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MDLers’ Favourite Korean Movies

Hello fellow MDL’ers! It’s Burcu & Caspleo_svt. We welcome you guys to our article. We both believe that movies are a great source of entertainment. They are short and can we be watched in one day or 3 hours mostly. And as we can’t get a lot of free time like we got in 2020 and 2021, a lot of us are taking a hiatus from Dramaland. So as a different source of entertainment which will not consume a lot of time, movies are the best alternative to dramas. As big movie lovers we would like to give recommendations to our fellow MDL’ers. Therefore, we wrote this observational article. We call it MDL’ers Favourite Korean Movies. Besides an overall list, we will also break down the popularity and rank based on modern and historical categories, with extra info in 15 different categories.

Since movies sorted by ‘Top Ranked’ or ‘Top Rated’ generate the same result, we will combine both in one observation category. When you see the list, you may think of two questions:

  • Why does the rank jump in a few numbers? That is because it uses an overall ranking system that includes movies from other countries, in which K-movies are predominant.
  • How are the dramas ranked? For example, there are two dramas with the same rating, but one is ranked above the other. Here is the answer from MDL’s FAQ.

For a disclaimer, all movies listed below are taken from a search result on 29 April, 2022, the day we submitted this article for editing. When you read this article, you will see a slightly different movie, rank, or numbers on the lists, because of the time span from article editing to publishing. The difference may specifically apply for the top-ranked/rated movies.


TOP 10 RANKED/RATED MOVIES

1. Bring The Soul: The Movie (2019) – Ranked: #4 | Ratings: 9.1      
2. Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013) – Ranked: #7 | Ratings: 9.1
3. Burn The Stage: The Movie (2018) – Ranked: #13 | Ratings: 9.0
4. Hope (2013) – Ranked: #17 | Ratings: 9.0
5. Parasite (2019) – Ranked: #22 | Ratings: 9.0
6. Break the Silence: The Movie (2020) – Ranked: #30 | Ratings: 8.9
7. Train to Busan (2016) – Ranked: #32 | Ratings: 8.9
8. A Taxi Driver (2017) – Ranked: #33 | Ratings: 8.9
9. Silenced (2011) – Ranked: #49 | Ratings: 8.8
10. The Man from Nowhere (2010) – Ranked: #68 | Ratings: 8.8
From the list, we noticed these interesting  facts:
First,  3 out of 10 are popular K-pop band BTS’s movies. As they are really popular and there are many MDL’ers who are BTS Army, it’s easy to guess why their movies are top-ranked.
Second, both Song Kang Ho and Gong Yoo have two movies on the list.
Third, 5 out of 10 movie posters feature kids.
Fourth, 4 out of 10 movies are based on true stories.

Miracle in Cell No. 7 was adapted into a Kannada movie in 2017 titled Pushpaka Vimana. Kross Pictures produced the official Hindi remake of the movie in collaboration with Indian Film Studios. It was also adapted in 2019 in Turkey as 7. Koğuştaki Mucize starring Aras Bulut İynemli in the lead role. This is an entirely dramatic interpretation and adds several story elements and characters. The film was also adapted in the Philippines with the same title, starring Aga Muhlach, Bela Padilla and Xia Vigor. Indonesia adapted the film with the same title, while remakes are being planned in Spain and the United States.  

Hope was the surprise winner for Best Film at the 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards, defeating blockbusters Miracle in Cell No. 7, Snowpiercer, and The Face Reader. It also took Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Ra Mi Ran and Uhm Ji-won won Best Actress at the Korean Association of Film Critics Award.

Train to Busan is gonna have an American remake. In December 2021, the film’s official title was revealed to be The Last Train to New York, scheduled to be released April 21, 2023.

The Man from Nowhere had an Indian remake titled Rocky Handsome, directed by Nishikant Kamat and starring John Abraham, which was released in March 2016.

