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'

27. 'Run Ricky Run' (Dir. Sean Pamphilon and Royce Toni)

30 for 30 is often at its best when it gives notorious teams or superstars a chance to tell their side of the story. And in that regard, Run Ricky Run is an especially expectation-defying episode, drawing on co-director Sean Pamphilon's long relationship with running back Ricky Williams to refute all the tsk-tsking sports columnists who've questioned Williams' pot-smoking and lack of team spirit. Not just a character sketch, Run Ricky Run asks whether the military mentality of organized football may be robbing the sport of talented iconoclasts like Williams.

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