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Here Are the Best TV Shows and Movies to Watch on Amazon in May

Everything you should prioritize

Allison Picurro
William Jackson Harper, The Underground Railroad

William Jackson Harper, The Underground Railroad

Atsushi Nishijima/Amazon Studios

By this point, we are well into May, and if you're looking for some new things to watch, there's a lot out on Amazon this month. There's a varied group of originals that have already premiered or are on the horizon, from Barry Jenkins' new miniseries The Underground Railroad, about a woman's attempt to escape slavery, which premiered May 14, to the J Balvin documentary The Boy From Medellín, which premiered May 7, to the anthology series Solos (May 21), which stars Anne HathawayAnthony Mackie, and Helen Mirren, among other celebrities.

Some great movies have hit the platform too, like The Sixth Sense, Flight, and a few selections from the Alien franchise, all of which arrived May 1. There's also the excellent A24 horror movie Saint Maud, which premiered on Amazon on May 13 after having its theatrical release postponed in 2020 because of the pandemic.

Our picks for the best shows and movies to watch on Amazon next month are below, but here's the best of what came out on Amazon in April. If you're looking for even more suggestions, click over to our full list of recommendations.

The Best Shows and Movies on Amazon in May

Available May 5
If, like me, you're a James Bond fan anxiously awaiting the long-delayed release of No Time to Die, you'll be excited to hear that Amazon is giving you the option to rewatch Skyfall whenever you want. And even if you've never seen a Bond movie, you can (and should) still watch Skyfall, because it rules. When Bond's (Daniel Crag) latest mission goes wrong and agents all over the world are exposed, an old foe from M's (Judi Dench) past resurfaces, leaving 007 to take him down. That Oscar-winning Adele song is still good, all these years later.

The Boy From Medellín
Available May 7
What do you know about Colombian singer J Balvin? You've definitely heard "Mi Gente," but beyond that, unless you're a super-fan, probably not much. His new documentary seeks to fix that, putting him at the center of the story and shining a light on his mental health struggles.

Saint Maud
Available May 13
A24 is really good at horror, and Saint Maud is no exception. The film follows Maud (Morfyyd Clark), a nurse who becomes a staunch follower of Catholicism after an upsetting incident, and Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), the terminally ill dancer she cares for. Maud believes she's been tasked with saving Amanda's soul, which she intends to do at all costs. Watch if you love feeling unsettled!

The Underground Railroad
Available May 14
Barry Jenkins is making his first big foray into TV with this miniseries based on the Colson Whitehead novel about an alternate reality that imagines the Underground Railroad as an actual railroad with trains, conductors, and engineers. Cora (Thuso Mbedu), an enslaved woman, boards the train in effort to secure her freedom, all while being pursued by a vicious slave owner (Joel Edgerton). William Jackson Harper and Lily Rabe co-star.

Available May 21
Amazon loves a show starring a bunch of famous people, and Solos is its latest effort to remind us of that. Seriously, the sci-fi anthology is more notable for its cast, which includes Anne Hathaway, Anthony Mackie, Helen Mirren, Constance Wu, Dan Stevens, Uzo Aduba, Morgan Freeman, and Nicole Beharie, than its premise, which sounds a little Black Mirror-y: It's about how humans deal with technology like time travel, smart homes, A.I, and more.

Want to know what else is out on Amazon? Here's everything new on Amazon in March and here are our picks for what came out on Amazon in March.