THE TOP 10 RANKED ACTION MOVIES

1. Train to Busan (2016) – Ranked: #32 | Ratings: 8.9
2. A Taxi Driver (2017) – Ranked: #33 | Ratings: 8.9
3. The Man from Nowhere (2010) – Ranked: #68 | Ratings: 8.8
4. Midnight Runners (2017) – Ranked: #109 | Ratings: 8.7
5. Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018) – Ranked: #110 | Ratings: 8.7
6. Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017) – Ranked: #148 | Ratings: 8.6
7. The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion (2018) – Ranked: #175 | Ratings: 8.6
8. 71: Into the Fire (2010) – Ranked: #257 | Ratings: 8.5    
9. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004) – Ranked: #311 | Ratings: 8.5
10. Pawn (2020) – Ranked: #390 | Rating: 8.4                                 

On MDL, there are a total of 899 South Korean movies with the Action genre. Which is a good amount. Korean action scenes feel exciting to see. In the list, two movies are from 2010 and 2018. Three are 2017’s and 2004, 2016, and 2020 have one movie.

THE TOP 10 RANKED ADVENTURE  MOVIES

1. Space Sweepers (2021) – Ranked: #387 | Ratings: 8.4
2. Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (2016) – Ranked: #803 | Ratings: 8.2
3. Okja (2017) – Ranked: #864 | Ratings: 8.2
4. The Himalayas (2015) – Ranked: #1406 | Ratings: 8.0
5. The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure (2022) – Ranked: #1462 -Ratings: 8.0
6.  Ashfall (2019) – Ranked: #1590 | Ratings: 7.9
7. The Pirates (2014) – Ranked#1816 | Ratings: 7.9
8. Collectors (2020) – Ranked: #2063 | Ratings: 7.8
9. The King’s Case Note (2017) – Ranked: #2352 | Ratings: 7.8
10. Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island (2015) – Ranked: #2373  | Ratings: 7.7    

On MDL, there are a total of 78 South Korean movies with the Adventure genre. Which isn’t a lot. But the reason is really simple. Not just in the South Korean film industry but in all film industries there aren’t a lot of Adventure movies. Maybe because this genre is not easy to work with. Space Sweepers released in 2021 but it’s ranked number 1 in a very short time, maybe because of the lead actor Song Joong Ki and lead actress Kim Tae Ri. Out of these 10 movies, the last 6 have below 8 ratings. Maybe because this isn’t a famous genre. 


THE TOP 10 RANKED CRIME MOVIES

1. The Man from Nowhere (2010) – Ranked: #69 | Ratings: 8.8
2. Innocent Witness (2019) – Ranked: #240 | Ratings: 8.5
3. Extreme Job (2019) – Ranked: #454 | Ratings: 8.4
4. Hwayi: A Monster Boy (2013) – Ranked: #553 | Ratings: 8.3
5. Secretly Greatly (2013) – Ranked: #588 | Ratings: 8.3
6. The Negotiation (2018) – Ranked: #651 | Ratings: 8.3
7. My Paparotti (2013) – Ranked: #667  | Ratings: 8.3
8. Fabricated City (2017) – Ranked: #736  | Ratings: 8.2
9. Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (2016) – Ranked: #806 | Ratings: 8.2
10. The Con Artists (2014) – Ranked: #811 | Ratings: 8.2

On MDL, there are a total of 366 South Korean movies with the Crime genre. Out of these 10 movies, just one movie, Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River, is a historical movie. Just in case you guys are interested in this genre, fellow MDL’er Cho Na has written an awesome article on this topic titled Once Upon a Time They Solved a Crime

