Korean war movies

List of the best Korean war movies selected by visitors to our site: Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War, The Admiral: Roaring Currents, The Front Line, 71: Into the Fire, My Way, The Great Battle, Operation Chromite, Spirits' Homecoming, Red Cliff Part II, The Fortress.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

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Markimdb: 8
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:20
PlotWar
StyleNumbers in the title

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, military, biography, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:06
CharactersSamurai, Heroes, Military
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceShips, Korea
Time16th century
StyleExciting, Action, Epic, Serious, Disturbing

The film mainly follows the famous 1597 Battle of Myeongryang during the Japanese invasion of Korea (1592-1598), where the iconic Joseon admiral Yi Sun-sin managed to destroy a total of 133 Japanese warships with only 13 ships remaining in his command. The battle, which took place in the Myeongryang Strait off the southwest coast of the Korean Peninsula, is considered one of the greatest victories of Yi.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:13
CharactersSpy, Military, Friends, Soldier
PlotWar, Friendship, Border
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

In 1951 ceasefire is declared, but two remaining armies fought their final battle on the front line Towards the end of the Korean War, a South Korean battalion is fiercely battling over a hill on the front line border against the North in order to capture a strategic point that would determine the new border between two nations. The ownership of this small patch of land would swap multiple times each day. Kang is dispatched to the front line in order to investigate the tacit case that’s been happening there. But he gets spiraled into the war that’s more terrifying than death itself when he meets his friend Kim, who has transformed into a war machine, and his unit. As the countdown for ceasefire begins, both sides become more vicious, resulting in deaths of countless lives until the last man could claim the land.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:00
CharactersHeroes, Military, Students, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Patriotic, Serious, Disturbing

A civil war broke out in the 1950s between North and South Korea which changed the country forever. 71: Into the Fire centers on the struggles of 71 student soldiers who fought through the Korean War. Using real people and events based on the opening moves of the Battle of P'ohang-dong, the film exposes the personal and physical conflicts that these students faced when finding themselves on the last line of defense at P'ohang-dong Girl's Middle School against the NKPA's advancement, needing to hold out until back up from other Korean troops and the Allies arrived.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:23
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Rivalry
PlaceKorea
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

Jun-shik, who works for Tatsuo’s grandfather’s farm while Korea is colonized by Japan, dreams about participating in the Tokyo Olympics as a marathon runner. Tatsuo also aims to become a marathon runner, so the two become rivals. But the war breaks out and they both are forced to enlist in the army. Tatsuo becomes the head of defense in Jun-shik’s unit and he devises a scheme but fails. Jun-shik and Tatsuo are held captive by the Soviets. They run away but soon are captured by the Germans and forced to separate. In 1944, they meet again on the shores of Normandy.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:34
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceCastle, Korea
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Action, Epic

Kingdom of Goguryeo, ancient Korea, 645. The ruthless Emperor Taizong of Tang invades the country and leads his armies towards the capital, achieving one victory after another, but on his way is the stronghold of Ansi, protected by General Yang Man-chu, who will do everything possible to stop the invasion, even if his troops are outnumbered by thousands of enemies.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:40
PlotWar

A squad of soldiers fight in the Korean War's crucial Battle of Incheon.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:10
CharactersMilitary, Friends, Soldier, Parents, Mothers
PlotLove, War
PlaceJapan, Korea

Two Korean girls, Jung-Min (14) and Young-hee (15) are kidnapped by the Japanese Imperial Army and taken to a 'Comfort Station' in China. There, they join other kidnapped girls in serving Japanese soldiers as sexual slaves known as 'Comfort Women'. Decades later, an elderly lady attempts to reunite with the spirit of her lost friend. Inspired by the testimony of Kang Il-chul.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, biography, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea
Duration02:16
CharactersHeroes, Soldier
PlotWar, Martial Arts, Political
PlaceVietnam, China
StyleExciting

The battle of Red Cliff continues and the alliance between Xu and East Wu is fracturing. With Cao Cao's massive forces on their doorstep, will the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu survive?

