Here's Everything Leaving & Coming To Netflix In May 2021

The Woman in the Window is finally getting an official release.

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With all adult Americans eligible for vaccines, it seems we could be inching toward a summer where we spend our free time back in public rather than glued to our couches. But while we await second doses and further CDC guidelines for gatherings, Netflix has an array of new content to keep us busy throughout the month of May. Earlier this year, the streaming platform announced plans to release at least one new original film every week in 2021 — and with new thrillers, comedies, and fantasy movies coming, it’s clear May will be jam-packed with content. Between brand-new films, series, and new installments of some of your favorite franchises, Netflix will provide more than enough material to keep you busy this month.

One notable title coming to Netflix is The Woman in the Window, a thriller starring Amy Adams originally set for a theatrical release in October 2019, before it was pushed to May 2020 and then postponed again due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Directed by Joe Wright, the film centers around a psychologist too anxious to leave her own home (Adams), whose life is altered after witnessing her neighbor suddenly disappear. Also coming to the platform is Season 2 of Selena: The Series, which stars Christain Serratos as the iconic Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla and tells the story of her life, from the highest points of her career to her tragic death.

Along with the new titles coming to the streaming service, make sure you save some time to watch the films and series that are set to leave Netflix this month. One movie exiting from the platform this month is House at the End of the Street, a 2012 psychological thriller that stars Jennifer Lawrence as a teenager who moves with her mother into a home where a tragic murder occurred years prior. Also leaving Netflix in May is Love is Blind, a 2019 dark comedy that features Matthew Broderick and Chloë Sevigny — not to be confused with Netflix’s smash-hit reality dating show of the same name. Here’s everything coming to and leaving Netflix in May 2021.

What We’re Excited For

Selena: The Series: Season 2

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Audiences learned about the life and career of Texas-born singer Selena Quintanilla in Selena, the 1997 autobiographical film that starred Jennifer Lopez in its titular role, which cemented her legacy and covered the events leading up to her tragic murder. Netflix’s Selena: The Series aims to expand on the same story, letting it unfold over 18 episodes to fully flesh out the details of Quintanilla’s complex life. Starring actor Christian Serratos as the Tejano singer, Season 1 of Selena: The Series was released in December 2020 and has since been watched by over 25 million households — so you won’t want to miss Season 2.

The Woman in the Window

After suffering delays since 2019, The Woman in the Window is finally getting an official release through Netflix on May 14. Based on a novel of the same name by A. J. Finn and starring Amy Adams in its leading role, the film follows an agoraphobic psychologist in New York City who befriends a woman living across the street after they meet through a front window. Their elusive relationship comes to a halt when the neighbor goes missing. Convinced something’s wrong, Adams’ character is determined to get to the bottom of it.

Special: Season 2

Created by and starring Ryan O’Connell and based on his memoir, Special centers around a gay man who deals with mild cerebral palsy and is determined to carve out his ideal life path despite his diagnosis. Nominated for three Emmy awards, Season 1 received widespread critical acclaim for its honest, affecting, and funny themes. Season 2 is also set to be the show’s last, and in an interview with Vulture, O’Connell said he wants it to feature “a lot more gay sex,” so if that’s of interest to you, be sure to tune in when it drops on May 20.

What We’re Sad To See Go


Directed by Johnny Martin, Hangman was released in 2017 to generally negative reviews. But starring Al Pacino as a detective in search of a serial killer who executes his crimes based on the classic kids’ game of Hangman, it has to be an entertaining watch, right? Also starring Lord of the Rings actor Karl Urban, Twilight’s Joe Anderson, and Pitch Perfect’s Brittany Snow, this crime thriller is sure to be a wild ride, so be sure to watch it before it leaves the platform on May 6.

