Best Korean dramas Of All Time – Top 17 Greatest Korean Films Ever

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TOP 17 Best Korean dramas Of All Time. Korean dramas are exciting to watch. They are packed with sublime suspense and heart-thumping moments that will leave you glued to your screen asking for more. Every scene leaves you with more curiosity and anxiety about what’s about to happen in the next scene.

Korean dramas are really interesting to watch and there are always things to expect. So, do you like watching K-Dramas? If yes, then let’s introduce you to 17 of the best of Korean Dramas. This list is not in order of popularity but based on our personal choice of ranking. Hence, feel free to comment on any change you’ll like us to review on.

Here are 17 Best Korean dramas Of All Time

17. Cunning Single Lady

Cunning Single Lady
Cunning Single Lady ranks 17 on our list of Best Korean dramas Of All Time

GenreComedy, Romance

Plot Summary: This K-Drama is about a couple who got married really early, Na Ae-ra (Lee Min-jung) and Cha Jung-woo (Joo Sang-Wook). The wife, Na Ae-ra wanted to have a normal life with her ambitious husband who wanted to grow his business by all means necessary.

This led to the couple oweing lots of debt and hard work, so she divorced him. After a few years went by, Ae-ra found out that her husband’s business was doing well after all and he was now millionaire, while she was still left with much debts they incurred during their marriage.

Ae-ra came back for revenge but her husband Jung-Woo thought she had returned because of his wealth and current position.

16. My Princess

My Princess
on our list of Best Korean dramas Of All Time

Plot Summary: Here, we see an ordinary college student, Lee Seol, who later found out that she is the great-granddaughter of the last Emperor of Korea, which makes her royalty. But adjusting to the life of a princess can sometimes be complicated and funny, especially when you just found out about it.

15. Shining Inheritance

Shining Inheritance
on our list of Best Korean dramas Of All Time
GenreComedy, Drama, Romance

Plot Summary: Eun-Seong (Han Hyo-Joo) is faced with tragedy after the death of her father and his brother who suddenly went missing without a trace. Then, one day, Eun-Seong is met by a stroke of good fortune when the kindness she had shown to an elderly woman began to yield the promise she’ll inherit a vast fortune.

On the other end, Woo-Han Seon is the main heir to this vast wealth Eun-Seong is promised of, but he is an arrogant, spoilt young brat who doesn’t know the value of money. Things quickly turned when Woo-Han’s Grandmother told him that she is going to give all her wealth to Eun-Seong.

14. Childless Comfort

Childless Comfort
Childless Comfort ranks 14th on our list of Best Korean dramas Of All Time
Genre Family Drama

Plot Summary: This is one of the most-watched Korean drama because of the gripping story that kept viewers tune to it. It got so many viewership and went on to become the very first Korean cable drama to achieve a double-digit viewership (with a peak of 10.7 percent).

The drama revolves around a family in the suburb of Seoul deal that was thrown into utter disappointment and societal discrimination following the event that struck their family after their very smart and highly educated granddaughter got pregnant and ends up as a single mother. It’s truly a heart-warming drama.

13. My Girl

My Girl
Year 2005
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

Plot Summary: Not everyone knows how to lie in very tricky situations and get themselves out. But, not for Joo Yoo Rin, she had to master such skill due to her father’s perpetual indebted situation. Her new found skill got the attention of Seol Gong Chan, the heir to a rich company, to hire her to play the role of an impostor of his long lost cousin.

12. Rooftop Prince

Rooftop Prince
Genre Comedy, Fantasy

Plot Summary: Time travel can really be disturbing, especially when you’re the one who had to travel forward into the future. That is the case with Crown Prince Yi Gak. He was transported from his time during the Chosun Dynasty to modern-day Seoul.

As if that wasn’t bad enough for him, he meets Hong Se Na, a lady who bears the same striking resemblance as his dead wife, who died 300-years ago. He is determined to solve this confronting mystery of his wife death by claiming to be the grandson of the CEO of the company where Se Na works, just so he can get close to her. But can he navigate his way through a modern-day corporation to find his own time period?

