Movies and TV shows set in cape town south africa

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in cape town south africa ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful, touching, exciting and rough films and TV shows about / with murder, betrayal, violence, danger, mother son relationship, death, brutality, explosion, crimes and survival plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Action genres shot in South Africa, USA, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as cape town south africa: Safe House (2012), Mercenary for Justice (2006), Dark Tide (2012), Beauty (2011), Shaka Zulu (1986), Shark Attack 2 (2000), The Recce (2018), Inter-Star (1981), Styx (2001), Code Name: Vengeance (1987).

List of movies set in cape town south africa

 6.7
 194K
Safe House (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Africa, Japan, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A dangerous CIA renegade resurfaces after a decade on the run. When the safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, rough, intense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, on the run, espionage, secret agents, mercenary, corruption, betrayal, gunfight, rogue agent, interrogation, off the grid, secret service ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: cape town south africa, africa, south africa, langley virginia, paris france
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Mercenary for Justice (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Aruba, USA, South Africa
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Mercenary John Seeger is one of the best in the business. John and his crew battle some soldiers on Galmoral Island in Southern Africa as they're trying to rescue the French Ambassador -- there's a coup going on. Some of John's ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, mercenary, rescue, prison, one man army, tough heroes, vengeance, heroes, escapades, danger, adventure, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary
Place: cape town south africa, miami, athens greece
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 4.3
 8K
Dark Tide (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, South Africa, Germany, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A traumatized shark expert (Halle Berry) must battle her own fears to lead a thrill-seeking businessman on a dive into a dangerous section of water known as "Shark Alley."
Style: suspenseful, tense, scary, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: shark, shark attack, survival, diver, dangerous animal, escapades, adventure, danger, haunted by the past, underwater, ocean or sea, loss of partner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cape town south africa, south africa
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 6.2
 2K
Beauty (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, France, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Tells the story of François van Heerden, a mid-40s, white, Afrikaans-speaking family man living in Bloemfontein, who has become devoid of any care or concern for his own measure of happiness, and so convinced of his ill-fated existence, that he is ...
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, touching, serious
Plot: gays and lesbians, gay, gay sex, sexual repression, coming out, life turned upside down, family relations, disorder, family life, unfulfillment, parents and children, gender ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, cape town south africa, africa
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 7.8
 3K
Shaka Zulu (1986)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, South Africa, West Germany, Australia, USA
Duration: 300 min.
Story: Framed around Queen Victoria's decision on England's political stance towards the Zulu Nation, this mini-series details King Shaka's rise and fall with mythic detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, ...
Style: epic, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: tribe, rise and fall, chief, camp, society, heroes, head of state, imperialism, ambition, politics, prophecy, political unrest ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1700s, 1910s
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After young Kirra (Bindi Irwin) leaves her Australian home to summer with her grandfather (Beau Bridges) in South Africa, she soon discovers a baby orca stranded in the lagoon near her grandfather’s rundown seaside amusement park. She names the ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, uplifting, serious
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: animal rescue, young heroes, confined, family, heroes, mischievous children, adventure, friendship, animal life, theme park, captivity, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
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Shark Attack 2 (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A biological experiment goes bad, this time releasing a gaggle of mutated great white sharks with a taste for human flesh. Soon enough, shark expert Nick West is on the case, leading a crew to study them and eventually bring them back into ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, rough, serious
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: shark, shark attack, cons and scams, adventure, anti heroes, escapades, dangerous animal, special agents, track down, experiment gone awry, secret agents, save the day ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
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 5.8
 45
The Recce (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After the South African Defense Force wrongfully declares young Recce Henk Viljoen dead behind enemy lines, it’s up to him alone to use every skill and tool in his arsenal to make it back to his grieving wife.
Plot: survival, military, war, behind enemy lines
Place: south africa, cape town south africa
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 7.9
 13
Inter-Star (1981)
Genre: Family, Sci-Fi
Country: South Africa
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Interster was a weekly science-fiction Supermarionation television show made for children and shown in South Africa from the late 1970s. South African Broadcasting Corporation children's programming was quite innovative during the late 1970s to ...
