The best part about summer is not, as some might argue, the sunny days, the beach trips, or the long hikes through blossoming green forests. It's ignoring all of that exhausting stuff and going to the movies, where there is air conditioning and sometimes spaceships. And many other moviegoers would agree, which is why summer blockbuster movies are such a thing. People love big budget action movies during this season, but summer offerings can be so much more than that. As a smart young woman, I often look for something a little different. And fortunately, there are plenty of empowering movies coming out in summer 2017.
These films are sometimes cool indie alternatives to the big budget action or comedy, following offbeat characters with big dreams or examining unique relationships among people who aren't always represented in movies. Other times they really are the big, exciting action movies and comedies, but with awesome woman directors, writers, or stars that bring out fresh perspectives in these genres and tell stories in exciting new ways. Regardless, all the movies below have grabbed my attention by standing out from the crowd and celebrating the many different types of experiences that people can have in this world.