Summer at the movies is traditionally Hollywood blockbuster time. It's the season when sharks snack on innocent beach-goers and Avengers assemble. There are, however, always a few summer movies based on real events to satisfy the less fantastical among us. The upcoming summer 2017 movies based on true stories run the gambit from subdued documentaries to actual action movies, so if you're looking for a vacation from all the summer blockbusters and superheroes (and don't mind crying about real life tragedies in the middle of the movie theater), here are seven summer 2017 movies based on true stories to look out for.
Warning: if you're looking for heartwarming, rags to riches stories to act as a two-hour refuge form the summer heat, you probably won't find those this summer. The movies based on true stories hitting theaters in the summer of 2017 are more on the more depressing side. That doesn't mean it's all doom and gloom, though, as some summer movies based on true stories will offer fans an opportunity to celebrate their favorite stars, like Heath Ledger and Tupac Shakur. Others will give audiences a glimpse into past tragedies, like the Dunkirk evacuation and the Detroit riots — you know, light summer entertainment.