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- "30 for 30" is an original award-winning documentary series produced by ESPN.
- More than 100 films are now available through ESPN+ from the "30 for 30" series, covering some of the most compelling moments in sports of the past 40 years.
- New ESPN+ subscribers can get a free seven-day trial; subscriptions after the trial period are $4.99 a month.
- Take a look below at some of our picks for the best films in the "30 for 30" franchise.
In 2009, ESPN began its "30 for 30" documentary series, celebrating the company’s 30th year with in-depth documentaries about some of the most compelling sports stories of the past 30 years.
The documentaries were an immediate hit, earning praise and awards from both the sports and film worlds, as ESPN allowed great filmmakers to dive into stories they were passionate about, telling them like they’ve never been told before.
Today, more than 100 films have been made in some relation to the "30 for 30" banner, with all of them available to ESPN+ subscribers for $4.99 a month. New subscribers can get a free seven-day trial.
Below, we break down some of the best films the series has ever produced.
Directed by: Peter Berg
Original air date: October 6, 2009
Plot synopsis: The first "30 for 30" documentary ever released is still one of the most riveting of the series. "King’s Ransom" tells the story of the trade that sent Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings, and how the deal shattered the Edmonton faithful, brought interest to LA, and changed the future of the NHL.
Directed by: Billy Corben
Original air date: December 12, 2009
Plot synopsis: The University of Miami won four national championships between 1983 and 1991, adopting a swagger the likes of which has not been seen since in college football. "The U" dives into how this championship era came to be, and the coaches and players that developed it.
"Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks"
Directed by: Dan Klores
Original air date: March 14, 2010
Plot synopsis: Some of the best "30 for 30" films stem from a filmmaker diving deep into what might seem on the surface to be a simple story. Through "Winning Time," director Dan Klores shows that what Reggie Miller did to the New York Knicks in the 1990s went well beyond basketball — it was a vendetta.
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