The esteemed Korean film industry has popped out these 10 best Korean drama movies to lighten the soul and make your heart wrench. No matter what culture you identify with, there will be a story here that you will be able to relate to profoundly. It’s only worth seeing the best when it comes to these dramas. 

  1. “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring.” The way the Buddhist monk thoughtfully contemplates the seasons of his life is akin to how we too  reminisce on the stages of our existence. This Korean drama is set on a beautiful lake where a Buddhist monastery peacefully floats.

  2. “The Way Home.” In this heartwarming film, a little Korean boy is left with his grandmother in a rural town. Through the course of the movie, the boy transforms from a resentful rebel to an empathetic and humble child.

  3. “Old Boy.” There’s a taste of mystery in this Korean drama, where the main character has five days to find the man who kidnapped him fifteen years ago. This is film boasts an intense story of an average man’s revenge.

  4. “Chunhyang.” The title of this drama is the name of a beautiful Korean lady who marries a Governor’s son. In a twist of events, Chunhyang suffers in order to stay faithful to her beloved husband.

  5. “Marathon.” Based on the true story of Bae Hyeong-jin, this Korean drama film has touched hearts all over the world. In this movie, we follow the life of a young man with autism whose true joy in life is running.

  6. “Memories of Murder.” Detectives Park Doo-man and Cho Yong-koo have a real mystery on their hands and it involves a serial killer. The suspense and drama in this movie builds as more women are found dead in this film.

  7. “The Chaser.” You’ll be at the edge of your chair and biting your nails as a former detective turned pimp investigates why his girls are disappearing. This gripping drama is one of the most popular films of all time in South Korea.

  8. “A Tale of Two Sisters.” Tragic deaths in a Korean family are the premise for this psychological horror. The dramatic tale was very well received be the American audience and was eventually remade into a North American film.

  9. “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.” Part of director Park Chan-wook’s "Vengeance" Trilogy, this film is filled with an ambiance of revenge. The protagonist, who is wrongly imprisoned for almost fourteen years, wants to get back at the real killer.

  10. “Sad Movie.” This Korean drama follows the struggles of various couples. It’s essentially a film of love and teaches the lesson that relationships are never easy.