Top 10 Saddest Korean Dramas

The Top Ten
1 Mask
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 hands down one of the best drama's EVER, this should really be a top 3, no contest.
especially the storyline and the ending was really sad as well.

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.

One of the most kdramas that made really sad. I cried my whole eyes out when Jihyun was singing to her parents in the hospital but they couldn't see her.

3 Sad Love Story

My first k-Drama ever. Made me fall in love with korean dramas and culture.
I cried like in almost every episode, but of course I loved it.

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

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

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 villain I actually liked.

Cried a lot in this drama.

5 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...

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

I can't lie I couldn't get through all the episodes because it was way too sad. its like cinderella ,with a dark twist.

Beautiful drama with the best OTP ever. This is definitely one of the most memorable dramas for me.

6 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

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!

Really love it

7 Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

This is the most depressing drama I've ever watched and I consider myself a drama addict. They ended it in such a horrible way I didn't even think possible. The directors really gave the fandom a middle finger by not even trying to produce a sequel to a drama that NEEDS a sequel.

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 first tragedy drama in a long list of Korean drama and after I finished it, my heart aches until I re-watched the last episode and cried for first time for dramas.

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.

8 Empress Ki

I cried so much. Gosh, how sad is her life.

9 Thank You

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.

This is one of my favorite Korean dramas!

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

10 I'm Sorry, I Love You

Yes agreed it's the saddest. My eyes are so puffy from watching the ending last night. I still feel the ending was rushed but it's definitely one drama ill never forget and it's now definitely one of my favourites. I'll rewatch it again after sometime. The acting was impeccable esp from Mr. So ji sub. I've garnered a whole lot of respect for him after watching this

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.

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

If you wanna an intro to Korean drama 101, this is 1st drama you should watch. Then you take this as benchmark and compare every subsequent dramas to this and you will know whether you're watching a good K-drama or not.

The Contenders
11 Secret Garden

Loved this drama, anything Hyun Bin is in automatically gets A+.
His portrayals, looks, and voice are unbeatable, Hyun adds CLASS to whatever he is acting in.

It is a drama you would not want to miss.
Some episodes will make you laugh hard and others will bring you to tears..

Love the chemistry... the creative story... the good looking casts... The most amazing songs... And the saddest saddest moments that you can ever experience... the feeling of relieve and joy from watching such a touching drama.

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

12 Rooftop Prince

I've watched it for more than three times already and still, it never fails to make me cry. Good sad kdrama to watch if you want a tear jerking one.

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

Nothing to say, simply best.

13 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

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!

I watched this drama just because of the actor, after watching his performance in a movie A Werewolf Boy. I cried after watching that movie, and even after watching this drama. Song Joon Ki is a perfect actor for highly melodramatic acts.

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.

14 Inspiring Generation
15 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.

From start to finish the movies gave me chills. The movies is too emotional especially d triumph of love between the 2 characters

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

16 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

This drama, really played with my moment you're smiling,suddenly you felt like you're heart's gonna come out from your rib cage, next you're getting angry and lastly without you knowing you're already crying rivers...hehehe
The best ever...

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

This is nothing short of perfect!

17 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!

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

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

18 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.

My first kdrama.. I am currently trying to find another sad kdrama that can live up to its standards.

A superb drama. A must to watch!

19 Winter Sonata

The central character Yujin of this drama shows herself to be unbelievably selfish in episodes 9-10 of this drama. I stopped watching the drama at this point half way through after what seemed a promising start. The story lost all credibility at this point as Yujin shows herself to be unmarriageable despite continuing to be engaged to be married. Cannot give a negative vote but I give this drama a very definite thumbs down?

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

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.

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.

20 Playful Kiss

What can I say. I just love Kim Hyun Joong

21 Tree Of Heaven
22 Snow Queen
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.

My favorite K-drama of all time, honestly. I wish modern K-dramas were similar to this.

Such a good storyline, and it's good to watch when you need to cry. I bawled my eyes out through all the episodes. It's truly one of those shows that, after watching all of it, never leaves your mind. You always cherish it in your heart. I literally binge-watched it until like 7 am in the morning. I finished it all in a day a few months ago, but I still think of the characters.

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.

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
25 My Love From Another Star

Very romantic drama ever

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