The best thrillers to watch online

The best thrillers to watch online

Some adrenaline junkies jump out of planes to get their fix. Others, they just need to put on a top quality thriller and that’ll do the trick! If you want to watch thrillers online rather than getting your heart pounding IRL, Showmax has a great selection of thriller series and movies! Take a look at some below.

Strap in for pulse-pounding suspense, heart-stopping twists, and nail-biting tension as you immerse yourself in the captivating world of thrilling entertainment.

SAS Rogue Heroes on Showmax

SAS Rogue Heroes S1

Follow how the world’s greatest Special Forces unit, was formed under extraordinary pressure in the darkest days of World War Two.

Knock at the Cabin is on Showmax

Knock at the Cabin (2023)

A holidaying gay couple and their daughter are taken hostage by four strangers who demand an unthinkable sacrifice.

The Black Phone is on Showmax

The Black Phone (2021)

A young boy is abducted by a sadistic killer and kept in a basement, where he gets calls from the killer’s past victims on a broken phone.

Angela Black is on Showmax

Angela Black

Trapped in her marriage, Angela is approached out of the blue by Ed, a private investigator, who spills her husband’s darkest secrets.

Desert Rose is on Showmax

Desert Rose S1

An M-Net Original family crime thriller following the Greyling family, crippled by debt and haunted by their father’s actions. 

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The Beta Test is now on Showmax

The Beta Test (2021)

An engaged Hollywood agent’s life is upended when he accepts an anonymous invitation to a no-strings-attached sexual encounter.

Fall is on Showmax

Fall (2022)

After climbing an abandoned 2000-foot radio tower, best friends Becky and Hunter find themselves trapped at the top with no way down.

The Fear Index on Showmax

The Fear Index S1

A genius scientist-turned-Wall-Street-tycoon becomes the target of a plot to destroy the world’s financial markets in this tense thriller.

Nope by Jordan Peele on Showmax

Nope (2022)

Two siblings (Keke Palmer and Daniel Kaluuya) discover a mysterious otherworldly phenomenon in the skies above their horse ranch.

Gold starring Zac Efron is on Showmax

Gold (2022)

Zac Efron stars in this survival thriller about gold and greed. When two men find a gold nugget in the desert, one guards it while the other gets equipment to excavate it.

Idris Elba in a scene from Beast (2022) on Showmax

Beast (2022)

In this action-packed movie shot in South Africa, Idris Elba fights for his family’s survival as a rogue lion hunts a father and his teenage daughters.

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Rain has finally come to Fischerhaven – but Yola has no memory of anything since her return for her father’s funeral. Will she ever put the missing pieces together?

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Kimi (2022)

Kimi (2022)

This thriller from Steven Soderbergh stars Zoë Kravitz as an agoraphobic woman who finds evidence of a crime.

The Ipcress File

The Ipcress File

As the Cold War rages, an ex-smuggler turned spy is drawn into a dangerous undercover mission to locate a missing British nuclear scientist.



When her fiancé is found dead, celebrated actress Diiche must confront her dark side and the secrets of her past.

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Zeros and Ones (2021)

Zeros and Ones (2021)

In post-apocalypse Rome, the Vatican is blown into the sky – and it’s up to one American soldier to expose the true terrorists to the world.

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

A new generation of teens is tormented by an unknown assailant determined to make them pay for the sins of their parents.

The rising is streaming on Showmax

The Rising

A woman realises that she has been murdered and seeks out her killer and justice in this thriller based on the original Belgian series.

John and the Hole (2021)

John and the Hole (2021)

When a 13-year-old boy decides it’s time to become an adult, he drugs his family and puts them in a bunker from which they can’t escape.

Devils S1-2

Devils S1-2

In this Italian thriller, Patrick Dempsey stars as the CEO of a major US bank. The show is based on a bestselling novel that was inspired by the 2008 financial crisis.


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Melissa de Vries and Bianca Flanders as Frieda and Julia in Mince Jou Hare

Mince Jou Hare: Shimmy Isaacs on her Showmax Original sitcom

Watch the trailer for Mince Jou Hare, a feel-good, small-town sitcom, premiering 20 May 2024 on Showmax.

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Mr Bones 3: Son of Bones on Showmax

Mr Bones 3: Son of Bones

Leon Schuster returns as the legendary Mr Bones for this third instalment. Bones and Mathambo fight a group of opportunistic westerners who want to drill for oil in Kuvukiland.

Gbemisola Ikumelo in Black Ops on Showmax

BAFTA winner Gbemisola Ikumelo talks about Black Ops now streaming on Showmax

BAFTA winning actress and writer Gbemisola Ikumelo talks about the 6-part comedy crime-thriller Black Ops, now streaming on Showmax.

Gbemisola Ikumelo as Dom and Hammed Animashaun as Kay in Black Ops

Black Ops S1

Fans of buddy cop comedies like 21 Jump Street will enjoy this hilarious comedy series. Two community support officers are recruited into a dangerous undercover operation to infiltrate a London drug gang.

Minnie Dlamini in The Showmax Roast of Minnie Dlamini

Laugh Africa Presents: The Showmax Roast of Minnie Dlamini

The Showmax Roast of Minnie Dlamini unleashes the wrath on the media personality, which sees a star-studded line-up with comedy heavyweights Tumi Morake and Jason Goliath as Roast Masters.

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Minnie Dlamini in The Showmax Roast of Minnie Dlamini

Must-watch trailer for The Showmax Roast of Minnie Dlamini

See the trailer for The Showmax Roast of Minnie Dlamini, premiering on Showmax this Friday, 26 April 2024.

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Gordita Chronicles S1 on Showmax

Gordita Chronicles S1

This coming-of-age comedy series chronicles the life of a Latina reporter as she looks back on her childhood as a chubby Dominican immigrant growing up with her eccentric family in 1980s Miami.

Vir Altyd is on Showmax

Live, laugh, swoon: the best romantic comedies now on Showmax

Discover these charming and lovable romcoms now streaming on Showmax, from Definitely Maybe to Notting Hill, 50 First Dates and more.