ten 13 more must-watch Korean movies with English subtitles; because, you can never have too many Korean movies to watch, right? Many of these Korean movies are also independent films.
But, Korean movies are also well-known for many other genres from melodramas to black comedies to crime action thrillers (and everything in between). So, I’ve gone ahead and mixed things up this time!
This Korean movie list also features many of my favorite Korean actors: Lee Jung Jae, Lee Byung Hun, Ha Jung Woo, Won Bin, and even Kim Su Ro.
It also features many of my favorite Korean actresses: Moon So Ri, Jeon Do Yeon, and Gong Hyo Jin. And, if you haven’t yet, check out the first list before getting started on this one!
13 More Must-Watch Korean Movies (English Subbed)
1. 3 Iron
A woman who is being abused by her husband meets a drifter on a motorcycle when he breaks into her house one day. What happens next is an adventurous love story that– as you’ll see, doesn’t need words.
Shockingly disturbing but surprisingly undramatic, this love story between a man with autism and a woman with cerebral palsy– no, this love story between two people, will leave you breathless and in tears as the true meaning of love even in the midst of misunderstanding unfolds. And, this movie features one of my favorite actresses, Moon So Ri, and you can find her in a Good Lawyer’s Wife, too.
3. Green Chair
She’s 32– 30 in America. He’s 19– just 17 in America. But, age is just a number, or so the old saying goes…. Although most Korean movies have some explicit content, I don’t think I need to warn you about them before you watch them.
However, the sex scenes in Green Chair are long and explicit— even borderline pornographic, so here’s your warning. But, that just makes this love story a little bit more than fiction.
Finally, this will always be one of my favorite Korean movies, just because the lead actress is a crazy, insecure, neurotic mess, but that doesn’t stop her from discovering the true meaning of love.
4. The Housemaid
A sexy husband, a pregnant wife, and a desperate housekeeper make for one dirty house in this star studded, award winning black comedy.
5. My Heart Beats
In this black (romantic) comedy, a single, “forever alone” 40-something woman quits her job as a professor and decides to become… a porn star? But, what happens next as she explores her body, mind, and heart is an unexpected, explosive, and heartwarming romance.
6. Old Boy
This classic, crime action thriller is one that will leave you with chills: For reasons unknown to him, a man gets kidnapped and trapped in a small room one day. He stays there for 15 years, and when he finally gets out all he wants is revenge.
7. I Saw The Devil
This is another excellent crime action thriller centered on revenge: A man will do anything to save the woman he loves from a depraved serial killer, but his quest– his thirst, for revenge takes him to a dark, dangerous place.
8. A Bittersweet Life
A gangster falls in love with the woman who belongs to the man he works for; and, what happens next is both brutal and bittersweet.
9. The Chaser
This crime action thriller will make you check your locks and leave the lights on before you go to bed as a lousy pimp turned detective chases after a twisted serial killer who killed several of his working girls.
10. The Man From Nowhere
One little girl gets rescued by the hottest, most bad ass man alive, and this crime action thriller will leave you crying– and begging for more.
One mother goes to drastic lengths to protect her handicapped son when he is accused of a heinous crime.
12. Volcano High
This classic martial arts film stars big stars like Jang Hyuk, Shin Min Ah, Gong Hyo Jin, Lee Sang Woo, and Kim Su Ro– well, this was filmed (way) BEFORE they were big. I remember LOVING this movie when it came out in 2001.
At that time, it was shown on MTV. It was also called a “Kung fu” movie and dubbed by several famous hip hop artists, including Andre 3000, Big Boi, and Snoop Dogg. Hallyu before Hallyu was Hallyu? HERE is proof that this actually happened.
13. Crush and Blush
This odd and awkward romantic comedy will pinch at your heart and bring tears to your eyes as you cheer on a red-faced, frizzy-haired girl who just wants to fall in love.
So many movies, so little time!
Better go get started watching one of these must-watch Korean movies now– don’t forget the popcorn.
P.S.: Want more Korean movies? No problem, because I have a third and fourth Korean movie list with even more must-watch Korean movies from romantic comedies to horror flicks to action-packed blockbusters!