25 More Films Selected for Preservation in National Film Registry

It’s that time of year again, when the Library of Congress chooses 25 films to add to the U.S. National Film Registry. The films are chosen based on cultural, historical or aesthetic significance and they are preserved for future generations to study and enjoy. Some standouts from this year’s crop of selections include The Empire Strikes Back, The Pink Panther, and Airplane, among the more recognizable films. Of course, the National Film Registry also deals with a wide range of cinema outside of the mainstream, including documentaries, shorts, and experimental films. In fact, usually for each film you’re familiar with, there’s another that you’ve probably never heard of previously. With the 25 new additions, the National Film Registry now contains 550 movies. Check out the full list of newly added films after the break.

  • Airplane (1980)
  • All the President’s Men (1976)
  • The Bargain (1914)
  • Cry of Jazz (1959)
  • Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • The Front Page (1931)
  • Grey Gardens (1976)
  • I Am Joaquin (1969)
  • It’s a Gift (1934)
  • Let There Be Light (1946)
  • Lonesome (1928)
  • Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)
  • Malcolm X (1992)
  • McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
  • Newark Athlete (1891)
  • Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)
  • The Pink Panther (1964)
  • Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)
  • Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  • Study of a River (1996)
  • Tarantella (1940)
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
  • A Trip Down Market Street (1906)

Well, there you have it. What are thoughts on the chosen films? What films would you like to see in the National Film Registry that aren’t already included? You can see all of the 525 previously selected films here.

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  • Mason

    The National Film Registry now contains 550 movies? How many movies have been preserved as part of Sean’s DVD & Blu-ray collection?

  • I wonder if they are preserving the original theatrical version of The Empire Strikes Back, or the tanpered with Lucas Strikes Back version.

  • Mark In Ottawa

    No “Behind the Green Door” ?

  • Werner

    Starting with Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein I started my project of (re-)watching all 550 movies on the list.

  • Joey Lodes

    I’m very happy with the selection this year, but the film registry needs just three more words … Wrath Of Khan!