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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'The Birth of Big Air' (Dir. Jeff Tremaine)
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14. 'The Birth of Big Air' (Dir. Jeff Tremaine)

"Extreme sports" take center stage in Jeff Tremaine's loving, infectious The Birth of Big Air, produced by Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville. Even traditionalists who find themselves baffled by the X Games and its ilk may not be able to help coming away impressed by what daredevil BMX rider Mat Hoffman and his peers can do, as they test the limits of bodies and bikes just for the thrills.

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