Top Ten Tear-jerking Korean Dramas


The Top Ten

1 I'm Sorry, I Love You

How can I not be touched? The drama is full of sacrifices for sake of others... But I wonder if there are such sad stories in the world

Wrong ending, but loved the overall series.


Why is this so low? Is it because it's an old drama? I swear you can't top this. Masterpiece from So Ji Sub and I'm So Jung.

So sad. Slightly better than Secret Garden.

2 49 Days

Every actors acting is on point especially Lee Yo-won as she is playing two rules (song lee-kyung and shin ji-hyun). Absolutely love Lee Yo-won and scheduler chemistry. It is a real heart-breaking love story would recommend this drama big time. This is my 5th time watching it and yet knowing the whole story yet it brings tears in my eyes.

This is my favorite drama. I can feel every each and every emotion. I have seen it 3 times now and still feel it all every time.

Truly good drama except for the ending which was a let down.

Unexpected twists and revelations every episode! Great acting from the casts!

3 Secret

Very well done. I felt every heartache of Hwang Jung Eum. I cried every time she cried. This drama goes really high on my top recommended shows to watch. If you haven't watched this yet, well your lost.

Amazing drama! And if you have watched kill me heal me you will love it! It has the same lead actor and actress! Anyway watch one than watch the other you will love it

Best dramatic drama ever just my tears fall like a river

I am glad I got to watch 'Secret'. I believe not a single person on earth is dumb enough to miss this drama. Certainly the best!

4 That Winter, the Wind Blows

I still cry when I think of this drama. The story develops really slowly, so for some people this may be too draggy. But I actually liked the fact that the story didn't rush anything. In fact I though it helped me get more emotionally involved with all the characters. This is also one of the few dramas that had a villian I actually liked.

My first Korean drama.. cried half the series.

Very slow drama, the storyline wasn't good

Cried a lot in this drama.

5 Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

I did not know a tear jerker before moonlovers. The heartache could barely ease before another river flowed from my eyes, this drama please. And the way that ost made things worse I had to get the ost. The ending broke my heart the most. Watch it, cry with me.

The most I've ever cried during a drama, but it was so well done, I love it. Will watch it again

This was one of the most heartbreaking dramas I've ever seen. I don't think you will ever watch a drama that hurts more then this one it's a must watch.

Every episode has another tear jerking twist, and it’s acted out so well you feel like you are there. Amazing storyline too!

6 The Princess' Man

I like the plot but the storyline is too sad considering all the pain that they went through to be together in the end. A very good period drama.

The best movie I've ever seen. I would totally recommend it. There are too many conflicts but I love it!

I literally cried when this ended. The story was amazing!

One of the best korean historical drama I have ever watched!

7 Tree Of Heaven

me too

I love it I cry like a baby

It's very sad story,love story. I watch it for 5's very make me touched. I'm crying. Lee wan and park shin hye just a great couple in this drama.

8 Mask
9 Sad Love Story

The best drama ever made in the world even twelve years old the drama is still gold

For me this one really devastating

Oh my god, so sad, but I love it!

I cried a lot

10 Stairway to Heaven

Every time I watch it... My tears never seem to stop. It's so heartbreaking. It gets me every time I watch it. If you haven't seen this I'm sorry but you don't know what tear jerker is...

Still makes me bawl after watching it seventeen times!

I agree, its been years since I watched it. Still makes me sigh when I think of it. Very impressive...

This is the epic Korean melodrama of all time

The Contenders

11 Nice Guy (The Innocent Man)

Nice story, you will feel fully involved with the story. All the actors have done amazing job specially the guy playing lead character and the lady playing negative character. Story pace is good too. It will definitely make you cry. A happy ending that was not happy at all. It is definitely recommendable for those who wants to see something dramatic

It's the best drama ever...

This was like nearly the first Korean drama that I watched and it totally blew me away. I cried so hard at some of the scenes. I could literally empathize with moon chae won. Her acting was great. Joong ki was just perfect. His personality in this drama suited him so well. I love it!

This show is about human greed and all characters are gray which I love. It will make you cry every episode guaranteed. My favorite show.

12 Snow Queen

I cried a lot while watching this KD.

13 Empress Ki

This is the best k-drama I have ever watched and is so HEARTBREAKING! Ha Ji Won is the best! I can tell there was so much effort put into this drama and into really send the emotions to the people watching it. EMPRESS KI, WHY ARE YOU SO SAD AND SO GOOD!

