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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'The Fab 5' (Dir. Jason Hehir)

26. 'The Fab 5' (Dir. Jason Hehir)

Another convincing "sympathy for the devil" episode – and the first under the "ESPN Films Presents" banner – The Fab 5 unfolds like a gripping sports procedural. The documentary covers how Michigan Wolverines basketball stars Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson were recruited by coach Steve Fisher, how they dominated and scandalized college hoops for two years and how their legacy was tainted by NCAA violations. The Fab 5 also directly confronts the racist tinge to the criticisms aimed at this Michigan team, suggesting that what the establishment mistook as disrespect or arrogance was just a case of underprivileged kids enjoying their success.

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