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'

'This Is What They Want' (Dir. Brian Koppelman and David Levien)
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5. 'This Is What They Want' (Dir. Brian Koppelman and David Levien)

The longer athletes stick around, the more the public perception of them evolves. This Is What They Want looks back at how tennis fans rallied around prickly bad boy Jimmy Connors during the 1991 US Open, finding a weakened Connors more personally appealing than the cocky powerhouse he'd once been. But the great twist of This Is What They Want is that while fans may have softened, Connors never really did. Unexpectedly – and powerfully – this episode develops into a documentary about a fiercely competitive man who'd rather be a winner than a friend.

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