Both a massive critical and commercial success, director Steve James' landmark documentary -- shot over five years and assembled from over 250 hours of footage -- chronicles the lives of two inner-city youths and their dreams of playing professional basketball. Widely hailed as one of the year's best films, when it was overlooked for a Best Documentary Oscar nomination, public outcry compelled the Academy to revise its nomination process for the category. It's one of those rare films that can be legitimately described as a game-changer.
50 Documentaries to See Before You Die
The most enlightening and engaging true-life films ever made.