What to Watch on Netflix in May - 'Army of the Dead' and more

From courtroom dramas and crime thrillers to a heist during a zombie outbreak, here's what's new, what's hot, and what you should watch this May on Netflix.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

What to Watch on Netflix May 2021 - poster for "Army of the Dead."

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Too many streaming movies and not enough time? We got your May covered with what to watch this month on Netflix. Here are some of the big premieres that you should pay attention to, along with the full list of debuts below. Happy streaming!

Monster - May 7

A bright young man (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) has his life completely upended after he's charged with felony murder in "Monster." It's been a long road for "Monster" from debut to release. The film began its road earning solid praise at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it debuted under its original title "All Rise." Then it was sold to Entertainment One in 2019 before Netflix scooped it up a year later. A lot has changed in the world since then. Yet this distance may work in its favor, as the story certainly feels all the more relevant. "Monster" features a monster ensemble including Jennifer Hudson, Jeffery Wright, Jennifer Ehle, Tim Blake Nelson, John David Washington, and rappers Nas and A$AP Rocky.

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The Woman in the Window - May 14

If "Monster's" road to release seems like a long one, then the journey for "The Woman in the Window" will feel like an epic trek. Based on a 2018 mystery novel, Joe Wright's film adaptation was prepped for theatrical release in October 2019. But then original studio Fox was sold to Disney. The new studio demanded a recut after test screenings and was finally dated for release last May. But we don't need to tell you what happened next. Amy Adams stars in this thriller that may feel too close to Hitchcock's "Rear Window," but is distant enough that it avoids plagiarism. Is that woman she sees in the window really who she claims she is or is it all in her head?

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Army of the Dead - May 21

In March, Zack Snyder floored us with his four-hour epic recut of "Justice League." Now, get set for the director to return to his horror roots, as the undead take over Vegas. A zombie outbreak surely is the perfect time to rob a casino. The authorities are, after all, a bit distracted with impending doom. It's certainly something Danny Ocean's crew should have thought of. David Bautista leads the group of mercs plotting the heist. Netflix has placed big bets on "Army of the Dead." Both a prequel movie and an animated series are already being planned. Will this be the start of a new mega-franchise?

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What to Watch on Netflix - May's Modern Hits and Classic Gems

© BH Tilt / Courtesy Everett Collection

© BH Tilt / Courtesy Everett Collection

For those that want to watch something more classic and nostalgic, Netflix will have plenty to offer in May. Kicking off the month you can head back in time with the entire "Back to the Future" trilogy. If that's not your speed, you can take over Miami with Al Pacino's Tony Montana in "Scarface," or try to win over Julia Roberts' heart with Hugh Grant in "Notting Hill." "Zombieland" also drops to get you in an undead mood for "Army of the Dead." Also, worth checking out later in the month is the indie sci-fi drama "Sleight," from J.D. Dillard -- a Sundance gem from 2016 with a superhero twist.

What to Watch on Netflix - Complete List of May Premieres

May 1

  • Aliens Stole My Body (2020) - 5/1
  • Back to the Future (1985) - 5/1
  • Back to the Future Part II (1989) - 5/1
  • Back to the Future Part III (1990) - 5/1
  • Best of the Best (1989) - 5/1
  • Dead Again in Tombstone (2017) - 5/1
  • Due Date (2010) - 5/1
  • Fun with Dick and Jane (2005) - 5/1
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) - 5/1
  • Green Zone (2010) - 5/1
  • Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) - 5/1
  • J.T. LeRoy (2019) - 5/1
  • Mystic River (2003) - 5/1
  • Love Happens (2009) - 5/1
  • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) - 5/1
  • Never Back Down (2008) - 5/1
  • Notting Hill (1999) - 5/1
  • Open Season (2006) - 5/1
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) - 5/1
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) - 5/1
  • Scarface (1983) - 5/1
  • Sitting in Limbo (2020) - 5/1
  • S.M.A.R.T Chase (2017) - 5/1
  • Stargate (1994) - 5/1
  • State of Play (2009) - 5/1
  • The Darkest Hour (2011) - 5/1
  • The Land Before Time (1988) - 5/1
  • The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure (1994) - 5/1
  • The Lovely Bones (2009) - 5/1
  • The Pelican Brief (1993) - 5/1
  • The Sweetest Thing (2002) - 5/1
  • The Whole Nine Yards (2000) - 5/1
  • The Whole Truth (2016) - 5/1
  • Mission Kathmandu: The Adventures of Nelly & Simon (A Yeti Adventure) (2017) - 5/1
  • Under Siege (1992) - 5/1
  • Waist Deep (2006) - 5/1
  • Your Highness (2011) - 5/1
  • Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) - 5/1
  • Zombieland (2009) - 5/1

Week of May 2

  • The Clovehitch Killer (2018) - 5/4
  • Framing John DeLorean (2019) - 5/5
  • And Tomorrow the Entire World (2020) - 5/6 - Original
  • Dead Man Down (2013) - 5/6
  • Time to Dance (2021) - 5/6
  • Milestone (2021) - 5/7 - Original
  • Monster (2021) - 5/7 - Original
  • Sleepless (2017) - 5/8
  • Super Me (2021) - 5/8 - Original

Week of May 9

  • Dance of the Forty One (2021) - 5/12 - Original
  • Oxygen (2021) - 5/12 - Original
  • Layer Cake (2004) - 5/13
  • Ferry (2021) - 5/14 - Original
  • I Am All Girls (2021) - 5/14 - Original
  • The Strange House (Das Schaurige Haus) (2021) - 5/14 - Original
  • The Woman in the Window (2021) - 5/14 - Original

Week of May 16

  • Sleight (2016) - 5/16
  • Sardar's Grandson (2021) - 5/18 - Original
  • The Last Days (1998) - 5/19
  • Sabotage (2014) - 5/19
  • Small Town Crime (2017) - 5/19
  • Hating Peter Tatchell (2021) - 5/20
  • Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011) - 5/20
  • Army of the Dead (2021) - 5/21 - Original

Week of May 23

  • Home (2015) - 5/25
  • High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America (2021) - 5/26
  • Nail Bomber: Manhunt (2021) - 5/26
  • Blue Miracle (2021) - 5/27
  • Dog Gone Trouble (2021) - 5/28

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Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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