South African Movies Now on Netflix

Wondering which South African films are currently showing on Netflix? Whether you’re looking for some belly laughs on a road trip adventure with White Wedding, some touching father-son dramedy in Material or some full tilt heist thriller action in Silverton Siege… there’s something for everyone.

LAST UPDATED: 20 September 2022

Amandla

Plot: A gang-related crime puts two brothers’ commitment to one another to the test years after they survived a childhood tragedy.

Amandla is visually powerful, captivating, well-paced, promising, bold, taut and fascinating enough to keep audiences entertained, but ultimately could leave you scratching your head. Movie Review…

Angeliena

Plot: Loosely based on a true story, Angeliena chronicles the exploits of a lovable eccentric hospital parking valet who longs to travel the globe.

In the search of love, hope, and faith, Angeliena embraces its vibrant, kitschy, and naive vibrations with a feisty attitude. It’s a cute, amusing, colorful, and mildly delightful film, but it’s restricted by its own candy floss fantasies and fairy tale ambitions. Movie Review…

I Am All Girls

Plot: In order to bring down a child sex trafficking organization, a special crimes detective forms a strange bond with a serial killer.

I Am All Girls has impact value, tackles weighty subjects, wrestles with an intriguing idea, boasts a talented cast and looks the part. Unfortunately, it has an ambitious, rushed and shallow narrative that stagnates and creates distance over time. Movie Review…

Catching Feelings

Plot: A renowned and hedonistic older writer moves into the Johannesburg home of a young academic and his gorgeous wife, turning their lives upside down.

While Catching Feelings is a step up, leaning on its charming ensemble, it’s uncertainty rises to the surface, remaining entertaining, showing glimpses of its true potential yet struggling to find substance beyond its Woody Allen ambitions. Movie Review…

Cold Harbour

Plot: Township cop Sizwe finds evidence of police corruption while looking into a turf battle between traffickers in Cape Town.

While Cold Harbour has a promising and strong start, it begins to fall apart in the third act before rushing to a wobbly, unexpected, and unsatisfying conclusion. Movie Review…

Collision

Plot: A security director comes to blows with a criminal when his only daughter is kidnapped.

Collision has an intriguing plot and an attractive cast, but this criminal drama thriller mainly sounds and looks the part but merely smolders without catching fire. Movie Review…

Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu

Plot: Solomon Mahlangu, a schoolboy hawker from the Mamelodi township who witnessed the events of June 16th, joins the ANC military wing to fight against the cruel tyranny of the Apartheid state and ultimately becomes a symbol of South Africa’s independence.

Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu is a spirited, vivid and compelling portrait of Solomon Mahlangu. Movie Review…

Material

Plot: A young Muslim man whose love for stand-up comedy leads to conflict when his father expects him to take over the family business.

Material is a heartwarming, smart and ultimately crowdpleasing comedy drama, managing to tell a beautiful, deeply human story with such seemingly simple complexities. Movie Review…

Paradise Stop

Plot: Troubled husband and relocated investigator Potso and “well-to-do” businessman and truck stop owner Ben meet at Paradise Stop, a truck stop on the northern border connecting cargo-carrying 16-wheelers from South Africa to Zimbabwe.

Paradise Stop is over-ambitious, slow-to-start and constrained by unsure writing but makes for passable entertainment with interesting language interplay and some strong acting. Movie Review…

Santana

Plot: Two cop brothers decide to take down the drug cartel linked to the death of their parents.

Santana is an Angolan/South African co-production, a low-budget action movie that boasts a solid cast. While it cleverly switches locales for Elite Squad-style fun, if you look too closely – it’s Swiss cheese. Movie Review…

Silverton Siege

Plot: Follows three freedom fighters who take refuge in a South African bank in Silverton only to kidnap the bank’s patrons and demand Nelson Mandela’s release.

Silverton Siege’s fictionalized situation lacks energy, simmers in the futility of a never-ending deadlock, and starts to run out of ideas despite being visually-arresting and intense at points. While the crime thriller starts off strong, it becomes bogged down too soon, losing momentum and failing to draw out its subplots’ full potential with the same vigor as its Dog Day Afternoon-style opening.Movie Review…

Table Manners

Plot: Megan Tucker struggles to pick up the pieces after losing her husband, home and possessions.

Table Manners coasts on unrequited promises, proficient cinematography and the quality of its ingredients, struggling to be anything more than a cute and colourful distraction with a hopeful message. Movie Review…

White Wedding

Plot: A groom and his best man undertake an adventurous road trip in an effort to get to his wedding on time.

White Wedding has an inherent local charm, a naturally funny comedy without feeling overly contrived, able to kindle heartwarming themes around friendship, love, loyalty and endurance. Movie Review…

Other South African movies now on Netflix: Blitz Patrollie, Kedibone, Kings of Jo’burg, Gangster’s Paradise, Happiness Ever After, Love by Chance, Seriously Single, Shadow, The Forgotten Kingdom, Trippin’ with the Kandasamys and Tsotsi.