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When it comes to NASCAR movies, realism rules

Updated: August 21, 2006, 3:14 PM ET
By K. Lee Davis | ESPN.com

"Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" hits theaters Friday, making it the latest in a pantheon of great NASCAR movies.

Well, there's really only one great NASCAR movie, but there are nine others worthy of a rental (if you can find them), so Ricky Bobby has to go a long way to make this race.

Sports movies in general are a minefield of clichés, bad scripts, inaccurate playing dynamics and near-constant waist-up nudity. That is when they are at their best. At their worst, ...

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