THE TOP 10 RANKED  THRILLER MOVIES 

1. Parasite (2019) – Ranked: #22  | Ratings: 9.0
2.  Train to Busan (2016) – Ranked: #32 | Ratings: 8.9
3. The Man from Nowhere (2010) – Ranked: #68 | Ratings: 8.8
4. The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion (2018) – Ranked: #175 | Ratings: 8.6
5. The Handmaiden (2016) – Ranked: #242 | Ratings: 8.5
6.  Forgotten (2017) – Ranked: #277 | Ratings: 8.5
7. 1987: When The Day Comes (2017) – Ranked: #330 | Ratings: 8.5
8. Juror 8 (2019) – Ranked: #420 | Ratings: 8.4
9. Exit (2019) – Ranked: #444 | Ratings: 8.4
10. The Flu (2013) – Ranked: #458 | Ratings: 8.4

On MDL, there are a total of 716 South Korean movies with the Thriller genre. Without a doubt, Korean Thriller movies are really great and popular. Parasite gains first place on this list but we think Train to Busan is more thrilling than Parasite

THE TOP 10 RANKED HORROR  MOVIES

1. Train to Busan (2016) – Ranked: #32 | Ratings: 8.9
2. The Call (2020) – Ranked: #627  | Ratings: 8.3
3. The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale (2019) – Ranked: #998 | Ratings: 8.1
4. Spellbound (2011) – Ranked: #1158 | Ratings: 8.1
5. The Divine Fury (2019) – Ranked: #1514 | Ratings: 7.9
6. Door Lock (2018) – Ranked: #1639 | Ratings: 7.9
7. The Wailing (2016) – Ranked: #2121 | Ratings: 7.8
8. Rampant (2018) – Ranked: #2511 | Ratings: 7.7
9. Killer Toon (2013) – Ranked: #2889  | Ratings: 7.6
10. The Host (2006) – Ranked: #3095 | Ratings: 7.6

On MDL, there are a total of 283 South Korean movies with the Horror genre. Out of these 10 movies, 6 movies have ratings below 8. Below 8, the movie is considered an average movie. Just one movie, Rampant, is a historical horror movie.

THE TOP 10 RANKED HISTORICAL MOVIES

1. A Taxi Driver (2017) – Ranked: #33  | Ratings: 8.9
2. Swing Kids (2018) – Ranked: #89 | Ratings: 8.7
3. 1987: When The Day Comes (2017) – Ranked: #330  | Ratings: 8.5
4. My Way (2011) – Ranked: #433 | Ratings: 8.4
5. The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014) – Ranked: #472 | Ratings: 8.3
6. Masquerade (2012) – Ranked: #517 | Ratings: 8.3
7. Ayla: The Daughter of War (2017) – Ranked: #620 | Ratings: 8.3
8. The Throne (2015) – Ranked: #623 | Ratings: 8.3
9. The Last Princess (2016) – Ranked: #711 | Ratings: 8.2
10. Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (2016) – Ranked: #803 | Ratings: 8.2

On MDL, there are a total of 407 South Korean movies with the Historical genre. All of these 10 movies have really good ratings.  

THE TOP 10 RANKED SCI-FI  MOVIES

1. Space Sweepers (2021) – Ranked: #389 | Ratings: 8.4
2. The Call (2020) – Ranked: #625 | Ratings: 8.3
3.  Okja (2017) – Ranked: #864 | Ratings: 8.2    
4. Time Renegades (2016) – Ranked: #889 | Ratings: 8.2    
5. The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale (2019) – Ranked: #998 | Ratings: 8.1
6. Seobok (2021) – Ranked: #1047 | Ratings: 8.1
7. Will You Be There? (2016) – Ranked: #1277 |  Ratings: 8.0
8.  Il Mare (2000) – Ranked: #1360 | Ratings: 8.0
9.  P1H: The Beginning of a New World (2020) – Ranked: #1364 | Ratings: 8.0  
10.  A Day (2017) – Ranked: #1840  | Ratings: 7.9
On MDL, there are a total of 111 South Korean movies with the Sci-fi genre. All these 10 movies are from 2016 to 2021.

