The 30 Best '30 for 30' Films

As ESPN's groundbreaking series celebrates its fifth anniversary, we pick our favorite films: tales of triumph, tragedy and (of course) 'The U'

24. 'Free Spirits' (Dir. Daniel H. Forer)

There are plenty of fun anecdotes to tell about the American Basketball Association – the NBA's laid-back 1960s/1970s competition – and Free Spirits works a lot of them into its look at the short-lived Spirits of St. Louis, one of the teams that didn't survive when the ABA collapsed. Around for the death throes, the Spirits experienced wild swings of success and failure before the owners finally cashed in, going through a frenzied experience that was like the ABA in miniature.

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