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Catch free movies at the Archives during the Steven Spielberg Film Festival

Do you think Steven Spielberg has an entire room dedicated to housing all of his awards? Let's hope he has room for one more, because the Foundation for the National Archives is giving its 2013 Records of Achievement Award to the director. The honor goes to someone who has given the public a reason to think about American history, and past recipients have included David McCullough, Ken Burns and Tom Brokaw.

"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" is one of the free movies screening during the Steven Spielberg Film Festival. Just remember: This one was not based on a true story.  (Universal Pictures)

But unlike when Spielberg takes home all those Oscars, this honor means the general public is getting rewarded, too. The Archives is celebrating the director with the Steven Spielberg Film Festival, starting Friday, with four free screenings, including some of Spielberg's historical dramas -- "Saving Private Ryan" (Friday at 7 p.m.), "Amistad" (Saturday at 7 p.m.) and "Lincoln" (Monday at 7 p.m.) -- plus "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (Saturday at noon).

To snag free tickets, head to the special events entrance of the Archives at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW starting an hour before the movie. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Washington-area native Stephanie Merry covers movies and pop culture for the Post.
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