THE TOP 10 RANKED ROM-COM MOVIES

1. Sunny (2011) – Ranked: #87  | Ratings: 8.7
2. To My Star (Movie) (2021) – Ranked: #179 | Ratings: 8.6
3. Salut D’Amour (2015) – Ranked: #595 | Ratings: 8.3
4. Wonderful Nightmare (2015) – Ranked: #767 | Ratings: 8.2
5. My P.S. Partner (2012) – Ranked: #843  | Ratings: 8.2
6. Love and Leashes (2022) – Ranked: #903 | Ratings: 8.2
7. The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale (2019) – Ranked: #998 | Ratings: 8.1
8. Mood of the Day (2016) – Ranked: #1150 | Ratings: 8.1    
9. Spellbound (2011) – Ranked: #1158 | Ratings: 8.1
10. Luck-Key (2016) – Ranked: #1207 | Ratings: 8.0                                                                                                                                              

On MDL, there are a total of 372 South Korean movies with the Rom-Com genre. The most surprising thing is that To My Star (Movie), an LGTBQ movie, is ranked number 2. We noticed the fact there is a 2022 released movie, Love and Leashes, that just released on February 11, 2022. The addition of new movies into the Top Ranked/Rated list makes it ever-changing from time to time. In contrast, the 10 Most Popular Movies list should be more stable. We will explain the reason later in the article.  

TOP 10 RANKED YOUTH MOVIES

1. To My Star (Movie) (2021) – Ranked: #180 | Ratings: 8.6
2. Where Your Eyes Linger (Movie) (2020) – Ranked: #308 | Ratings: 8.5
3. Color Rush (Movie) (2021) – Ranked: #718 | Ratings: 8.2
4. The Classic (2003) – Ranked: #753 | Ratings: 8.2
5. Summerdaze (2018) – Ranked: #848 | Ratings: 8.2
6. Tune in for Love (2019) – Ranked: #1079 | Ratings: 8.1
7. Night Flight (2017) – Ranked: #1200 | Ratings: 8.1
8. Twenty (2015) – Ranked: #1302 | Ratings: 8.0
9. Bleak Night (2011) – Ranked: #1642 | Ratings: 7.9
10. One Way Trip (2016) – Ranked: #2084 | Ratings: 7.8    

On MDL, there are a total of 190 South Korean movies with the Youth genre. Boys Love movies are famous in this genre.

10 MOST POPULAR MOVIES

1. Train to Busan (2016) – Popularity: #36 |  Watchers: 72,974+
2. Parasite (2019) – Popularity: #52 |  Watchers: 66,431+
3. A Werewolf Boy (2012) – Popularity: #102 |  Watchers: 46,436+
4. The Beauty Inside (2015) – Popularity: #196 |  Watchers: 31,738+
5. 200 Pounds Beauty (2006) – Popularity: #194 |  Watchers: 31,471+
6. Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013) – Popularity: #218  |  Watchers: 29,438+
7. Midnight Runners (2017) – Popularity: #230 |  Watchers: 28,487+  
8. My Annoying Brother (2016) – Popularity: #266 |  Watchers: 25,548+
9. Always (2011) – Popularity: #267 |  Watchers: 25,424+
10. #Alive (2020) – Popularity:  #305 |  Watchers: 25,219 

Now we said that the Most Popular Movies List should be stable but it wasn’t. We had to change the 10th position three times. First it was 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant (2004). Then before submitting we again checked the list and it was Secretly Greatly (2013). And finally, now as of 29 April 2022, we are submitting the article and it changed to #Alive (2020). And we are pretty sure by the time this article will be published, the 10th position might change again.

Two of the only ways to take off the popularity of a drama are by either deleting it from your list or putting it into your Not Interested list.

Finally, you will find out that being popular doesn’t mean high rated. In this list, 200 Pounds Beauty is rated 7.5. For a Korean movie, a below 8 rating is regarded as low. You’ll find out why such movies can be popular in the following observation. 

