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26 Best Movies/ Series Coming to Netflix in May

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When you turn on Netflix, do you feel lost in the multitude of options? You want to be up-to-date on all the new TV shows and movies that are available on this massive streaming service? You don’t want miss out on a great opportunity to see something before it’s gone. Relax. All the details are here.

  • A River Runs Through It (1992)

Norman Maclean, a 74-year-old author, was a star with his autobiographical tale about Montana fly-fishing and the struggles of distant fathers. Robert Redford directed the film with great performances by Tom Skerritt and Brad Pitt.

  • Dirty Harry (1971)

Don Siegel, an action-film director, hit the jackpot with a Clint Eastwood classic about a cop who enforces the rules.

  • Road to Perdition (2002, 2002)

Tom Hanks is a great Midwest hit man in the Depression, working for Paul Newman (the mob boss). This is a dark, engaging story that has period atmosphere.

  • Forrest Gump (1994)

Although it’s as light and sweet as cotton candy, this historical sprint through the turbulent American century is powered in part by Tom Hanks’ infinite charm. Sally Field does a good job as the dim, wise mother of the hero. But how did she get from being Hanks’ love interests in 1988’s Punchline to becoming his mom?

  • Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)

Sally Field portrays a witty, eccentric, older woman who is pursuing the affections and friendship of a man decades younger than her. Tyne Daly plays her wiser friend. Although not a great movie, Field is a force for nature who keeps it high.

  • Menace II Society (1993)

The epic debut of Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets is Allen and Albert Hughes’s twins portrays the mean streets of L.A.’s Watts district and the cruel fates they face.

  • War of the Worlds (2006)

In Steven Spielberg’s stupid, but incredibly powerful adaptation of The H.G.I.M., Tom Cruise attempts to save his children from giant alien invaders. Wells classic.

  • When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Rob (Reiner) and Nora (Ephron), made one of the most famous rom-coms ever made. It starred Billy Crystal and Nora’s onscreen counterpart Meg Ryan. Meg Ryan says that Rob and Nora “distilled what worked about the fantastic comedies from the ’30s, ’40s, and modernized it, and brought it back.”

  • You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Although it’s not as iconic as When Harry Met Sally’s, Nora Ephron’s 1940’s The Shop Around the Corner revision — featuring Tom Hanks as a coincidental lover at the dawn AOL — still has its dial-up-era charms.

  • The Gentlemen (2019)

Guy Ritchie directs a very good action movie about Matthew McConaughey, a cannabis entrepreneur, and his sordid coworkers (Hugh Grant and Colin Farrell). If you enjoy this film, be sure to watch Ritchie’s Netflix original series, which is currently in production.

  • 42 (2013)

Chadwick Boseman, the late and incandescently gifted Chadwick Boseman, stars in this inspiring, accurate biopic on Jackie Robinson. He integrated pro baseball with a lot help from Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford).

  • Meltdown: Three Mile Island (2022)

A four-part documentary about America’s worst nuclear accident and the ordinary people who prevented it from becoming new Chernobyl.

  • The Pentaverate (2022)

Mike Myers is a Canadian journalist who is trying to expose Pentaverate five men who have governed world history since the dark plague of 14 century. He plays the Pentaverate patriarch as well as two conspiracy theorists: an ex-Russian Oligarch, a former media mogul, a tech genius, and Shep Gordon, the real rock manager, immortalized in Myers’ 2014 documentary Supermensch. Ken Jeong, Debi Mazar, Keegan Michael Key, and Jennifer Saunders are among the cast.

  • Clark (2022)

A limited series that is unbelievable but true about Clark Olofsson (Bill Skarsgard), Sweden’s most charismatic criminal. He robbed a bank and took hostages. He also charmed the hostages by singing “Killing Me Softly.” He then married one of the hostages and created “Stockholm syndrome.”

  • Wild Babies (2022)

What could be cuter than baby penguins, elephants, and baby lions playing in their natural habitats? Nothing.

  • Welcome to Eden (2022)

This show, about a group of people who are trapped on an island with a lot of dangers, could be the next Lost. Or Money Heist, the latest Netflix import from Spain.

  • Operation Mincemeat (2021)

John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), directs Colin Firth in a retelling of Operation Mincemeat, a true World War II story about how a dead man and a bizarre plan fooled the Nazis to ensure an Allied victory.

  • Our Father (2022)

A single child finds out she has more siblings than she thought. This adaptation is based on the true story of Donald Cline, a fertility doctor who fathered more than 50 children and didn’t tell patients that he was inseminating their sperm.

  • Senior Year (2022)

What has happened to high school culture in the last 20 years? Rebel Wilson, a cheerleader, gets conked on the head and wakes up two decades later. She tries to be a prom queen at 40.

  • The Lincoln Lawyer (2022)

Matthew McConaughey was the first to portray Mick Haller, an attorney who works from his Lincoln Town Car in a film adaptation of Michael Connelly’s mystery novel. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo plays the Haller role in a smart, but impersonal adaptation of the second series novel by David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies”).

  • Stranger Things Season 4

The 1980s-saturated Sci-Fi show that cost more than Game of Thrones or The Mandalorian put combined returns — raises many questions. Paul Reiser’s character warns that war is on the horizon. Your Hawkins friends are in the “eye of the storm”, I fear. Why did Winona Ryder’s California-based character receive a package from Russia Are scary bats coming after the dragons of Thrones?

  • Eye in the Sky (2016)

Did you like Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect? You can play her as a British colonel who hunts al-Shabab terrorists from Nairobi. She is faced with a moral dilemma. Should she use drones and Hellfire missiles to stop them? Or will she kill an innocent child who crosses into the kill zone? This is a smart, brilliant thriller that has a great theme.

  • Closer (2004)

This is a highly intelligent, filmed play about four of your most hateful lovers (Julie Law, Jude Portman, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen), who engineer the happiness they deserve.

  • Coach Carter (2005)

Samuel L. Jackson is a star in this fact-based story about a California basketball coach who encourages his players to concentrate on their studies and not just the championship.

  • Top Gun (1986)

Be ready for Top Gun: Maverick’s sequel on May 27, 2012. Watch flyboy Tom Cruise get a taste of speed.

  • Zoolander (2001)

Ben Stiller stars and directs as a dim-model assigned by fashion mavens Jerry Stiller and Will Ferrell to assassinate Malaysian Prime Minister — but not if Hansel (Owen Wilson), can stop it.

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