Top 10 all-time best Korean crime thriller dramas that are well worth the watch
Korean crime thriller dramas always get the attention of viewers because of the spine-chilling, interesting storylines and unexpected twists and turns behind the terrifying murders.
1. Mouse (2021)
In 2021, Lee Seung Gi had an extremely successful comeback in the hit series Mouse. The detective and crime drama quickly attracted the public’s attention thanks to its unpredictable storyline and shocking twists
Lee Seung Gi plays the young police officer Jung Ba Reum, an exemplary, kind, enthusiastic young man who is passionate about his job. However, the nice look on the outside turns out to be a perfect cover-up for a terrifying truth he is hiding.
2. Flower Of Evil (2020)
Lee Jun Ki is always appreciated for his acting among drama actors. The characters he portrays often give the audience goosebumps because they seem so realistic. In “Flower Of Evil“, the actor has once again managed to showcase his amazing acting by transforming into a husband with a complicated past.
The drama’s narrative revolves around the male lead Baek Hee Sung (Lee Jun Ki) who has a happy family, daughter and detective wife Cha Ji Won (Moon Chae Won). By chance, a series of mysterious cases leads Cha Ji Won to doubt the true identity of Baek Hee Sung.
Could he be a wanted murderer, and the son of a serial killer of the past?
3. Beyond Evil (2021)
Beyond Evil is highly appreciated by experts in terms of plot and acting. By winning 3 important awards at 57th Baeksang Arts Awards, Beyond Evil is considered the best crime drama in 2021.
In the past, in the small town of Manyang, horrifying murders of female victims took place. The only suspect of the serial murder case is Lee Dong Sik (Shin Ha Kyun) – a reserved, short-tempered man. But the police could not press charges against him due to the lack of evidence.
Years later, Lee Dong Sik teams up with a newly transferred detective Han Joo Won (Yeo Jin Goo) to investigate clues in order to prove himself innocent and catch the real culprit.
4. Signal (2016)
Until now, Signal is still considered the pride of the cable network tvN when it comes to the criminal investigation and detective genre. The drama impresses viewers with its logical plot, solving cases across space and time, and excellent chemistry between the talented Korean actors.
Park Hae Young (Lee Je Hoon) – a detective in a modern context suddenly finds a radio capable of communicating with police officer Lee Jae Han (Jo Jin Woong) – who belongs to the past. Because of their past and future interventions, the two stop tragic murders from happening but also accidentally alter the fates of other characters.
5. Voice (2017)
If Signal is tvN’s most successful thriller drama, the series Voice is the landmark production of cable broadcasting station OCN. After four seasons on air, the series still remains a hit. The plot follows the story of female lead Kang Kwon Joo (Lee Ha Na) – the director of the Emergency 112 Call Center.
Thanks to the ability to hear the smallest sounds, Kang Kwon Joo and her teammates rescued many poor victims and hostages. Despite the changes of cast throughout the seasons, Voice still maintains its exciting and logical flow, especially the rescue scenes are still full of thrills and intensity that get viewers’ hearts racing.
6. The Guest (2018)
The Guest – the most impressive detective series of 2018 gives viewers goosebumps with its haunting, horrifying episodes related to supernatural forces. In the past, Yoon Hwa Pyung used to be a thorn in the villagers’ side because he was believed to be possessed by evil spirits.
On the run, he was saved by a kind Catholic priest. After 20 years, Yoon Hwa Pyung (Kim Dong Wook) has grown up, but is still traumatized by what happened in the past. He, along with detective Kang Kil Young (Jung Eun Chae) and priest Choi Yoon (Kim Jae Wook) team up in an attempt to expel the evil spirits.
7. Defendant (2017)
Ji Sung has never made viewers doubt his acting skills. The productions he stars in always gain huge attention. Defendant is no exception. The drama revolves around the character Park Jung Woo (Ji Sung) – a prosecutor with a successful career and a happy family.
But it all comes crashing down when he suddenly loses his memory and is charged with a series of murders whose victims are his family members. The fragmented memories told Jung Woo that the two brothers Cha Min Ho and Cha Sun Ho (Uhm Ki Joo) must be related to this tragedy?
8. Memorist (2020)
Memorist is considered tvN’s “ace” production when the leads are the popular duo – Yoo Seung Ho and Lee Se Young. The drama’s fast pace, gripping twists and turns make the audience unable to take their eyes off the screen.
Thanks to his superpower to read people’s memories with just one “touch”, detective Dong Baek (Yoo Seung Ho) is quickly “promoted” and becomes the nemesis of criminals. He then teams up with senior profiler Han Sun Mi (Lee Se Young) to solve a series of mysterious cases.
9. Two Cops (2017)
Two Cops is a great choice for audiences who enjoy watching the crime-solving genre but still want to relax instead of focusing on the brain-twisting details. The drama is led by two actors with brilliant comic timing, Jo Jung Suk and Kim Seon Ho that give viewers a good laugh.
The drama revolves around the hilarious situation when detective Cha Dong Tak finds his body overtaken by the soul of the con artist Gong Soo Chan (Kim Seon Ho). The two then reluctantly become partners to track down criminals and end up in various funny situations.
10. The Game: Towards Midnight (2020)
Despite not having high ratings, The Game: Towards Midnight is still exciting enough to keep loyal fans watching until the last minute. This crime thriller drama tells the story of Tae Pyung (Taecyeon) – who possesses the superpower to see other people’s deaths if he looks into their eyes.
But strangely, he can’t see anything when he looks at the beautiful detective Joon Young (Lee Yeon Hee). He decides to team up with her to prevent tragic accidents and murders. But this leads to new tragedies that neither of them expected..!
Series with detective and crime themes are always considered the strength of Korean drama. The gripping details, mind-blowing twists have become a magnet to help these K-thrillers attract viewers. Are you a fan of any of these hit series?