The 7 best new movies on Netflix in May 2022

Netflix added a whole selection of newer and classic films to its list in May. Two Tom Hanks movies made the cut and should be on your to-watch list if you haven’t seen them already, and rom-coms are always a great mood-booster. Below, we’ve rounded up a list of the best new movies on Netflix in May 2022, which includes library titles and a brand new Netflix Original that will appeal to a specific audience. So browse our selections below to sort out your viewing plans.

Forrest Gump (1984)

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Robert Zemeckis’ Oscar-winning film starring Tom Hanks was meant to make the cut here. Hanks plays a man named Forrest Gump, who tells his life story from growing up in Alabama where his mother (Sally Field) encouraged him to do whatever he wanted to do. The film chronicles how he learned to run, his relationship with his sweetheart Jenny (played by Robin Wright), his service in Vietnam, and the friends he made along the way. Just like Forrest’s mom says, Netflix’s selection can be like a box of chocolates, and you never know what you’re going to get. With “Forrest Gump,” however, the quality is clear.

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“You’ve Got Mail” (1998)

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Tom Hanks brings his priceless facial expressions to this classic romantic comedy as Joe Fox, the force behind the machine of Fox & Sons Books, the mega bookstore in the chain similar to Barnes & Noble that is bankrupting independent bookstores in New York City. Meg Ryan is effortlessly charming as Kathleen Kelly, owner of The Shop Around the Corner, an adorable, one-of-a-kind children’s bookstore across from the new Fox store. Unknowingly, the two chat online and get along very well, but when they meet face to face (without realizing they are pen pals), they can’t stand each other. The relationship is cute while being wrapped in an admittedly confusing story. Dave Chappelle, Steve Zahn and Sara Ramirez also star in this beloved Nora Ephron film.

“War of the Worlds” (2005)

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Steven Spielberg’s 2004 adaptation of “War of the Worlds” isn’t just an alien invasion movie – it’s really a 9/11 movie. Spielberg described the story of the alien invaders as his commentary on 9/11 and the subsequent fallout. The film is told entirely from the perspective of a single father (played by Tom Cruise) watching his children, and the audience never sees anything they don’t see. It’s a masterful chronicle of panic and confusion, and the lengths people will go to for their safety and that of their loved ones in the face of imminent danger. – Adam Chitwood

“Crazy Stupid Love” (2011)

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The all-star cast of Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and young Joey King really make this movie. It’s just the right amount of chaotic with some pretty sweet connections at the end. Cal Weaver (Carell) is upset when his nearly 25-year-old wife Emily (Moore) blurts out at dinner that she wants a divorce. Then he meets Jacob (Gosling) one night at a bar, and Jacob takes pity on him, promising that he will help Cal get his mojo back. Meanwhile, Cal’s son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo), has a crush on his babysitter Jessica (Lio Tipton), who in turn has a crush on Cal. True to its title, this one is a little crazy.

“Soul Surfer” (2011)

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The story of Bethany Hamilton coming to life on the big screen is not to be missed. AnnaSophia Robb plays Hamilton, the resilient surfer who got back into the water after her left arm was bitten by a shark. Dennis Quaid plays Hamilton’s protective father and Helen Hunt portrays his sweet mother. Carrie Underwood stars as Sarah Hill, Bethany’s church mentor. This film captures the highs and lows of Bethany’s journey and ends with a triumphant surf sequence.

“42” (2013)

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The late Chadwick Boseman brings the story of Jackie Robinson, MLB’s first black player, to life in “42.” From director Brian Helgeland comes the triumphant, honest, heartbreaking and moving portrayal of the path Jackie Robinson forged in professional baseball, as he faced many challenges, including racism. Nicole Beharie plays Jackie’s fiancee and later wife Rachel Robinson. Harrison Ford plays Branch Rickey, who was part of Jackie playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Other baseball greats who surrounded Robinson include Dodgers manager Leo Derocher (Christopher Meloni), Dixie Walker (Ryan Merriman ), Pee Wee Reese (Lucas Black), Ralph Branca (Hamish Linklater) and Harold Parrott (TR Knight).

“Along the Ride” (2022)

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Emma Pasarow and Belmont Cameli in “Along for the Ride” (Netflix)

Girl power, rom-com magic, and more serious subject matter make “Along for the Ride” a must-watch to kick off the summer movie season. Based on the novel by Sarah Dessen, this film tells the story of Auden West (Emma Pasarow) who spends the summer in the small town of Colby, where she meets Eli (Belmont Cameli), a fellow night owl. The two become close and help each other resolve some of the complications from their past. Light-hearted car jam session scenes balance out the more realistic fights between Auden’s father and her new stepmother as well as Eli’s grief for a lost friend. Directed and adapted by Sofia Alvarez, who also served as screenwriter for the first two “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” films, “Along for the Ride” combines teenage nostalgia with the hope and fun of frolicking.

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