South African Movies are pretty exciting and appeal to people of every race. From classics such as Sarafina to comedy like Seriously Single, South African movies is a must-see.
Fortunately, the international streaming platform Netflix has many South African films and series that you can binge-watch during the weekends.
This article will discuss some of these movies;
Table of Contents
- 1. Catching feelings (2017)
- 2. Tsotsi (2005)
- 3. Mandela
- 4. Ayanda (2015)
- 5. Seriously Single (2020)
- 6. Four Corners (2013)
- 7. Uncovered (2019)
- 8. Baby Mamas (2018)
- 9. The Letter Reader (2019)
- 10. Hoeville (2010)
- 11. Liefling Die Movie (2010)
- 12. Material (2012)
- 13. White Wedding (2010)
- 14. Santana (2020)
- 15. I Am All Girls (2021)
- 16. Queen Sono (2020)
- 17. Blood and Water (2020)
- 18. Shadow (2019)
- 19. Kings of Jo’Burg (2020)
- 20. Jiva! (2021)
1. Catching feelings (2017)
Catching Feelings is one of the South African movies on Netflix. The movie is a dark romantic comedy about a formerly famous writer and his beautiful wife and the events that unraveled after a renowned author moves in.
Starring in the movie is Pearl Thusi, Kagiso Lediga, Loyiso Gola, and Precious Makgaretsa.
2. Tsotsi (2005)
This movie is about a young gang leader, Tsotsi, who stole a car only to find out that there is a baby in the back seat of the vehicle.
Furthermore, the young man spends six days in a violent and agitated situation, which led to an emotional bond in the end.
Starring in the movie are Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto, Kenneth Nkosi, and Mothusi Magano
Long Walk to Freedom (2013): This is a South African biographical film about the true story of the fall of apartheid in South Africa and the rise of an international icon, Nelson Mandela.
Moreover, the movie features how Mandela, a South African lawyer, joins the fight against apartheid.
Later on, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in the armed resistance after the Sharpeville Massacre. Stars in the movie are Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Riaad Moosa, and Tony Kgoroge.
4. Ayanda (2015)
This movie is one of the South African movies on Netflix, also known as Ayanda and the Mechanic.
The film is about a twenty-one-year-old hipster designer called Ayanda. Actually, in the movie, Ayanda is trying to create her path in life.
She struggles to adapt and overcome stereotypes in the culture while trying to figure out her own identity. Additionally, she is trying to keep the memory of her father alive.
Stars in these movies are Fulu Mugovhani, Jafta Mamabolo, Nthati Moshesh, and OC Ukeje.
5. Seriously Single (2020)
This movie is about Dineo, a social media expert who craves commitment. She fell in love with her ex and stalks him. Meanwhile, her free-living best friend urges her to embrace singlehood.
Dineo ends up accepting herself and enjoying her singlehood. Fulu Mugovhani, Tumi Morake and Bohang Moeko starred in the movie.
6. Four Corners (2013)
This movie follows a newly released ex-con in Clap Flats as he seeks revenge, leading to a gang war between gangs 26 and 28.
Meanwhile, the conflict affects the life of a 13years old chess prodigy and those around him.
Additionally, the movie shows the gang culture in the Cape Flats and how members of the community try their best to protect young boys from gang activities. When possible, they rehabilitate these boys.
Starring in this movie is Israel Make, Brendon Daniels, Lindi Matshikiza, and Jezzriel Skei.
7. Uncovered (2019)
This movie is about a businesswoman who continues investigating the murder of her sister.
However, she does this by continuing her late sister’s investigation into a mining conspiracy that her boss may be involved in. This movie stars Nqobile Khumalo, Robert Hobbs, and S’Thandiwe Kgoroge.
8. Baby Mamas (2018)
Baby Mamas is a South African movie on Netflix which shows how four professional women lean on each other for support as they raise their kids.
This movie is a comedy about four friends from different demographics of black South Africa.
Starring in this movie is Kay Smith, Thembisa Mdoda, Salamina Mosese, and Dineo Ranaka.
9. The Letter Reader (2019)
This is a short movie about a young boy who travels from Johannesburg to KwaZulu-Natal.
