Best movies and series on Netflix South Africa

Services like JustWatch and uNoGS provide unofficial listings of all the content available on Netflix in a number of regions, including South Africa.

These services also let users filter content search results based on ratings.

uNoGS lets you filter according to the scores on IMDb and Netflix, while JustWatch uses IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.

We selected JustWatch and took a look at the best movies and series available on Netflix ZA.


We set JustWatch’s filter to show films with an IMDb rating of 8.0 or higher, and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 90% or more.

Of the 501 titles it lists as available on Netflix South Africa, 37 were returned and ranked according to JustWatch’s rating system.

The top 10 are:

Movie rank Netflix
1 The Shawshank Redemption
2 Saving Private Ryan
3 Catch Me If You Can
4 Star Trek (2009)
5 2001: A Space Odyssey
6 Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
7 The Truman Show
8 The Shining
9 How to Train Your Dragon
10 There Will Be Blood

Using only IMDb ratings sees The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Fight Club, Shutter Island, and V for Vendetta enter Netflix’s top 10.

When only Rotten Tomatoes is used, Gravity, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol are included in the Netflix top 10.


JustWatch does not let you rank series by Rotten Tomatoes score, so for this list we used IMDb ratings only.

Series rank Netflix
1 Breaking Bad
2 House of Cards (S1-2)
3 Making a Murderer
4 Narcos
5 Archer
6 Daredevil
7 Black Mirror
8 Better Call Saul *
9 Dexter
10 Peaky Blinders
* Better Call Saul is not available on Netflix ZA, but is listed and expected to be available soon.

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