Movies and TV shows set in south africa

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in south africa ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, captivating, suspense, tense and dramatic films and TV shows about / with society, racism, apartheid, violence, life is a bitch, runaway, brutality, culture clash, murder and friendship plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres shot in South Africa, UK, USA and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as south africa: Stander (2003), A Dry White Season (1989), Invictus (2009), Tsotsi (2005), Moffie (2019), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), Breaker Morant (1980), Cry, the Beloved Country (1995), Ebola Syndrome (1996), Endgame (2009).

List of movies set in south africa

 7.1
 9K
Stander (2003)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, Germany, South Africa, UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The life and career of Andre Stander, a South African police officer turned bank robber.
Style: harsh, serious, rough, exciting, factual ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: apartheid, crimes, bank robbery, fighting the system, heist, law enforcement, rebelliousness, gun store, dishonesty, violence spree, gangsters, gang ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: south africa, africa, new jersey, texas, ireland
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A Dry White Season (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Taking place during the 1976 Soweto uprising, the story follows a white school teacher whose life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.
Style: thought provoking, talky, emotional, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, lawyer, fighting the system, legal, society, rebellion, crimes, injustice, discrimination, women, courtroom, freedom ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, england, australia, new jersey ...
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 7.3
 161K
Invictus (2009)
Genre: Action, 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: inspirational, uplifting, political, touching, feel good ...
Plot: racism, human spirit, sport, president, apartheid, leadership, politics, rugby, idealism, life philosophy, historical character, underdog ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: south africa, africa, new jersey, johannesburg south africa, cape town south africa ...
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 7.2
 29K
Tsotsi (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The South African multi-award winning film about a young South African boy from the ghetto named Tsotsi, meaning Gangster. Tsotsi, who left home as a child to get away from helpless parents, finds a baby in the back seat of a car that he has just ...
Style: sincere, bleak, emotional, harsh, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: baby, redemption, gang, poverty, gangsters, slum, friendship, urban ghetto life, murder, street life, robbery, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, boston, johannesburg south africa
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 6.8
 3K
Moffie (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: South Africa, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Moffie (a derogatory Afrikaans term for a gay man) follows the story of Nicholas van der Swart: from a very young age, he realises he is different. Try as he may, he cannot live up to the macho image expected of him by his family, by his heritage. ...
Style: psychological, sexy, touching, unusual plot structure, political ...
Plot: gay, gay love, military, closeted gay, gay relationship, gay interest, gay slur, military training, homoeroticism, forbidden love, military service, lgbt ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: south africa, africa
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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, South Africa
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, inspirational, political ...
Plot: prison, rebellion, civil rights, human spirit, prison life, oppression, politics, courage, brutality, family, racism, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 60s, 90s, 70s ...
Place: south africa, africa
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 7.8
 14K
Breaker Morant (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the ...
Style: political, tense, thought provoking, factual, witty ...
Plot: anti war, courtroom, lawyer, legal, politics, war, military, murder, court, military life, tragedy, australian ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 90s
Place: south africa, australia, africa, england, south australia
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Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A South-African preacher goes to search for his wayward son who has committed a crime in the big city.
Style: thought provoking, touching, sexy, stylized, visually appealing ...
Plot: racism, apartheid, interracial relations, self discovery, politics, first contact, idealism, eccentricity, slavery, family bonds, loneliness, psychology ...
Time: 1940s, 19th century, 20th century, year 1946, post world war two
Place: south africa, africa, johannesburg south africa
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Ebola Syndrome (1996)
Genre: Crime, Horror
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A restaurant employee wanted for murder contracts Ebola by raping a woman in South Africa and starts an outbreak there and in Hong Kong when he returns home.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, bloody, erotic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, rape, female nudity, cannibalism, infection, psychopath, village, virus, threesome, masturbation, revenge, humiliation ...
Time: 90s, year 1996, 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: south africa, africa, china, johannesburg south africa, asia ...
