Need a break from binge-watching K-dramas? How about turning to Korean movies for a change? And yup, don’t worry, these ones are conveniently available for streaming on Netflix, too! From romantic dramas, heart-racing horror thrillers, to light-hearted comedy flicks, you’re sure to find something that fits your fancy.
1. Train to Busan
Train to Busan trails a father-daughter tandem as they board a train to meet the latter's mother. Their innocent journey quickly spirals into a full-blown nightmare when they're trapped inside the vehicle amidst a zombie outbreak in South Korea.
Starring: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong Seok, Kim Su An
Trapped in their respective apartments, two polar opposite neighbors must find a way to survive on their own while a zombie-creating virus ravages Seoul. The task proves to be immensely harrowing when they're both cut off from technology and their only means of seeing the outside world is through their apartment windows.
3. Tune in for Love
Two teenagers fall in love in a bakery only to be pulled apart by fate. Throughout the next decade, they continue to cross paths, but they can never seem to catch each other at the perfect time.
4. High Society
Oh Soo-yeon is the deputy curator of an art gallery while her husband, Jang Tae-joon, is a professor at Seoul National University who’s currently running for the National Assembly. Together, the two end up throwing away their ethics and morals in order to claim their spot in Korea’s high society.
Starring: Park Hae Il, Soo Ae, Yoon Je Moon
After being abducted by a mysterious group of men, Jin Seok’s brother is finally returned to his family 19 days later with no recollection of the traumatic event. Sensitive to his sibling’s new and odd behavior, Jin Seok sets out to uncover the truth behind the kidnapping.
Starring: Kang Ha Neul, Kim Moo Yul, Moon Sung Geun, Na Young Hee
6. Steel Rain
When a coup breaks out in North Korea, a special agent defects to the South with the country’s injured leader. His mission? To keep him alive and prevent the start of a Korean war.
Starring: Jung Woo Sung, Kwak Do Won, Kim Kap Soo
7. Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds
After a firefighter dies a heroic death, he meets three guides in the afterlife who join him in navigating seven trials that will eventually decide his fate. A sequel for the film was released last 2018 titled Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days. The said film is also available for streaming on Netflix.
Starring: Ha Jung Woo, Cha Tae Hyun, Ju Ji Hoon
8. 200 Pounds Beauty
Feeling ugly in her overweight body, Hanna, a kind and extremely talented singer acts as a ghost vocalist for a famous pop-star instead. After getting her heart broken, she eventually decides to get head-to-toe plastic surgery, and soon emerges a year later as a slender singer named Jenny.
Starring: Kim Ah Joong, Joo Jin Mo, Ji Seo Yun
9. Time to Hunt
In a desperate attempt to escape their dystopian world for an unknown paradise, three young outlaws conspire together to execute a money heist. Unfortunately for them, their rash actions draw the attention of a vicious killer.
Starring: Lee Je Hoon, Ahn Jae Hong, Choi Woo Shik
When an earthquake in a small Korean town triggers the meltdown of a run-down nuclear power plant, a group of workers rush to save the day before it’s too late.
Starring: Kim Nam Gil, Kim Joo Hyun, Jung Jin Young
11. Svaha: The Sixth Finger
Svaha: The Sixth Finger follows a police detective and a pastor as they investigate a suspicious religious cult that may have a murderer in their ranks. It was nominated for the Best Film category at the 55th Baeksang Arts Awards, while Lee Jae In took home the Best New Actress accolade on the same night.
Starring: Lee Jung Jae, Park Jung Min, Lee Jae In
When a family of five moves into their new residence, home turns into hell when a face-changing evil spirit terrorizes them after their priest and exorcist uncle's failure to banish the malignant ghost.
Starring: Bae Sung Woo, Sung Dong Il, Jang Young Nam
13. Lucid Dream
Three years after his son’s disappearance, a single father, who has acquired several enemies because of his job, finds new hope in seeing his child again by way of lucid dreams.
Starring: Ko Soo, Sol Kyung Gu, Kang Hye Jung
14. Seoul Searching
Set in 1986, this South Korean-Chinese comedy drama follows a group of foreign born Korean teens who fly out to Seoul in order to learn more about their culture and heritage at a summer camp.
Starring: Justin Chon, Jessika Van, Cha In Pyo
15. The Call (November 27)
When Seo-yeon returns to her old home, she finds herself connected to a woman who once lived in the same house 20 years ago, via a mysterious phone call.
Starring: Park Sin Hye, Jun Jeong So