The 30 Greatest ESPN ‘30 for 30’ Films
Our picks for the thirty best 30 for 30 films that every sports lover should binge on
Originally commissioned to celebrate ESPN’s 30th anniversary in 2009, the 30 for 30 series has grown to over ninety short films on all manner of sporting events and topics. After the original thirty episodes, thirteen new episodes were released under the ESPN Films Presents name in 2011, before the 30 for 30 name was restored to the series. We’ve included all of these in our calculation of the thirty greatest episodes.
With over ninety 30 for 30 films already released by ESPN and more coming out all the time, deciding which to watch has become quite the challenge. With that in mind, we decided to compile our favorite episodes to help you choose which to watch.
Feel free to disagree with us or weigh in with your favorites from the 30 for 30 series of films in the comment section below.
The lowly history of the Cleveland Browns football team.
28. Catholics vs. Convicts
The 1988 Notre Dame vs. Miami football game and its impact.
27. Rand University
Randy Moss’s rise from West Virginia to NFL legend.
24. Prince of Pennsylvania
The eccentric life of John du Pont and Foxcatcher wrestling.
23. I Hate Christian Laettner
The career of Duke basketball star Christian Laettner.
NBA player Chris Herren, a tale of addiction and redemption.
20. One and Not Done
John Calipari — Destroyer of programs, shepherd to the NBA.
17. Pony Excess
Thaddeus D. Matula
The win-at-all-costs SMU Mustangs football team.
13. Four Falls of Buffalo
The early 90s Buffalo Bills that lost 4 consecutive super bowls.
12. Of Miracles and Men
The Miracle on Ice from the Soviet point of view.
10. You Don’t Know Bo
Bo Jackson — the greatest athlete of all time.
9. Fantastic Lies
A retrospective on the Duke lacrosse case from 2006.
8. The Best That Never Was
The 1981 recruiting of Marcus Dupree and subsequent injuries.
6. Bad Boys
The Detroit Pistons team that shook the NBA power structure.
5. The Fab Five
How Michigan’s Fab Five changed basketball forever.
4. Winning Time
Reggie Miller’s quest to beat the Knicks and win a championship.
2. Best of Enemies
Three-part series about the legendary Celtics–Lakers rivalry.
1. Survive and Advance
NC State’s historic NCAA championship run in 1983.