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 6.2
 3K
Endgame (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, South Africa
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: tense, captivating, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bomb, rebellion, hopes, politics, siege, revolution, life is a bitch, fighting the system, unlikely partners, state affairs, leadership, folk hero ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: south africa, africa, england, europe, cape town south africa
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 6.7
 11K
Catch a Fire (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The true story of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, and particularly the life of Patrick Chamusso, a timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world. Patrick is wrongly accused, imprisoned and tortured for an ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, factual, harsh, emotional ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, racism, rebellion, fighting the system, police brutality, civil rights, apartheid, visceral, ethnic conflict, political unrest, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1991, year 1980
Place: south africa, africa, angola
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 8.1
 232K
Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India, USA, South Africa
Duration: 191 min.
Story: In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of ...
Style: epic, political, inspirational, sexy, factual ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: idealism, protest, lawyer, politics, human spirit, religious intolerance, leadership, assassination, freedom, courage, hindu, british empire ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, victorian era ...
Place: india, south africa, africa, vatican, new delhi ...
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Mia and the White Lion (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: France, Germany, South Africa, Switzerland, Monaco, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young girl from London moves to Africa with her parents where she befriends a lion cub.
Style: exciting, captivating, sincere, scenic
Audience: kids
Plot: wild animal, animal rescue, teenage girl, lion, conservation, lion cub, christmas present, family, picnic, teenager, family farm, broken promise ...
Place: south africa, north africa, africa
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 7.7
 40K
Zulu (1964)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In 1879, during the Zulu wars, man of the people Lt. John Chard (Stanley Baker) and snooty Lt Gonville Bromhead (Michael Caine) were in charge of defending the isolated Natal outpost of Rorke's Drift from tribal hordes, holding out during an ...
Style: realistic, epic, factual, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: military, war, british colonialism, british army, siege, human spirit, soldier, british empire, historical event, colonialism, battles, native ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 60s, 1870s
Place: africa, south africa, england, united kingdom
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Allan Quatermain and the Temple of Skulls (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Filmed on location in South Africa, a retelling of H. Rider Haggard's classic novel "King Solomon's Mines," featuring the adventurer who was the inspiration for Indiana Jones.
Style: realistic, humorous, rough, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Plot: treasure hunt, rescue, adventure, adventurer, obsessive quest, secret place, wild ride, heroic mission, gunfight, chase, violence, male female relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 19th century
Place: south africa, africa
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Escape From Pretoria (2020)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, USA, South Africa, Germany
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…
Style: suspense, political, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison escape, apartheid, escape, political activism, human spirit, prison, maximum security prison, freedom, political prisoner, political activist, politics, political persecution ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, 20th century
Place: south africa, cape town south africa, africa, australia, south australia ...
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A World Apart (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Zimbabwe
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A White enclave in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the 1960s. Molly Roth, 13 years old, is the daughter of leftist parents, and she must piece together what's happening around her when her father disappears one night, barely evading arrest, and, ...
Style: political, realistic, serious, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: racism, politics, mother daughter relationship, family relations, injustice, political unrest, interracial relations, exile, communist party, youth, rebellion, society ...
Time: 60s, year 1963
Place: south africa, africa, johannesburg south africa
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Dangerous Ground (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Vusi Madlazi returns to the South African village he left as a young boy to bury his father. He meets up with his brother Ernest, who tells him their other brother Stephen couldn't be contacted. Vusi goes to Johannesburg to find him, but at ...
Style: suspense, tense, realistic, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: culture clash, justice, homecoming, prostitute, drug dealing, police corruption, urban ghetto, fighting the system, crimes, drug abuse, hip hop, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: south africa, africa, san francisco
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Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 119 min.
Story: This South African movie tracks the rise of a once-petty criminal to the heights of the criminal underworld. After cutting his teeth on hijacking, before moving onto bigger game, an ambitious man hits a setback when most of his gang are shot.
Style: serious, rough, captivating, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: gangsters, urban ghetto life, organized crime, gang war, gang of thieves, thief, group of criminals, buddies, gang, life is a bitch, ambition, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: south africa, africa, johannesburg south africa
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 4.7
 3K
Mr. Bones (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: South Africa
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A medicine man is sent looking for the son of his tribal king, and brings back an American golfer and a host of goons intent on keeping him in the golf tournament.
Style: not serious, exciting, humorous, feel good, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: obsessive quest, golf, ambition, rivalry, escapades, oracle, disorder, wizards and magicians, golfer, tribe, african tribe, mistaken identity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, south africa
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The Unforgiving (2010)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: South Africa
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Two survivors, who appear unwilling to answer questions, are the only links authorities have to a spate of attacks that have hit rural South Africa.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, serious, psychological, tense ...
