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10 Korean Dramas That Will Make You Feel All the Feels

By Anandi Makhija

Updated - Sept. 13, 2023 5 min read

It's been a rough week, and you're feeling all the feels. So why not curl up on the couch with a box of tissues and watch a sad show? Let those tears flow for characters who don't even exist! It's totally cathartic, and no one will judge you. (Except maybe your cat, who will probably just look at you like you're crazy). Thriller romance? Sounds like a tearjerker! But don't worry, K-drama enthusiasts, we've got you covered.

Here are some other emotional series to keep you company while you wait for the new show to come out.


1. Hi Bye, Mama! (2020)

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A ghost mom gets a second chance at life, but only for 49 days. She must use her time wisely to make up for lost time with her husband and daughter, while also dealing with the grief of her own death. This hilarious and heartwarming drama will tug at your heartstrings and make you laugh and cry all at the same time.

Where to watch: Netflix



2. Uncontrollably Fond (2016)

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Uncontrollably Fond is a tearjerker for anyone who enjoys a good cry. This comedy-drama will make you laugh, cry, and reach for the tissues all in one episode. So grab your favorite comfort food and get ready for a wild ride of emotions.

Where to watch: Netflix



3. Just Between Lovers (2017)

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Two architects who survived a tragedy as kids fall in love (and maybe cry a little bit). This heart-wrenching but ultimately hopeful drama stars Won Jin-A as a woman who represses her memories of the event, and Lee Jun-ho as the guy who helps her face her trauma. If you're looking for a Korean show that will make you laugh, cry, and think, then Just Between Lovers is the perfect choice for you.

Where to watch: Netflix



4. My Love from the Star (2013)

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An alien crash-landed on Earth thousands of years ago and has been living here ever since, disguised as a handsome professor. He's seen it all, from the rise and fall of civilizations to the latest K-pop trends. But nothing could have prepared him for his star-crossed love with a famous actress. She's bright, beautiful, and totally out of his league. But he can't help but fall for her. Can their love overcome the odds and survive?

Where to watch: Netflix



5. Youth of May (2021)

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Youth of May is a South Korean drama about a nurse and a medical student who fall in love during the Gwangju Uprising. The show is a love story, but it's also a story about the power of people to fight for what they believe in. It's a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope.

Where to watch: Netflix



6. Goblin (2016)

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Goblin was a total K-drama classic, and it even won a bunch of awards! It starred one of the hottest actors in South Korea, Gong Yoo, and it was all about a Joseon-era military officer who fell in love with a modern-day woman. But there was a catch: he was immortal! So the show was basically about all the angsty feels of being in love with someone you can never be with. But it was also really funny and heartwarming, and it's definitely worth a watch.

Where to watch: Netflix



7. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)

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A modern-day girl gets transported back in time to a world of swords, sandals, and swoon princes. But when she finds herself caught in a love triangle with two of them, she'll have to use all her 21st century skills to survive the cutthroat court politics of the Goryeo Dynasty. This historical drama is full of twists and turns, but it's also heartwarming and funny. So if you're looking for a wild ride, check out Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo!

Where to watch: Netflix



8. Snowdrop (2018)

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This drama is a tearjerker for sure, but it's also a total shipper's paradise. The chemistry between the leads is off the charts, and the political intrigue will keep you guessing until the very end. So grab your tissues and your popcorn, and get ready for a wild ride!

Where to watch: Netflix



9. A Time Called You (2023)

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A young woman was so sad about her boyfriend's death that she literally went back in time to high school, where she met a student who looked exactly like him. (No, she wasn't dreaming.) What was the meaning of this strange twist of fate? Was she meant to save the boy's life? Or was she just meant to relive her own teenage years? Only time would tell...

Where to watch: Netflix



10. Thirty nine (2022)

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Three besties are about to hit the big 4-0, but they're not sweating it. They've got each other's backs, no matter what life throws their way. They've seen it all together, from first loves to heartbreaks, from career highs to lows. And they're ready to face whatever comes next, together.

Where to watch: Netflix



So, gear up and get those tissues for these best tear-jerking Korean series and have an amazing binge-watching time. 


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