, Choi Woo‑Shik, Park Hae Soo
The storyline of Time to hunt, as the name says is time, so it presents that the future of Korea will be anti-utopian and probably face an economic recession.
And in order to persist in this world, a group of thieves has 4 young people, planning a robbery in an underground casing.
This group of thieves achieves success in their plan by robbing a huge amount of money but following its consequences the people who run this type of unfair business practice are really upset by this abrupt robbery.
So they hire a dangerous killer. Although, unluckily, now the group of heists realizes their mistakes or consequences. This unstoppable and brutal killer is in his way and searching for them, and one by one kills everyone.
The only thief who made it till last is Jun-Seok. Imagine you enjoy this story just by reading how much you’re gonna enjoy it while watching.
Okja was directed by Bong Joon-ho and the writers of this movie are Jon Ronson, Bong Joon-ho. Main lead:- Seo-Hyeon Ahn, Tilda Swinton, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Paul Dano
This story revolves around a young girl Mija and her giant pet Okja. She took care of Okja for over 10 years, in the beautiful mountains of South Korea.
But later they faced a problem by multinational Conglomerate Mariando Corporation, they wanted to take Okja far away from Mija, in New York.
Mija tried to fight as she was against them, and didn’t want them to take Okja away from her, but she was unsuccessful, as they took Okja with them because they had huge plans, in New York.
Now Mija is on her mission, as she is also not an easy-going girl, so in order to save her friend from any harm, she moves to New York.
4. The Bros
Another best Korean movie on Netflix to watch is “The Bros’ ‘ starrer Ma Dong-Seok, Lee Hanee, Ji Chang-Wook, Lee Dong-hwi, directed by Chang You-Jeong. written by Sung-Hye Heo, Chang You-Jeong
The genre of this movie is comedy, so if you’re a comedy lover then watch it now. The story of this movie revolves around two brothers who are totally different from each other Lee Joo-Bong and Lee Suk-Bong.
They meet each other again at their father’s funeral. But as they are totally different and therefore handle their own issues instead of reuniting.
Later in the movie, they hit a woman and this incident completely changed their lives because they got to know about the secrets of their family.
5. The Drug King
The name of the movie itself is so thrilling, this movie is directed and written by Woo Min-ho, and starrer by Kang-ho Song, Bae Doona, Jo Jung-suk, Kim So-jin, Jo Woo-jin
In the movie The Drug King, the plot revolves around a smuggler named Lee Doo-Sam. In the 1970s, Lee Do-Sam built an empire of drug smugglers in the underworld of Busan, South Korea.
However, a Public Prosecutor named Kim In-goo wants to take Lee Doo-Sam down. So basically this is an underworld movie, if you love thrillers like these then watch it out on Netflix now.
6. Lucid Dream
A movie launched in 2017, based on the thriller and mystery genre. Directed and written by Jun-sung Kim. Lucid Dream cast: Park In-Hwan, Go Soo, Cheon Ho-jin, Kang Hye-Jung, Park Yoochun
One of the best Korean movies on Netflix. The mysterious plot of this movie revolves around a journalist who invested 3 years of his life searching for his missing son.
After that, he decided to use the Lucid Dream of people as clues to find his son. So basically you are gonna feel thrilled while watching this because it lies somewhere between real life and dream life.
7. Seoul Searching
Another famous movie launched in 2015. A well-written plot by director Benson Lee. The movie Seoul Searching starred In-Pyo Cha, Justin Chon, Esteban Ahn, Albert Kong, Jessica Van, Teo Yoo, and others.
This movie is basically the real-life experience of the director during his teenage, the mixed emotions, problems, and adolescence stuff of Korean people.
So if you want to learn about their lifestyle then a must watch the film for you “Seoul Searching”. It is fun, love, action, heartening, and emotional or you can say mixed emotions just like teenagers’ life.
8. Night in Paradise
A South Korean movie, written and directed by: Park Hoon-Jung. The main cast includes Jeon Yeo‑been, Uhm Tae‑goo, Cha Seung‑won, Park Ho‑sancinema.
Night in Paradise plot revolves around a killer Tae-goo (Um Tae-goo) He receives an offer from his rival gang but on rejecting this offer he loses the lives of his sister and niece.
Then to take revenge he kills the chairman of his rival gang, flees to Jeju Island. He then meets Jae-Yeon (Jeon), an extremely sick woman. On the other hand, a henchman of the rival gang is cruelly beating him (Tae-goo).
