What are the best Korean action movies?

Korean action movies can pretty much compete with Hollywood movies with its heart-stopping action sequences, compelling storyline, and top-notch acting. If you're seeking the best Korean action movies that will have you on the edge of your seat, you've come to the right place.

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    #1The Man from Nowhere

    The Man from Nowhere

    The Man from Nowhere is a 2010 South Korean action film directed by Lee Jeong Beom starring Won Bion and Kim Sae Ron. It became the South Korean highest grossing film in 2010 with 6.2 million. 

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    Paul Graham
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "This was the first Korean action film that I watched and Won Bin became is my standard when it comes to Korean actors. "
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    #2The Villainess

    The Villainess

    The Villainess is a Korean action movie directed by Jung Byung Gil starring Kim Ok Bin, Shin Ha Kyun, and Sung Joon in 2017. This film won accolades at the New York Asian Film Festival, Grand Bell Awards, and Blue Dragon Film Awards. 

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    Crystal Wood
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "Kim Ok Bin is really a great actress since I watched her in Thirst. She never disappoints me in this movie. ;)"
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    #3A Taxi Driver

    A Taxi Driver

    A Taxi Driver is a Korean historical action movie directed by Jang Hoon staring Song Kang Ho and Thomas Kretschmann in 2017. It won accolades at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Asian World Film Festival, and Director's Cut Awards. 

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    Justin Hu
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "I laughed in some scenes and the suspense build up is also good!"
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    #4Oldboy

    Oldboy

    Oldboy is a Korean neo-noir action movie directed by Park Chan Wook starring Choi Min Sik, Yoo Ji Tae, and Kang Hye Jung in 2003. It is the second installment of The Vengeance Trilogy and won Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. 

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    Cheshta Gavde
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "Even though it has the American version, I still prefer the Korean version. The action scenes are really cool and you should watch it!"
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    #5A Bittersweet Life

    A Bittersweet Life

    A Bittersweet Life is a Korean action movie directed by Kim Jee Woon starring Lee Byung Hun, Kim Yeong Cheol, and Shin Min Ah in 2005. It won several awards at the Grand Bell, Chunsa Film Art, and Blue Dragon Film. 

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    Kelly Vasquez
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "Lee Byung Hun became one of my favorite Korean actors because of this movie. He really suits in action genre. "
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    #6Nowhere To Hide

    Nowhere To Hide

    Nowhere To Hide is a Korean action crime movie directed by Lee Myung Se starring Park Joong Hoon, Jang Dong Gun and Ahn Sung Ki in 1999. This film won a Blue Dragon Film Award under Best Supporting Actor for Jang Dong Gun. 

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    Edison Fan
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "If you're into Korean classic action movies, this is the first one that I will recommend. "
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    #7Shiri

    Shiri

    Shiri is a Korean action movie directed by Kang Je Gyu starring Han Suk Kyu, Choi Min Sik and Song Kang Ho in 1999. This film won accolades at the Grand Bell Awards, Blue Dragon Film Awards, and Baeksang Arts Award. 

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    Wendy Lee
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "I watched the Korean drama Iris and I found out that this is their basis. This movie is awesome in their action scenes!"
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    #8The Great Battle

    The Great Battle
    The Great Battle is a historical action war film directed by Kwang-shik Kim. It was released in September 2018 and starred In-sung Jo, Joo-Hyuk Nam, and Sung-woong Park. It is about the 88-day battle set in ancient Korea.
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    wanda rata
    Written on November 7, 2018
    "The Great Battle is a 2018 In 645AD, the Tang Dynasty’s emperor Li starts his invasion into Goguryeo, one of the ancient kingdoms of Korea. One victory after another, the Tang army marches into Ansi, protected by General Yang (played by Zo In-sung), the lord of the fortress. Abandoned by his country and outnumbered by thousands, the brave general gathers his men and women to face the Tang army on his own.Starring Zo In-sung, Nam Joo-hyuk and Park Sung-woong Directed by: Kim Kwang-sik"
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    #9Veteran

    Veteran

    Veteran is a 2015 Korean action movie which is directed by Ryoo Seung Wan. The film is about a policeman who is investigating a successful young man and is starred by Yoo Ah In, Hwang Jung Min, and Jang Yoon Ju.

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    #10The Thieves

    The Thieves

    The Thieves is a Korean action heist movie directed by Choi Dong Hoon starring Kim Yoon Seok, Lee Jung Jae, and Jun Ji Hyun in 2012. It won accolades at the Buil Film Awards, Blue Dragon Film Awards, and Grand Bell Awards. 

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    Liu Hou
    Written on August 9, 2018
    "To be honest, I just watched this because of my Korean crush Jun Ji Hyun. It was like the Ocean's Eleven because of the heist formula. "
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    #11Fabricated City

    Fabricated City

    Fabricated City is a Korean action movie released in 2017 that revolves around a jobless gamer who gets accused of murder and has to get help from his online friends. The crime film is directed by Kwang-Hyun Park and stars Ji Chang Wook.

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    #12The Outlaws

    The Outlaws

    The Outlaws is an action movie from Korea which is based on actual events that happened in real life. The crime movie released in 2017 is written and directed by Kang Yoon Seong and mainly stars Ma Dong Seok and Yoon Kye Sang.

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    #13The Pirates

    The Pirates

    The Pirates is a Korean action-adventure film that was first released in 2014. The action movie is directed by Lee Suk-Hoon and stars Son Ye-jin, Oh Dal Su, and Choi Jin Ri also widely known professionally as Sulli.

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Summary

Best What are the best Korean action movies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Man from NowhereMovies 13 Paid
2The VillainessMovies 11 Paid
3A Taxi DriverMovies 7 Paid
4OldboyMovies 5 Paid
5A Bittersweet LifeMovies 4 Paid
6Nowhere To HideMovies 3 Paid
7ShiriMovies 3 Paid
8The Great BattleMovies 1 Paid
9VeteranMovies 1 Paid
10The ThievesMovies 0 Paid
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