Best South African Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best South African Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: suspense, suspenseful, serious, intense, exciting and psychotronic. Plot: murder, violence, gun, death, survival, brutality, danger, blood, betrayal and weapons. Genre: Action, Drama and Thriller. Country: South Africa, USA and UK.
Best South African Movies
Best South African Movies
TOP Movies: Black Panther (2018), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Chappie (2015), The Lion King (2019), The Dead Don't Die (2019), Wer (2013), Escape Room (2019), District 9 (2009), The Banana Splits Movie (2019), Gandhi (1982), Silverton Siege (2022), I Am All Girls (2021), The Empty Man (2020), Gaia (2021), Hotel Rwanda (2004), Dredd (2012), Khumba (2013), Eye in the Sky (2015), Fried Barry (2020), Tsotsi (2005).

List of Best Movies

Black Panther (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: King T'Challa returns home from America to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within ...
Style: suspense, futuristic, stylized, intense, slasher ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: superhero, martial arts, king, good versus evil, loss of father, technology, warrior, black hero, chase, panther, strong female character, spy ...
Time: future, year 1992, 2010s, 90s, 21st century ...
Place: africa, london, oakland california, nigeria, south korea
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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be ...
Style: exciting, road movie, suspense, surreal, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: post apocalypse, apocalypse, survival, desert, distopia, chase, future dystopia, car chase, car, dark hero, on the run, chaos ...
Time: future, near future
Place: australia
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Chappie (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings—some good, some bad—and he will rely on his heart and ...
Style: touching, stylized, absurd, emotional, philosophical ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: robot, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, cyborgs, technology gone awry, a.i., technology, androids and robots, distopia, consciousness, prodigy, parents and children ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2010s
Place: africa, south africa, johannesburg south africa
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The Lion King (2019)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle ...
Style: psychotronic, touching, colourful, epic, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: animals, lion, jungle, king, talking animals, lion cub, disney, kingdom, wilderness, prince, childhood trauma, nature ...
Time: 2010s
Place: africa
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The Dead Don't Die (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In a small peaceful town, zombies suddenly rise to terrorize the town. Now three bespectacled police officers and a strange Scottish morgue expert must band together to defeat the undead.
Style: intense, atmospheric, tense, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: zombie, flying saucer, zombie apocalypse, police officer, small town, cemetery, epidemic, virus, female humanoid alien, back from the dead, police station, recluse ...
Place: pennsylvania
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Wer (2013)
Genre: Action, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A defense attorney begins to suspect that her client, who is charged with the murders of a vacationing family, might be more than meets the eye.
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, serious, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: werewolf, deadly creature, murder, who done it, mystery, superhuman powers, found footage, crimes, dedicated lawyer, legal, medical examination, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france
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Escape Room (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to survive.
Style: suspense, surprise ending, exciting, mind bending, psychological ...
Plot: trapped, puzzle, clue, riddles and clues, quest, group of strangers, death, teamwork, survivor, game of death, characters killed one by one, survival ...
Place: chicago illinois
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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: serious, suspense, cerebral, biting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, distopia, space and aliens, alien encounter, alien race, quarantine, human nature, extraterrestrial, mutation, transformation, alien invasion, metamorphosis ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 1982
Place: africa, south africa, johannesburg south africa
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The Banana Splits Movie (2019)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A boy named Harley and his family attend a taping of The Banana Splits TV show, which is supposed to be a fun-filled birthday for young Harley and business as usual for Rebecca, the producer of the series. But things take an unexpected turn - and ...
Style: slasher, tense, captivating, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: television studio, child in peril, evil robot, violence, dark humor, hostage, characters killed one by one, struggle for survival, survival horror, survival, robot, robot as menace ...
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Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama
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 ...
Plot: idealism, human spirit, leadership, protest, freedom, lawyer, politics, independence, religious intolerance, peace, justice, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, year 1948, 19th century ...
Place: india, south africa, england, africa, vatican ...
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Silverton Siege (2022)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Africa
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a failed sabotage mission, a trio of anti-apartheid freedom fighters ends up in a tense bank hostage situation. Based on a true story.
Plot: hostage, criminal, african american, money, violence, ak 47, chase, prison, mission, theft, helicopter, police ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: africa
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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, criminal heroes, gang war, drug dealing, gang of thieves, group of criminals, thief, buddies, gang, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: south africa, africa, johannesburg south africa
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Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive as they discover all the games that they've played before.
Style: suspense, disturbing, tense, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: trapped, game of death, quest, game, survival horror, survival, most dangerous game, teamwork, mind game, female protagonist, struggle for survival, trap ...
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I Am All Girls (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Africa
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A special crimes investigator forms an unlikely bond with a serial killer to bring down a global child sex trafficking syndicate.
Style: tense, suspense, captivating
Plot: human trafficking, sex trafficking, lesbian relationship, policewoman, pedophile, serial killer, criminal, child trafficking, partners against crime, slave trade, fighting crime, criminal syndicate ...
Time: year 1994
Place: africa, johannesburg south africa
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The Empty Man (2020)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 137 min.
Story: After a group of teens from a small Midwestern town begin to mysteriously disappear, the locals believe it is the work of an urban legend known as The Empty Man. As a retired cop investigates and struggles to make sense of the stories, he discovers ...
Style: psychological, suspense, tense, suspenseful, slasher ...