9. Tune in for Love
A beautiful love story, directed by Jun Ji – Woo and Writer of Tune in for Love Lee Jin- Hyuk. Main Cast:- Jung Hae- in, Kim Go- Eun, Jeong Upo- Jin.
The first meeting in a bakery of main lead Hyun-woo and Mi-soo, they fall in love with each other but always get apart because weird circumstances happen to like a broken phone, jail time, but this gap and distance between both didn’t let their feelings go away but the love gets deeper and deeper.
They search for each other no matter what the situation is. So if you are searching for an emotion-deep love story then definitely go to Netflix and search for Tune in for Love.
A 2018 movie starring Ryu Seung-ryong, Shim Eun-Kyung, Park Jung-min, Kim Min-Jae, and Jung Yu-mi as the main cast. Psychokinesis is a superhero film by Yeon Sang-ho of South Korea.
This is a deep movie based on the love of a father for his children. The main character of this movie, Shin Seok-heon, works as a guard.
He gets acknowledged for the problem that his daughter is facing. She owns a restaurant of small fried chicken, and she is struggling with a construction company but the important point of worry for her father is that it is run by the mob.
Shin Seok-heon drinks some kind of specific water from a unique mountain spring, because of that he achieves superhuman powers.
With the help of these powers, he decided to teach a lesson to the mob. Sounds amazing right? One of the best superhero movies. Watch it now
Alive directed by Cho II-Hyung and written by Cho II-Hyung, and Matt Naylor. The main lead of the movie is Hyun Wook-Lee, Yoo Ah-In, Jeon Bae-Soo, Park Shin-Hye.
An interesting plot of zombies is presented in this movie. Yoo Ah-in plays the role of a game streamer named Oh Joon-woo. Enjoy this amazing and unique plot with zombies and the survival of the zombie apocalypse.
12. Sweet & Sour
This movie was released in 2021 by Lee Gye-byeok. The movie starred Jang Ki-Yong, Chae Soo-bin, Krystal Jung
A sweet & sour love story as the name says. So this movie plot is based on a love story, challenges, its ups and downs, highs and lows.
Basically, a survival of a long-distance relationship but the major twist comes with the entry of a new girl. Overall good and interesting movie to watch if you’re searching for a love story with a flavor of real life.
A movie of 2016, Cast: Kim Nam-Gil, Kim Joo-Hyun, Kim Young-Ae, Jung Jin-Young, Moon Jeong-Hee, Kim Dae-Myung, Kang Shin-Il, Lee Kyoung-Young Baek, Do-bin, Choi Seung-Hoon, Yoo Seung-Mok, Bae Gang-Yoo.
This movie is directed by Park Jung-woo. A 2 hr 16 minutes long movie. This is just like any other disaster movie. Earthquakes are the center point of this movie.
Disaster, tears and the way government handles the situation and helps the public. The scenario shows the situation when an earthquake results in the explosion of the nuclear power plant.
14. The Call
This movie is directed and written by: Lee Chung-Hyeon. The Star cast of The Call include: Park Shin‑Hye, Jeon Jong‑Seo, Lee El, Kim Sung‑Ryung
This movie was a big hit with its unique thrilling and exciting plot. A 28-year-old girl named Kim Seo-Yeon is the main lead.
She lost her phone on the way when she was going to meet her mother. She reached a place in the rural area of her childhood where she found an old cordless mobile.
She then started receiving too many calls on this decades-old phone. On the call, a woman is talking and kept saying the same thing again and again that her mother is torturing that woman.
Although the woman is controlled by someone else. Sounds unique right. Hope you enjoy this movie.
15. Steel Rain
Woo-Seok Yang is the director of Steel Rain and Jung Ha-Yong, Woo-Seok Yang is the writer of this plot. Steel Rain casting Kwak Do‑won, Jo Woo‑jin, Kim Kap‑soo, Kim Ui‑Seong
A thriller action movie in which a North Korean agent runs away to the south along with the leader of the country, who is injured badly but he is the only person who can stop the nuclear war.
So this strong, deep, and amazing plot makes this movie one of the best Korean films on Netflix.
16. The 8th Night
The 8th Night was directed and written by Kim Tae-Hyung. The star cast of Lee Sung-Min, Park Hae Joon, Kim Yoo-Jeong, Nam Da-reum
Korean movies are making their masterpieces back to back, and this is one of them. The concept of this movie The 8th Night revolves around a fight between a millennia-old spirit and a monk. Sounds interesting right?
