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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'Requiem for the Big East' (Dir. Ezra Edelman)

20. 'Requiem for the Big East' (Dir. Ezra Edelman)

Not just a lament for what's been lost with widespread NCAA conference realignment, Requiem for the Big East doubles as a mini-history of how ESPN grew in prominence in the 1980s, thanks to its college basketball cablecasts and the colorful personalities in the ascendant Big East. It's a reminder that even institutions that seem firmly established – like the network carrying 30 for 30 – have origin points, and someday maybe even endings.

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