Plot: survival, serial killer, crimes, countryside, body horror, violence, murder, violent, life is a bitch, cons and scams, sexual abuse, rape revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
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 6.8
 2K
The Wound (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Eastern Cape, South Africa. A lonely factory worker, Xolani, takes time off his job to assist during an annual Xhosa circumcision initiation into manhood. In a remote mountain camp that is off limits to women, young men, painted in white ochre, ...
Style: psychological, melancholic, touching, tense, art house ...
Plot: gay teenager, gay, gay slur, gay sex, machismo, gay interest, gay lead character, sexuality, lgbt, lgbtq, closeted homosexual, frustration ...
Time: 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
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The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Having spent 10 years in prison for nationalist activities, Shack Twala is finally ordered released by the South African Supreme Court but he finds himself almost immediately on the run after a run-in with the police. Assisted by his lawyer Rina Van ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, racism, on the run, betrayal, dishonesty, politics, state affairs, against the rules, injustice, apartheid, racist, heroes ...
Time: 70s
Place: south africa, africa, johannesburg south africa
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 7.9
 682K
District 9 (2009)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA, New Zealand, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Aliens land in South Africa and, with their ship totally disabled, have no way home. Years later, after living in a slum and wearing out their welcome the 'Non-Humans' are being moved to a new tent city overseen by Multi-National United ...
Style: suspense, serious, cerebral, thought provoking, biting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, distopia, quarantine, extraterrestrial, space and aliens, mutation, alien invasion, alien encounter, alien race, metamorphosis, chaos and mayhem, transformation ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 1982
Place: africa, south africa, johannesburg south africa
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 6.3
 2K
Sarafina! (1992)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: South Africa, UK, France, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The plot centers on students involved in the Soweto Riots, in opposition to the implementation of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in schools. The stage version presents a school uprising similar to the Soweto uprising on June 16, 1976. A ...
Style: realistic, unusual plot structure, visually appealing, allegory, political ...
Plot: teacher, children, racism, high school, dedicated educator, dancing, gangsters, race issues, violent, broadway, fantasy world, manipulation ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, south africa
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The Power of One (1992)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Australia, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: PK, an English orphan terrorized for his family's political beliefs in Africa, turns to his only friend, a kindly world-wise prisoner, Geel Piet. Geel teaches him how to box with the motto “fight with your fists and lead with your heart”. ...
Style: emotional, touching, inspirational, intense, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boxing, bullying, friendship, youth, racism, world war two, discrimination, society, rivalry, hopes, orphan, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: africa, south africa
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Blood & Water (2020)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: South Africa
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: After crossing paths at a party, a Cape Town teen sets out to prove whether a private-school swimming star is her sister who was abducted at birth.
Style: captivating, suspense, serious, confusing, disturbing ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: high school, private school, secret, family secret, school, sister sister relationship, uncover truth, investigation, private investigation, mystery, twins separated at birth, secret revealed ...
Place: south africa
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 7.4
 14K
Cry Freedom (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko, ...
Style: political, inspirational, thought provoking, feel good, clever ...
Plot: racism, apartheid, politics, journalism, social injustice, friendship, human rights, murder, idealism, journalist, civil rights, freedom ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975, year 1977
Place: south africa, africa, england, cape town south africa
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The Naked Prey (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A group of men are on safari. One of the party refuses to give a gift to a tribe they encounter. The tribe is offended, seizes the party, and one-by-one, kills all but one of the safari members in various creative and horrifying ways. The last ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, manhunt, wilderness, tribe, hunter, on the run, adventurer, cannibalism, culture clash, desert, chase, native ...
Time: 19th century, 60s
Place: africa, south africa
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Kidnap and Ransom (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: Kidnap and Ransom is a British television three-part miniseries, originally shown on ITV in January 2011 with a second series following in February 2012. The series follows the work of a British hostage negotiator Dominic King, played by Trevor Eve, ...
Style: realistic, tense, captivating, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: rescue, captivity, ransom, crimes, race against time, confined, kidnapping, hostage, abduction, police, negotiator, terrorist ...
Time: 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
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