15 beautiful dramas about love triangles

In Korean dramas, there is a place not only for romantic beautiful love, but also for seething disastrous passions. The plots of dramas about a love triangle are woven from jealousy, betrayal and an all-consuming feeling that interferes with sensible thinking and reasoning. Strong emotions can not only give happy moments, but also turn the fate of all participants in fatal stories.

True Beauty (2020 – 2021)

The novelty of Korean cinema will introduce the audience to the young Lim Joo-gyong. For a long time, a high school student endured bullying from her peers because of her unattractive appearance. Cosmetics, which completely changed her appearance, become a real salvation, but the schoolgirl has to keep her secret. Two teenagers show interest in Ju-gen at once , and it becomes more and more difficult to hide the real face every day.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
Yeosingangrim

Genre:  
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Moon Ga-young, Cha Eun-woo, Hwang In-yeop …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.1


Stories of the Young (2020)

The list of the best Korean series continues with a love triangle drama, available for viewing in high-quality Russian voice acting. Won Hae Hye and Sa Hye Joon have been childhood friends and dream of becoming successful actors. Show business does not forgive mistakes, so young men have to work on themselves daily. Hye Joon is forced to endure his father’s criticism, and Hae Hye’s personal merit is credited to the influence of his wealthy family. The friends try not to compete with each other, but still turn into rivals after meeting the beautiful Ahn Chung Ha.

Original title:
Cheongchunggirok

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Pak Po-gom, Pak So-dam, Pyon Woo-seok…

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
18+


Love Notifications (2019 – 2021)

A new mobile dating app, Love Alarm, is emerging in South Korea and is rapidly gaining popularity. The program notifies the owner of the smartphone that within a radius of 10 m there is a person who feels sympathy for him. The identity of the lover is not revealed, therefore, to determine the admirer, one must be smart. Kim Jo is glad to have a mysterious admirer, but unexpectedly becomes a member of a love triangle.

Original title:  
Johahamyeon ullineun

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:  
Kim So-hyun, Jung Ga-ram, Song Gan…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:  
18+


Strong Woman To Bong-soon (2017)

A comedy drama about a heroine with an unusual ability has been holding the top in the ranking for several years . Bong-soon has incredible strength, but tries to appear fragile and defenseless, because it is precisely such a chosen one that her beloved Kuk-tu dreams of. While rescuing a bus driver from a bully attack , a girl attracts the attention of wealthy Min-hyuk. A wealthy guy hires Bong-soon as a personal bodyguard – and then the plot of the Korean drama will tell what the emerging love triangle will turn out to be for young people.

Original title:  
Himssen yeoja Do Bong-sun

Genre:
Comedy, melodrama, fantasy

Actors:  
Park Po-young, Park Hyung-shik, Chi Su …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:  
16+


King’s Love (2017)

The action of the costumed historical series takes place at the beginning of the 14th century around the heir to the throne of the kingdom of Goryeo. The daughter of the wealthiest nobleman in the country meets Prince Van Won and his personal bodyguard Van Rin. Friendly relations gradually turn into rivalry between two brave men who are ready to do anything for the favor of the beautiful Eun San.

Original title:  
Wangeun saranghanda

Genre:  
Drama, melodrama

Actors:  
Im Shi-wan, Lim Yun-ah, Hong Jong-hyun…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.3


Jealousy Incarnate (2016)

Lee Hwa Shin is a news anchor with an incredible eye for big news. The journalist has a brilliant education and many years of experience behind him , but on his career path he meets a serious competitor. Pe Na Ri does not have a diploma from a prestigious university, but a promising speaker cannot be deprived of dedication and hard work. When the presenter meets Hwa Shin’s best friend, the journalist suddenly notices a beautiful woman in her rival.

Original title:
Jiltuui hwasin

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Kong Hyo-jin, Cho Jong-seok, Ko Kyung-pyo …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.8


Scarlet Heart (2016)

Ko Ha-jin travels from the modern world to the Goryeo era in the body of a young aristocrat , Hae-soo. A guest from the 21st century does not know how to return to her own time, so she is forced to live according to the cruel laws of the ancient kingdom. It is difficult to remain indifferent, knowing the details of the sad history of the kingdom, especially since the extraordinary Hae-soo attracts the attention of several crown princes at once.

Original title:  
Dalui yeonin – bobogyungsim Ryeo

Genre:  
Fantasy, drama

Actors:  
Lee Jun-gi, Lee Ji-eun, Kang Ha-neul …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.9, IMDb – 8.7


Starry Night Ko-ho (2016)

The life of an advertising agency employee is like a nightmare from which it is impossible to escape. The management constantly finds fault with trifles, and the beloved left without explanation. Ko-ho is transferred to a new team, but joy overshadows an unpleasant circumstance. The ex-chosen one of the girl, who so strangely interrupted their relationship, becomes the head of the department.

