Movies To Watch If You Like BTS’ Music

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The K-pop group BTS might have announced a break as a group recently but their global popularity still rises every day. Boasting a discography of chart-topping hits, the South Korean artists also carry a lot of artistic vision when it comes to their music videos.

Coupled with complicated dance routines and big-budget production designs, not only are BTS videos cinematic but they also bear intentional tributes to diverse movies from all over the world. Viewing these movies would seem natural to a “BTS Army” member along with some other recommendations that go along with the themes of their music.


Stand By Me (1986)

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Stand by Me Cast

One of the best film adaptations of Stephen King’s books, stand-by-me deals with a group of friends who hike through the woods to find a dead body. In their adventure, the kids end up picking up life lessons while living the best years of their youth.

ace stand-by-me makes for a quintessential friendship movie, it is worth watching for BTS fans. The K-pop group has always incorporated friendship as a recurring motif in songs like “Spring Day,” “Magic Shop,” and of course, “Friends.” Just like the movie, their songs end up highlighting not just the best parts of a good friendship but also the mellow aftermath that comes with time and distance after the friendship has ended.

Your Name. (2016)

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Your Name Taki writes Mitsuha's hand

What starts off as a cute romance turns into a tragic fantasy tale with references to the Great Eastern Earthquake of 2011. One of the best anime movies of recent times, Your Name involves two strangers who swap their bodies and get a glimpse of each other’s life. But when a comet-induced disaster risks one of their lives, the other sets out to save her despite all challenges.

This burden of saving a friend and a lover is comparable to the fictional storyline woven by BTS videos. As shown in videos like “Epiphany” and “Fake Love,” BTS member Jin goes through multiple scenarios where he is forced to save the lives of his friends by all means possible.

Enter The Void (2009)

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Gaspar Noé’s enthralling psychedelic trip of a movie visualizes the aftermath of a person’s death as he goes through his past, present, and future in a series of colorful and surreal vignettes. Enter the Void might polarize audiences but its visual richness is bound to impress the majority.

Be it the baroque themes in “Fake Love” or the hallucinatory stills from “Blood Sweat and Tears,” BTS music videos are also visual masterpieces that would impress fans of authors like Gaspar Noé. Even thematically, the movie about the afterlife is comparable to “Spring Day” which similarly explores the concept of death and closure.

Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)

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everything everywhere all at once michelle yeoh

A tale of the strained relationship between an uptight mother and her angsty teen daughter turns into a battle of the multiverses spanning across several realities and dimensions. Apart from being one of the most stylishly original movies of the year, Everything Everywhere All At Once also has a lot of hearts as it covers “what if” scenarios in a person’s life.

Different decisions can have different outcomes. This core philosophy of multiple realities is also present in some of the connected music videos in BTS’ videography, especially the Japanese version of “Blood Sweat and Tears” that finds the members attacking each other while causing cracks within the space-time continuum. This is quite comparable to the interdimensional combat that the movie’s mother-daughter duo engage in.

The Maze Runner (2014)

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As a group of teenagers are stuck inside a post-apocalyptic maze, they attempt to break out and find out the larger conspiracy that they are a part of. However, while combating the monstrous bio-engineered creatures, coming out of the maze alive becomes a Herculean task for the survivors.

Based on the popular Young Adult novels of the same name, the movie’s concept of walls surrounding the protagonists was referenced heavily in the BTS music video for “ON.” Starting from a Game Of Thrones-like battlefield, the video finds the boy band trapped within colossal walls similar to the ones in The Maze Runner.

Chatroom (2010)

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Chatroom 2010 Daniel Kaluuya

The British Thriller chat room deals with the loss of innocence as a group of teens connect through an online chatroom and go on to encourage each other’s bad habits. The result is a terrifying series of mishaps that test their sanity.

Interestingly, chat room turned out to be an unlikely influence on BTS as can be seen from their music video for “Blood Sweat and Tears.” Not only can viewers see the characters sit in literal “chatrooms” but there are several other visual similarities such as V leaping off a ledge or recurring angel imagery. With a plethora of nods to the 2010 movie, it deserves a watch to guess how it might have drawn BTS’ attention.

Snowpiercer (2014)

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wide shot of a group of hungry, dirty people in a train from Snowpiercer

While the early Bong Joon-Ho films established the director in South Korea, it was his first English-language venture Snowpiercer that put him on Hollywood’s radar. The dystopian sci-fi action flick deals with a train that carries the last surviving humans after Earth gets ravaged by freezingly lethal temperatures. As a class war brims within the train, more secrets are unleashed.

Snowpiercer is a must-watch for BTS fans given the crucial importance it has had on “Spring Day.” Be it the lyric “like a snowpiercer, I was left alone” or the snow-capped railway station setting of the video, “Spring Day” merges the creative visions of two of South Korea’s most globally-renowned icons.

Tokyo Idols (2017)

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tokyo idols takes a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the lives of female “J-pop” idols and the obsessively eccentric fandoms that they entertain. While it is fun being a star, the pressures from record labels and the aforementioned fans can make being an “idol” a pressurizing job.

BTS fans are bound to check the various documentaries that have been made on not only them but other K-pop groups. Hence, they would also be fascinated with the Japanese pop industry and its realities. Both industries do have some commonalities in terms of how pop stars are “manufactured” for the public.

mother! (2017)

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Mother!  Darren Aronovsky Jennifer Lawrence Javier Bardem

A poetically dark take on the Bible, mother! plays around with familiar Christian myths such as the story of Adam and Eve and the birth of Christ through a cast of metaphorical characters. Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller movies anyway bridge the gap between reality and fantasy and Mother is no exception.

For anyone who is interested in new-age allegorical depictions of the scripture, Mother makes for essential viewing. BTS fans, after all, have also had their tryst with Biblical depictions of heaven and hell as is evident from the video for “Blood Sweat and Tears” which finds the members resisting sin and temptation.

Alice In Wonderland (2010)

Stream On Disney+

the Mad Hatter and Alice during a battle in Alice in Wonderland

The original Lewis Carroll novel Alice In Wonderland can be read as one of the earliest pieces of fiction to deal with an alternate world (the titular Wonderland in this case). Since BTS videos are hardly set in the real world and often deal with hopping across multiple “wonderlands,” the shared universe of their videos can be seen as a multiversal saga of its own.

And just like the Wonderland depicted in Tim Burton’s Gothic adaptation of the classic children’s book, the visual landscapes can yield both merry and dark scenarios. Take for instance, the worlds depicted in “ON,” “Blood Sweat and Tears,” and “Epiphany,” among others.

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