This is a sort of horror movie, as the fight is so ready sounding difficult. What do you think will win? Okay, easy way to answer, watch it out.
17. High Society
Charles Walters is the director of High society and the plot is written by John Patrick. The Main Cast of the movie: Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby.
Here is another thrilling movie for your watchlist: High Society. The storyline of this film revolves around a beautiful three men. The men approach the woman named Tracy Lord. They put their complete efforts but ok I won’t give a spoiler check out by yourself this entertaining movie. Don’t forget to grab popcorn first. Enjoy watching!
18. Snowpiercer- Bong Joon
Snowpiercer is the English debut of this famous director. Starrer famous and well-known actor Chris Evan. Now you can watch this movie on Netflix.
Although, this movie Snowpiercer is mainly in English Bong Joon-ho himself declared this as a Korean movie with Hollywood actors.
The concept of this movie is taken from the French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette, the film is a Sci-Fi genre movie.
This film is different because of its special and amazing visuals, the concept, the work of actors, designing, editing everything is just perfect. I will definitely suggest that you should add this entertaining movie to your must-watch list.
19. The Beauty Inside
The beauty inside was released in 2015. The Director of beauty inside is Baek Jong-Yeol. The star Cast of The beauty inside Kim Sun-Jung, Park Jung-Ye – Cast: Han Hyo-Joo, Kim Dae-Myung, Do Ji-Han, Bae Sung-Woo, Park Shin-Hye, Lee Beom-Soo, Park Seo-Joon, Yoo Yeon-Seok, Juri Ueno. This movie is 2h 7m long.
The storyline of this movie is simple and revolves around Woo-Jin, a guy who becomes another person, in simple words, he wakes up each day in another body or you can say every day his age, gender, and nationality change.
For instance, he may be a woman someday and a child on another day, or he may be a young man but today and an older tomorrow and the probabilities continue like this.
But there is one constant thing as well in his changing life. That is Yi-Soo, Love of Woo-Jin. His body and appearance change but from feelings, emotions he is the same person every day, and his love of Yi-soo never changes.
However, Yi-Soo is aware of this secret about him, but she has to manage these changes in him anyhow as she also loves Yi-Soo.
The unique thing about this plot is that it is spreading a great message about love. That love is an emotion that never changes or depends upon shape, size, gender, nationality, or beauty. A decent comedy, romantic, and must-watch movie.
20. The Witch: PART 1
The Witch was released in 2018, Another mysterious and action south Korean movie directed by Park Hoon-Jung. The star cast of this movie includes Baek Seung-Chul, Kim Byung-Ok, Choi Woo-Sik, Jo Min-soo, Jung Woorim, Kim Da-mi, Go Min-si, Park Hee-soon, Kim Han-na – Run.
This movie is 2 hours 5 minutes long but feels like 20 minutes. This is considered one of the best Korean movies to watch on Netflix because of the stunning visuals and nail-biting action.
The plot of the story revolves around a high school student, Ja-Yoon. Her character is very decent and introverted. Although her personality or you can say appearance is totally different from the real nature of Ja-Yoon.
She is a young girl and doesn’t remember anything about her past, not even her name and her age. An old couple raises this girl to a normal and intelligent student.
And the twist comes with her appearance on National television as because of this appearance people related to her from her past, recognize Ja-Yoon.
After that many strange people entered her life, they are related to her past and now they need something from her. This incident completely changed her life. And she learns the truth about her past life. An unsettling truth.
Although the concept of this film is not supernatural. But the exact plot is about a girl with extraordinary abilities.
The superb action, mystery concept execution, and writing every single thing about this movie are remarkable. So do not forget to add this one to your list. This is said to be the best action film of 2018 (South Korea).
21. The Negotiation
Another release of 2018. The Negotiation by Lee Jong-Seok. The Negotiation star cast includes Hyun Bin, Son Ye-Jin, Kim Sang-ho, Lee Jia, Lee Juyoung, Jang Young-Nam, Lee Mun-shik, Jang Gwang. This movie is 1 hour 54 minutes long.
This movie is full of thrill and suspense. You will feel a roller coaster and tons of questions while watching this. So why miss a plot like this. Go and watch on Netflix. Happy Watching.
Give a chance to Korean movies as well or if you are already a K-movies lover then add the above-mentioned to your list. Hope you all are ready with your next list for binge-watch with these amazing South Korean movies, some snacks, and Netflix. Tell us in the comments how many of these you already watched and your favorite among them.
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