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:17
CharactersKings
PlotWar, Death
PlaceCastle, Korea
StyleSerious

Ancient Korea, 17th century. The powerful Khan of the Jurchen tribe of Manchuria, who fights the Ming dinasty to gain China, becomes the first ruler of the Qing dinasty and demands from King In-jo of Joseon to bow before him; but he refuses, being loyal to the Mings. On December 14th, 1636, the Qing horde invades Joseon, so King In-jo and his court shelter in the mountain fortress of Namhan and prepare to defend the kingdom.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:50
CharactersSpy, Military, Friends, Soldier
PlotWar, Investigation, Friendship, Political
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleMakes me think, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 remaining bullets in the assassin's magazine clip, amount to 16 bullets for a gun that should normally hold 15 bullets. The investigating Swiss/Swedish team from the neutral countries overseeing the DMZ suspects that another, unknown party was involved - all of which points to some sort of cover up. The truth is much simpler and much more tragic.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryChina, South Korea, Hong Kong
Duration01:42
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Rivalry
PlaceChina, Asia
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Epic, Serious, For men

The aging Zhao embarks on his final and greatest campaign, a road to adventure that will crown his name in glory for all time.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:12
PlotWar, Intrigue

In a Korean military camp in 1969, a married colonel falls madly in love with the beautiful wife of his new subordinate officer.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryChina, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong
Duration02:13
CharactersHeroes, Military
PlotWar, Intrigue, Rivalry
PlaceChina, Asia, Small cities
StyleExciting, Heavy, Epic, Serious

In 370 B.C, China was separated as seven nations and several other small tribes, one of these being the city state of Liang. The nation of Zhao is led by the terrifying Xiang Yangzhong who orders his troops to conquer the small city. Leaping to the defense of the people of Liang is 'Ge Li' from the Mo-Tsu tribe, their last hope from the terrors of Yangzhong's troops.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:06
CharactersFriends, Fathers, Nurses
PlotWar, Friendship, Pursuit
PlaceShips, Korea
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Epic, Touching, Serious

Korea, 1950. A child's vow to take care of his family marks the beginning of a lifelong promise spanning sixty years.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea, China
Duration02:13
CharactersSamurai, Spy, Dragons, Heroes, Military
PlotWar, Survival, Adventure, Martial Arts, Passion
PlaceItaly, Deserts, China, Asia, Korea
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Soulful, Atmospheric, Heavy, Explicit scenes

In 1375, China was in chaos between Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. Coryo (an ancient kingdom of Korea then) sent a delegation of many diplomats, soldiers and a silent slave to make peace with the new Chinese government. However, this delegation got charged as spies and sent in exile to a remote desert.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genrecomedy, drama, military
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:27
PlotWar, Aviation
TimeGreat Patriotic War
StylePopular

Bogdan Titarenko is very talented pilot and brave leader of "Singing group". He also must look after some new cadets and fight together with them against German Luftwaffe planes. Close to Bogdan always are his friends, they are all from different parts of the country, but they all became real brothers.

Markimdb: 8.6
Genredrama, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:49
CharactersSnipers, Military, Friends, Soldier, Warriors
PlotWar, Tanks, Death, Self-sacrifice
PlaceFrance
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Epic, Depressive

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:55
CharactersStrong women, Musicians, Family, Soldier, Ants
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Prison Break, Fight, The escape
PlacePrison, Sea, Islands, Ships, Japan
TimeFuture, Night
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

During the Japanese colonial era, roughly 400 Korean people, who were forced onto Battleship Island (‘Hashima Island’) to mine for coal, attempt to escape.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, military, biography, history
CountryRussia, Ukraine
Duration02:17
CharactersSnipers, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Death, Weapon, True love
PlaceRussia, USSR, Ukraine
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

