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That was hectic.

The Last Dance delivered and then some - and staggering the episodes to keep the audience hungry for more was genius.

It's an instant classic, but exactly where does it rank among some of the all-time great sports doccos? 

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Here are 10 of the best and if you haven't seen some of them yet, treat yourself:

10. Free Solo

If you have a thing with heights avoid this one, but otherwise it's an exhilarating watch.

Bloke named Alex Honnold attempts to conquer the first free solo (no ropes) climb of El Capitan's 900-metre vertical rock face.

Yup, no ropes. 

It's fucked. But a great watch.

9. Four Falls Of Buffalo

You don't have to be a Bills fan for this one to hurt watching.

The film profiles the Bills teams of the early 1990s, when the franchise became the first team to play in - and lose - four consecutive Super Bowls.

Gripping watch but fuck me, hurts.

8. 30 for 30: Bad Boys

The story of the Bad Boy Pistons was touched on in the Jordan doc, but there's so much more to that side and it's covered in depth in their 30 for 30.

You come a way with a new appreciation for one of the truly great sides that often get lost in the Celtics, Lakers and Bulls shuffle.

And the music is sick too.

7. OJ: Made in America

There's been a few OJ docs over the years, but this one is by far the best.

Still a crazy story, and this film covers every detail of the case. 

Must watch for sports nerds but you don't have to know anything about football to be captivated by one of the most famous stories of all time, period.

6. Rodman: For Better or Worse

Again he was a big part of the Jordan docco, but there's so much more to Rodman than was shown in The Last Dance

Easily one of the most colorful, weird and wonderful characters in the history of sport.

A true rags to riches story as well.

5. 30 for 30: You Don't Know Bo


The Michael Jordan of football, baseball and whatever else he wanted to do.

The Bo Jackson story has to be heard to be believed and it's beautifully told by ESPN.

The freak of all freak athletes.

And while some of the stories told seem more fantasy than fiction, it's all told in a  way that just adds to the mystique of the guy.

4. Icarus

Still one of the most intense and unbelievable doccos of all time.

Filmmaker Bryan Fogel unknowingly uncovers the biggest cheating scandal in the history of sports.

Dirty urine, unexplained deaths and government sanctioned steroid use.

The story of how Russia cheated their way to gold at the Sochi Olympics is incredible.

3. Nature Boy

A much different style of docco but one of the all time greats nonetheless.

Rick Flair has some amazing war stories on the piss and the film crew animated them to bring this docco to life.

His is a story with plenty of highs and extreme lows. 

An amazing look behind the curtain at the world of pro wrestling back in those days. And just what a weapon the guy was on the drink!

2. The Last Dance 

It's fresh in the mind but I think we can all agree, that was sick.

Never before have we seen Jordan from so many different angles.

And for an entire generation who didn't get to see him play (like me) this was a treat.

10 parts was exactly enough too.

1. When We Were Kings

As good as The Last Dance was though, for mind the GOAT sports doc is still When We Were Kings.

It tells the story of Muhammad Ali's Rumble in the Jungle against George Foreman.

And like The Last Dance, 22 years to edit and produce the documentary before being released.

Amazing behind-the-scenes footage from both fighters' training camps for the, and it also highlights the cultural issues surrounding the bout.

Just so many elements to it, it feels like a Hollywood movie while you're watching.

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