There are these times when we want to feel mawkishly sentimental and revisit the emotions we often ignore or push to the back of our mind. However much we ignore it, we are all a little sappy on the inside after all. A romantic movie is something that can bring back memories of an old lover, or, rekindle your present affair, give you warmth, and reinstate your trust in love.

Korean movies, as we know it, are best known for their romantic drama. What can toy your emotions so well as Korean romances do? Here’s a list of the must-see Korean romantic movies.

1. My Sassy Girl (2001)

Based on true stories posted by Ho-sik Kim on the internet, in which he narrates his love affair with his girlfriend, it is a mega hit that often draws comparisons to Titanic. This movie talks about how everything else can be overlooked when you are attracted to someone. A must watch.

2. A Moment To Remember (2004)

This is a love story that is put to test when one of the lover is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease. This movie takes us out of the comfort zone of a convenient affair and teaches us how to love through the march of time in difficulties.

3. Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006)

This revolves around the story of two people with completely different approaches towards a relationship. One sees it as a play of power and the other believes that a mindless and selfless love always reigns supreme even if it makes one feel vulnerable. An affair that will make most of us want to be in a relationship like that, this is worth a watch.

4. Pairan (2001)

Pairan’s plot revolves around two people whose marriage was arranged through a match-making agency. It takes loving a person to a whole new level with both of them valuing the other person’s love and existence without meeting even once. 

5. Oasis (2002)

Ever dreamt of someone who understands and accepts you with all your flaws, no matter what, or, someone who accepts you with all the darkness you have to hide and offer? It must be so beautiful to finally open up completely to someone without fear and worry. Watch this movie as it takes you through a journey of love between a social misfit and someone who suffers from cerebral palsy, their love is sure to melt hearts. 

6. Christmas in August (1998)

This story talks about Hahn Suk-Kyu who suffers from a fatal disease. He goes on to falling in love with Shim Eun-Ha. Watch it to know what will serve the fate of a relationship which has such a slim chance of survival. 

7. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… And Spring (2003)

This movie talks about a Buddhist master patiently raising a young boy who grows up in wisdom and compassion, calm and conscious, through experience and endless exercises. The boy eventually falls in love with a young girl. Watch the movie to discover the conflict love brings to the mind. 

8. 3-Iron (2004)

The plot circles around the relationship between a young man who breaks into empty houses to enjoy the vacationing residents’ lives for a few days and an abused housewife. Nothing in this movie is explained fully just like nothing in life is. With minimum dialogue and a god-awesome level of cinematography, I don’t think you will find a movie which is funnier, lighter and warmer. To watch is to understand – verdict!


9. Il Mare (2000)

Love finds itself in the most unexpected places. Il Mare is a fantasy romantic tale of two people who communicate with each other through letters in a mailbox, with a two year lag. Watch it to get a hang of a story which speaks differently from every other story. 

10. The Classic (2003)

Ji-Hae starts writing love letters on behalf of her friend. As she starts writing, she discovers her mother’s romance which is remarkably similar to hers. Watch this movie for a two hour journey of tear jerking, beautiful, gripping romance, the feel of which is sure to linger longer than you thought. 

11. Always (2011)

This is a love story centered around an ex-boxer, Chul-min, and a telemarketer, Jung-hwa. Watch this story to discover all the other hidden emotions that come into play when romance is involved. It will cause you heartbreak and provide warmth at the same time.

12. Lover’s Concerto (2002)

It is a romantic melodrama dealing with friendship, jealousy and the ties that bind. Most of us must have confused friendship with love or worse, spoiled friendship for love. The need to possess your lover and call them your own often overpowers everything else. Watch this movie to find an innocent tale of love and friendship, honest to the core.

13. My Little Bride (2004)

Sang-min is a college student excited about his carefree dating life and Bo-eun is his 16 year old childhood pal who has a crush on a boy from her school. Bo-eun’s grandfather fixes her marriage with Sang-min. Watch it to witness a true testament of perfect mix of comedy, romance and melodrama.

14. Too Beautiful To Lie (2004)

A beautiful ex-con meets a naive village pharmacist and a series of unplanned events leads to her pretending to be his fiancee. His family chooses to believe her in spite of him telling them she is lying. The pair get to know each other and fall in love. Watch it for the feel good factor it provides. 

15. Sad Movie (2005)

Eight individuals’ various love stories revolve around this film. Apart from boasting a star studded cast, it takes you on a journey which touches upon every aspect of your emotion with parallel stories running in the movie. Oh, keep some tissues handy for this one.

Time for a movie-marathon maybe? Let us know your favourite from the list!