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1. Parasite (2019)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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96 Metascore

All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 89,688

2. Black Panther (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.3
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88 Metascore

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira

Votes: 553,822 | Gross: $700.06M

3. Oldboy (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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77 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yoo, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 473,920 | Gross: $0.71M

4. Okja (2017)

TV-MA | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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75 Metascore

A young girl risks everything to prevent a powerful, multinational company from kidnapping her best friend - a fascinating beast named Okja.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Seo-hyun Ahn, Jake Gyllenhaal

Votes: 78,754

5. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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55 Metascore

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 331,522 | Gross: $27.11M

6. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, three detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 108,676 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Train to Busan (2016)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

7.5
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72 Metascore

While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon | Stars: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma, Su-an Kim

Votes: 118,939 | Gross: $2.13M

8. Burning (2018)

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama, Mystery

7.6
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90 Metascore

Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood, who asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jun, Soo-Kyung Kim

Votes: 31,027 | Gross: $0.72M

9. World War Z (2013)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

7.0
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63 Metascore

Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale

Votes: 566,172 | Gross: $202.36M

10. The Host (2006)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Horror

7.0
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85 Metascore

A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and begins attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Hee-Bong Byun, Hae-il Park, Doona Bae

Votes: 89,264 | Gross: $2.20M

11. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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67 Metascore

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, In-seo Kim, Joon-Hyuk Lee

Votes: 97,804 | Gross: $0.13M

12. Mother (2009)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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79 Metascore

A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Hye-ja Kim, Won Bin, Goo Jin, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 40,289 | Gross: $0.55M

13. The Wailing (2016)

TV-MA | 156 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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81 Metascore

Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman, drawn into the incident, is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Do-won Kwak, Woo-hee Chun

Votes: 38,960

14. The Man from Nowhere (2010)

R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee | Stars: Won Bin, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim, Hee-won Kim

Votes: 56,945 | Gross: $0.01M

15. The Chaser (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.9
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64 Metascore

A disgraced ex-policeman who runs a small ring of prostitutes finds himself in a race against time when one of his women goes missing.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Yoon-seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo, Yoo-Jeong Kim

Votes: 51,673

16. Forgotten (2017)

TV-MA | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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When his abducted brother returns seemingly a different man with no memory of the past 19 days, Jin-seok chases after the truth behind the kidnapping.

Director: Hang-jun Jang | Stars: Ha-Neul Kang, Mu-Yeol Kim, Seong-kun Mun, Young-hee Na

Votes: 9,348

17. A Bittersweet Life (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama

7.6
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Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Min-a Shin, Yeong-cheol Kim, Jung-min Hwang

Votes: 32,884

18. A Taxi Driver (2017)

Not Rated | 137 min | Action, Drama, History

7.8
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69 Metascore

A widowed father and taxi driver who drives a German reporter from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the 1980 uprising, soon finds himself regretting his decision after being caught in the violence around him.

Director: Hun Jang | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Thomas Kretschmann, Hae-jin Yoo, Jun-yeol Ryu

Votes: 10,718 | Gross: $1.53M

19. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

8.5
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65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 30,606 | Gross: $2.67M

20. The Villainess (2017)

Not Rated | 129 min | Action, Drama

6.7
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64 Metascore

A female assassin leaves a trail of bodies behind her as she seeks revenge.

Director: Byung-gil Jung | Stars: Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Jun Sung, Seo-hyeong Kim

Votes: 10,011 | Gross: $0.03M

21. Game Change (2012 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska becomes Senator John McCain's running mate in the 2008 Presidential election.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Ed Harris, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Peter MacNicol

Votes: 20,102

22. Nowhere to Hide (1999)

R | 112 min | Action, Drama

6.5
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55 Metascore

Detective Woo is on the trail of the mysterious gangster Sungmin, a master of disguise who always manages to elude his pursuers. Eventually, the cop tracks down and confronts the master-criminal in the suburbs of a coal-mining town.

