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'

'The U' (Dir. Billy Corben)
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16. 'The U' (Dir. Billy Corben)

A 30 for 30 so popular that it's earned a sequel (airing December 13), The U is a dizzying spin through the rise and fall of the University of Miami's football program in the 1980s and 1990s: an era that ran parallel with the heyday of the drug trade depicted in the TV series Miami Vice. Like a snazzy exploitation film, The U lets viewers have the fun of Miami's misbehavior on and off the field, before closing with a little righteous retribution.

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