1. Hoop Dreams
Director(s): Steve James
Synopsis: Two inner-city basketball players try to overcome the obstacles of the hood in hopes of making it to the NBA.
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The gripping story of William Gates and Arthur Agee is as much about race, class, and education as it is about sports. Those qualities make this cinematic masterpiece not just the greatest sports doc, but also arguably one of the best documentaries of any kind in recent memory.