The breakout of the war shatters the world of a young student, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, forcing her to enlist in the army in 1941. The maiden turns out to be a natural-born sniper, her impressive skill and prowess make her stand out among men and women alike. Seeing Pavlichenko as a tangible threat, the German High Command gives orders to eliminate the girl whatever the cost. In the meanwhile, Lyudmila meets a man and falls in love. War fades into the background... Soon, however, another misfortune befalls Lyudmila leaving the man she loves on the brink of death and herself seriously wounded. The girl is pulled out of combat and later goes to the United States with a publicity visit. Eleanor Roosevelt welcomes Lyudmila in the White House and the two women soon become close. It won't be long before Pavlichenko stands before an audience in Chicago pressing for a second front. Will her words have the capacity to change the course of war?

Duration01:56
CharactersJews
PlotWar, Survival, Self-sacrifice
PlaceConcentration camp, Ghetto, Italy
TimeWorld War II
StylePopular, Mind-altering, Sad ones, To cry, Makes me think

A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, drama
CountryUSA, Canada, Bulgaria, Australia
Duration01:42
CharactersKings, Heroes, Slaves, Soldier
PlotWar, Adventure, Revenge, Slavery, Sea battles
PlaceShips, Sparta
StyleExciting, Heavy, Epic, Serious, For men

Based on Frank Miller's latest graphic novel Xerxes and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster "300," this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield--on the sea--as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. "300: Rise of an Empire" pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemesia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrefantastic, action
CountryUSA, Hungary
CharactersSnipers, Robots, Spy, Terrorists, Scouts
PlotWar, Survival, Artificial Intelligence, Martial Arts, Bank robbery
PlaceAircraft
StyleUnexpected ending, Tense, Cyberpunk

In the near future, a drone pilot is sent into a deadly militarized zone and must work with an android officer to locate a doomsday device.

Markimdb: 8.5
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration03:14
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, Apocalypse, Skirmishes
PlaceJungle, Vietnam, Asia
StylePsychological problems, Action, Depressive

At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.

Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryRussia
CharactersPilots
TimeGreat Patriotic War

December of 1941, Northwestern Front. A German tank column is moving towards Moscow. During a mission to stop the enemy advance, Nikolai Komlev's IL-2 is shot down. Komlev manages to crash-land his plane in a remote forest clearing. He's alive, but far from friendly territory. Ahead of him is a relentless trial of severe physical and mental endurance. After battling hunger and extreme cold, evading packs of wolves and detachments of Nazi soldiers, the wounded Komlev finally makes it back to safety. But there he faces another challenge, the most life-changing of them all.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryBelarus, Russia
Duration02:11
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotLove, War, On real events, Survival, Cars
PlaceRussia
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Epic, Serious

A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Russian troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days. The film shows the heroic defense of Brest Fortress, which has taken upon the first stroke of German fascist invaders on June 22 1941.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration03:03
CharactersMilitary, Friends, Soldier, Pilots
PlotLove, War, Survival, Death, Love triangle
PlaceAircraft, Ocean, England, Warships, Japan
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, To cry, Patriotic, Long

The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes is immediately put on hold when they find themselves at the center of Japan's devastating attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, comedy, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:25
CharactersTankman
PlotTanks

Nam-bok, a middle-aged South Korean farmer is conscripted and assigned a mission to deliver a classified military document that may decide the fate of the war. After losing it while under attack from the enemy, he then faces a teenage North Korean soldier named Yeong-gwang who happens to acquire the secret document on his way to the North.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:53
CharactersAliens, Heroes, Special Forces, Military, Journalists
PlotWar, Time travel, Apocalypse, End of the world, Alien invasion
PlaceLondon
TimeFuture
StylePopular, Exciting, Fascinating, Smart, Disturbing

Major Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and dropped into combat. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an alpha alien down with him. He awakens back at the beginning of the same day and is forced to fight and die again... and again - as physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, India, Spain, Canada, China
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar
TimeWorld War I
StyleExciting, Worth watching

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers.





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