Hallyu Star Son Ye Jin 10 Must-Watch Korean Dramas & Movies

The first time I watched Son Ye Jin on screen was when I watched Be With You a few years ago, and, you guys, my tears weren’t pretty – that movie literally sucked every liquid in me (check the summary below). 

Ye Jin is a super-talented actress who has won everything from national to International awards and with good reason. 

In this post, I’ll be listing the very best Son Ye Jin movies and dramas you need to watch if you love her as much as I do.

But, before we go in, here’s a short breakdown of her time in the industry and everything you need to know about her:

  1. Son Ye Jin is a South Korean actress under MSTeam Entertainment.
  2. She made her big-screen debut in the film Secret Tears in 2000.
  3. Her first leading role was in the MBC drama Delicious Proposal.
  4. She won the 22nd Korean Federation of Film Critics Best New Actress Award in 2002 for her role in Lover’s Concerto.
  5. Her performance in the movie The Classic (2003) earned her several awards and international recognition.
  6. She won Best Leading Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards in 2008 for her role in My Wife Got Married.
  7. She is best known internationally for her roles in the 2003 KBS drama Summer Scent and the 2006 SBS drama Alone in Love.
  8. She is popular in Japan, with two of her movies topping the list of the most popular Korean films in Japan.
  9. In 2009, she starred in White Night, a film based on the Japanese novel Into the White Night.
  10. Son Ye Jin is in a relationship with fellow actor Hyun Bin, her co-star in The Negotiation and Crash Landing on You.
  11. They announced their upcoming March marriage on February 10, 2022, and tied the knot on March 31, 2022, at Aston House in the Grand Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul.
  12. On June 27, 2022, Son Ye Jin announced her pregnancy through her Instagram.
  13. She gave birth to a baby boy on November 27, 2022.

That’s a whole lot, right? Son Ye Jin is an icon and one thing I always hold true is that if Ye Jin is in a drama or movie, then it’s going to be just fab. 

Here are the bestest Korean dramas and movies starring Son Ye Jin: 

1. Be With You (2018)

In this movie, Son Ye Jin played the role of Im Soo Ah. 

When she was about to die, Soo Ah made a promise to her husband that she would return to him in the next rainy season. 

And by some miracle, she does return after one year of her death on a rainy day, but she returns with no memory of her life. 

What is even more heartbreaking is that this reunion is short-lived because she can only spend a few days on earth.

You guys, this movie broke me (I cried for three days straight whenever I thought about it) and Son Ye Jin was absolutely amazing in it. 

2. Crash Landing On You (2019)

Crash Landing On You is arguably one of the highest-rated Korean dramas, and it was after this drama that Ye Jin married Hyun Bin, her co-star. 

This time around, Son Ye Jin played the rich and successful heiress Yoon Se Ri who is blown by a tornado while paragliding.

Yoon Se Ri crash-lands in North Korea and meets Captain Ri Jeong Hyeok, a character played by Hyun Bin.

And their love story unfolds as Jeong Hyeok tries to safely take her back to South Korea while keeping her hidden from the eyes of North Koreans.

Crash Landing On You is one of the best Son Ye Jin dramas available to watch at all times on Netflix. 

3. Personal Taste (2010)

In this romantic comedy, Son Ye Jin plays the clumsy, kind, and slobby furniture designer Park Gae In. 

She opens her house to a tenant named Jeon Jin Ho, and due to some misunderstood incidents, Park Gae In believes that Jeon Jin Ho is gay. 

The drama continues as Park Gae In seeks help from Jeon Jin Ho to transform into an attractive woman and take revenge on her ex-boyfriend, Han Chang Ryul. 

But, the story takes a different turn when she falls in love with Jeon Jin Ho and when she finds out that her tenant is actually a mega-millionaire who isn’t gay, everything changes. 

4. Something In The Rain (2018)

This noona romance drama – an older woman and younger man romance – stars Son Ye Jin in the role of Yoon Jin Ah, a store supervisor of a coffee franchise. 

After being betrayed by her boyfriend, she falls in love with her best friend’s younger brother, Seo Joon Hee. 

The drama shows the struggles of a couple with a significant age gap, as well as the challenges faced by female employees in the work environment. 

If you’ve ever wanted to watch a melodrama starring Son Ye Jin or you’ve ever wondered how a pairing with Jung Hae In (the king of melodramas) would look, you need to check out this drama.

5. Thirty-Nine (2022)

This drama revolves around three women who are about to turn 40. 

This time around, Son Ye Jin plays the character of Cha Mi Jo, a physician and the director of Gangnam Dermatology Clinic. 

The drama shows the friendship between Cha Mi Jo, Jeong Chan Young, and Jang Joo Hee. 

The three friends help each other through their ups and downs as they bid farewell to their 30s. 

If you are looking for a slice-of-life drama to binge-watch with your girlfriends, then you should pick this one.

6. Bad Guys Always Die (2016)

Bad Guys Always Die revolves around the accident of Ji Yeon played by Son Ye Jin. 

A Chinese language teacher and his friends find her injured in the driver’s seat after a fatal accident. 

And as they try to help her, they find themselves accused of the kidnapping and murder of Ji Yeon. 

The story unfolds as they try to resolve the mystery surrounding Ji Yeon’s accident.

7. Alone in Love (2006)

In this drama, Son Ye Jin played the character of Yoo Eun Ho.

She gets married to her love, Lee Dong Jin, but everything changes in their happy married life after Eun Ho gives birth to a stillborn baby. 

Even after their separation, they remain cordial and meet frequently. 

And it’s only when a new love comes into the picture that they realize their lingering feelings for each other.

8. The Great Ambition (2002)

Son Ye Jin plays a supporting role as Choi Dong Hee in this historical sageuk drama that takes place at a pivotal point in history.

The story revolves around two brothers, Park Jae Young and Park Si Young, who have different principles and work ethics when it comes to business. 

Dong Hee is a tomboyish girl who knows Jae Young better than anyone, and she serves as Jae Young’s conscience and helps him confront his deepest fears and emotions. 

Unfortunately, Son Ye Jin hasn’t starred in many historical Korean dramas, and while her role in this one is relatively minor, she was still stunning. 

9. The Last Princess (2016)

In this period film, Son Ye Jin appears as the last princess of Korea, Princess Deokhye. 

After finishing her higher studies in Japan, she decides to return to Korea but gets kidnapped on her way. 

The story evolves as she fights against the kidnappers and others involved in the conspiracy to return to her homeland.

10. Crazy First Love (2003)

This time around, Son Ye Jin plays the role of Ju Il Mae. 

Il Mae is the first love of Son Tae Il, who has loved her since they were children living under the same roof. 

Il Mae and her father try to use Tae Il’s feelings to motivate him to higher studies. 

And when Il Mae’s father announces that Tae Il can marry Il Mae if he can get into the top law school in South Korea, Tae Il does achieve this goal, but things become complicated as Il Mae falls in love with another man.


You guys, Son Ye Jin has had a most flamboyant career and I just know she’s only getting started.

One thing I cherish whenever I check an actor’s filmography is how they usually move from child roles to teen roles, to adult roles, and then older roles.

I genuinely wish Ye Jin all the best from the bottom of my heart. 

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Sora

I'm the girl for the job if you want amazing drama recommendations (no, really!), OST recs that will leave you deep in your feelings, and genuine drama talk that you can only get from a viewer with lots of biases. I'm always on the lookout for new dramas to watch, so don't hesitate to leave a comment with something you think I'll enjoy and I'll send a reply ASAP. Thanks for visiting!

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