Now, 200 Pounds Beauty, how can it be so popular with ratings of 7.5? On MDL, watchers mean every member who plans to watch, puts on hold, is currently watching, dropped, or completed the drama. So even though many people don’t like it and end up dropping it, 200 Pounds Beauty is one of the 10 most popular K-movies on MDL when the data was taken.  

10 MOST POPULAR HORROR MOVIES

1. Train to Busan (2016) – Popularity: #38 |  Watchers: 72,974+
2. Spellbound (2011) – Popularity: #309 |  Watchers: 22,785+
3. The Call (2020) – Popularity: #635 |  Watchers: 13,999+
4. Peninsula (2020) – Popularity: #726 |  Watchers: 12,553+
5. The Divine Fury (2019) – Popularity: #740 |  Watchers: 12,081+
6. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) – Popularity: #1017 |  Watchers: 8,428+
7. Death Bell (2008) – Popularity: #1161 |  Watchers: 7,401+
8. The Host (2006) – Popularity: #1226 |  Watchers: 7,043+
9. The Wailing (2016) – Popularity: #1251  |  Watchers: 6,913+
10. The Silenced (2015) – Popularity: #1383 |  Watchers: 6,199+

Out of these 10 movies, 6 movies are from the Top 10 Ranked Horror Movie list. The Call is based on the 2011 British and Puerto Rican film, The Caller. Peninsula is a standalone sequel to the 2016 film Train to Busan. A Tale of Two Sisters had an English-language remake titled The Uninvited which was released in 2009.

10 MOST POPULAR HISTORICAL MOVIES

1. A Frozen Flower (2008) – Popularity: #544 |  Watchers: 15,467+
2. A Taxi Driver (2017) – Popularity: #666 |  Watchers: 13,373+
3. The King and the Clown (2005) – Popularity: #903 |  Watchers: 9,560+
4. Swing Kids (2018) – Popularity: #1065  |  Watchers: 8,215+
5. Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (2016) – Popularity: #1343  |  Watchers: 6,374+
6. Masquerade (2012) – Popularity: #1366  |  Watchers: 6,265+
7. The Pirates (2014) – Popularity: #1546 |  Watchers: 5,572+
8. The Magician (2015) – Popularity: #1597 |  Watchers: 5,391+  
9. The Princess and the Matchmaker (2018) – Popularity: #1637 |  Watchers: 5,284+
10. The Last Princess (2016) – Popularity: #1660  |  Watchers: 5,119+

Out of these 10 movies, 5 movies are from the Top 10 Ranked Historical Movie list.

10 MOST POPULAR ROM-COM MOVIES

1. 200 Pounds Beauty (2006) – Popularity: #194 |  Watchers: 31,471+
2. 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant (2004) – Popularity: #282 |  Watchers: 24,184+
3. Spellbound (2011) – Popularity: #309 |  Watchers: 22,785+
4. Twenty (2015) – Popularity: #323 |  Watchers: 22,271+
5. My Sassy Girl (2001) – Popularity: #355 |  Watchers: 20,706+
6. My P.S. Partner (2012) – Popularity: #390 |  Watchers: 19,113+
7. You’re My Pet (2011) – Popularity: #491|  Watchers: 16,546+
8. My Little Bride (2004) – Popularity: #511 |  Watchers: 16,085+
9. Sunny (2011) – Popularity: #523 |  Watchers: 15,940+
10. Hot Young Bloods (2014) – Popularity: #545 |  Watchers: 15,661+

Out of these 10 movies, 6 movies are from Top 10 Ranked Rom-Com Movie list. 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant originates from a genre called internet fiction: Movies such as My Sassy Girl, Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti DoA Millionaire’s First Love, Romance of Their Own, and He Was Cool were also derived from internet fiction. 