Plot: puppet, afrikaans, sexploitation
Place: cape town south africa
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The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Mystery
Country: Germany, South Africa
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In "The Three Investigators and The Secret of Skeleton Island" the cult detective trio from Rocky Beach, California, fall into a breath-taking mixture of adventure, thriller and mystery. Only by a hairs-breadth did they escape with their ...
Style: exciting, humorous, suspenseful, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: amateur detective, ancient mystery, investigation, fighting crime, private detective, adventure, when the parents are away, crimes, family, mystery, escapades, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
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 4.7
 438
Styx (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Nelson puts his criminal ways behind him, having spent years as a first-rate safecracker. This resolution lasts until his brother finds himself owing money to organised crime and Nelson needs to do one last big job, with a few other professionals.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious, ambiguous ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime gone awry, heist, debt, police shootout, loan shark, explosion, insurance fraud, cons and scams, golden years, going straight, gangsters, crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: cape town south africa, south africa
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Code Name: Vengeance (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Soldier of fortune, Monroe Bieler, is sent to dole out some American-style justice when the wife and child of an African president are kidnapped by terrorists.
Plot: mercenary, release from prison, prison fight, cia, secret agent, royal family, massacre, sexploitation, kidnapping, gunfight, explosion, abduction ...
Place: south africa, cape town south africa, africa
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 4.9
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Sweet Murder (1990)
Genre: Thriller
Country: South Africa
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A girl is having trouble making the rent, so she advertises for a female roommate. A seemingly sweet and shy girl named Laurie moves in, and proves to be an insane killer!
Plot: roommate, killer, female nudity, female killer, sexploitation
Place: south africa, cape town south africa
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 3.6
 736
The Demon (1979)
Genre: Horror
Country: Netherlands, South Africa
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Random people are terrorized by a malevolent man who brings their worst fears to life.
Plot: child murder, kidnapping, stalking, slasher, murder, demon, supernatural, investigation, monster, skeleton, disco, sexploitation ...
Place: cape town south africa, south africa
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 6.2
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419 (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 84 min.
Story: When a New York City actor loses everything to an internet scam based in South Africa, his two best friends take him to Cape Town to track down the scammer. With the help of a charismatic local, their search begins promisingly, leading them into ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic
Plot: cons and scams, crime, crimes, dishonesty, hostage, scam, money, search, danger, girlfriend, criminal, friend
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
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Shirley Adams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. ...
Style: gloomy, touching, sincere, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, single parent, parents and children, family in crisis, down on your luck, human spirit, misfit, society, introspection, family relations, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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The Color of Friendship (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Mahree Bok lives on a farm in South Africa. Her father is a policeman who cannot hide his joy when activist Steve Biko is caught by the South African authorities. Piper Dellums is the daughter of a US congressman from California and who lives in a ...
Style: touching, semi serious, based on memoir
Plot: friendship, racism, culture clash, youth, hopes, parents and children, interracial relations, family, human spirit, urban ghetto life, family problems, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1977, year 1968
Place: south africa, africa, usa, california, washington d.c. ...
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 6.8
 53K
Rendition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: When an Egyptian terrorism suspect "disappears" on a flight from Africa to Washington DC, his American wife and a CIA analyst find themselves caught up in a struggle to secure his release from a secret detention facility somewhere outside ...
Style: serious, rough, tense, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, cia, kidnapping, government agency, state affairs, undercover, senator, police brutality, war on terror, surveillance, moral dilemma ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, usa, north africa, cape town south africa, washington d.c. ...
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 7.3
 142K
Invictus (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: human spirit, president, idealism, rugby, racism, apartheid, celebration, politician, blacks and whites, historical character, sport team, contests and competitions ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, year 1995
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, new jersey, england
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Cape of Good Hope (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Mark Bamford's thought-provoking comedy explores the ever-present friction between class, race and faith in modern-day South Africa, tracing the intersection of multiple lives. A Drama revolving around 3 women's lives and how they are ...
