With movies like Parasite that recently had such a huge global impact both on fans and critics, it is no surprise that there is a surge in demand for the best Korean dramas on Netflix.
If you are looking for more movies like Parasite, here are seven under-rated but the best Korean drama to watch in 2020.
Memoir of a Murderer (Thriller/Action)
Memoir of a Murderer (2017) is an action crime movie about a former serial murderer (Sol Kyung-gu) who has Alzheimer’s disease. Due to a car accident that happened 17 years earlier, he stops killing and starts living an ordinary life with his daughter (Kim Seol-Hyun).
However, a recurring series of murders in his hometown makes him question his memory lapse. But eventually, he shifts his suspicion on Tae-ju (Kim Nam-gil), who becomes close to his daughter. Now he is torn between clinging on to his memory, trusting himself, and finding the real murderer to protect his daughter.
The frustration and action-packed events that Byeong-soo goes through to prove himself and the killer is a classic thriller worth watching.
The Drug King (Thriller)
If you like Narcos, the Godfather, and other gang and drug lord movies, you will also love this Asian version.
The Drug King is based in 1970 Busan, where an ambitious and clever small-time smuggler Lee Doo-sam (Lee Hwang-soon), turns his business into an empire.
Leading a double life as a community leader and a drug lord, he and his team have found ways to thrive against Kim In-goo (Jo Jung-suk), who is determined to take him down.
Raw, heart-wrenching, and brutally hilarious, this movie is as realistic, dramatic, and thrilling to keep you wanting more.
2 seasons, 12 Episodes
When the crown prince Lee Chung (Ju Ji Hoon) is set to investigate a mysterious outbreak during 1592-98, he finds that the kingdom is under more than one threat: zombies and a conspiracy coup against him.
Yes, there are so many zombie movies out there, but one that is set in this time-era is rare!
Based on the book called The Kingdom of Gods by Kim Eun-hee and Yang Kyung-I, the mysteries behind each character and the political representation of the era are engaging. From the first episode, you will notice the brilliant cinematography and the details in the custom and settings.
Kingdom is definitely one of the best Korean dramas on Netflix and is another cult to join before the second season begins.
Love Alarm (Sci-fi Romance)
1 season, 8 Episodes
Follow the enigmatic Kim So-Hyun and the handsome Jung Ga-ram and Song Kang into a teen drama where they can know their true love match if they are within a 10-meter radius with the help of an app.
This sci-fi romance drama is filled with cute, funny, and emotional scenes set in a futuristic world.
So what happens when you are unable to hide your true feelings for someone? As emotions soar high, this series is thrilling and downright entertaining for a quick binge.
Itaewon Class (Comedy/Drama/ action)
1 Season, 16 Episodes
Park Sae-Ro-Yi (Park Seo Joon), who was recently released from prison, tries to rebuild his life by opening a restaurant. He faces business rivalry against one of the most powerful men in the area because of personal grudges.
Watch as Park Sae Ro-Yi goes through the realities of life and faces the ugly truth in society along with the support of some of his loyal friends.
Similar to movies like Parasite, Itaewon Class is a realistic representation of the hardships faced by middle-class Koreans. It will keep you stunned, laughing, and crying in almost every episode.
Legend of the Blue Sea (Comedy/ Romance)
1 Season, 20 Episodes
The love story between Shim Cheong (Jun Ji-Hyun), who is a mermaid-turned-human, and Heo Joon-Jae (LLee Min-ho), who is a wealthy con-man, started off awkward and funny. But with each episode, glimpses of the legendary Korean fantasy tales intertwine with the modern lovers.
A mix between the old legends of the Joseon era and the modern era, this series is filled with hilarious scenes and romantic gestures that will melt your heart away.
Fight For My Way (workplace/Drama)
1 season, 16 Episodes
If you love the actors in Parasite, you might want to check out this series, starring Park Seo Joon.
Fight for My Way is a realistic workplace series with a pinch of romance and a slice of life. The journey of four underdogs with big dreams and even bigger challenges is an inspiring, light-hearted and motivating series to watch.
This series is so relatable and engaging because each character represents at least one person we know from our friends and family!
Whether you choose to watch a sub or dub version of these best Korean dramas on Netflix, here is a bonus list of other series and movies like Parasite worth watching.
- Extraordinary You
- Cheese in the Trap
- Crash Landing on You
- Weightlifting Fairy
- My ID is Gangnam Beauty
- Crash Landing on You
- My First First Love
- Prison Playbook
- Along with the Gods
- The Gangstar, the Cop, the Devil
- A Taxi
- Lucid Dream
- Steel Rain
- Tune in For Love
- High Society