Original title:  
Gohoui byuli bitnaneun bame

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Kwon Yu-ri, Kim Yong-gwan, Lee Ji-hoon …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.6


She Was Pretty (2015)

The protagonist of the drama about a love triangle, Kim Hae-jin, was a pretty girl in her childhood, but time played a cruel joke on her. With age, the appearance of the schoolgirl has changed for the worse, as well as the financial situation of the family. Hae-jin is forced to rent an apartment with her friend while doing odd jobs. When a childhood friend returns to the country years later, the girl decides to send her friend on a date. Hae-jin is embarrassed by her own appearance, but fate has already prepared a surprise for her.

Original title:  
Geunyeoneun yeppeotta

Genre:
Comedy, romance

Actors:  
Hwang Jong-eum, Park So-jun, Ko Jun-hee …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.7

Age limit:  
16+


Who are you – school (2015)

Ko Eun-byul is the most popular student at a prestigious school. Thanks to her intelligence and beauty, the girl found many friends and admirers, but the tragedy crosses everything out. During a school trip, Eun-byul disappears without a trace, and classmates go in search of a student. When the girl is found and taken to the hospital, the doctors diagnose her with amnesia , and Ko struggles to remember her former life.

Original title:  
Huayu – hakgyo 2015

Genre:  
Melodrama, detective, drama

Actors:  
Kim So-hyun, Yuk Sung-jae, Lee Pil-mo …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.7


Destined to love you (2014)

Modest office worker Kim Mi Yoon is in love with a guy who is not worthy of her feelings. The overbearing heir to a wealthy family, Lee Gon, does not like surprises, so he made a plan for several years ahead. A wealthy man intends to propose to his longtime lover, but an unexpected adventure with Mi Yun makes adjustments. Kim and Lee wake up in the same bed and want to quickly forget about the passionate impulse. The story could have ended, but the news of Mi Yun’s pregnancy does not allow the couple to put an end to their acquaintance.

Original title:
Unmyeongcheoreom neol saranghae

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Chan Hyuk, Jang Na-ra, Choi Jin-hyuk …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
16+


Handsome Man Next Door (2013)

Ko Deok-mi is secretly in love with Dr. Han Tae-joon, so every day she secretly watches the man through the window. A pretty neighbor is accidentally spotted by a doctor’s cousin who misinterprets the stranger’s attentions. Enrique Keum is sure that Dok-mi chose him as an object of adoration, because none of the women can resist the unearthly beauty of a stunning guy.

Original title:
Iutjip kkotminam

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Park Shin-hye, Yun Shi-yun, Kim Ji-hoon …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.2


When a Man Loves (2013)

Han Tae-sang left behind a criminal past by organizing a successful business . Own business brings a solid income, and the new ideas of the entrepreneur are always supported by his girlfriend , the beautiful Sung-ju. When Tae-san meets the hard-working and smart Mi-do, he realizes that he has fallen in love for the first time in his life. However, another man lays claim to the heart of a new acquaintance, who does not intend to retreat.

Original title:
Namjaga saranghal ttae

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Song Seung-heon, Shin Sae-kyung, Chae Jong-an …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.0


Heirs (2013)

Cha Eun Sang works hard at multiple jobs to provide for her elderly mother while her older sister prepares for a lavish wedding in America. When the heroine of the drama decides to go to the celebration to personally congratulate the newlyweds, a shocking truth is revealed upon arrival. All this time, the sister lied about her happy life, and the wedding exists only in pipe dreams. Eun Sang is left alone in a foreign country without knowledge of the language and money, but meeting the heir to an influential corporation changes the life of a simpleton.

Original title:  
Sangsokjadeul

Genre:  
Melodrama, drama

Actors:  
Lee Min-ho, Park Shin-hye, Kim Woo-bin …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:  
16+


Handsome Noodle Shop (2011)

Our list ends with a drama about an unusual love triangle, where a woman faces a difficult choice. Yang Eun Bi is a gym teacher and owner of a small noodle shop. A talented cook Kang-hyuk works under the guidance of a woman, with whom she quickly develops an affair. Unexpectedly, Eun-bi begins to receive attention from a high school student, but the teacher is confused by the age difference and the uncertain future of such a relationship.

Original title:  
Ggotminam ramyeongage

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Jung Il-woo, Lee Chong-ah, Lee Gi-woo…

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.0


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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