Top Ten Best ESPN 30 for 30 Films

Counting down the 10 greatest ESPN 30 for 30 films one at a time.
The Top Ten
1 I Hate Christian Laettner

One of the most clutch NCAA basketball players of all time, this delves into the life of former Duke player Christian Laettner, who crushed the dreams of his opponents for four years.

2 The U Part 2

This explores the journey of possibly the most talented college football team ever, as the 2001 Hurricanes go on a 30+ game win streak that leads to the 2003 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

3 Youngstown Boys
4 The U
5 Brian and the Boz
6 Bad Boys

Narrated by soon-to-be classic rock legend and Pistons fan Kid Rock, this offers an excellent look at how the Detroit Pistons changed the face of the NBA in the 1980s with their take-no-prisoners defense and their wacky characters, especially Dennis Rodman.

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7 Broke
8 Fab Five
9 Rand University
10 Four Days in October

Produced by MLB Productions, this film focuses on the four games that the Red Sox won in the greatest comeback in baseball's postseason history. This occurred in the 2004 American League Championship Series.

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The Contenders
11 June 17, 1994

This film was unique and exciting. It chronicled the big events all in one day: the New York Rangers' Stanley Cup Victory Parade, Arnold Palmer's final U.S. Open Golf Championship, Opening Day of FIFA World Cup '94, baseball action, Game 5 of the 1994 NBA Finals, and most importantly, O.J. as a fugitive in a Bronco truck. What a film!

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12 The Two Bills

It's not about the Buffalo Bills. It's about Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick and their time together with the 1986 and 1990 New York Giants, and apart as rival coaches.

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13 No Mas

The ultimate inside story of why Roberto Duran quit in his second bout with Sugar Ray Leonard, as seen through the eyes of both fighters. A great boxing film.

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14 Elway to Marino

The story of the 1983 NFL Draft, as seen through the eyes of Dan Marino and John Elway and through the lens of NFL Films. A great study of every player drafted in the first round of this draft.

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15 Nature Boy

The amazing story of Ric Flair: his party days and nights, his world championships, his association with the Four Horsemen, and his remarkable 2017 recovery from kidney cancer. He was more than just WOOO! He was one amazing superstar.

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16 Pony Excess

An amazing but sad story about SMU Football in the 1980s, featuring talented players like Eric Dickerson and Craig James. However, the team suffered its first death penalty from the NCAA.

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17 Be Water

Bruce Lee's one-finger pushup was one of the greatest fitness moments ever captured on film for a great martial art, and he left us way too soon.

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18 The Band That Wouldn't Die
19 Catching Hell
20 When The Garden Was Eden
21 The Last Days of Knight
22 You Don't Know Bo
23 Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies
24 Mike and the Mad Dog

This is one great story of radio's dynamic duo who paved the way for other great sports talk shows. The Mad Dog's famous rant about his beloved San Francisco Giants in 2003 (after the Giants were eliminated by the Florida Marlins in the National League Division Series) was the highlight of this film.

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25 This Was the XFL
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