Most Popular Zulu-Language Feature Films


1. The Lion King (1994)

G | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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83 Metascore

Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 652,987 | Gross: $422.78M

2. District 9 (2009)

R | 112 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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81 Metascore

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt

Votes: 535,614 | Gross: $115.65M

3. Invictus (2009)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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74 Metascore

Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng

Votes: 125,324 | Gross: $37.48M

4. Zulu (1964)

Unrated | 138 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth

Votes: 29,156

5. The Bang Bang Club (2010)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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48 Metascore

A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

Director: Steven Silver | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch, Neels Van Jaarsveld

Votes: 8,313

6. Catch a Fire (2006)

PG-13 | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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62 Metascore

A drama about terrorism in Apartheid-era South Africa, revolving around a policeman and a young man who carries out solo attacks against the regime.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Derek Luke, Tim Robbins, Bonnie Henna, Mncedisi Shabangu

Votes: 9,354 | Gross: $4.29M

7. Tarzan and the Lost City (1998)

PG | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Family

3.9
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Tarzan returns to his homeland of Africa to save his home from destruction.

Director: Carl Schenkel | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Jane March, Steven Waddington, Winston Ntshona

Votes: 1,799 | Gross: $2.15M

8. Zulu Dawn (1979)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.6
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A dramatization of the Battle of Isandlwana, where the British Army met its match against the Zulu nation.

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Simon Ward, Denholm Elliott, Peter Vaughan

Votes: 4,938

9. Tsotsi (2005)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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70 Metascore

Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Makoe, Terry Pheto

Votes: 25,159 | Gross: $2.91M

10. Faith Like Potatoes (2006)

PG | 116 min | Drama

6.9
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Frank Rautenbach leads a strong cast as Angus Buchan, a Zambian farmer of Scottish heritage, who leaves his farm in the midst of political unrest and racially charged land reclaims and ... See full summary »

Director: Regardt van den Bergh | Stars: Frank Rautenbach, Jeanne Neilson, Hamilton Dlamini, Candice D'Arcy

Votes: 2,073

11. Stander (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.2
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62 Metascore

The life and career of Andre Stander, a South African police officer turned bank robber.

Director: Bronwen Hughes | Stars: Thomas Jane, David O'Hara, Dexter Fletcher, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 7,082 | Gross: $0.02M

12. Skin (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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62 Metascore

Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.

Director: Anthony Fabian | Stars: Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill, Alice Krige, Tony Kgoroge

Votes: 2,797

13. Disgrace (2008)

R | 119 min | Drama

6.6
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71 Metascore

After having an affair with a student, a Cape Town professor moves to the Eastern Cape, where he gets caught up in a mess of post-apartheid politics.

Director: Steve Jacobs | Stars: John Malkovich, Natalie Becker, Jessica Haines, Eriq Ebouaney

Votes: 4,600 | Gross: $0.07M

14. Dangerous Ground (1997)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.5
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Vusi Madlazi returns to the South African village he left as a young boy (he was organizing against apartheid, and left in fear of his life) to bury his father. He meets up with his brother... See full summary »

Director: Darrell Roodt | Stars: Ice Cube, Elizabeth Hurley, Thokozani Nkosi, Ron Smerczak

Votes: 1,631 | Gross: $5.08M

15. The Domino Effect (2012)

100 min | Drama

6.2
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If global economy came to a sudden stop what would be the effect on families worldwide? People in different countries or continents might not seem to be interrelated but there is more than ... See full summary »

Director: Paula van der Oest | Stars: Theo James, James D'Arcy, Tiya Sircar, Manish Dayal

Votes: 213

16. Cuckold (I) (2015)

95 min

5.1
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When an assistant professor's wife leaves him his life spirals into a world of debauchery, with only the hope of an old friend to save him from ruin.

Director: Charlie Vundla | Stars: Terry Pheto, Louis Roux, Charlie Vundla

Votes: 9

17. Yesterday (I) (2004)

R | 90 min | Drama

7.8
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After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and young daughter to tend to, Yesterday's one goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school.

Director: Darrell Roodt | Stars: Leleti Khumalo, Lihle Mvelase, Kenneth Khambula, Harriet Lenabe

Votes: 1,915

18. Avenged (2013)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.5
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An undercover cop risks his career (and life) to settle a score.

Director: Donovan Marsh | Stars: S'Dumo Mtshali, Presley Chweneyagae, Israel Makoe, Owen Sejake

Votes: 356

19. Sarafina! (1992)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Musical

6.4
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South African teenagers fight against apartheid in the Soweto Uprising.

Director: Darrell Roodt | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Leleti Khumalo, Miriam Makeba, John Kani

Votes: 1,501 | Gross: $7.31M

20. White Wedding (2009)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

5.7
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60 Metascore

A young groom and his best man lost on a road trip, run into a young English doctor.