The best. Hands down to Ha Ji Won and JI Chang Wook.

14 Secret Garden

Actually I love almost 10 of the drama, but this one was the one that touched me the most.



Tear jerker in a sense that I finished the drama but I still don't want it to end. - anneyolores

BEST STORY EVER! You will surely fall in love

That scene when Hyun Bin wrote the letter.

15 Thank You

This is one of my favorite Korean dramas!

Love the story line, the two lead actors/actress as well as the supporting casts

How come this doesn't have more vote? this will really make your soul melting, especially near the end I was quite impressed about everything, especially the child actress and her bond with the people close to her.

16 Rooftop Prince

The song "Hurt" in the ost made some parts even sadder I was bawling but its was worth such a good show

It has been a while since I watched this show but I can clearly recall all the tears.

Good family show. Instead of watching those American reality show

So sad because they definitely could not be together

17 Inspiring Generation
18 I Miss You

I recommend to all who love romance story, it's about love since you are sweet 14... I can watch this over and over again. Even both the child actor were good, park Yoon chun good act, the girl is so beautiful

Best best best, the story is touching and the actors were super good, they put their heart abd soul in the movie

Oh my god it's one of the best dramas ever ugh just thinking about it makes me choke up

I cried a river in this one... No doubt of yoon hye skill

19 The Heirs

This drama is very emotional to me. The two main characters' relationship is going through so many obstacles when they're so young. It's sort of an forbidden love. And thanks to that, it's very tear jerking in each of the episodes. I mean like, the characters keep on struggling though life.

WOW had me from the beginning and didn't stop crying for the last four episodes. It is the best one I have seen so far. I loved it.

I honestly watched it because of Lee Min Ho oppa.. But the plot is amazing. Best ost ever.. LOVED it

It was my first proper drama with actual actors not just kpop idols so it was very emotional I re watched it a couple months after finishing it and understood why it was so sad because I just cried cause they weren't together after understanding the more social hierarchy side of things I was able tounderstand and have a firmer hold on the concept.

20 Angel Eyes

I bawled my eyes out. Jung Hwa will touch you and every reflection going forward will bring the tears. I ordered the DVD set from Korea, I'm in the US, and ordered of eBay a replica of the necklace Dong Joo gave So Wan. Beautiful.

The plot of the story is good. The lead actor and lead actress has a chemistry. They look good together. I love the music it touches the heart.

It took me long to finish this drama but it was worth it so sad

A superb drama. A must to watch!

21 Winter Sonata

Just watched the whole thing in two days. When you start watching you just have to continue until it's done. This movie has made me cry just thinking about it. The songs are amazing and I fell in love with the actors and movie straight away

This drama is my starting point in watching Korean drama. I love the lead actor and actress they give justice to their roles. Hoping for their reunion through another drama.

Lived in Chun Cheon for awhile where much of this video takes place... Met my wife there and this drama really brought back memories of when we fell in love. Didn't care for the ending but the trip made up for the fail at the end.

Got me hooked on Korean dramas.

22 Playful Kiss

I am surprised it is heart breaking though

What can I say. I just love Kim Hyun Joong

Noway even though this drama is cool but it doesn't make u cry


23 Autumn in My Heart

This one takes the cake - way back in year 2000. This K-drama was the top in most Asian countries. particularly in Malaysia, I watched the first 5 episodes. It gets into me so deeply that made me to buy the entire box set of that drama. Love Song Seung Hun and Song Hye Kyo's chemistry in every scenes they were together. At one point I thought they were real couple. That goes to show how effective and soulful their work in that drama. Really recommended to all to see - make this as your first ever Korean drama before exploring the others. You certainly won't regret. Tear jerker drama. The soundtracks are just superb, I may not understand the lyrics but the vocalists' presentation of that song moved mountain for me. Impressive work by them.

I’m not even exaggerating when I say this is the best kdrama to ever exist. The plot is amazing and the acting is so realistic. I cried a river and I still get tearful thinking about it. I love the cast so much! I really want to find another drama like it. This drama will always have a place in my heart.

I cry just thinking about it

This is the one, should be in top 3 (together with 49 days, one of the best hands down)
really good, great storyline and of course Song Hye Kyo is always nice to look at.

