May 2017 Movie and TV Anniversaries

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 28 Apr 2017

Take a look at some of the movies and TV series that are celebrating milestone anniversaries this month.

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Mike Myers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery turns 20 on May 2.

Fun Fact: Mike Myers wanted Jim Carrey to play the role of Dr. Evil, but Carrey had to decline due to scheduling conflicts with Liar, Liar.

Willem Dafoe and Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man turns 15 on May 3.

Fun Fact: Hugh Jackman revealed in an interview why his Wolverine cameo in Spider-Man never came to be: "In the first Spider-Man we really tried to get me to come on and do something, whether it was a gag or just to walk through the shot or something. The problem was, we couldn’t find the suit."

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, and Chris Hemsworth in The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers turns 5 on May 4.

Fun Fact: In an interview with Elle magazine, Tom Hiddleston revealed that the code name for The Avengers was Group Hug.

Fred Grandy, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange, and Gavin MacLeod in The Love Boat (1977)

"The Love Boat" turns 40 on May 5.

Fun Fact: During the show's 10-season run, some of the famous guest stars included Tom Hanks, Michael J. Fox, Tim Robbins, Jamie Lee Curtis, Pam Grier, Courteney Cox, and Kathy Bates.

Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element (1997)

The Fifth Element turns 20 on May 9.

Fun Fact: Luc Besson created the 400-word "Divine Language" spoken in the film by Leeloo. Milla Jovovich practiced the language by writing letters and conversing with Besson.

Keeley Hawes, Matthew Macfadyen, and David Oyelowo in MI-5 (2002)

"Spooks" turns 15 on May 5.

Fun Fact: Peter Firth is the only cast member to appear in all 86 episodes of the TV series as well as the 2015 film.

Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones turns 15 on May 16.

Fun Fact: Attack of the Clones is the only Star Wars film that was not the top-grossing film of the year in the U.S. That year, it was third after Spider-Man (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).

Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, and Nicholas Hoult in About a Boy (2002)

About a Boy turns 15 on May 17.

Fun Fact: At the beginning of the film, Marcus (Nicholas Hoult) says he would be able to take care of his mom (Toni Collette) if he were Haley Joel Osment. Toni Collette played Haley Joel Osment's mom in M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense (1999).

Mel Gibson in The Road Warrior (1981)

The Road Warrior turns 35 on May 21.

Fun Fact: Mel Gibson has a total of 16 lines of dialogue in The Road Warrior, including the repeated line, "I only came for the gasoline."

Jacinda Barrett, Neil Forrester, Jay Frank, Sharon Gitau, Mike Johnson, Kat Ogden, and Lars Schlichting in Real World (1992)

"Real World" turns 25 on May 21.

Fun Fact: "Real World" is the longest-running program in MTV history. The show spawned both a 14-season spin-off, "Road Rules," and a 29-season competition show, "The Challenge."

Sigourney Weaver and Tom Woodruff Jr. in Alien³ (1992)

Alien 3 turns 25 on May 22.

Fun Fact: After directing music videos in the '80s and '90s for Madonna, Aerosmith, Billy Idol and more, David Fincher made his feature directorial debut on Alien 3.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope turns 40 on May 25.

Fun Fact: Denis Lawson, who played the rebel pilot Wedge Antilles is the uncle of Ewan McGregor, who plays Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequels.

Sally Field and Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

Smokey and the Bandit turns 40 on May 27.

Fun Fact: Smokey and the Bandit was the second highest-grossing film in the U.S. in 1977 ($126,737,428), coming in behindStar Wars ($307,263,857) and ahead Close Encounters of the Third Kind ($116,395,460).

Sylvester Stallone, Mr. T, and Marty Denkin in Rocky III (1982)

Rocky III turns 35 on May 28.

Fun Fact: Rocky III was the first time Mr. T uttered the iconic line, "I pity the fool."