Top Ten Chiller-Thriller and Crime Korean DramasMany people in general think K-dramas are all about romance and nothing more. We all know how potential Korean romance is, and getting dizzy over feels is a common criteria for all K-drama lovers. However, there are these dramas that scoop out your soul while you're watching them, and let me remind you that these chills don't always revolve around only romance.
The Top Ten
I will wholeheartedly agree. This drama, I don't even have words for it. It kept me on my toes till the last end, and then...poof, I was literally left breathless, as if though I had ran a marathon. You can feel every single thing the actors are feeling. They laugh, you laugh. They cry, you bawl out. Each cases they solve, will keep you up, as if though you're in the drama and solving the case alongside them. This drama had been on my recommendation list for some time, and like many people, I was obsessing over it "to watch, or not to watch" I went EVERYWHERE looking for reviews regarding this show. But I still didn't watch it (lol) Finally, when I was out of "my type" of dramas, and the review here was my pushing edge. Then I gave it a try. Let me tell you this, I was beating myself over with the fact that I hadnt watched it earlier. Speaking of which, I think I'll have my Signal Marathon for the second time. Toodles!
The best I have ever watched. I don't even just call it the best in crime category, I call it the best Korean drama or any other shows in general I have ever seen. The reasons are, the acting, the emotions, the story; everything is a true masterpiece. The emotions are so real, the individual struggles of each character really pushes you to feel for them. It's 10/10 for me. I don't think I could ever watch a drama like this.
Yeah I agree Signal is really good. When I was completely new to Korean drama, I decided to search up on Google "top ten Korean dramas" it's was around fourth or fifth some lists but the reviews were nothing but praise. The main concept is that two detectives one from the past and one from the present both work together in order to solve cases which may relate to themselves or their peers. Then I watched it...the reviews were spot on. If you've watched episode 1 then it's extremely hard to say you didn't enjoy it. The acting one of the best I've seen not in just Korean drama but in T.V. itself. When I watched Signal, it definitely piqued my interest into Korean drama and movies.
One of my favorite k drama
Agreed all three were great shows
Even though it's a common police-procedural drama that messes with your psychology, it is so much more than that once you advance through the episodes. There were moments when I literally shook. There were also moments I shut down my computer and couldn't watch an episode till I had recovered. Lee Joon, being an idol actor, took absolute control and amazed a lot of drama fans, moreover, shocked them. An absolutely amazing drama. And let's not talk about the killer OST that just triggers your feels. - rin2787
This is my #1, 2nd tunnel, then Voice
Best drama! love it...
It's an amazing thriller and perfect pace, it didn't disappoint and had everything, the twists and the loving caring side of it are amazing, the ending was very good but had a very big plot hole about time lines and how they change
I loved every single minute of this series, there was never a dull moment. Absolutely amazing. Would definitely watch it again!
I watched it probably like 25 times at least, it never gets bored.
U just never get bored of this drams
Okay, first of all I'll be honest--getting a grip of this from the first episode was hard for me. It involves marines, political conspiracy and lots of grudges. A surviving soldier and a stolen child that he raised as a weapon of revenge combined is not your average mac and cheese. This series drained me when I watched it, made me lose my breath a couple of times, was fun, was fresh, and was oh-so-thrilling at times. And as an addition, it's not everyday you see Lee Min Ho being your under-cover vigilante slash revenge-seeker on screen. A beautiful watch. - rin2787
The Best Korean Drama of all time
Just simply amazing!
Best drama ever, both crime and in general. all three seasons are incredible and I hope a fourth is on the way
The best drama ever, season 3 is out now and it is already full of suspense. It is my favorite drama of all time, literally the best.
The Best Drama Ever! The actors are so talented!
This drama is number 1 on my list! And also Voice 2 and Voice 3! THE BEST DRAMA EVER!
Don't miss it...
Wonderful amazing twist and turns,i love it
Another TvN drama that I couldn't resist putting up. It might not be under the thriller genre, but it will thrill you, no doubt. When you add a famous news reporter who's dying and a few incense sticks that help him travel back in time, there will be drama. A man sets out to make amends to his life through this unnatural time travel method.However, the changes are devastating, and once you proceed through the episodes, you realize there's a lot of crime involved. I wouldn't really call it an exact crime drama, but it gave me chills, and probably is one of the bests out there, in fact. - rin2787
Best travel time drama
Wow it's so good, I am amazed. Such a great and unique storyline. It will keep you from taking deep breaths and will wrench your heart at the same time. Just great!
