Top Ten Chiller-Thriller and Crime Korean Dramas

Many 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


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.

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!

Signal. I will tell you why this is number one.
First of all, no movie will ever be amazing if you feel like the acting was forced. Because in signal, through all the episodes, not once did I feel like it was forced. It was so natural. When they cried, you literally will cry too because it feels too real. The actors impressed me deeply and I think I haven't seen a drama whose cast was this incredible.
Second of all, the story line. This story will leave you speechless. Seriously. The story deals with 5 VERY important cases to the story line. Each case, I promise you, each case will leave you shook. This drama is filled with suspense where you're literally shaking, waiting for the next moment to occur because you have no idea what will happen. It will leave you crying because it perfectly displays human cruelty. and it will leave you laughing because damn, the script writer is too intelligent.
The shooting and producing is very very advanced. The director and producers did an ...more

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.


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.

I'm watching it now and it keeps me questioning who is Gap Dong? I've been directed into this site because I'm looking for answers but I don't wanna spoil myself. I have to refrain from looking for answers and watch it myself till the end. I bet this is really the best crime thriller drama. I'll get back on you when I already finished watching it and have all the answers. Every episode will keep you alive.

This series leave me insane.

This is my #1, 2nd tunnel, then Voice


The best thriller ever. One of Ji Sung best drama! The story line is really intense, no time to catch a breath! Definitely a must watch

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!

After Signal and Voice, I continue with Tunnel and it turns out GREAT. PERFECT. If I could mention my top 5 crime-drama that would be : Tunnel, Signal, Voice, I Hear Your Voice, and War Of The Sun. All of them will never bore you.

City Hunter

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.

The Best Korean Drama of all time

Just simply amazing!

Just awesome


I LOVE HOW THE STORY IS ABOUT THE POLICE OFFICER HAVE AND ORDINARY ABILITY THAT SHE CAN HEAR EVEN A LITTLE SMALL voice. Its also full of people that wrong in using their power. And also a struggle husband that really love his wife and got to find the murderer. And also a lunatic murderer and he is full of imagination love to kill people. The plot is really great. I love yesung. Yesung is the cute police officer ever. And also love the story line that more to find the culprit and a little bit love story. What the most important thing is kang gwon joo is so cool in this drama.

The entire series kept me on the edge of my seat! Right from the first episode. If you love criminology & psychology, this show is definitely for you. :)

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.

Nine: Nine Times Travel

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.

This was a fantastic time travel drama done right. I had nothing else to watch and decided to just go for it and I was so glad I did. I didn't sleep for day marathoning this. a must watch!

I love this drama to bits!

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!

Highly recommended.. Has to be the most loved drama 2017 ji sung proved to be still the number one actor in my lists. Great performance from all the other casts but the lead was electrifying

Genius drama. It's something that'll keep you continuously watching for the next two or three days. You'd be consumed.

This actually should be first! The whole plot is great! I needed paper to crumple throughout watching this cause you would greet your teeth by the tense that's happening. I love this!

I Remember You

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 Hear Your Voice

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.

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.

It's simplely amazing you can never get bored of the major plot twists

This is my favorite Kdrama! I Hear Your Voice is such a solid drama. The leads have great chemistry.

The Devil

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.



The Contenders

Two Weeks

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.

This is a must watch! I watched all episodes in one go from 10am till 3am non-stop.

Wonderfully intense...with some sweet moments!

Awesome, keeps you on the edge of your seat.


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


Everything is so good in this...
It's complete package for people who want thriller and crime with a love story...
Specially you'll love the main leads character...he is awesome

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.

I Miss You

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.

Love this too

One of the most deep and thrilling kdramas I've ever watched. After watching this, other series seemed to lack depth. Definitely recommended!

The Village: Achiara's Secret

I don't know where to start about this kdrama. It's definitely not explicit because each episode just leaves me questioning more and more, in a good way. It's absolutely suspenseful and contains enough gore scenes for me to continue eating while watching. I was deep in this drama for all 16 episodes! Suspenseful music, YES! Twist, YES! Mystery, DEFINITELY! Thriller, OF COURSE! Great actors/actresses, POSITIVELY! Achiara's Secret has left me yearning more.

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.

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

Golden Cross

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.

Bad Guys

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.

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.

Great fast paced noir style drama. Really loved it

This is definitely my favorite korean Drama!

Partners for Justice

this is the best drama I've ever watched. I can't watch something else after watching this drama

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.

I was hooked from the first episode. I love this drama series. It just blew my mind. When u thought u know the answer, but reality are different. I love the main character Dr Baem Boek. Wishing that they will continue for the 3rd season and please bring back Lieutenant Cha!


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.

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.

Worth the watch. Hoping for season 2 though. I would say, the first few and the last few episodes are so good.

This deserves a much higher place
Much better than the crappy plot and characters in tunnel healer

Doctor Stranger

Its quite a heavy drama but definitely a must watch.

Must watch

It took an emotional toll and it’s very heavy however the story is incredible and kept me interested until the ending credits.

Heartless City

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!

Amazing drama. My favorite character in this was Jung Shi-Hyun.

Awesome! The acting is superb!

this drama is worth to watch once in life time

Remember: War of the Sun

Intense, but very good!

I love this drama so much! the story Itself is just amazing and with these great actors just perfect! I can just recommend it!

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.

White Christmas

I just finished watching this drama and I have no words to describe how brilliantly the storyline has been crafted. Every episode makes one more curious about what could happen next. It's very unpredictable and unique. All the actors did justice to their roles. A must watch for all thrill lovers.

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..!

Excellent dramas with amazing plot and nice actors/ actress. One of the best dramas ever!

God's Gift: 14 Days

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.

The K2

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.

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