My Sassy Girl was adapted into a Japanese drama titled Ryokiteki na Kanojo. A South Korean historical time period drama remake titled My Sassy Girl starring Joo Won and Oh Yeon Seo aired in 2017.  It was remade as a Thai TV series titled My Sassy Girl. There is also an American remake of the film with same title. An uncredited Bollywood version called Ugly Aur Pagli was released in 2008. A Telugu remake of the film was titled Maa Iddhari Madhya. A Malayalam remake titled White was also made with some changes. A Chinese version named My Sassy Girl 2 was released in 2010. A Nepali version titled Sano Sansar was released on 12 September 2008 and became very popular amongst teenagers in the country. A Lithuanian version titled Moterys meluoja geriau: Robertėlis was released on 3 August 2018. A Philippine version was announced to be released this 2021 in the celebration of original film’s 20th anniversary. Cha Tae Hyun starred in the direct sequel, My New Sassy Girl, which was released in China on April 22, 2016, and South Korea on May 5 as a South Korean-Chinese co-production. The movie was not as well-received as its original. 

A Vietnamese remake of Sunny, titled Go Go Sisters, was released in 2018. A Japanese remake of the movie, titled Sunny: Our Hearts Beat Together, was released in 2018. An Indonesian adaptation remake of the movie, titled Bebas (Glorious Days) was released in 2019. A Chinese adaption titled Sunny Sisters was released in 2021.

10 MOST POPULAR MELODRAMA MOVIES

1. The Beauty Inside (2015) – Popularity: #196 |  Watchers: 31,738+
2. Always (2011) – Popularity: #267 |  Watchers: 25,424+
3. Tune in for Love (2019) – Popularity: #373 |  Watchers: 20,742+
4. On Your Wedding Day (2018) – Popularity: #499 |  Watchers: 16,992+
5. Be with You (2018) – Popularity: #502  |  Watchers: 16,941+
6. A Millionaire’s First Love (2006) – Popularity: #510 |  Watchers: 16,730+
7. A Moment to Remembe(2004) – Popularity: #540  |  Watchers: 15,969+
8. Hot Young Bloods (2014) – Popularity: #545 |  Watchers: 15,661+
9. Love 911 (2012) – Popularity: #635 |  Watchers: 13,786+
10. Unforgettable (2016) – Popularity: #742  |  Watchers: 12,270+

The Korean drama remake of The Beauty Inside was released in 2018. Always was officially remade in 2014 in Turkish as Sadece Sen. It has also been remade in Kannada in 2015 as Boxer and in Hindi in 2016 as Do Lafzon Ki Kahani. A Japanese remake, titled Your Eyes Tell, was released in 2020. A Chinese remake of On Your Wedding Day titled My Love was released on April 30, 2021. It inspired the Nepali film Mero Euta Saathi Chha (2009), the Turkish film Sendan Bana Kalan and the Telugu film Pilla Zamindar (2011). All are remakes of A Millionaire’s First Love.

10 MOST AWAITED MOVIES

1. Dream – Watchers: 3,433+
2. The Witch: Part 2. The Other One – Watchers: 3,237+
3. Wonderland – Watchers: 2,883+
4. Along with the Gods 3 – Watchers: 2,235+
5. Decibel – Watchers: 1,817+
6. Concrete Utopia – Watchers: 1,728+
7. Alien + People – Watchers: 1,505+
8. Along with the Gods 4 – Watchers: 1,288+
9. Seoul Vibe – Watchers: 1,291+
10. 20th Century Girl – Watchers: 1,208+

These are the 10 most popular upcoming Korean movies on MDL. The real question is why these 10 movies are MDL’ers most waited Korean movies? The simple answer is because of the main cast. All these movies’ main leads are popular actors.