Director: Myung-se Lee | Stars: Joong-Hoon Park, Sung-Ki Ahn, Dong-Gun Jang, Ji-Woo Choi

Votes: 1,731 | Gross: $0.02M

23. Joint Security Area (2000)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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58 Metascore

In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 ... See full summary »

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Byung-Hun Lee, Kang-ho Song, Tae-woo Kim

Votes: 24,120

24. The Yellow Sea (2010)

R | 136 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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70 Metascore

When the attempt to kill a professor goes wrong, a series of violent events are triggered which force a taxi driver to run for his life.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Yoon-seok Kim, Sung-ha Jo, Seok-jeong Hwang

Votes: 16,846

25. New World (2013)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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58 Metascore

An undercover cop finds it difficult to play both a cop and a goon.

Director: Hoon-jung Park | Stars: Jung-jae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Jung-min Hwang, Sung-woong Park

Votes: 18,208 | Gross: $0.46M

26. A Moment to Remember (2004)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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A Korean love story about a young couple's enduring love, which is tested when 27 year old Sun-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease.

Director: John H. Lee | Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Ye-jin Son, Jong-hak Baek, Seon-jin Lee

Votes: 20,066

27. 1987: When the Day Comes (2017)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama

7.7
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In 1987 Korea under an oppressive military regime, the unlawful interrogation and death of a college student ignite ordinary citizens to fight for the truth and bring about justice.

Director: Joon-Hwan Jang | Stars: Yoon-seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Hae-jin Yoo, Tae-ri Kim

Votes: 2,768

28. Battle for Incheon: Operation Chromite (2016)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Drama, History

6.2
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50 Metascore

A team of spies is sent into Incheon to gain intelligence on North Korean positions ahead of the invasion by UN forces.

Director: John H. Lee | Stars: Liam Neeson, Josie Bissett, Jon Gries, Do-Hwan Woo

Votes: 4,089 | Gross: $1.02M

29. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)

Approved | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.5
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A widowed doctor of both Chinese and European descent falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong during China's Communist revolution.

Directors: Henry King, Otto Lang | Stars: William Holden, Jennifer Jones, Torin Thatcher, Isobel Elsom

Votes: 4,121

30. The Spy Gone North (2018)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama

7.2
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69 Metascore

In the mid-1990s, a loyal South Korean secret agent is caught in a political vortex plotted by the ruling classes of North and South Korea.

Director: Jong-bin Yoon | Stars: Jung-min Hwang, Sung-min Lee, Jin-woong Cho, Ji-Hoon Ju

Votes: 2,274 | Gross: $0.50M

31. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, War

8.1
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64 Metascore

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Won Bin, Eun-ju Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 36,238 | Gross: $1.11M

32. Steel Rain (2017)

TV-MA | 139 min | Action

7.1
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A coup in North Korea forces an agent to defect to South with unconscious "Number One". While operatives from North hunt for both of them, the agent has to work with South Koreans to stop the nuclear war.

Director: WooSuk Yang | Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Do-won Kwak, Eui-sung Kim, Kyeong-yeong Lee

Votes: 3,133

33. Poetry (2010)

TV-PG | 139 min | Drama

7.8
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87 Metascore

A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Jeong-hie Yun, Da-wit Lee, Hee-ra Kim, Nae-sang Ahn

Votes: 9,080 | Gross: $0.36M

34. Good Doctor (2013)

Drama, Romance

8.1
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A medical drama about a surgical resident with autistic disorder and savant syndrome.

Stars: Joo Won, Chae-won Moon, Sang-uk Joo, Gyo-jin In

Votes: 1,082

35. Psychokinesis (2018)

Not Rated | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

5.9
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After drinking water from a mountain spring, a bank security guard gains telekinetic superpowers, which he must use to save his estranged daughter from an evil construction company, as a superhero.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon | Stars: Seung-ryong Ryu, Eun-kyung Shim, Jung-min Park, Yu-mi Jung

Votes: 3,512

36. Three... Extremes (2004)

R | 125 min | Horror

7.0
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66 Metascore

An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors.

Directors: Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, Chan-wook Park | Stars: Bai Ling, Byung-Hun Lee, Kyoko Hasegawa, Pauline Lau

Votes: 17,966 | Gross: $0.08M

37. A Hard Day (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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76 Metascore

After trying to cover up a car accident that left a man dead, a crooked homicide detective is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event.