Sherlock: Series 1-4

This British mystery drama is so popular that during its original airing, audiences waited nearly two years between seasons, each one only containing three episodes. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, the series depicts the iconic detective solving mysteries in present-day London. With nine Emmy awards and a Peabody under its belt, there’s a reason Season 3 became one of the UK’s most-watched drama series upon its release in 2014. Take advantage of the hit series’ availability on Netflix while it’s still there — it’s slated to exit the platform on May 15.

50 First Dates

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In this 2004 romantic comedy, Drew Barrymore stars as Lucy, a former art teacher who lost her memory in a severe car accident. She meets Henry, a womanizing marine veterinarian played by Adam Sandler, who is determined to court her in spite of the fact that she can’t remember who he is. The film has been criticized for its wildly inaccurate portrayal of amnesia in the years since its release, but at its core is a sweet story about a passionate, determined romance. If you’re a fan of Barrymore and Sandler’s The Wedding Singer, you’ll want to check out 50 First Dates before it leaves Netflix on May 31.

What's Coming In May

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May 1

  • Aliens Stole My Body
  • Angelina Ballerina: Season 5
  • Angelina Ballerina: Season 6
  • Back to the Future
  • Back to the Future Part II
  • Back to the Future Part III
  • Barney and Friends: Season 13
  • Barney and Friends: Season 14
  • Best of the Best
  • Dead Again in Tombstone
  • Due Date
  • Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Green Zone
  • Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
  • J.T. LeRoy
  • Love Happens
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  • Mystic River
  • Never Back Down
  • Notting Hill

May 2

  • Hoarders: Season 11

May 4

  • The Clovehitch Kiler
  • Selena: The Series: Season 2
  • Trash Truck: Season 2

May 5

  • Framing John DeLorean
  • The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness

May 6

  • Dead Man Down

May 7

  • Girl From Nowhere: Season 2
  • Jupiter’s Legacy: Season 1
  • Milestone
  • Monster

May 8

  • Mine
  • Sleepless

May 11

  • Money, Explained

May 12

  • Dance of the Forty One
  • Oxygen
  • The Upshaws

May 13

  • Castlevania: Season 4
  • Layer Cake

May 14

  • Ferry
  • Haunted: Season 3
  • I Am All Girls
  • Jungle Beat: The Movie
  • Love, Death & Robots: Volume 2
  • Move to Heaven
  • The Strange House
  • The Woman in the Window

May 16

  • Sleight

May 18

  • Sardar Ka Grandson

May 19

  • The Last Days
  • Sabotage
  • Small Town Crime
  • Who Killed Sara?: Season 2

May 20

  • Hating Peter Tatchell
  • Special: Season 2
  • Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

May 21

  • Army of the Dead
  • Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Season 3
  • The Neighbor: Season 2

May 22

  • Sam Smith: Love Goes - Live At Abbey Road Studios

May 25

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  • Home

May 26

  • Baggio: The Divine Ponytail
  • High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America
  • Nail Bomber: Manhunt

May 27

  • Black Space
  • Blue Miracle
  • Eden
  • Soy Rada: Serendipity

May 28

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  • Dog Gone Trouble
  • Lucifer: Season 5 Part 2
  • The Kominsky Method: Season 3

May 31

  • Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story
  • The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties

What's Leaving In May

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May 1

  • Hoarders: Season 10

May 3

  • War Horse

May 5

  • Hangman

May 6

  • City of God: 10 Years Later
  • Lockout

May 7

  • The Chosen Ones
  • House at the End of the Street

May 10

  • Quartet

May 14

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  • Sherlock: Series 1-4

May 18

  • Trumbo

May 29

  • American Crime: Seasons 1-3
  • My Week With Marilyn
  • The One I Love

May 31

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  • 50 First Dates
  • Act of Valor
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Boy
  • Deliver Us From Eva
  • The Help
  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
  • Julie & Julia
  • Marauders
  • Milk
  • Miracle
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz
  • The Pursuit of Happyness
  • The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior
  • The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption
  • Soul Surfer
  • Striptease
  • Waiting...

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