The best when it comes to thrilling
Genius drama. It's something that'll keep you continuously watching for the next two or three days. You'd be consumed.
This drama is something I would recommend to people who are new to Korean dramas or existing fans. It is also family driven, focused on a father, and two brothers. The plot and performance was tip top. I did not expect much, however it blew my mind away with the twists and turns. The story runs smoothly and it was not confusing despite the amount of information needed to make sense of the story. Although romance was not a focal point, the tiny bit of it will make you fall in love with the love between the two leads. All in all, it is a drama to watch if you are a fan of police procedural genres, and a fan of crime dramas.
I admit that I am fairly new to kdramas but this one just really stood out. It's been days since I have finished watching the series and yet the story's constantly been in my mind until now. The plot is so good! It got me hooked on every episode. The actors were also amazing, everything was flawless! I didn't mind the lack of focus on the romantic relationship of the two leads at all. Kudos to the writer and the team behind this drama. Much information about psychology and police procedures was included but as one who is not familiar with any, has understood and even got interested to it. I'm having trouble searching for other kdramas now that would match up to this drama. I simply cannot move on from the impact this drama's caused me. A definite must watch!
This was the best in crime, bromance, slow burn romance that draws you through the tiny caring looks exchanged between the leads and understanding each other without many words. All casts played their role well. Kudos.
Great story, perfect production, awesome soundtrack, plus the actors are sexy
I could easily put most of Lee Jong-Suk's dramas in my list because I am so biased by him. But this drama stood out to me. A combination of a dreadful incidence, promises, crime and fright all gathered into a courtroom drama is what I needed in my life. Did I mention the ability to read minds? He hears everyone's voice, from the depth of their souls. He even hears the minds of his most hated and most loved people. I love this drama so much, I don't even know where to put it in my list, so I'm just leaving it here. - rin2787
It's simplely amazing you can never get bored of the major plot twists
It's one of the best dramas I've ever watched.. There's enough romance, thriller etc all at the same time. Lee Jong Suk as usual is perfect. He was excellent.
This is my favorite Kdrama! I Hear Your Voice is such a solid drama. The leads have great chemistry.
I had very few expectations when I started this. But the drama really did surprise me. I don't think I have ever felt as much sympathy for the bad guy than in this. The drama questions the very nature of being bad. Who is the devil? Is the good guy really good? Is the bad guy really bad? These questions filled up my head as I watched this.
This is a classic.Not really. A 2007 drama revolving a tarot-card reader who also has some specific psychic abilities, a mysterious lawyer and a detective with regrets of his own. As usual, all these fine people are interconnected through a past occurrence. I loved this drama, and I loved watching it, I loved the chills it gave me and I loved the tears I shed for it. My love for this plot and drama would probably explain why it still exists in my list after eight years. - rin2787
Perfect... I love every single episode..
Wonderfully intense...with some sweet moments!
Another amazing plot that I haven't seen fully. Shmuck, what am I doing with my life? But according to thrill lovers, this one is a must-watch with its plot revolving around a man who has been accused of murder and has to save his dying daughter before it's too late. I can only imagine the amount of times I'd have to shut my computer down for this. - rin2787
I love lee jun ki after watching that drama.
One of the best korean thriller drama. Can't wait for the next episode! Love the plot.
Most thrilling Series I have seen Ever
Currently my Favourite drama now! can't wait for the next episode
Don't you just hate those dramas that drive you insane with feels and unbearable scenes from the very first episode? No,man, you gotta love em. You gotta, at least, love I Miss You. A tragedy of two children where the boy abandons the girls and leaves her for dead in the hands of kidnappers is no mild. You need a lot of strength to watch this drama, I know I did. Heart-wrenching crime at first, and soon it's packed with thrills when the boy becomes a dedicated detective for the sake of his past mistake and swears to find the friend he abandoned. When Yoon Seung-ho is antagonizing JYJ's Mickey as the lead, you need no other reason to watch this. - rin2787
One of the most deep and thrilling kdramas I've ever watched. After watching this, other series seemed to lack depth. Definitely recommended!
