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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'Swoopes' (Dir. Hannah Storm)

23. 'Swoopes' (Dir. Hannah Storm)

As one of the WNBA's best-known players – and, for a time, one of the highest-profile openly gay athletes in the world – Sheryl Swoopes dealt with the pressure of different communities almost needing her to become a superstar. Swoopes humanizes a woman whom many tried to turn into an unimpeachable symbol, painting her as a person who's had complicated, not-always-exemplary relationships with her teammates, her lovers and her sport.

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