Best action movies and series on Showmax

Best action movies and series on Showmax

Can’t get enough of car chases and fight scenes? We’ve trawled through the entire Showmax catalogue to pick our favourite hard-hitting action movies and series. Travel from war zones to outer space in this action-packed selection.

From gripping heists to the relentless pursuit for justice, heart-stopping hand-to-hand (or sword-to-sword) combat, war zone terror, high-stakes shootouts and the bloody quest for revenge, this curated selection of action-packed series and movies is sure to satisfy your craving for non-stop excitement.

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The Old Way on Showmax

The Old Way (2023)

An old retired gunslinger’s past catches up with him when the son of a man he murdered years ago returns to take revenge.

Expendables is now on Showmax

Expend4bles (2023)

In the fourth instalment of the action-packed franchise, Stallone and Statham return with new recruits to face off against an arms dealer. 

Morgan Freeman as Secretary of State Mullins In Special Ops: Lioness

Special Ops: Lioness S1

This pulsating espionage drama, led by Zoe Saldaña and a stellar cast, is based on the true story of the agents at the tip of the CIA’s spear in the war on terror.

Fast Charlie is on Showmax

Fast Charlie (2023)

Charlie is a fixer with a problem: the thug he whacked is missing his head, and Charlie will only be paid if the body can be identified.

Retribution is on Showmax

Retribution (2023)

In this action thriller, a bank executive receives a bomb threat while driving his children to school – his car will explode if they exit.

Nomzamo Mbatha as Alexa in Assassin on Showmax

Assassin (2023)

South African star Nomzamo Mbatha stars alongside Bruce Willis in this sci-fi action thriller about a widow on a mission for vengeance.

Justice League Warworld is on Showmax

Justice League: Warworld (2023)

An action-packed fantasy animation. Transported to a place of unending brutal gladiatorial combat, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman must form a resistance and lead the planet to freedom.

The Flash is on Showmax

The Flash (2023)

Ezra Miller breaks time and space in this superhero epic. Barry Allen uses his super speed to change the past, but his attempt to save his family has unforeseen circumstances. 

Supercell on Showmax

Supercell (2023)

A teenage boy runs away to follow his father’s footsteps, legendary storm chaser Bill Brody in this action movie.

The Equalizer 3 on Showmax

The Equalizer 3 (2023)

Denzel Washington takes his uniquely brutal brand of justice to Italy in this third and final chapter of The Equalizer movies.

David Oyelowo as Bass Reeves in Lawmen: Bass Reeves on Showmax

Lawmen: Bass Reeves S1

The story of Bass Reeves, a slave who became the first Black US Marshal in the American West in the late 1800s. 

Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning on Showmax

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning (2023)

Ethan Hunt and his team face their most dangerous mission yet: to track down a terrifying new weapon before it falls into the wrong hands. 

Gran Turismo on Showmax

Gran Turismo (2023)

An avid gamer has his dream come true by becoming a professional race car driver. Directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Archie Madekwe.

Heels S2 is on Showmax

Heels S2

Two brothers and rivals, one the “heel“ and the other a “face,“ war over their late father’s wrestling promotion.

Adam Driver stars in 65 on Showmaz

65 (2023)

After a catastrophic crash on a mysterious, unknown planet, an astronaut quickly discovers he’s not alone.


Fast X (2023)

The 10th instalment of this internationally acclaimed blockbuster action franchise. Dom and his family confront their most lethal opponent yet: a terrifying threat from the shadows of the past.

The Diplomat is on Showmax

The Diplomat

Laura Simmonds and her Barcelona Consul colleague and friend Alba Ortiz fight to protect British nationals who find themselves in trouble in the Catalan city.

Plane is on Showmax

Plane (2022)

A pilot saves his passengers from a storm by landing on a war-torn island, putting all of them in the path of dangerous rebels.

Breaking is on Showmax

Breaking (2022)

A war veteran in mental and emotional turmoil holds several people hostage inside a bank in this poignant thriller.

Sylvester Stallone (aka Rocky Balboa) as Dwight “The General” Manfredi in Tulsa King S1

Tulsa King S1

An Italian mobster, played by Sylvester Stallone, is given the startling task of reestablishing his Italian mafia family in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Eye-opening documentaries to stream

Albert Brooks: Defending My Life is on Showmax

Albert Brooks: Defending My Life (2023)

Albert Brooks has been a major force in American comedy since the 1960s. Here, HBO explores the origins and evolution of his’ career.

Yes to the Impossible: Nolo Letele Story on Showmax

Yes to the impossible: The Nolo Letele Story

The inspiring story of the MultiChoice ex-chairman, Nolo Letele, who, against the odds, blazed the trail in bringing the company’s success story to life.

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The Janes is on Showmax

The Janes (2022)

This eye-opening doccie offers first-hand accounts from the Jane Collective, an underground network of abortion activists in the 1970s.

David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived is on Showmax

David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived (2023)

Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double in the Harry Potter films, David Holmes, was paralysed in the 7th movie. This documentary tells the story of friendship, endurance and adapting to one’s new normal.

Kings from Queens: The Run DMC Story is on Showmax

Kings From Queens: The Run DMC Story S1

Three guys from Hollis, Queens, two turntables and a microphone. The legend of Run-DMC is born. Stream the definitive documentary.

Maryam Henein in Shadowland - Season 1 is on Showmax

Crazy-conspiracy documentary Shadowland and 8 more cult classics

Explore the secret world of how fringe movements manipulate facts to recruit their followers in series like Shadowland Season 1 on Showmax.

Maryam Henein in Shadowland - Season 1 is on Showmax

Shadowland S1

Award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger sends teams across America to uncover the real reasons they can’t agree on what’s true and what’s not.

Love Undercover on Showmax

Love Undercover S1

Follow elite athletes in this modern-day fairytale meets buddy comedy series about a group of international soccer stars who go on a secret quest for true love.