Library of Congress's "National Film Registry"

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Since 1989, the Library of Congress has chosen up to 25 films covering a stunning range of American filmmaking – including Hollywood features, documentaries, avant-garde and amateur productions, films of regional interest, ethnic, animated and short film subjects – all deserving recognition, preservation and access by future generations.

As of 2013, there were 628 films selected. The films that are selected must meet two criteria:

1. they must be culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant

2. they must be at least ten years old

Films are listed alphabetically, with an index [as of 2013]:

1. Ab-Blac 5. Gol-Im 9. Ok-Pu 13. Wes-Za

2. Blad-Cro 6. In-Lav 10. Qu-Sherl

3. Cry-Er 7. Law-Mel 11. Sherm-Ter

4. Ev-Goi 8. Mem-Of 12. Tes-Wed

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  1. 1.
    Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
    by Charles Barton

  2. 2.
    Adam's Rib
    by George Cukor

  3. 4.
    The African Queen
    by John Huston

  4. 5.
    Airplane!
    by Jim Abrahams

  5. 6.
    Alien
    by Ridley Scott

  6. 7.
    All About Eve
    by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

  7. 8.
    All My Babies (1953 Documentary)
    by George C. Stoney

  8. 9.
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    by Lewis Milestone

  9. 10.
    All That Heaven Allows (The Criterion Collection)
    by Douglas Sirk

  10. 11.
    All That Jazz
    by Bob Fosse

  11. 12.
    All the King's Men
    by Robert Rossen

  12. 13.
    All the President's Men (Two-Disc Special Edition)
    by Alan J. Pakula

  13. 14.
    ?
    Allures (1961 short)
    by Jordan Belson

  14. 15.
    America, America (1963)
    by Elia Kazan

  15. 16.
    American Graffiti (Collector's Edition)
    by George Lucas

  16. 17.
    An American in Paris
    by Vincente Minnelli

  17. 18.
    Anatomy of a Murder (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
    by Otto Preminger

  18. 19.
    Annie Hall
    by Woody Allen

  19. 20.
    Antonia - A Portrait of the Woman
    by Jill Godmilow

  20. 21.
    The Apartment
    by Billy Wilder

  21. 22.
    Apocalypse Now
    by Francis Ford Coppola

  22. 23.
    ?
    Appalachian Spring (1944)

  23. 24.
    Applause
    by Rouben Mamoulian

  24. 25.
    The Asphalt Jungle
    by John Huston

  25. 26.
    Atlantic City
    by Louis Malle

  26. 27.
    ?
    The Augustas
    by Scott Nixon

  27. 28.
    The Awful Truth
    by Leo McCarey

  28. 29.
    Baby Face

  29. 30.
    Back to the Future

  30. 31.
    The Bad and the Beautiful
    by Vincente Minnelli

  31. 32.
    Badlands
    by Terrence Malick

  32. 33.
    Bambi (Two-Disc Edition)
    by James Algor

  33. 34.
    The Band Wagon (Two-Disc Special Edition)
    by Vincente Minnelli

  34. 35.
    The Bank Dick (The Criterion Collection)
    by Edward F. Cline

  35. 36.
    ?
    The Bargain (1914)
    by Reginal Barker

  36. 37.
    Battle of San Pietro
    by John Huston

  37. 38.
    Beauty and the Beast (Platinum Edition)
    by Gary Trousdale

  38. 39.
    Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
    by Fred Niblo

  39. 40.
    Ben-Hur
    by William Wyler

  40. 41.
    The Best Years of Our Lives
    by William Wyler

  41. 42.
    Big Business (1929)
    by James W. Horne

  42. 43.
    The Big Heat
    by Fritz Lang

  43. 44.
    The Big Parade
    by King Vidor

  44. 45.
    The Big Sleep (Snap case)
    by Howard Hawks

  45. 46.
    The Big Trail (Full Screen Edition)
    by Louis R. Loeffler

  46. 47.
    The Birth of a Nation
    by D.W. Griffith

  47. 48.
    Black Pirate
    by Albert Parker

  48. 49.
    The Black Stallion
    by Carroll Ballard

  49. 50.
    Blacksmith Scene (1893 Short)
    by William K. L. Dickson

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Added 2013 Selections — 17 weeks ago

Added and alphabetized the 25 selections from this year.

http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2013/13-216.html


Added 2012 Selections — 1 year ago

Added and alphabetized 25 selections for 2012.

Also updated index.

http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2012/12-226.html


Added 2011 Selections — 2 years ago

Added and alphabetized 25 selections for 2011.

Also updated index.

http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2011/11-240.html


Power of the Press — 2 years ago

Replaced Lew Landers’ Version with the correct 1928 Frank Capra Version


The Front Page — 2 years ago

Changed version from 1974 to correct one, 1931.


# 272 — 3 years ago

Replaced Little Miss Marker with correct 1934, Shirley Temple version.


Also corrected Gerald McBoing Boing — 3 years ago

Should be the initial short animation, not a collection of shorts.


Corrected "Mabel's" error — 3 years ago

Should be Mabel’s Blunder, not Mabel’s Strange Predicament. Fixed.


2010 Selections — 3 years ago

Added 25 selections for 2010

http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2010/10-273.html


#127 — 3 years ago

Replaced “Fall Of The House Of Usher”, was the 1960 version on there. Sorry there isn’t a pic.



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