Director: Jann Turner | Stars: Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo, Jodie Whittaker, Zandile Msutwana

Votes: 536 | Gross: $0.01M

21. Lucky (IV) (2011)

100 min | Drama

7.2
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A 10-year-old South African orphan leaves his Zulu village to make his own life in the city... only to find no one will help him, except a formidable Indian woman.

Director: Avie Luthra | Stars: Sihle Dlamini, Jayashree Basavaraj, James Ngcobo, Vusi Kunene

Votes: 184

22. Beat the Drum (2003)

114 min | Drama

7.2
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Young Musa is orphaned after a mysterious illness strikes his village in KwaZulu Natal. To help his grandmother, Musa sets out for Johannesburg with his father's last gift, a tribal drum, ... See full summary »

Director: David Hickson | Stars: Junior Singo, Owen Sejake, Mary Twala, Clive Scott

Votes: 567

23. How to Steal 2 Million (2011)

82 min | Action, Drama

5.2
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It's a jungle out there. That's how we meet our lead character Jack. It's been five years since he's seen his partner and best friend Twala. Jack did five years for a robbery gone bad. ... See full summary »

Director: Charlie Vundla | Stars: Menzi Ngubane, Terry Pheto, Rapulana Seiphemo, John Kani

Votes: 53

24. Fanie Fourie's Lobola (2013)

97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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The story of the complications that ensue when an Afrikaans man and Zulu girl fall in love, especially when the traditional custom of "lobola", or dowry, makes things even more difficult for them.

Director: Henk Pretorius | Stars: Eduan van Jaarsveldt, Zethu Dlomo, Jerry Mofokeng, Marga van Rooy

Votes: 161

25. Zama Zama (2012)

104 min | Action

5.6
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In South Africa's gold mining region is the subterranean dimension of the Zama Zama, illegal miners that make a living by mining the ore in both operational and abandoned mine shafts. Zama ... See full summary »

Director: Vickus Strijdom | Stars: Lindani Nkosi, Presley Chweneyagae, Khulu Skenjana, Fumani Shilubana

Votes: 8

26. Lord Jones Is Dead (2016)

83 min | Comedy, Musical

8.0
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Two journalists and a photographer are sent to stake out a woman's house and told not to return without a story. When the woman shows no sign of appearing, they take matters into their own hands.

Directors: Austin Andrews, Andrew Holmes | Stars: Sphume Chagwe, Tahlia Govender, Daniel Janks, Chad Krowchuk

Votes: 5

27. Zoop in Afrika (2005)

85 min | Comedy, Adventure, Drama

4.8
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A group of young rangers travel to Africa to protect the wildlife, but things do not go as planned.

Directors: Dennis Bots, Johan Nijenhuis | Stars: Juliette van Ardenne, Vivienne van den Assem, Nicolette van Dam, Ewout Genemans

Votes: 290

28. Necktie Youth (2015)

93 min | Drama

6.5
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In the anniversary of the violent Soweto Youth Uprising of June 16th 1976, an affluent group of adolescent friends living in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa are shocked by the live ... See full summary »

Director: Sibs Shongwe-La Mer | Stars: Bonko Cosmo Khoza, Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, Colleen Balchin, Kamogelo Moloi

Votes: 93

29. Inyakanyaka (1977)

87 min | Comedy

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two mates mshefane and s'dudla work for a company producing comic magazines,they are always at loggerhead with the foreman ngungunyane

Director: Simon Sabela | Stars: Ndaba Mhlongo, Bingo Mbonjeni, Lucky Mtshali, Joe Mafela

30. Izulu lami (2008)

96 min | Drama

7.6
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Director: Madoda Ncayiyana | Stars: Sobahle Mkhabase, Sibonelo Malinga, Tshepang Mohlomi, Sanele Ndawo

Votes: 31

31. Sweet 'n Short (1991)

89 min | Comedy

6.3
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A disgraced sports presenter falls victim to an accidental head trauma and slips into a coma. He awakens months later to find South Africa was not as he left it, he was now in the New South... See full summary »

Director: Gray Hofmeyr | Stars: Leon Schuster, Casper de Vries, Joanna Weinberg, Alfred Ntombela

Votes: 160

32. Little One (2013)

84 min | Drama, Family

6.7
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Sometimes healing comes from the most unexpected places.

Director: Darrell Roodt | Stars: Lindiwe Ndlovu, Vuyelwa Msimang, Mutodi Neshehe, Nompumelelo Nyiyane

Votes: 45

33. Otelo Burning (2011)

97 min | Drama

7.3
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60 Metascore

When 16 year old Otelo Buthelezi, his best friend, New Year, and his 12 year old brother, Ntwe, are invited to the beach-house of their new friend, Tau Modise, they step into a world ... See full summary »

Director: Sara Blecher | Stars: Jafta Mamabolo, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba, Tshepang Mohlomi

Votes: 60

34. Impunity (2014)

85 min | Thriller

5.9
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Director: Jyoti Mistry | Stars: Vaneshran Arumugam, Kajal Bagwandeen, Francis Chouler, Desmond Dube

Votes: 11

35. A Million Colours (2011)

115 min | Drama

6.9
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A story of love and friendship set against the violence of Apartheid in South Africa. It is a story of the ups and downs of the lives of the three main characters, and how their lives intersect over the years.

