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 High Five' (Dir. Michael Jacobs)

22. 'The High Five' (Dir. Michael Jacobs)

The 30 for 30 franchise has experimented with varying lengths, from a half-hour to two hours – and even shorter, in its series of online shorts. That's allowed the series to tell some less-ambitious but still compelling stories, as in the 10-minute short The High Five, which uses the universal symbol for celebration as a way to frame the life of its creator, baseball player Glenn Burke, who was eventually forced out of the game for being gay.

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