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, exciting, rough and touching films and TV shows about / with murder, danger, violence, betrayal, mother son relationship, explosion, crimes, death, kidnapping and politics plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Action genres shot in South Africa, USA, UK and other countries.
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cape town south africa movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as cape town south africa: Safe House (2012), Mercenary for Justice (2006), Dark Tide (2012), Beauty (2011), The Blue Mauritius (2020), Shaka Zulu (1986), Shark Attack 2 (2000), The Recce (2018), Inter-Star (1981), Styx (2001).

List of movies set in cape town south africa

 6.7
 200K
Safe House (2012)
Genre: Action, 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, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: cia, espionage, on the run, secret agents, gunfight, mercenary, corruption, betrayal, interrogation, rogue agent, 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, realistic, serious, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, mercenary, heroes, rescue, one man army, prison, hostage, tough heroes, escapades, vengeance, danger, crimes ...
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, serious ...
Plot: shark, shark attack, survival, diver, ocean or sea, dangerous animal, escapades, adventure, haunted by the past, danger, underwater, deadly ...
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: touching, sincere, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: gay sex, gays and lesbians, gay, life turned upside down, self discovery, family life, disorder, parents and children, gay interest, family relations, husband wife relationship, sexual repression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, cape town south africa, africa
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The Blue Mauritius (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: Germany, South Africa, France, UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Five international thieves meet in Cape Town to steal the most valuable stamp in the world.
Plot: theft, thief, heist, criminal gang
Place: cape town south africa
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 7.7
 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, imperialism, leadership, politics, ambition, society, military, settlement, political unrest ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1910s, 1700s
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: serious, uplifting, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: animal rescue, killer whale, family relations, adventure, confined, animal life, friendship, reunion, ocean or sea, captivity, young heroes, mischievous children ...
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: rough, serious, suspenseful, scary
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: shark, shark attack, rescue, survival, deadly, danger, race against time, secret agents, experiment gone awry, heroes, deadly creature, special agents ...
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: war, swat team, behind enemy lines, mourning, survival, military
Time: 80s
Place: south africa, cape town south africa
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 8.1
 14
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: sexploitation, puppet, afrikaans
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: semi serious, realistic, feel good, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: amateur detective, ancient mystery, fighting crime, private detective, investigation, crimes, adventure, when the parents are away, partners against crime, heroes, chase, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
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 4.7
 441
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: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime gone awry, heist, debt, police shootout, going straight, tough heroes, unlikely criminals, criminal heroes, tough law enforcer, betrayal, master criminal, dishonesty ...
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.
Style: low-budget
Plot: gunfight, mercenary, kidnapping, sexploitation, secret agents, royal family, prison fight, secret agent, explosion, massacre, cia, release from prison ...
Place: cape town south africa, south africa, africa
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 4.9
 69
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, nudity (full frontal - brief), female nudity, female killer, sexploitation, nude
Place: south africa, cape town south africa
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 3.6
 788
The Demon (1979)
Genre: Horror
Country: South Africa
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Random people are terrorized by a malevolent man who brings their worst fears to life.
Style: psychotronic
Plot: murder, demon, investigation, supernatural, kidnapping, stalking, slasher, child murder, monster, skeleton, disco, sexploitation ...
Place: cape town south africa, south africa
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Escape From Pretoria (2020)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: South Africa, 1978. Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lee, two white political activists from the African National Congress imprisoned by the apartheid regime, put a plan in motion to escape from the infamous Pretoria Prison…
Plot: political activism, prison escape, apartheid, racism, political persecution, political activist, maximum security prison, escape plan, afrikaans, south african, penitentiary, political prisoner ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: australia, africa, adelaide south australia, cape town south africa, south australia ...
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 6.1
 37
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: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious
Plot: dishonesty, crime, cons and scams, crimes, scam, hostage, search, friend, money, criminal, girlfriend, danger
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: serious, emotional, gloomy, touching, sincere ...
Plot: paralysis, disability, misfit, society, single parent, social decay, human spirit, family problems, introspection, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, 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: semi serious, touching, contemplative, melancholic, humorous ...
Plot: racism, culture clash, family relations, interracial relations, friendship, teenage love, parents and children, injustice, discrimination, youth, family problems, family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1968, year 1977
Place: usa, africa, california, south africa, cape town south africa ...
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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: rough, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, cia, kidnapping, terrorist, war on terror, government agency, undercover, state affairs, senator, police brutality, surveillance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, chicago illinois, washington d.c., usa, cape town south africa ...
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 7.3
 146K
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: touching, uplifting, emotional, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, president, idealism, rugby, historical character, racism, celebration, apartheid, sport, politician, blacks and whites, sport team ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, 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: semi serious, sincere, humorous, contemplative, touching ...
Plot: astronomer, pregnancy, interracial relations, family relations, social differences, society, feminism, love triangle, single parent, workplace, hopes, boss and employee ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: redemption, gunfight, reincarnation, rescue, haunted by the past, stylized violence, conspiracy, mercilessness, tragic hero, murder, one against many, near death experience ...
Time: 2010s
Place: south africa, florida, cape town south africa, hong kong
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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 ...
Style: homoerotic
Plot: teacher, lesbian, transvestite, civil servant, apartment, loneliness, architecture, white trash, claustrophobia, spinster, mythology, gay ...
Place: south africa, cape town 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, crimes, crime, racism, gang war, haunted by the past, police detective, atrocity, society, graphic violence, law enforcement, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa
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 6.4
 225
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: investigation, diamond, multiple storylines, fashion industry, world politics, interracial sex, engagement, cocaine, chess, model, geologist, un ...
Place: washington d.c., russia, africa, london, congo ...
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 5.5
 14K
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: suspense, exciting, tense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, female protagonist, robbery, money, fear, conspiracy, brutality, hand to hand combat, ambush, regret, violence, disguise ...
Place: washington d.c., cape town south africa
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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, tense, captivating, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bomb, hopes, rebellion, politics, danger, fighting the system, political unrest, leadership, folk hero, revolution, state affairs, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: south africa, england, africa, europe, cape town south africa
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 6.7
 12K
Race (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, 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: exciting, realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful
Plot: rivalry, betrayal, love triangle, crime, crimes, investigation, family relations, deadly, law enforcement, vengeance, siblings relations, dishonesty ...
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, piano, bodyguard, master criminal, criminal heroes, confined, danger, frame up, law enforcement, deadly, manhunt, chase ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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