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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6. 'The Two Escobars' (Dir. Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist)

30 for 30's profile and prestige have been boosted from the beginning by the filmmakers' willingness to submit their documentaries to major festivals, to screen alongside the best in world cinema. The Two Escobars actually played at Cannes and Tribeca, and won acclaim from mainstream film critics for how adeptly directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist wove together the lives of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and murdered soccer star Andrés Escobar. By the end, The Two Escobars becomes about the dark side of sports fanaticism, which allowed Colombian soccer fans to root for a team funded by a criminal, and to turn on a player for making a mistake in a World Cup match.

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