Director: Seong-hun Kim | Stars: Sun-kyun Lee, Jin-woong Cho, Man-sik Jeong, Jeong-geun Sin

Votes: 9,023

38. Secret Garden (2010–2011)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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A rich young CEO falls for a poor stuntwoman despite class differences, cultural traditions and the man's firmly objecting mother.

Stars: Ji-won Ha, Hyun Bin, Sang-Hyun Yoon, Sa-rang Kim

Votes: 4,389

39. Secret Sunshine (2007)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama

7.5
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84 Metascore

A woman moves to the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to fit in, another tragic event overturns her life.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Do-yeon Jeon, Kang-ho Song, Hye-jin Jang, Yeong-jin Jo

Votes: 5,938

40. The Moon That Embraces the Sun (2012)

TV-Y | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

8.0
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The story of the secret love between Lee Hwon, a fictional king of Joseon, and Wol, a female shaman. Wol was born as Heo Yeon Woo, the daughter of a noble family who won the love of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Mi-seon Jeon, Mi-kyeong Yang, Eung-soo Kim, Eun-pyo Jeong

Votes: 1,350

41. Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018)

Not Rated | 95 min | Horror

6.1
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The crew of a horror web series travels to an abandoned asylum for a live broadcast. It soon encounters much more than expected as it moves deeper inside the nightmarish old building.

Director: Beom-sik Jeong | Stars: Seung-Wook Lee, Ye-Won Mun, Ah-yeon Oh, Ji-Hyun Park

Votes: 3,166 | Gross: $0.12M

42. Hotel by the River (2018)

96 min | Drama

6.8
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79 Metascore

It is the dead of winter and a poet invites his sons to join him at a hotel for a reunion. The hotel also hosts a newly single woman who has a friend keep her company and with whom she ... See full summary »

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Ju-bong Gi, Min-hee Kim, Hae-hyo Kwon, Seon-mi Song

Votes: 558 | Gross: $0.03M

43. Confession of Murder (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Thriller

7.1
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Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography describing murders he committed after the statute of limitations expires. A detective and one of the victim's mothers search for the author while another killer begins a spree of murders.

Director: Byung-gil Jung | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Shi-hoo Park, Hae-Kyun Jung, Yeong-ae Kim

Votes: 7,517

44. SKY Castle (2018– )

75 min | Drama, Mystery

8.8
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Wealthy residents of Sky Castle do their best to control the lives of their children and face consequences.

Stars: Jung-ah Yum, Tae-ran Lee, Se-ah Yun, Na-ra Oh

Votes: 647

45. Tunnel (2016)

TV-14 | 126 min | Action, Drama

6.9
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68 Metascore

A man is on his way home when the poorly constructed tunnel he is driving through collapses, leaving him trapped.

Director: Seong-hun Kim | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Doona Bae, Dal-su Oh, Jeong-geun Sin

Votes: 5,886

46. Flu (2013)

Not Rated | 122 min | Action, Drama

6.7
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40 Metascore

Chaos ensues when a lethal, airborne virus infects the population of a South Korean city less than 20 kilometers from Seoul.

Director: Sung-su Kim | Stars: Hyuk Jang, Soo Ae, Roxanne Aparicio, Jang-Su Bae

Votes: 5,640

47. Bad Guys (2014– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime

7.9
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A group of criminals are brought together by the law to assist in stopping crime.

Stars: Sang-Jung Kim, Dong-seok Ma, Hae-Jin Park, Dong-Hyuk Cho

Votes: 889

48. Kill Me, Heal Me (2015– )

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.3
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A love story between the son from a wealthy family who has 7 personalities Cha Do Hyun (Ji Sung) and Oh Ri Jin (Hwang Jung Eum) who becomes his secret psychiatrist.

Stars: Seong Ji, Jeong-eum Hwang, Hee-jung Kim, Il-Woo Kim

Votes: 2,798

49. On the Beach at Night Alone (2017)

101 min | Drama

6.8
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80 Metascore

An actress wanders around a seaside town, pondering her relationship with a married man.

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Young-hwa Seo, Jae-yeong Jeong, Seong-kun Mun

Votes: 2,599 | Gross: $0.04M

50. Peppermint Candy (1999)

129 min | Drama

7.7
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Consists of five phases of a man's life about why he committed suicide in the end.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Yeo-jin Kim, Jung Suh, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 6,924



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