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'

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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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