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The Very Best 30 for 30 Films

Updated August 13, 2021 7.1k votes 1.3k voters 29.9k views40 items

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The ESPN 30 For 30 films are some of the best sports documentaries ever made. No one is ever going to argue with that. But what is the best 30 for 30 ever made? We can all argue about that... but why not just vote about it instead! What is your favorite ESPN 30 for 30 documentary? From Requiem For The Big East, to The U, and many more, vote for all of your favorites and see if other sports fans agree with you. These are the greatest 30 for 30s ranked by you, the fans.
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    Survive And Advance

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    230
    60

    Released2010

    Directed byJonathan Hock

    The Best That Never Was is a documentary film directed by Jonathan Hock that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30....  more
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    Fab Five

    Chris Webber, Jalen Rose
    268
    83

    Released2011

    Directed byJason Hehir

    The Fab Five is a 2011 ESPN Films documentary about the 1990s Michigan Wolverines men's basketball players known collectively as the Fab Five: Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and...  more
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    Bad Boys

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    117
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    "Born in the same city in Colombia but not related, Andrés Escobar and Pablo Escobar shared a fanatical love of soccer. Andrés grew up to become one of Colombia's most beloved players, while Pablo...  more
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    Catching Hell

    168
    56
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    The U

    Uncle Luke, Michael Irvin
    243
    106

    Released2009

    Directed byBilly Cohen, Alfred Spellman

    The U is a 2009 American sports documentary film about the University of Miami football program directed by Billy Corben. The University of Miami "The U" helped usher in a new era of football by...  more
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    I Hate Christian Laettner

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    103
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    Without Bias is a documentary film directed by Kirk Fraser for the ESPN documentary series 30 for 30. It is the story of Len Bias, the University of Maryland basketball star, whose death by cocaine...  more
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    Unguarded

    123
    42
    Unguarded is a 2011 film directed by Jonathan Hock....
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    Released2010

    Directed byDan Klores

    "If you’re a basketball fan, you know that one of the great NBA rivalries in the mid-1990s was between the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks. In classic David-meets-Goliath style, the two teams...  more
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    Pony Excess is a documentary film directed by Thaddeus D. Matula that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30....  more
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    Elway To Marino

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    64
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    Once Brothers

    96
    45
    Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were two friends who grew up together sharing the common bond of basketball. Together, they lifted the Yugoslavian National team to unimaginable heights. After...  more
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    June 17th, 1994

    O. J. Simpson, Patrick Ewing
    128
    74

    Released2010

    Directed byBrett Morgen

    June 17th, 1994 is a documentary film directed by Brett Morgen that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30....  more
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    Requiem For The Big East

    103
    55
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    Brian And The Boz

    128
    85
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    Four Days In October

    David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez
    127
    93

    Released2010

    Directed byGary Waksman

    Four Days in October is a baseball documentary produced by Gary Waksman, ESPN and MLB Productions. It chronicles the last four games of the 2004 American League Championship Series between the Boston...  more
  • 20
    No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson is a 2010 film directed by Steve James....  more
  • 21

    The Announcement

    62
    40
  • 22

    Jordan Rides the Bus

    Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson
    56
    50

    Released2010

    Directed byRon Shelton

    Jordan Rides the Bus is a documentary film directed by Ron Shelton that aired as part of ESPN's film series 30 for 30....  more
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    Run Ricky Run is a film directed by Sean Pamphilon and Royce Toni....  more
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    Benji is a 2012 documentary film written by Amani Martin, directed by Chike Ozah and Coodie Simmons....  more
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    Muhammad and Larry is a documentary film directed by Alberts Maysles and Bradley Kaplan for ESPN's documentary film series 30 for 30....  more