Love this too
Best 1. Plot with amazing story telling style, unique characters with perfect casting, super duper ost, acting are just spot on. A new era classic of all time. Action, comedy, romance, relationship what not!
This was an amazing drama. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a good show!
It's a really good drama. Everything about it is amazing I really did love it. I love the main actor he is amazing and the actress too.
Such a good drama, I love the plot and the cast so much and I miss it so much right now!
It is sooo amazing the plot is so mysterious you ll be shocked in the end ;the actors are so good you get action crime detective thriller mystery and supernatural and horror like it has everything not to mention that moon ga yong and sung jae from btob are leads
This drama is highly recommended for you guys! I just love everything about this drama!
I love this drama! One of my all time favorite.
! we cannot postpone any episodes as each episode ends with cliff which force us to continue watching next... highly recommended those who want plot with twist and turns... it give you "save me " vibe(not the plot)
I still haven't seen this and basically am referring to the thoughts and ratings of fans, trailers and the general plot. A prosecutor gets entangled in messy business with the most influential people in Korea. He has to go against this certain circle of people to clear off his father's name who has been accused for the murder of his sister. By the sounds of it, it's going to be extremely awesome, and I want to watch it asap, and maybe it will go way up my list after I do. - rin2787
LuvVv the twist of the story line
To combat rising violent crimes, the Police Chief asks Detective Oh Goo-Tak (Kim Sang-Joong) to form a team consisting of criminals. Detective Oh Goo-Tak is currently suspended from the police force for using excessive force. Detective Oh Goo-Tak gathers team members: Park Woong-Cheol (Ma Dong-Seok) who is a gangster, Lee Jung-Moon (Park Hae-Jin) who is the youngest serial killer with extraordinary intelligence and Jung Tae-so (Jo Dong-Hyuk) who is a contract killer. Also, Police Inspector Yoo Mi-Young (Gang Ye-Won) joins the team.
Criminals solving cases whilst learning along the way, what it truly means to be human and the difference between a man and beast.
But that isn't all because somehow, these criminals and the squad leader "Mad Dog" are linked, and it's only a matter of time before the truth is unraveled...
Though not before a series of misunderstandings occurs and chaos ensues.
Loved the drama. The more I watched, the more enthralled I became. You know the acting is good when you feel sympathy and hatred for characters of a fictional world.
The BEST drama detective drama I've watched so far. You'll surely get hooked from the first Episode up to the last. Both seasons one and two are thrilling and would really keep you tensed. Actors and actresses were able to portray great characters that made the drama a success. No Min Woo's acting on the second season was really impressive because he was able to make his character stand out even though he was one of the antagonists. This drama is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Just loved this drama. Mostly in other dramas and movies they don't follow the normal procedure of investigating a crime but in this they properly show the procedure not only that in most dramas they only show from the detective/prosecutor view but in this drama they show the scientific view of science. Also the cast, they're so good. Everything about this drama is just so proper and is done in a scientific way not like the fantasy kind of, it also has many humorous scenes to not make it boring. They ended the last episode on a cliff hanger and the 2nd season is going to come soon and I'm eagerly waiting for it. If you're fed up of the normal fantasy kind of dramas and want a reality based mystery action thriller then this is a must watch.
All crimes and there is many autopsy scenes. through this drama you will literally learn so many new things and the different deaths in the drama are all different so you definitely wont get bored. let me just say the second season is much more interesting and there will also be this new character that is honestly very hot in the drama like woah and his voice is sooo nice. its just the guys background story is also very interesting. I wont spoil but this drama is definitely worth the watch because I honestly prefer romance over anything but this caught my eye and I wasnt bored through the entire drama and I managed to finish it in a few days even though there was 32 episodes in total for 2 seasons. I hope a season 3 will come out soon because I can't wait!
Best drama I've seen... The story from season 1&2 really unpredictable...
Amazing drama. I didn't dislike a single thing, and that's a lot to say because I'm really picky. I even liked Stranger more than Signal. From the first to the last episode it never gets boring, everything develops at the perfect pace.