Style: sincere, humorous, realistic, touching, semi serious
Plot: astronomer, pregnancy, couple relations, parents and children, hopes, love affair, unfulfillment, interracial relations, love and romance, social differences, boss and employee, looking for love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, cape town south africa
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24 Hours to Live (2017)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Africa, China, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An assassin seeks redemption after being given a second chance at life.
Style: suspense, disturbing, enigmatic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: redemption, assassin, gunfight, reincarnation, haunted by the past, rescue, stylized violence, one against many, near death experience, tragic hero, mercilessness, conspiracy ...
Time: 2010s
Place: south africa, florida, hong kong, cape town south africa
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The Satyr of Springbok Heights (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 54 min.
Story: Cape Town, Republic of South Africa. Springbok Heights is a magnificent ivory tower - an art deco masterpiece and an anachronism in the new South Africa. Like its all-white inhabitants, it hasn't changed much in the last few decades. A tightly ...
Plot: homoerotic, desperation, unrequited love, loneliness, claustrophobia, lebanese, studio, poor, mythology, gay, spinster, racism ...
Place: cape town south africa, south africa
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 6.7
 17K
Zulu (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, South Africa
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As a child, Ali Neuman narrowly escaped being murdered by Inkhata, a militant political party at war with Nelson Mandela's African National Congress. Only he and his mother survived the carnage of those years. But as with many survivors, the ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: police investigation, crime, racism, gang war, haunted by the past, law enforcement, partners, police detective, society, atrocity, crimes, unlikely partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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 6.3
 218
Diamonds (US) (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, South Africa, Canada, UK
Duration: 240 min.
Story: Complex tale about small and big players in the African diamond business wrapped around a murder of US senator's daughter.
Plot: rebel, senator, president, child with gun, loss of daughter, campaign, mass murder, camp, u.s. senator, fashion industry, world politics, geologist ...
Place: washington d.c., africa, cape town south africa, russia, congo
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 5.5
 13K
Momentum (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Alex, an infiltration expert with a secret past, accidentally reveals her identity during what should have been a routine heist, she quickly finds herself mixed up in a government conspiracy and entangled in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with ...
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, assassin, female protagonist, robbery, money, hand to hand combat, ambush, fear, conspiracy, violence, disguise, deception ...
Place: cape town south africa, washington d.c.
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 6.2
 3K
Endgame (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The time is the late '80s, a crucial period in the history of South Africa. President P.W. Botha is hanging on to power by a thread as the African National Congress (ANC) takes up arms against apartheid and the country tumbles toward ...
Style: serious, captivating, sincere, exciting, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apartheid, bomb, life is a bitch, danger, peaceful mission, politics, society, rebellion, siege, revolution, idealism, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: south africa, england, africa, europe, cape town south africa
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 6.6
 12K
Race (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Ranvir and Rajiv are half brothers who own a huge stud farm in South Africa. Ranvir is a very shrewd and aggressive man while Rajiv is laid back, and a chronic alcoholic. Sophia, Ranvir's personal secretary adores and loves him. Ranvir is ...
Style: realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious
Plot: rivalry, betrayal, love triangle, family relations, deadly, investigation, crime, danger, vengeance, siblings relations, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
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The Piano Player (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, Crime
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A tale about the relationship between a businessman who launders money for a Mafia figure and his gangster bodyguard.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, assassination attempt, bodyguard, piano, money laundering, haunted by the past, frame up, manhunt, village, on the run, psychopath, hidden identity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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Before the Fall (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Thriller, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) – high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich enrolls. During his year in seventh ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, nazi, boarding school, nazi germany, pow, boarding school life, anti semitism, against humanity, boxing, german, war, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1942, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, moscow russia, berlin germany, washington d.c. ...
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 6.4
 40K
The Last Kiss (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Revolves around a young couple and their friends struggling with adulthood and issues of relationships and commitment. Based on the 2001 Italian film L'ultimo bacio, directed by Gabriele Muccino.
Style: sentimental, humorous, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: infidelity, battle of the sexes, pregnancy, casual sex, romance, wedding, introspection, human nature, free spirited, power of love, youth, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, africa, australia, cape town south africa, copenhagen denmark ...
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