Plot: occult, suicide, cult, sacrifice, investigation, teenager, creature, sect, death, supernatural, legend, riddles and clues ...
Time: 2010s, year 1995, 90s, year 2019
Place: missouri, himalaya
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Gaia (2021)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: South Africa
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On a surveillance mission in a primordial forest, a park ranger encounters two survivalists following a post-apocalyptic lifestyle. The boy and his philosophical father seem to have their own religion, and a mysterious relationship to nature. There ...
Style: suspense, mystical, bleak, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: recluse, supernatural being, forest, satanic cult, occult, religions or cults, creature, survival horror, cult, supernatural horror, survival, mysticism ...
Place: africa
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Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, rough, political, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: genocide, racism, against humanity, war, hotel, war crime, cruelty, un, politics, murder, human spirit, ethnic conflict ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: africa, rwanda, congo, somalia, tanzania
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Dredd (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, South Africa, India
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the future, America is a dystopian wasteland. The latest scourge is Ma-Ma, a prostitute-turned-drug pusher with a dangerous new drug and aims to take over the city. The only possibility of stopping her is an elite group of urban police called ...
Style: futuristic, intense, neo noir, touching, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, post apocalypse, distopia, judge, lone hero, tough law enforcer, drugs, brutality, drug lord, corruption, fighting crime, one man army ...
Time: future, near future
Place: usa, america
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8: A South African Horror Story (2019)
Genre: Horror
Country: South Africa
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An old man, fated to collect souls for eternity, seeks atonement after trading his daughter's soul.
Style: scary, serious, slasher
Plot: demon, murder, woman in danger, curses spells and rituals, schoolgirl, supernatural, obsession, african american woman, family relations, supernatural power, danger, gory ...
Place: south africa
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Khumba (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Country: South Africa
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A half-striped zebra is blamed for the drought and leaves his herd in search of his missing stripes. He is joined on his quest by an overprotective wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich; they defeat the tyrannical leopard and save his herd.
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, not serious, captivating ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: zebra, wild animal, survival, obsessive quest, friendship, misfit, heroic mission, save the day, odd couple, leaving home, wilderness, animal life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
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Eye in the Sky (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: South Africa, UK, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A military officer in command of a drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya sees her mission escalate from “capture” to “kill” just as a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone.
Style: suspense, political, suspenseful, intense, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terrorism, terrorist, drone, surveillance, military, terrorist plot, top secret, survival, espionage, child in peril, spy, technology ...
Time: future, contemporary, 2010s, 21st century
Place: africa, kenya, iraq, las vegas, england ...
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Fried Barry (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: South Africa
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Barry is a drug-addled, abusive bastard who - after yet another bender - is abducted by aliens. Barry takes a backseat as an alien visitor assumes control of his body and takes it for a joyride through Cape Town. What follows is an onslaught of ...
Style: funny, psychotronic, suspenseful, humorous, scary ...
Plot: alien abduction, alien, drug trip, abduction, maniac, violence, murder, society, characters in danger, supernatural power, supernatural, deadly creature ...
Time: 21st century
Place: south africa
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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, bully, slum, friendship, street life, urban ghetto life, murder, robbery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, boston, johannesburg south africa
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The Fall (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, South Africa, India
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story about 5 mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, ...
Style: surreal, mind bending, light, fairy tale, emotional ...
Plot: hospital, suicide attempt, imagination, imaginary kingdom, adventure, friendship, escape from reality, surrealism, adventurer, good versus evil, disguise, peril ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, india, istanbul turkey, taj mahal
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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive ...
Style: exciting, scary, sexy, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: post apocalypse, zombie, virus, end of the world, female warrior, chaos, monster, female fighter, zombie apocalypse, mutant, survival horror, one woman army ...
Time: future
Place: washington d.c., usa
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Safe House (2012)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA, Japan
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: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, gunfight, on the run, cia agent, secret service, spy, mercenary, secret agents, betrayal, corruption, fistfight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: cape town south africa, africa, south africa, paris france, langley virginia
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The Siege of Jadotville (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Ireland, South Africa
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during in the early 1960s.
Style: realistic, suspense, tense, factual, political ...
Plot: civil war, war, courage, politics, fight scenes, mercenary, conflict, un, betrayal, military, irish, justice ...
Time: 60s
Place: africa, congo, ireland
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10,000 BC (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe.
Style: epic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, scenic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, adventure, daring rescue, mammoth, lone hero, legends and myths, heroic mission, animal attack, jungle, chase, cave, hunter ...
Time: stone age, prehistoric times, prehistory, future
Place: egypt, north africa
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The Pirates of Somalia (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: After an inspiring chance encounter with his idol, rookie journalist Jay Bahadur uproots his life and moves to Somalia looking for the story of a lifetime. Hooking up with a local fixer, he attempts to get embedded with the local Somali pirates, ...
Style: suspenseful, factual, exciting, suspense
Plot: pirate, journalist, drugs, journalism, point of view, journey, adventure, culture clash, weapons, escapades, news report, village ...
Time: year 2008
Place: somalia, africa, canada
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Spud (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: South Africa
Duration: 103 min.
Story: It's South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school. John Milton is a boy from an ordinary ...
Style: realistic, sincere, sentimental, feel good, serious ...
Plot: private school, friendship, teachers and students, fish out of water, love and romance, childhood, bully, teenage crush, teenage boy, little boy, preparatory school, school ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa
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