- Check out the best movies on Netflix this month.
- The streamer will have classics like the “Austin Powers” trilogy and “Pitch Perfect.”
- Plus, the Netflix original “The Mother,” starring Jennifer Lopez, premieres this month.
“Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” (May 1)
Sit back and enjoy Mike Myers’ memorable character Austin Powers in this memorable love letter to the spy genre of the 1960s.
The comedy led to an unlikely hit trilogy with sequels “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” and “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” All three are available now on Netflix.
“Black Hawk Down” (May 1)
This gritty war movie depicts a US Black Hawk helicopter that goes down in enemy territory during a raid in Mogadishu in 1993. We watch the heroic rescue mission to save the survivors.
The movie stars Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana, Tom Sizemore, Orlando Bloom, Tom Hardy, and Sam Shepard.
“The Cable Guy” (May 1)
Ben Stiller’s dark comedy stars Jim Carrey as an unusual cable-repair man who becomes desperate for the friendship of one of his customers, played by Matthew Broderick.
Though the movie received mixed reviews when it opened in theaters, it’s since gained a cult following thanks to Carrey’s over-the-top performance.
“Captain Phillips” (May 1)
Tom Hanks delivers a powerful performance in this true story that chronicles the first American ship to be hijacked in 200 years.
“Cliffhanger” (May 1)
If you’re looking for a good action movie to watch this month, you can’t go wrong with this Sylvester Stallone classic.
In it, he plays a mountain climber who is suddenly entangled in a heist when a friend (Michael Rooker) is forced to help retrieve packages of cash that are stuck in the Colorado Rockies.
John Lithgow is great as the movie’s villain.
“Flight” (May 1)
Denzel Washington received an Oscar nomination for his powerful performance as a skilled pilot who saves all the passengers when his plane malfunctions — but it’s later revealed he was intoxicated while doing it.
Things spiral out of control when his addiction grows in the midst of his hero public profile.
“Girl, Interrupted” (May 1)
With a powerful ensemble cast made up of Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Britanny Murphy, Elizabeth Moss, Jared Leto, and Whoopi Goldberg, we follow Susanna (Ryder) during her stay in a mental hospital during the tumultuous late 1960s.
“Kindergarten Cop” (May 1)
Arnold Schwarzenegger played against type in this movie and delivered a hilarious comedic performance as a rugged cop who must go undercover as a kindergarten teacher to catch a dangerous criminal.
“Last Action Hero” (May 1)
This Schwarzenegger movie was a big box-office bust when it opened in 1993, but it’s one of the most unique action movies in the star’s filmography.
It boasts over-the-top action and loads of jokes pegged to the genre, Hollywood, and Schwarzenegger.
“Legends of the Fall” (May 1)
Set in 1900s Montana, this drama looks at a family that is crippled to its core due to love, war, and betrayal.
Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn, Henry Thomas, Anthony Hopkins, and Julia Ormond all give fantastic performances.
“Léon: The Professional” (May 1)
Director Luc Besson delivers this stylish thriller starring Jean Reno as a disciplined assassin living in New York City who decides to take in a young girl (Natalie Portman) after her family is murdered.
“Paranormal Activity” (May 1)
First-time filmmaker Oren Peli delivers one of the best found-footage movies ever made with this low-budget horror movie in which a couple is tormented by an evil spirit.
“Pitch Perfect” (May 1)
This college comedy is set in the world of a cappella and follows a group of incoming students as they make an all-female group and then try to gain respect in a music competition.
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, and Brittany Snow all give great performances.
“Traffic” (May 1)
Winner of four Oscars, including best director for Steven Soderbergh, we are thrust into the war on drugs by looking at the different perspectives of how it travels from the dealers to those addicted.
The great ensemble includes Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Don Cheadle, and Benicio Del Toro, who also won an Oscar.
“A Man Called Otto” (May 6)
Hanks hits the list again. This time in his latest movie where he plays a grumpy man who turns soft when a young family moves in nearby.
“The Mother” (May 12)
In this Netflix original, Jennifer Lopez plays an assassin in hiding who must come out to protect her daughter.
“Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me” (May 16)
This documentary recounts the life of the Playboy playmate whose life was sadly cut short due to the horrors of fame at the age of 39.
“The Boss Baby” (May 22)
This hit animated movie looks at a boy’s life that’s turned upside down when he gets a baby brother — but not just any baby brother, a suit-wearing boss baby.
Disclosure: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider’s parent company, Axel Springer, is a Netflix board member.