What are the best sports documentaries?

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    #1Detroit Pistons - Glory Times, 2004 Championship

    Detroit Pistons - Glory Times, 2004 Championship

    This video is a documentary of the Detroit Pistons last NBA title: in 2004, the team coached by Larry Brown became the best basketball team thanks to its work ethic, defense, and one of the best starting fives ever. 



    Paul Pena
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Detroit Pistons - Glory Times, 2004 Championship is a documentary about the 2004 season for the Pistons. Arguably one of the better basketball teams out there, this is an easy way to learn about it."
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    #2The Greatest Tragedy in Sports

    The Greatest Tragedy in Sports

    The 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers is one of the most forgotten and forbidden episodes in NBA's history, as it is often regarded as one of the most clear examples of rigging in the NBA.



    Thomas Fuller
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I live watching documentaries about sports. The Greatest Tragedy in Sports is one of the best I have seen. It's narration and clips make it a great watch."
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    #3Conor McGregor RISE TO FAME

    Conor McGregor RISE TO FAME

    This documentary details Conor McGregor's rise to the top of the UFC: with never seen interviews and footage, this 50-minute will allow you to see how a regular man managed to become one of the most feared fighters in the world. 



    Emma Vasquez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "What an inspirational story! I wasn't sure what to expect from this sports documentary but I really enjoyed this. His story from coming from nothing to rising to be the top of the UFC is just amazing. "


Did you know that ESPN airs a series of sports-themed documentary films? 30 for 30 is the title of this project, this includes three "volumes" of 30 episodes each, a 13-episode series that goes by the "ESPN Films Presents" title in 2011-2012, and a series of 30 for 30 Shorts shown through ESPN.com website.

The idea began in 2007 from Bill Simmons and Connor Schell. The title came from the series' origin as 30 films in celebration of ESPN's 30th anniversary. The first volume first aired in October 2009 and ran through December 2010. It showcased different sports documentaries featuring the best athletes of all time. The viewers' reaction on the series were kind of not good, the first three documentaries had poor ratings. But as awareness of the project and critical acclaim grew, the audience who watched the series grew too. The series also gained awards from different award-giving bodies. The series won awards from Peabody Award, International Documentary Association's "Distinguished Continuing Series", and an Emmy for Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program. It also won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Feature for O.J.: Made in America. Because of its growing fame, the series also gained presenting sponsors. The series also increased the number of people who become more interested in sports.

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    Credited as one of the biggest revolutionaries in football and one of the best coaches in the world, Pep Guardiola arrived in 2016 in the Premier League. Sky Sports explores his career as a manager in this documentary, which has interviews of notable players. 



    Alan Hawkins
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Pep is a documentary about Manchester City's new coach for 2016. The video does a good job to explain who he is and where he came from as well as exploring his career. I found the video to do a good job in keeping my interest as well."
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    #5The NHL: Masked Men

    The NHL: Masked Men

    Like in almost every team sport, the ice hockey goalie is often forgotten, as it's those who score goals who usually get all the attention. This documentary focuses in those in charge of preventing the rival players to score, something as important as scoring goals for your team. 



    Henry Hernandez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a must documentary for any NHL fan. I was watching it with my friend who is a hockey nut and he was lost in it!"
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    #6Never Say Die - The Story of the New York Islanders

    Never Say Die - The Story of the New York Islanders

    This documentary is an amazing recap of the Islanders' ascension to the top of the NHL, the 4 straight won Stanley Cup Championships and the many records they broke on their way to become one of the best teams ever. 


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    Russell Garrett
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a solid, well rated documentary of the journey of a hockey team to make it to the top. The movie focuses on the trials and tribulations of the team, watching them succeed and fail on their way to a record shattering number of Stanley Cup wins. If you like seeing the evolution of a team, whether or not you like hockey, you'll likely enjoy this."
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    #7The Two Escobars

    The Two Escobars

    The Two Escobars is a sports documentary film directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist. It was released on October 15, 2010, and runs for 100 minutes.


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    Juan Dean
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "One of the best sports documentary in recent memory."
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    Detail is an ESPN originals basketball analysis show hosted and produced by Kobe Bryant. In October 2018, ESPN announced that this would have an NFL version that is hosted by Peyton Manning.

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    Guo Hu
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "Really enjoyed the commentaries and all the other aspects in this show."
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    #9No No: A Dockumentary

    No No: A Dockumentary

    No No: A Dockumentary is a sports-themed documentary film directed by Jeffrey Radice. It was released on September 5, 2014, and runs for 100 minutes. The documentary is about baseball player Dock Ellis.


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    Alice Cui
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "Unfailingly entertaining and occasionally even mind-blowing."
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    #10O.J.: Made in America

    O.J.: Made in America
    O.J. Made in America is a 2016 documentary produced and directed by Ezra Edelman for ESPN's 30 for 30 series. It tackles the life of O.J. Simpson and his emerging football career at the University of Southern California.
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    Eugene Watson
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "Really comprehensive and not a biased documentary. I like it!"
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    #11You Don’t Know Bo

    You Don’t Know Bo

    You Don’t Know Bo is a 2012 ESPN original directed by Michael Bonfiglio. It tackles the life of Bo Jackson and his college and professional feats in two sports, baseball and football.

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    Andy Tang
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "Everyone who loves baseball and football should definitely watch this. Really well done."
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    #12Year of the Scab

    Year of the Scab

    Year of the Scab is a 2017 documentary by John Dorsey for ESPN's 30 for 30 series. It tackles the strike of the 1987 American football season, NFL owners look to fill their rosters with replacements of anyone willing to play.

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    Angélica Arreola
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "Emotions are so raw and I love it!! No pretentions and the drama are all good too."
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    Icarus is a sports documentary film directed by Bryan Fogel and produced by himself, Dan Cogan, David Fialkow and Jim Swartz in 2017. It won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award and Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards. 


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    Diane Harvey
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "Really entertaining and I didn't doze off while watching it. Really good!"


Best What are the best sports documentaries
1Detroit Pistons - Glory Times, 2004 ChampionshipVideos 13 Free
2The Greatest Tragedy in SportsVideos 10 Free
3Conor McGregor RISE TO FAMEVideos 7 Free
4PEPVideos 5 Free
5The NHL: Masked MenVideos 3 Free
6Never Say Die - The Story of the New York IslandersVideos 1 Free
7The Two EscobarsMovies 0 Paid
8DetailTV Shows 0 Paid
9No No: A DockumentaryMovies 0 Free
10O.J.: Made in AmericaTV Shows 0 Paid

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