Great characters, plot and actors (literally not a single bad actor in this drama). It has a psychological aspect, wich I love and the two female leads are kickass, not the useless idiots of most k-dramas.
I believe Stranger should be on the top of this list.
The perfect drama with the perfect ending.
One of the few kdramas I stayed up until I finished. Since I'm very picky, this one is really good. I used to skip scenes, but not this drama.
The first drama...that every person around may be a suspect...cool drama
It took an emotional toll and it’s very heavy however the story is incredible and kept me interested until the ending credits.
Its quite a heavy drama but definitely a must watch.
Just one of the best dramas in the Crime Noir theme! It's really profound with great plot twist and wonderful actors! Puts you on the edge of your seat in every episodes!
Awesome! The acting is superb!
Amazing drama. My favorite character in this was Jung Shi-Hyun.
I love this drama so much! the story Itself is just amazing and with these great actors just perfect! I can just recommend it!
Intense, but very good!
This k-drama definitely intense the scene, should watch this drama that about the law and victim
I recommended this k-drama are heavy scene that about law,don't expect love scene because this is reality what we have now in this society and the government, this is my favorite so far this k-drama that you will learn about the law and being fair to people accused and using people that involve money.
Best psychological korean thriller ever
Amazing! White Christmas was brilliantly written. It has a lot going. Dark mistery, thriller, rites of passage and much more. As it has plot twists and a good story, it also depicts the whole incident with a beautiful perspective of humanity. Cannot recommend enough!
Its one of those dramas which really gets your mind working. Mystery thriller drama with amazing actors, and plot twists. When you start watching, make sure to watch until the end.
A short mystery thriller, where the plot is full of mind games! Really puts you on the edge of your seat in certain episodes... A must watch for thriller mystery lovers..!
One of my favorite drama.. The last episode really makes me speechless..
This drama is about a mom which lost her daughter and have a chance to travel back to 2 weeks before her daughter die. With a private detective which also travel back to time, she do everything she can to find out who will kidnap her daughter and why that happen..
After watch 2 episodes, I didn't put high expectation on this drama and almost decide to not watch the remaining episodes.. however, the suspense is started from 3rd episode and I could not stop to watch it after that haha..
Really love how the actor and actress play their character and role..
This drama is listed below so much that I would miss it totally. This should have been placed with two weeks where u get hooked with the drama till the end. So much of suspense, twists, emotions. Totally loved it and lead actor. This is the first time I am watching him and he did his role perfectly. wow such a pity he had done only few dramas. Would like to see more of his works. Awesome drama. Glad I watched it.
Such a great drama with a great plot and very addicting. Few bits of teary moments
This drama is so good. The story is unique; they should have made this drama longer.
It's so good it's under rated!
When I decided to take a break from Korean typical drama (romance, chaebol, etc) and gave this drama a try, it didn't disappoint me at all but now I couldn't move on instead! This drama was so good and entertaining. Every actors gave the best of them and the plot was so much interesting. You guys should watch this!
One of the best dramas I've ever watched. The team chemistry is so good it's almost unreal. Really liked the story and the cast. Would absolutely recommend this to anyone who'd listen.
Really couldn't get into this was most disappointed. Gave up about episode 5 the main chief really annoyed me, he was slow over weight and dim witted. The young conman was cheesy and arrogant not to mention kept getting caught.
It is the most awesome drama I have ever seen in my life... but the ending of the second season was completely not satisfying... It showed signs that there will be a season three but it was never released.. But overall, it is an awesome drama
Its an awesome drama. Loved it even more than the vampire detective. A third season is definitely required. Superb acting and plot.
One of the best drama's there is! you will not be disappointed!
ITS MIXED WITH FANTASY AND CRIME FIGHTING SERIES IF U ASK ME I WOULD RECCOMEND TO ANYONE WHO ENJOYS A CRIME THRILLER DRAMA
Loved it. Seen it thrice already! it's a good watch. good twists. Great acting by the lad actor. Amazing action. Even the bad guys look dapper!