24 Remember: War of the Son


This is the best So far :D :D :D

25 Kill Me, Heal Me

Oh my goodness yes I just finished it tonight. so many tears

One of the best dramas I have watched so far

The best I've ever watched so far! I bet that you will tear-jerking when you watch the scene when the all personalities dissapear one by one, I really can't handle my tears

26 My Love From Another Star

Very romantic drama ever

My fv8 Korean drama. Kim so hyun's acting was very cool

27 Can You Hear My Heart

A best tearjerker with a happy ending

It is the best family kdrama ever.

28 King 2 Hearts

Very emotional movie, with a strong character... Recommended..

I like the love story between the two especially the proposal. Very cheesy.

It had a little bit of everything, but the ending hit me hard

I wonder why the heirs is up there if this is not in te top ten.. I cried throuought many of the episodes. And it still ended well. very nice drama and awesome acting.

29 Shark

This drama should get more recognisation from audience. I’m impressed with the acting skill from both male lead and female lead ♥️

30 The Greatest Love

One of the best drama I've watch! The soundtrack was really good and their chemistry is so perfect!

The best drama in my life. watched it 20 times

Love this so much!

Best best best... do ko jin

31 Pinocchio

Although it is sort of a more recent drama I found that the first episodes were heartbreaking and it tore me apart. I am not a big fan of Lee Jung Suk but I cried buckets at the beginning of this series. I somewhat warmed up to him after I finished watching it but I can't bring myself to watch those episodes again... Skip, skip I guess.

32 Fated to Love You

The Korean version. I can't move on from this drama. Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra bring chemistry to the show like none I've seen out there. The supporting cast were perfect in their roles. I felt an emotional Rollercoaster through the whole movie. Mostly I wept deep tears of sorrow. When I hear the music I still feel sorrow and cry heartfelt gut wrenching teardrops.

I criieddd a whole night watching the scenes when mi young was hit by a car/truck (I don't know I forget) and gun rushed her to hospital. In the hospital gun still considered her as his wife although she wasn't anymore.


33 Another Miss Oh

Its human nature when your about to die I guess?

34 Dong Yi

You get so attached to Dong Yi, everything tragic or good happening to her, you feel like you're experiencing it too. And that's why it hits you right in the feels.

I love dong yi n sukjong

35 Jang Ok Jung

I cried a lot and I can't forget this

I cried a river for these drama... It's a must watch for k drama history lovers... #recommend to all kdrama addicts

36 Love Rain

It really sad and the soundtrack is great.

Love this

37 Bridal mask

It's really sad. Wait. Spoiler Alert! The main character loses everyone he loves the most. I was literally crying a river.

Even the scene with eating potato made me cry. It was a beautiful and sad drama. Deaths of main actors (not all of course) have broken my heart.

38 Moon Embracing the Sun

The best historical drama I have watched so far! If you can get over the first five episodes or so than you will fall in love with it. I stopped watching it after the first 3 ep and went back to watch it months later but the second time it was so good that I finished it in a week

Totally one of the best dramas

Great story with good actors

The acting will move you to tears... no wonder Kim so hyun brought home the Daesang Award beating veteran actors.

39 Spring Waltz
40 Doctors
41 New Tales of Gisaeng
42 East of Eden

This drama should be on top 5! I love everything about this drama. Especially the love story between Lee dong chul and Guk Yong ran.

How can I left out this drama? I cried every time I watch it. The actors really good at crying scenes... I ended up crying with them... It's a lifelong journey with all the characters. If you don't like tear jerking drama this is not for you. But if you appreciate good plot and acting, this drama is a must watch

43 What Happens to My Family

I cried so much while watching this drama. Really sad...

Most tears in k-drama are nothing but waste of emotions. But WHTHF is the tear-jerking drama that is worthy of our tears. - Rod Patrick

44 Loving You a Thousand Times

Wonderful love story. Tearjerker but totally worth it.

45 Angry Mom

So sad and amazing truly is wonderful

46 Iris
47 Nine: Nine Time Travels

This show is just brilliant. It's one of the best Korean dramas I've seen in a while.

Fell in love with the lead couple which resulted in many tears.

48 My Girlfriend is a Gumiho

I found this drama to be funny, though it has some sad parts to it, overall it was worth my time and it made me laugh

My best drama everr... I love it watched more than once

Cried a lot after I watched this drama. Its unlike other dramas which potrays a commom rich boy, poor girl concept. Different story and the female lead is awesome.. Best ever Korean serial..

49 Scent of a Woman

This is one of favorite Dramas, but I cried so much watching it!

The cast is great! Best drama ever!

50 Golden Rainbow

I loved this drama to the point that I didn't want to finsh it! Beautiful ending as well

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