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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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.

Indemnity is on Showmax

Indemnity (2022)

A Cape Town ex-fireman with PTSD races to clear his name after he’s accused of killing his wife in this action-packed thriller.

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The Equalizer on Showmax

The Equalizer S3

Queen Latifah plays Robyn McCall, an enigmatic former CIA operative who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn.

Violent Night is on Showmax

Violent Night (2022)

In this holiday action comedy, David Harbour plays Santa Claus, who is not your typical sweet old man. He faces a team of mercenaries when they invade a wealthy family’s home.

Warrior Season 3 is on Showmax

Warrior S3

The original dragon Bruce Lee wrote, pitched and had this story rejected. Fifty years later, Warrior made it to the screen.

Alexander Skarsgård in The Northman on Showmax

The Northman (2022)

A Viking prince undertakes an adventurous quest to seek justice for his murdered father in this revenge thriller.

The Woman King on Showmax

The Woman King (2022)

The Woman King is inspired by the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors in West Africa in the 1800s.

Joseph Sikora plays Tommy in Power Book IV: Force

Power Book IV: Force S1

On his way to California, Tommy decides to stop in Chicago to lay flowers at the grave of his deceased grandmother, only to learn that she is still alive.

The Big Ugly is on Showmax

The Big Ugly (2020)

See Vinnie Jones on the hunt for retribution and answers in this gritty crime thriller set in West Virginia.

Want something with a different kind of action?

This Body Works For Me Season 2 is on Showmax

This Body Works For Me S2

This Body Works For Me explores the lives of seven women in the South African adult entertainment industry, letting us in on their family dynamics, relationships, hustles, and careers.

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After Ever Happy is on Showmax

After Ever Happy (2022)

A shocking truth about Tessa and Hardin’s families emerges, leading them to realise they are more similar than they ever thought.

Don't Worry Darling is now on Showmax

Don’t Worry Darling (2022)

Florence Pugh and Harry Styles lead this mystery thriller set in the 1950s in a utopian town where nothing is as it seems.

Minx S2 is on Showmax

Minx S1-2

In 1970s LA, an earnest young feminist and a low-rent publisher team up to create the first erotic magazine for women.

Love Island UK Season 10 is on Showmax

Swap the chill for a long, hot summer with Love Island UK on Showmax

Get ready for a sizzling summer adventure with Love Island Season 10, coming first to Showmax from the UK, hosted by Maya Jama.

Grammy-winning pop star Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye plays Tedros in HBO's The Idol

Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye on his role in The Idol

The co-creator, exec producer, writer and actor playing the role of Tedros in HBO’s The Idol tells us about how his real life inspired the controversial show.

Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn in HBO's The Idol

Lily-Rose Depp on her breakout role on The Idol, IMDb’s most popular show globally

Lily-Rose Depp discusses her breakthrough role on The Idol, the controversial drama series, now streaming on Showmax.

Oscar-nominated artist and Grammy-winning pop star Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, alongside co-star Lily-Rose Depp in HBO's The Idol

The creator of Euphoria on his even more controversial new show: The Idol

Emmy-nominated Euphoria creator-director Sam Levinson talks about his new HBO Original series The Idol, now coming express to Showmax.


Eye-opening documentaries to stream

Tony Hawk: Until The Wheels Fall Off on Showmax

Tony Hawk: Until The Wheels Fall Off

With never-before-seen footage and unprecedented access, follow the legend Tony Hawk’s personal life, career and relationship with skateboarding.

When We Were Bullies is on Showmax

When We Were Bullies (2022)

A mind-boggling coincidence leads the filmmaker to track down his fifth-grade class and fifth-grade teacher to examine their memory of and complicity in a bullying incident 50 years ago.

Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show S1 on Showmax

HBO’s Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show now on Showmax

Follow the life of the comedian Jerrod Carmichael in his new HBO series as he searches for love, sex, and connection.

Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show S1 on Showmax

Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show S1

A docuseries following Jerrod Carmichael in his encounters with friends, family and strangers, all in his search for love, sex and connection.

Original Sin: My Son The Killer on Showmax

Former SAPS profiler on the murder that “stands out the most”

Former SAPS head profiler Dr Gérard Labuschagne discusses the true-crime documentary Original Sin: My Son The Killer, noting it as the most troubling case in his career.

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Frederick Douglass In Five Speeches on Showmax

Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches

Acclaimed actors bring to life the words of Frederick Douglass, an American anti-slavery activist, with readings from his autobiographies to illustrate how his words about racial injustice still resonate deeply today.

Original Sin: My Son The Killer on Showmax

Original Sin: My Son The Killer (2024)

The chilling story of Gerhard Jansen van Vuuren, told by his mother, who helped him flee South Africa after he murdered his girlfriend, Andrea Venter. 

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Tracking Thabo Bester on Showmax

The best of South Africa in March 2024: 9 must-see Showmax Originals

Showmax’s local lineup is stronger than ever, with hits like Tracking Thabo Bester, Catch Me A Killer, Red Ink, Youngins, and more.

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