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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Jodie Turner-Smith in a red dress on a throne, in Anne Boleyn on Showmax

Anne Boleyn

The second wife of Henry VIII has to fight for her marriage, her position as Queen of England … and her life.



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.


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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.