Director: Peter Bishai | Stars: Wandile Molebatsi, Jason Hartman, Masello Motana, Stelio Savante

Votes: 149

36. Blitzpatrollie (2013)

103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.7
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"Blitzpatrollie" chronicles the adventures of Rummy Augustine (Joey Rasdien) and his partner, Ace Dikolobe (David Kau), police officers who have had the misfortune of being stationed in a ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Wessels | Stars: Joey Yusuf Rasdien, David Kau, David Kibuuka, Chris Forrest

Votes: 52

38. Jump the Gun (1997)

109 min | Drama

7.3
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Set in Johannesburg, JUMP THE GUN follows the tangled lives of six very different working class characters, formerly kept apart by apartheid and now all striving to succeed in the new "... See full summary »

Director: Les Blair | Stars: Baby Cele, Lionel Newton, Michele Burgers, Thulani Nyembe

Votes: 67

39. Taxi to Soweto (1991)

87 min | Comedy

6.5
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An Afrikaans Woman's car breaks down and she's forced to take a minibus taxi. Misunderstandings and cultural confusion see her end up in Soweto, where she learns more about herself

Director: Manie van Rensburg | Stars: Elize Cawood, Marius Weyers, Patrick Shai, Ramalao Makhene

Votes: 11

40. Hearts & Minds (1995)

R | 100 min | Drama, History, Thriller

8.1
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Set when the apartheid government was still in control, this powerful South African thriller is based on the true story of a policeman belonging to an elite government squad who was ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Ziman | Stars: Danny Keogh, Patrick Shai, Seputla Sebogodi, Brian O'Shaughnessy

Votes: 3,240

41. Man on Ground (2011)

80 min | Drama

6.6
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Ade and Femi are expatriate Nigerian brothers. Ade is a successful banker in London, while Femi, once a political dissident in his home country, has had to escape to South Africa, live in ... See full summary »

Director: Akin Omotoso | Stars: Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Fana Mokoena, Thishiwe Ziqubu

Votes: 31

42. Friends (1993)

105 min | Drama

6.2
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Three female friends, at the end of the eighties, share a house in Johannesburg, South Africa. Each of them has her own way to live with apartheid. Thoko is a black teacher and practices ... See full summary »

Director: Elaine Proctor | Stars: Kerry Fox, Dambisa Kente, Michele Burgers, Marius Weyers

Votes: 79

43. Trevor Noah: Daywalker Revisited (2010)

121 min | Comedy

4.7
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Trevor Noah is back in a longer production of roughly 2 hours. The update show features footage from the previous show and includes roughly 50 minutes of new material.

Director: Trevor Noah | Star: Trevor Noah

Votes: 11

44. Mapantsula (1988)

100 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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Mapantsula tells the story of Panic, a petty gangster who inevitably becomes caught up in the growing anti-apartheid struggle and has to choose between individual gain and a united stand ... See full summary »

Director: Oliver Schmitz | Stars: Thomas Mogotlane, Marcel van Heerden, Thembi Mtshali, Dolly Rathebe

Votes: 124

45. Gog' Helen (2012)

75 min | Action, Comedy

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Director: Adze Ugah | Stars: Lillian Dube, Jet Novuka, Kagiso Rakosa, Andile Mxakaza

46. The Two of Us (2014)

94 min | Drama

7.8
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Set in Alexandra township, South Africa, a brother and sister journey through life knowing they have no one but each other. Schoolgirl Zanele falls in love with an older man where a series of events are set in motion and reveal much more.

Director: Ernest Nkosi | Stars: Emmanuel Nkosinathi Gweva, Busisiwe Mtshali, Mpho Modikoane, Thato Dhladla

Votes: 19

47. Max and Mona (2004)

98 min | Drama

6.0
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Max Bua leaves his country life behind in hopes of becoming a doctor in Johannesburg, though the big city has different plans for him.

Director: Teddy Mattera | Stars: Mpho Lovinga, Jerry Mofokeng, Percy Matsemela, Thumi Melamu

Votes: 106

48. Accession (2012)

80 min | Drama

7.3
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A young man living in a South African township does the unimaginable after discovering he is HIV positive.

Director: Michael J. Rix | Stars: Pethro Themba Mbole, Vusumuzi Ndumo

Votes: 18

49. L'avvoltoio può attendere (1991)

180 min | Adventure, Thriller

7.4
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Director: Gian Pietro Calasso | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Valeria D'Obici, Massimo Serato, Sasha D'Arc

Votes: 16

50. Amandla (2017)

Crime, Drama | Post-production

When a savage crime pit two inseparable brothers against each other, love and loyalty are put to the ultimate test.

Director: Nerina De Jager | Stars: Lemogang Tsipa, Israel Makoe, Jaco Muller, Thabo Rametsi