This show is an intensity pill and it’s just so good that you can’t stop watching. Highly recommend especially the action scenes mixed with the OST. Props to all the actors and actresses. They did an amazing job.
This is so great
I love this drama. VERY RECOMMENDED TO WATCH! It's a good drama with a good flow, the mystery that keeps you biting your nails, and it also has nice comedic reliefs (which I really really love). My mom and sister also loves the drama so much. You'll end up loving a lot of characters in this drama. The main leads, the supporting police roles, even the villain who commits such brutal murders.
This drama is very recommended..its really fun to watch..when people asked me what is the best korean drama to watch..then I would suggest this drama..really good drama!
Romance, Suspense, Fantasy Drama~
This Drama series adapted from the webtoon by Seo so-kyung a/k/a Man Chwi.
This drama was really well written. no rush and lost moments; a very smooth and steady process all towards the end. love the comedy reliefs too!
Despite low ratings, the drama managed to top the Contents Power Index (CPI) rankings for the most influential dramas.
Best drama ever
! It is the BEST police/mystery drama I have ever seen! The man who did this must truly be a GENIUS! Such a complicated and intelligent plot...
I can't believe that this drama has only 10 episodes. This drama kept me thinking over all the episodes. I can't even sleep thinking a single case. It kept my brain working while watching. This is totally daebak! The writer is a total genius!
This was a great great series! Wow
Its really amazing. I want a season 2 rite now.
I love this drama. it was SO GOOD and interesting to watch. there was a lot of comedy scenes as well.
I'm a huge fan of detective/crime dramas, but most of the times the mystery in the drama gets dampened by unnecessary romance or drama, which completely ruins the drama for me. But 'You're all surrounded' was different. The romance wasn't cheesy or getting in the way of the mystery of the show. It was well built and the characters had good chemistry.Even the relationships between the other cast members was also really well built.Another thing I liked about this drama is how diverse the characters are. The backstory behind each character and their personalities are completely new to me and I haven't such vibrant characters in other shows. The mystery was also great in this show(But not too intense). So if u want to watch a show that has a good balance between crime mystery and romance/comedy. This is a good pick.
In my opinion I would give it a 9/10
This show was amazing. It had a team of rookie detectives with one hot-headed team leader. Characterization=amazing. Plot=great. Romance=great.
This k drama was totally amazing. The cast was on point and all the cast suited this k drama so much. It's about a boy whose mother had been murdered when he was young and he becomes a police officer and a girl who also becomes a police officer. I dunno if it's just me but I love action k dramas and especially police officing so this was the perfect one for me. If you haven't already watched this k drama then I don't know where you've been but you really need to watch this k drama as soon as possible. I just finished watching it and I miss it so much. So I highly recommend this k drama to anyone who hasn't watched this k drama yet. It was a daebak k drama. Sarangheyo to this k drama.
Loved it. It keeps you in suspense, revealing one twist after another. It kept me on the edge of my seat (my bed) and wanting more. If you love murder/mysteries with a whole lot of thriller, then this is perfect for you.
Must watch. One of the best
This is a must to watch kdrama it is about a girl who can see the shadow of death and a grim reaper who is looking for his partner who run away from the underworld
The whole mood of this drama is very good. There are sprinkles of comedy and barely there romance. I like when a crime drama knows what it is and doesn't focus on unnecessary subplots.
AN AWESOME CRIME THRILLER SERIES I HAVE EVER SEEN
One of the best dramas of 2019 in my opinion. Everything about this drama is perfect. The actors, especially the antagonist, are all so good and I just loved it! Definitely must watch!
This drama got me watching it twice right after the first time! the feels were so deep and it makes you think so does the murderer's family deserve so much hate? What is it like to be in a murderer's family? I cried the entire time and my heart literally explodes every single episodes! It got me crying from the start to the end
The actors are so good I get the feels every single episode I watch there is really nothing better
Just finished this show yesterday. it kept me on the edge of my seat. heo joon ho was absolutely AMAZING as the serial killer (this isn't a spoiler). I would absolutely recommend
I decided to stop after 4 episodes because the whole religious cult thing was totally getting on my nerves. But when I tried to continue, I started to view it from different point and this drama really touches me to the bottom of my heart. I've learnt so much about sacrifice in true friendship. Most countries do have the freedom of religion, but how they brought up Sang Mi's act was priceless. This drama will sure have a place in my heart. A lot of directors don't bring up religion in their story because of conspiracy, but this story deserves oscar let me tell you. The religion in this story is fictional, it's non-existent so anyone can watch this drama regardless which religion you are. I promise you won't be disappointed just like how I didn't. Needless to say, I curse damn much because of the tense during these whole 16 episodes. So good luck!