TOP 10 MOST FEATURED MOVIE ACTORS/ACTRESSES

1. Son Ye Jin (40 years old ) – 7 Main Lead Movies
The Classic (2003) | A Moment to Remember (2004) | Spellbound (2011) | The Pirates (2014) | The Last Princess (2016) | Be with You (2018) | The Negotiation (2018)

2. Han Hyo Joo (35 years old) – 5 Main Lead Movies
Always (2011) | Masquerade (2012) | Love 911 (2012) | The Beauty Inside (2015) |The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure (2022) 

3. Ha Jung Woo (44 years old) – 5 Main Lead Movies
The Handmaiden (2016) | Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017) | Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018) | 1987: When The Day Comes (2017) | Ashfall (2019)

4. Park Shin Hye (32 years old) – 4  Main Lead Movies – 1 Supporting Character Movie
The Beauty Inside (2015) | My Annoying Brother (2016) | The Call (2020) | #Alive (2020) | Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013)

5. Song Kang Ho (55 years old ) – 4 Main Lead Movies
The Host (2006) | The Throne (2015) | A Taxi Driver (2017) | Parasite (2019) 

6. Park Bo Young (32 years old) – 4 Main Lead Movies
A Werewolf Boy ((2012) | Hot Young Bloods (2014) | The Silenced (2015) | On Your Wedding Day (2018)

7. Choi Woo Shik (32 years old) – 3 Main Lead Movies – 3 Supporting Character Movies – 1 Guest Appearance Movie
Train To Busan (2016) | The Witch Part 1 The Subversion (2018) | Parasite (2019) | Secretly, Greatly (2013) | Okja (2017) | The Princess and the Matchmaker (2018) | The Divine Fury (2019)

8. Ma Dong Seok (51 years old) – 3 Main Lead Movies – 2 Supporting Character Movies – 1 Guest Appearance Movie
Train To Busan (2016) | Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018) | Ashfall (2019) | Love 911 (2012) | Flu (2013) | Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017) 

9. Doh Kyung Soo (29 years old) – 3 Main Lead Movies – 2 Supporting Character Movies
Unforgettable (2016) | My Annoying Brother (2016) | Swing Kids (2018) | Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017) | Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018)

10. Kim Hyang Gi (22 years old) – 1 Supporting Character Movie – 1 Guest Appearance Movie
A Werewolf Boy (2012) | Space Sweepers (2021)

We have made this ranking through the counting of how many movies (that have been featured in our article)  one actor/actress appeared in. We have given priority to main roles movies first, supporting roles second, and guest roles third. In this case, some actors had the same number of movies. For example Song Kang Ho and Park Bo Young have same number of movies so why did we rank Song Kang Ho in the 5th position and Park Bo Young in the 6th position? That’s because compairing their movies, Song Kang Ho has movies both in Most Popular and Overall Top Ranked categories, on the other hand, Park Bo Young has movies only in the Most Popular Category.


Lastly, we decided to mention our 5 favorite Korean movies. The movies we have mentioned didn’t feature in any of the 15 categories we listed above.

Burcu’s Movie Preference:  I used to like light romantic movies. I’ve loved horror movies since I was born and I still love them. But for 7 years now, I prefer Thriller movies. When I was 7 years old I wanted to be a serial killer. Although I didn’t know what it actually meant, then my mom explained it to me in details. Since age 8, I wanted to become a doctor. XD

BURCU’S RECOMMENDATIONS

Old Boy (2003) was recommended by one of my favorite Youtube channels and I was really hesitating to watch this movie. I didn’t know it was an 18+ movie so suddenly a nude scene appeared and I believe I was really lucky because nobody was at home. So before you watch this movie please be sure that you are alone. Talking about how the movie was, it was weird, crazy, and confusing, at least to me. But the action scenes and the acting was really good.

I Saw The Devil (2010) is realistic and brutal. This movie is great. Beautiful cinematography contrasts the dark and dimly lit scenes where murders occur. Camera work is simple but effective. The action scenes are GREAT!! Especially towards the end… and it had what many would call a “bow-tie” ending. So, If you like Koreans, action, revenge, a little mystery and suspense, watch this.