11. City Hunter

City Hunter
Genre Action, Thriller, Romance

Plot Summary: The drama is based on a Japanese manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo. It is about the bombing of a South Korean convey by North Korean agents, which took place when the South Korean president and his delegates are visiting Burma.

In an attempt of retribution, five South Korean officials plan a covert operation, codenamed “Operation Cleansweep,” planned to infiltrate the North Korean borders to mark and kill several top members of the North’s high command. It is filled with lots of action and breath-taking moments.

10. The Greatest Love

The Greatest Love
Genre Romance, Comedy

Plot Summary: This very funny romantic drama carries an intriguing plot twist. Here, the movie gives an unexpected and complicated love square between a fallen pop starlet and Korea’s top heartthrob. In the drama, Ku Ae-Jung, an ex-lead vocalist of a girl group named ” National Treasure Girls” is met with many difficult experiences after her girl band broke up.

Meanwhile, Korea’s top actor Dok Ko-Jin, who is arrogant and rude, is having the time of his life, being loved and chased by the public. The two who lived in two separate worlds of their own met each other in an unlikely encounter, which turned into a love affair.

9. Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Year: 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History

Genre Comedy, Drama, History

Plot Summary: This Korean drama is based on Jung Eun-gwol’s bestselling 2007 novel The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars. It’s about a girl, Kim Yoon-hee who disguises herself as a young boy to earn a living as a book transcriber.

This was due to her families desperate situation and the encouragement of Noble’s son which made her take up such a decision to attend Sungkyukwan University, a school forbidden for females.

8. Mischievous Kiss

Mischievous Kiss
Genre Comedy, Romance

Plot Summary: Opposite High school classmates are brought together by fate after many years to live under one roof. One, who is obsessively attracted to the other, and the other not interested in all the efforts made by the first, is there a possibility of romance between the two?

7. Princess Hours

Princess Hours
Genre Comedy, Romance

Plot Summary: Love, politics, and tradition collide after a young and spirited art student are unexpectedly betrothed to the Crown Prince of South Korea.

6. You Are Beautiful

You Are Beautiful
Genre Comedy, Drama, Music

Plot Summary: This drama follows the story of a young girl, Go Mi-Nyu, who is about to become a nun, is asked to cover for her indisposed twin brother. Thereby, leading her to join the boy band A.N.JELL.

5. You Who Came from the Stars

You Who Came from the Stars
Year 2013–2014
Genre Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Plot Summary: Love strikes Do Min-Joon, an alien who have spent the last 400-years of his stay on earth distancing himself from humans, only to find himself being attracted to famous actress Chun Song-Yi, just three months before he will be able to return to his planet.

4. Healer

Year 2014–2015
Genre Action, Comedy, Crime

Plot Summary: In this dramatic and cruel conflict of truth versus faith, a group of three persons which includes a fighter posing as a night courier, a reporter from a second-rate tabloid, and a famous journalist, will have to unravel the mystery behind an old murder incident.

3. Kill Me, Heal Me

Kill Me, Heal Me
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

Plot Summary: This romantic Korean drama tell the story about a wealthy businessman, Cha Do-Hyun, who suffers from a disease known as dissociative identity disorder (he has 7 personalities). In an attempt to regain control over his life, he hires Oh Ri Jin, a first-year psychiatric resident who becomes his secret psychiatrist.

2. Heirs

Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

Plot Summary: Heirs follows a group of privileged, elite high school students as they are groomed to take over their families’ business empires.

1. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Best Korean dramas Of All Time
Genre Drama, Fantasy, History

Plot Summary: And the best Korea drama film is Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. The drama is based on the story about a 25-year-old 21st-century woman named Go Ha-jin who got transported back-in-time to the year 941 during the Goryeo Dynasty

She finds herself in the body of Hae Soo. She’s now trapped in a time far different from hers and is soon caught in-between the rivalry and politics among the princes over the fight for the throne.

So, there you have it, our list of the best Korean dramas of all time.

Here is a Trailer of the Healer Korean drama. Watch the video below…

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Do you have any other mention you’d love to see on the list? Do you agree with the ranking? Let us know your opinion in the comment section.


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