Completely out of words to describe this drama. amazing.
Seo ye ji best korean drama..she shows to us her acting talent very clearly.my favorite korean drama is save me.second is voice drama
I have yet to complete it but so far, it's chilling me up. Ghosts never scared me, but when you add detectives who actually see ghosts to a lot of past strings, it will chill you. - rin2787
It depicts the true meaning of school, family, friends and education. It's like I'm looking back, back to my high school days.
Amazing cast, acting and plot! could watch this drama over and over again.
Couldn't finish this...i really tried but just couldn't. I quit after 10 episodes. I might one day go back and watch the last 6 ep...maybe...
This is a must watch korean drama! I just finished watching Empress Ki back then, then I followed Ji Chang Wook and Baek Jin Hee here! It's a superb that I recommend it to those who love action dramas and those who are just staring to love action dramas!
"The plot was very good. The acting skills, the action scenes. It's a wholesome! "
"What you are looking for a drama is here! "
The last episode was everythinggg. peefect
Really love the plot of the story
This show is honestly underrated, everyone should watch it! it's not only about negotiation, it also talks about how the rich are more privileged than the poor, the OST is sung by kim bohyung "our story", ITS REALLY GOOD.
Every episode keeps you on the edge of your seat. Highly recommended.
This is honestly one of the best and most underrated dramas out there.
One of the most fascinating dramas ever..highly recommend this... one of the best dramas that reveal the hidden truth behind the money of the powerful people..
Thrillest of the thrillers. Too good to rate
JUST WATCH IT!
IT IS AMAZING
One of the most interesting dramas with many twists and changes. Even after 10 years I always think about time of dog and wolf (when the sky darkens and you can not clearly see and distinguish between dogs and wolves). One should watch the drama to understand that you never know who is a friend and who is not.
I lied to myself when my head said "No excess Lee Jong-Suk, no excess bias." I couldn't stop myself and I couldn't leave this out. Even though this entire drama is based on high school, it's not giddy,and there is almost 0%romance, minus the very negligible vibes. So what exactly is this high school drama about? High school darkness. It consists the problems that revolve around high schools-- bullying, violence, preparatory pressure and whatnot. Why wouldn't anyone watch this? I don't know. It gave me enough goosebumps to keep cool in summer. - rin2787
Since I only started watching this Kdrama because it looked good I can't exactly explain the plot based on rating and reviews but from my personal opinion so far it is making me speechless. I'm not exactly sure what genres it is under but it includes suspense, thrill, crime, romance and melodrama. If you enjoy Kdramas with gangers, corrupt organizations and loan sharks then this is perfect. It includes a tragic love story which sets off a war. Young Hee and Cha Do Hyun become close in high school but because of an incident including both students, young Hee leaves and cha do hyun transfers volenteeraly. Years after high school they meet again, Young Hee works at a Hostesss' bar and cha the young is about to start military training. One day young Hee get approached by a detective and asks her to be an informant so she excepts because she wishes to live happily with cha do hyun. After she accepts, the head of the organization gets arrested and young Hee goes to live with cha do hyun. 2 ...more
This is really good
This is movie is amazing, the power the lady holds is wow
I have no words for this drama bcs this is the only drama (if not one of) that makes me sit still since ep 1. that's how good this drama is. Ocn never fails to make a good drama esp for this type.
If u like Voice Tunnel & Signal u would love this.
I love Sketch. It's such a good crime drama with a bit of supernatural.
Sketch is one of the new dramas in 2018. I highly reccomend it. it's about a girl who sketch peoples death and the death will happen within 3 days. her brother can see the future. and their detective team will do their best to not let the deaths happen. it's a drama with a lot og twist and it will give you goosebumps - hope you enjoy the Drama Sketch