Memoir of a Murderer (2017), in short, is a masterpiece. Very creative and intriguing story where the protagonist can’t really be trusted, yet he is likeable and you want him to succeed.

Burning (2018) is a quite slow-paced, vague and open mystery. First of all, if you can’t handle the slow type of movies, especially this one which is 2 1/2 hours long. This movie also contains sex scenes, so definitely not for everyone. People with attention span of a goldfish would hate this movie.

#Alive (2020) is a zombie-based movie. I saw this movie a few days after it was released on Netflix. What a thrilling and exciting experience it was! I feel this movie is really underrated. The content was somehow new. It showed how important social life is! The acting was really good. Overall, it was worth watching the movie.


Caspleo_svt’s Movie Preference:  I mostly prefer watching rom-com or thriller movies since they can have a good amount of comedy due to the duration plus I don’t have to wait for days for all the mystery to revealed, lol. In addition, I prefer watching short films more over other 2h – 3hr duration movies since I’m never able to complete it all in one go but in installments which might even take 2 – 3 days to finish a movie. Thus, I’ll mostly be recommending some short duration movies. ;D

 Caspleo_svt’s RECOMMENDATIONS

Summer, Bus (2017) This was the very first Korean short film I watched and made me desire for more of them. Since this was short, I loved the momentum and especially the plot! The story of a bus driver and his regular passengers was pretty heart-warming. Though named Summer, Bus; I personally would recommend watching it during monsoon season since the mood is perfectly set for it!

Two Lights: Relumino (2017) I’m damn sure many of us have watched this one but those who haven’t, don’t waste your time and quickly go watch it! The story was awesome. It was my first time watching Han Ji Min and of course, I wasn’t disappointed. I loved how they showed some heart-warming activities that all the blind people held, especially the photographing activity. It melted my heart. 100 % recommended!!

You Make Me Dance (2021) Okay. It’s already based on the drama so why recommend it? To be honest, I’ve watched both the drama and the movie (of course). For those who want to finish everything in one go without turning to different episodes, I recommend watching the movie. Since I also preferred the movie over the drama because then everything goes on smoothly without any interference. The plot is amazing! Though lots of people didn’t like it, I loved it! What more do I want than a cute and heart-warming romance between a ballet dancer and his debt collector!? Great chemistry with lots of heart-fluttering cute moments!

Lipstick (2019)

This one’s pretty underrated. I loved how it depicted what people from the LGBT community have to face and go through. How they slowly become scared of themselves becuase of how they’re treated by the society and have no choice except suicide, which is a real issue. I loved how at the end the ML decided to love his true self and be proud. Always be proud of yourself! Emotional plus very heart-touching. Highly recommended!

Recalled (2021) Lastly, I would recommend Recalled to everyone! It had the perfect amount of thrill and a really good suspense which kept me on my toes all the time! The twists were really unexpected as well as the ending. Something that I couldn’t even have imagined. Highly recommended if you wanna watch a movie which gives you good amount of chills! 😉


FINAL THOUGHTS

We have finally reached the end of the article. The main purpose of writing this article was to give a lot of movie recommendations to our lovely readers. We hope you guys got a different variety of movie recommendations. Kmovies are worth giving a try. And there is a reason why MDL’ers made a movie Top Ranked or Most Popular. Therefore, we hope that if you are someone who isn’t into Kmovies, you will at least try the Top Ranked and Most Popular movies. Finally, we noticed that Kmovies don’t create as much buzz as a Kdrama does. Anyway, there are a lot of Kmovies which are worth watching!

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Acknowledgement and creditsThank you to the editors who edited this article. We do not own any of the images. The images are from official drama posters, stills, and screenshots on MDL. Most Featured Actors/Actress section image credits: 12, 34, 5, 678910. Other Images that aren’t from MDL: Along with the Gods 3 Along with the Gods 4Gif: Source Cover Image:  Source

Edited by: devitto (1st editor)

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