He arrives and starts reading letters for the villagers and falls in love with one of the recipients. Stars in these movies include Nokuthula Mazibuko, Bahle Mashinini, and Nomalanga Shabana.
10. Hoeville (2010)
This movie is about Amos, a reformed alcoholic, and his estranged son, Themba. They both move to Hopeville, a town where apathy, suspicion, and fear are the order of the day.
Additionally, when Amos tries to restore the public pool to support his son’s swimming aspirations, he is met with resistance from the community.
Starring in this movie is Jody Abrahams, Themba Ndaba, Terry Pheto, and Desmond Dube.
11. Liefling Die Movie (2010)
This movie is a musical on Netflix about Jan and Liefling. Jan falls for an adventure-loving young lady who lives on a farm, Liefling.
However, fate and jealous exes try to tear them apart. This movies stars Bobby Van Jaarsveld, Marlee Van Der Merwe, Lika Berning, KUrt Darren and Elize Cawood.
12. Material (2012)
This South African movie on Netflix is about a young Muslim man, Cassim, who assists his father in his fabric shop in Johannesburg.
However, Cassim wants to be a stand-up comedian, but his father disapproves of it.
Cassim ends up getting a gig at a local bar and finds a way to keep it a secret from his father.
Stars in the movie are Joey Yusuf Rasdien, Riaad Moosa, Vincent Ebrahim, Rosalind Butler, Zakeeya Patel, and Carishma Basday.
13. White Wedding (2010)
This movie is about a groom and his best man’s road trip adventure as they race across South Africa to attend a wedding.
They hitched a ride with a pretty British doctor, and sparks start flying. This movie stars Jodie Whittaker, Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo, and Zandile Msutwana.
14. Santana (2020)
This movie is about two brothers, a narcotics agent and a general. They discover the identity of the drug lord who murdered their parents years ago.
However, due to their differences, they might kill each other before catching the bad guys. This movie stars Nompilo Gwala, Rapulana Seiphemo, Paulo Americano, Tamer Burjaq, and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.
15. I Am All Girls (2021)
A relentless detective forms an unlikely bond with a killer to take down a global human trafficking ring and its organizers in this movie.
While on the journey to take down the call, they fight their dark secrets. Starring in this movie is Deon Lotz, Erica Wessels, Hlubi Mboya, and Gert De Jager.
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16. Queen Sono (2020)
This is a series about a highly trained South African spy in South Africa whose purpose is to improve the lives of the citizens.
However, while taking on her most dangerous missions, she faces her ever-changing relationships in her personal life. Starring in this series is Chiedza Mhende, Sechaba Morojele, Kate Liquorish, Vuyo Dabula, and Pearl Thusi.
17. Blood and Water (2020)
This series is about an intelligent, proactive, and impulsive 16 years old girl, Puleng Khumalo, who engineers to be transferred to Parkhurst College.
Besides, Parkhurst College is a prestigious school for Cape Town’s elite scholars and academic overachievers.
Actually, Puleng engineers to be transferred to the school after meeting a girl at a party. She believes the private-school swimming star, the girl she saw at the party, is her sister abducted at birth and wants to investigate.
Ama Qamata, Ryle De Morny, Natasha Thahane, Thabang Molaba, and Khosi Ngema stars in the series.
18. Shadow (2019)
This series is about Shadow, an ex-cop with a rare inability to feel pain. This inability of his assists in when he strikes out to serve justice on his own to criminals who eluded Johannesburg police.
Starring in this series is Pallance Dladla, Time Ngumla, Khathu Kevin Ramabulana, and Amanda Du-Pont.
19. Kings of Jo’Burg (2020)
This series is about the Masire brothers, who rule the criminal underworld of Johannesburg until a supernatural family curse and a tangled web of betrayal threaten to tear them apart.
Starring in this series is Buhle Samuels, Zolisa Xaluva, Tsholofelo Matshaba, and Shona Ferguson.
20. Jiva! (2021)
This series shows the life of a talented street dancer, Ntombi, who juggles a dead-end job, family duties, and her rocky love life.
However, she realizes that our dance is her ticket out of her small town. Starring in this series is Sne Mbatha, Zazi Kunene, Stella Dlangalala, and Noxolo Dlamini.
These are some South African movies and series on Netflix which you can check out the next time you want to “Netflix and Chill.”