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What’s New on Amazon Prime: May 2016

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At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video add new movies and TV shows to their libraries. Some of these may also have previously been on Amazon, only to have been removed and then added back. For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Amazon and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

What she’s having: When Harry Met Sally (1989)

More than quarter century after its release, we’re pretty sure When Harry Met Sally redefined the modern rom-com with its endlessly quotable dialogue and the effortless chemistry of Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. Available May 1.

Face the camera: Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

Steven Soderbergh pioneered a new kind of indie filmmaking with this low-budget story about a married couple (Andie MacDowell and Peter Gallagher) and the weirdo who likes to film women as they discuss their sexual history (James Spader). MacDowell gives one of her best performances as woman struggling to articulate a dissatisfaction she can’t quite understand. Available May 1.

Take one down, pass it around: 99 Homes (2015)

After being evicted from his home due to a foreclosure, Andrew Garfield takes up a job with Michael Shannon where he forces out other residents, all to make enough money to get his own home back. It’s a horrible reality, made all the more terrifying by Shannon’s turn as a hard-edged Mephistopheles. As Vulture’s David Edelstein wrote, “99 Homes makes you understand why this swampy financial ecosystem thrives.” Available May 9.

Let’s talk about sex: Tell Me You Love Me (Season 1)

This short-lived HBO show, which follows three couples who all share a therapist (Jane Alexander), never made it past its first season, even as it drew attention for sex scenes so explicit they convinced a lot of viewers they were real. They weren’t, of course, but the drama holds up, and if anything, the fun of watching Adam Scott get a fake hand job has only increased with time. Available May 21.

Forever young: The Age of Adaline (2015)

Blake Lively never ages. Also, other stuff happens, but mostly someone built a whole movie around the fact that Blake Lively never ages. It’s swoony and romantic, like a Nicholas Sparks novel drank the water from Tuck Everlasting. But also, crucially, the whole concept is hilarious. Available May 27.


Humans (Season 1) (May 16)
Angry Boys (Season 1) (May 21)
Banshee (Season 2) (May 21)
Boardwalk Empire (Season 4) (May 21)
Empire Falls (Season 1) (May 21)
Hunted (Season 1) (May 21)
Life’s Too Short (Season 1) (May 21)
Lucky Louie (Season 1) (May 21)
Mr. Show With Bob and David (Season 1-4) (May 21)
Stride Back (Season 3) (May 21)
Tell Me You Love Me (Season 1) (May 21)
Todd McFarlane’s Spawn (Season 1-3) (May 21)
True Blood (Season 6) (May 21)
Indian Summers (Season 1) (May 29)


May 1
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Vice Versa (1988)
Racing Scene (1969)
Cry of the Banshee (1970)
Le Sauvage (English Subtitled) (1975)
Mr. Music (1950)
The Criminal (1962)
The Young in Heart (1938)
The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953)
Nothing But The Night (1973)
Bargee (1964)
The Heart of the Matter (1953)
The Stranger Who Looks Like Me (1974)
Goldfinger (1964)
She’s Having a Baby (1988)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Die Another Day (2002)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Live and Let Die (1973)
Octopussy (1983)
The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Never Say Never Again (1983)
Ghost World (2001)
The Bounty (1984)
Hoodlum (1997)
Benny and Joon (1993)
Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)
Election (1999)
Dream a Little Dream (1989)
Mystery Team (2009)
The Red Violin (1988)
Men with Brooms (2002)
Bitter Moon (1992)
Best Seller(1987)
Meet Wally Sparks (1997)
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
Code 46 (2003)
Coming Soon (1999)
Southie (1998)
Frankenstein (2004)
Bully (2001)
Chinese Box (1997)
Slow Burn (2000)
The Mod Squad (1999)
Meet John Doe (1941)
Pretty Boy Floyd (1960)
Airplane! (1980)
The Second Coming of Suzanne (1974)
Rock and Roll Revue (1955)
Corsair (1931)
3 Guys Named Mike (1951)
Molly (1951)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

Available later in May
Hot Pursuit (2015) (May 6)
99 Homes (2015) (May 9)
Creative Control (Amazon Original, 2016) (May 12)
Where Hope Grows (2014) (May 16)
Age of Adaline (2015) (May 27)


BRAVE 10 (Season 1) (May 3)
Little Women: NY (Season 2) (May 5)*
Ancient Aliens (Season 9) (May 7)*
Found (Season 1) (May 7)*|
Almost Genius (Season 2) (May 9)*
Match Made in Heaven (Season 2) (May 10)*
Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up (Season 1) (May 10)
Mountain Men (Season 5) (May 10)*
 (Season 2) (May 11)*
American Pickers (Volume 12) (May 12)*
Everyday Tales of a Cat God (Season 1) (May 17)
Braxton Family Values (501) (May 20)*
House of Five Leaves (Season 1) (May 24)
 (Season 4) (May 27)*
If Her Flag Breaks (Season 1) (May 31)

*Episodes available the day after they air on broadcast.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (May 4)
The Finest Hours (2016) (May 24)


Jack Irish: The Series (Acorn TV) (May 2)
19-2 (Acorn TV) (May 20)
Outlander* (Starz)
House of Lies* (Showtime)
Penny Dreadful* (Showtime)

*New episodes available weekly.

I, Robot (2004) (Starz) (May 6)
Side Effects (2013) (Starz (May 13)
Irrational Man (2015) (Starz) (May 27)

For more details on the best film and television available online, consult Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub.