What are the best Korean gangster movies?

If you're getting tired of the same old Western action movies, check out these cult-classic best Korean gangster movies and get ready for hours filled with conflict and drama! Aside from the action-packed scenes and stoic characters, you can also see a different side of Korean culture.

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    #1A 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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    Andy Su
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "If someone will ask me for a Korean gangster film, this is the first one that I will recommend. The main character's acting here is good that he can even portray the silent scenes in this movie. "
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    #2Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time

    Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time

    Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time is an action movie directed by Yoon Jong Bin. It stars Choi Min Sik and Ha Jung Woo. The film won merits at Baeksang Arts Awards, Buil Film Awards, Grand Bell Awards, and Blue Dragon Film Awards. 

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    Caroline Wang
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "The never-ending concept of corruption. It's like a Korean version of Breaking Bad, the difference is that the main character is already bad, then becomes evil. "
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    #3Friend

    Friend

    Friend is a Korean action movie directed by Kwak Kyung Taek starring Jang Dong Gun, Yu Oh Seong, Seo Tae Hwa, and Jung Woon Taek in 2001. It became the highest-grossing film of all time in Korea. 

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    Daisy Wen
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "The kind of friendship that this movie showed is somehow nostalgic. I even remembered my high school friends here. If you want to know what I mean, you should watch this. "
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    #4Rough Cut

    Rough Cut

    Rough Cut is a Korean action movie directed by Jang Hoon starring So Ji Sub and Kang Ji Hwan in 2008. It won film merits at Blue Dragon Film Awards, Korean Film Awards, and Baeksang Arts Awards. 

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    Tim Zhou
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "The story of this film is somewhat unique and the actors are the perfect fit for the roles. "
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    #5My Wife is a Gangster

    My Wife is a Gangster

    My Wife is a Gangster is a Korean action movie directed by Jo Jin Kyu starring Shin Eun Kyung, Park Sang Myun, and Ahn Jae Mo in 2001. This film is about a woman who must marry to fulfill the dying wish of her older sister.

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    Ling Jia
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "I think this where powerful women started in Korean movies. The way the director portrayed Eun Jin is something new in gangster films since she's a woman. "
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    #6Gangnam Blues

    Gangnam Blues

    Gangnam Blues is a Korean noir action movie directed by Yoo Ha starring Lee Min Ho and Kim Rae Won in 2015. It won several film merits at the Baeksang Arts Awards, Grand Bell Awards, and Blue Dragon Film Awards. 

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    Eva He
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "Watched Lee Min Ho's shows and this one is like his kdrama City Hunter, only in a higher level of violence. "
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    #7Breathless

    Breathless

    Breathless is a crime movie directed by Yang Ik June starring himself and Kim Kkot Bi in 2008. It won the Grand Prize at Tokyo Filmex, Best New Actor, and Best New Actress at Blue Dragon Awards. 

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    Jessica Qiu
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "I could compare this movie with another Korean film The Man from Nowhere because of the theme of a middle-aged man having a friendship with troubled girls. "
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    #8Righteous Ties

    Righteous Ties

    Righteous Ties is a Korean action movie directed by Jang Jin starring Jung Jae Young and Jung Joon Ho in 2006. This film is about two childhood friends that are torn between a gang's loyalty and brotherhood.

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    Sean Chang
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "The dilemma between a friendship and loyalty is somewhat a familiar theme for me when watching gangster movies. What separates it from other movies is some scenes are comedic despite the seriousness of the situation. "
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    #9One Line

    One Line

    One Line is a Korean action thriller movie directed by Yang Kyung Mo starring Im Si Wan, Jin Goo, Park Byung Eun and Lee Dong Hwi in 2017. This crime film was nominated at the Grand Bell Award for Best New Director. 

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Best What are the best Korean gangster movies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1A Bittersweet LifeMovies 10 Paid
2Nameless Gangster: Rules of the TimeMovies 10 Paid
3FriendMovies 8 Paid
4Rough Cut Movies 7 Paid
5My Wife is a GangsterMovies 7 Paid
6Gangnam BluesMovies 3 Paid
7BreathlessMovies 2 Paid
8Righteous TiesMovies 1 Paid
9One LineMovies -1 Free
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