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On Friday, Steven Spielberg’s latest film hit theaters. It’s a historical biography of Abraham Lincoln and his efforts to pass the 13th Amendment. (J.R. Jones has got a typically insightful review in this week’s issue of the Reader—you best read it!) The film ranks as the best he’s made in some time: it’s a lean, expertly paced political drama, aided by Daniel Day-Lewis’s central performance and airtight script by Tony Kushner.

I’m sure it’s no coincidence that Spielberg and his DreamWorks Studios decided to release the film on the Friday after one of the more contentious presidential elections in recent history. As such, I figure now to be the perfect time to share my top five favorite Spielberg films.