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National Film Registry (1989-2012)



National Film Registry

(1989-2012)

In 1988, the United States Library of Congress established the National Film Preservation Board, to preserve films deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important".  Each year, the Board selects 25 films to add to the National Film Registry.  Herein is the complete list of those films so honored to date.

Each year since 1989, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has named 25 films to the National Film Registry.  There are now 575 films on the list (1989-2011).  Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant motion pictures to the registry.  The list is designed to reflect the full breadth and diversity of America 's film heritage, thus increasing public awareness of the richness of American cinema and the need for its preservation.  As Billington said, "Our film heritage is America 's living past.  It celebrates the creativity and inventiveness of diverse communities and our nation as a whole.  By preserving American films, we safeguard a significant element of our cultural history".

For each title named to the registry, the Library of Congress works to ensure that the film is preserved for all time, either through the Library's massive motion picture preservation program or through collaborative ventures with other archives, motion picture studios and independent filmmakers.  The Library of Congress contains the largest collections of films and television in the world, from the earliest surviving copyrighted motion picture to the latest feature releases.

According to Billington, "The films we choose are not necessarily either the 'best' American films ever made or the most famous.  But they are films that continue to have cultural, historical or aesthetic significance -- and in many cases represent countless other films also deserving of recognition.  The selection of a film, I stress, is not an endorsement of its ideology or content, but rather a recognition of the film's importance to American film and cultural history and to history in general”.

The 575 films chosen to date illustrate the vibrant diversity of American film-making, and range from well-known Hollywood classics (Bambi , Casablanca , Forrest Gump, The Lost Weekend , and Silence of the Lambs) to landmark independent, documentary and avant-garde masterpieces (Allures, Cry of Jazz, Faces, Growing Up Female, and The Negro Soldier ).

(For information on how you can nominate films to be considered for the registry see National Film Registry Candidates .)


FILMS NAMED TO THE NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY (1989-2011):

1989

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Casablanca (1942)
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Crowd (1928)
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963)
The General (1926)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
High Noon (1952)
Intolerance (1916)
The Learning Tree (1969)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Modern Times (1936)
Nanook of the North (1922)
On the Waterfront (1954)
The Searchers (1956)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Star Wars (1977)
Sunrise (1927)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Vertigo (1958)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

1990

All About Eve (1950)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Dodsworth (1936)
Duck Soup (1933)
Fantasia (1940)
The Freshman (1925)
The Godfather (1972)
The Great Train Robbery (1903)
Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Killer of Sheep (1977)
Love Me Tonight (1932)
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
Ninotchka (1939)
Primary (1960)
Raging Bull (1980)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Red River (1948)
The River (1937)
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Top Hat (1935)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

1991

The Battle of San Pietro (1945)
The Blood of Jesus (1941)
Chinatown (1974)
City Lights (1931)
David Holzman's Diary (1968)
Frankenstein (1931)
Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)
Gigi (1958)
Greed (1925)
High School (1968)
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
The Italian (1915)
King Kong (1933)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
Out of the Past (1947)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917)
The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Tevye (1939)
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

1992

Adam's Rib (1949)
Annie Hall (1977)
The Bank Dick (1940)
Big Business (1929)
The Big Parade (1925)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Carmen Jones (1954)
Castro Street (1966)
Detour (1945)
Dog Star Man: Part IV (1964)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Footlight Parade (1933)
The Gold Rush (1925)
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
Morocco (1930)
Nashville (1975)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Psycho (1960)
Ride the High Country (1962)
Salesman (1969)
Salt of the Earth (1954)
What's Opera, Doc? (1957)
Within Our Gates (1920)

1993

An American in Paris (1951)
Badlands (1973)
The Black Pirate (1926)
Blade Runner (1982)
Cat People (1942)
The Cheat (1915)
Chulas Fronteras (1976)
Eau d'Artifice (1953)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
His Girl Friday (1940)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Lassie Come Home (1943)
Magical Maestro (1952)
March of Time: Inside Nazi Germany (1938)
A Night at the Opera (1935)
Nothing But a Man (1964)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Point of Order (1964)
Shadows (1959)
Shane (1953)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Where Are My Children? (1916)
The Wind (1928)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

1994

The African Queen (1951)
The Apartment (1960)
The Cool World (1963)
A Corner in Wheat (1909)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The Exploits of Elaine (1914)
Force of Evil (1948)
Freaks (1932)
Hell's Hinges (1916)
Hospital (1970)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Louisiana Story (1948)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Marty (1955)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
A Movie (1958)
Pinocchio (1940)
Safety Last (1923)
Scarface (1932)
Snow White (1933)
Tabu (1931)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963)

1995

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
American Graffiti (1973)
The Band Wagon (1953)
Blacksmith Scene (1893)
Cabaret (1972)
Chan Is Missing (1982)
The Conversation (1974)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
El Norte (1983)
Fatty's Tintype Tangle (1915)
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Fury (1936)
Gerald McBoing-Boing (1951)
The Hospital (1971)
Jammin' the Blues (1944)
Last of the Mohicans (1920)
Manhatta (1921)
North by Northwest (1959)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Rip Van Winkle (1896)
Seventh Heaven (1927)
Stagecoach (1939)
To Fly (1976)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

1996

The Awful Truth (1937)
Broken Blossoms (1919)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Destry Rides Again (1939)
Flash Gordon (1936)
The Forgotten Frontier (1931)
Frank Film (1973)
The Graduate (1967)
The Heiress (1949)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980)
M*A*S*H (1970)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The Producers (1968)
Pull My Daisy (1958)
Road to Morocco (1942)
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Shock Corridor (1963)
Show Boat (1936)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
To Be or Not To Be (1942)
Topaz (1945)
Verbena Tragica (1939)
Woodstock (1970)

1997

Ben-Hur (1926)
The Big Sleep (1946)
The Bridge On the River Kwai (1957)
Cops (1922)
Czechoslovakia 1968 (1969)
Grass : A Nation's Battle for Life (1925)
The Great Dictator (1940)
Harold and Maude (1971)
Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage (1937)
How the West Was Won (1962)
The Hustler (1961)
Knute Rockne, All American (1940)
The Life and Death of 9413: A Hollywood Extra (1928)
Little Fugitive (1953)
Mean Streets (1973)
Motion Painting No. 1 (1947)
The Music Box (1932)
The Naked Spur (1953)
Rear Window (1954)
Republic Steel Strike Riots Newsreel Footage (1937)
Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980)
The Thin Man (1934)
Tulips Shall Grow (1942)
West Side Story (1961)
Wings (1927)

1998

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The City (1939)
Dead Birds (1965)
Don't Look Back (1967)
Easy Rider (1969)
42nd Street (1933)
From The Manger to the Cross (1912)
Gun Crazy (1950)
The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
The Immigrant (1917)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Little Miss Marker (1934)
The Lost World (1925)
Modesta (1956)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Pass the Gravy (1928)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Powers of Ten (1978)
The Public Enemy (1931)
Sky High (1922)
Steamboat Willie (1928)
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (1940)
Tootsie (1982)
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
Westinghouse Works (1904)

1999

Civilization (1916)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
The Docks of New York (1928)
Duck Amuck (1953)
The Emperor Jones (1933)
Gunga Din (1939)
In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914)
Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)
The Kiss (1896)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Lambchops (1929)
Laura (1944)
Master Hands (1936)
My Man Godfrey (1936)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Roman Holiday (1953)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Trance and Dance in Bali (1952)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Woman of the Year (1942)

2000

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Dracula (1931)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
GoodFellas (1990)
Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
The Land Beyond the Sunset (1912)
Let's All Go to the Lobby (1957)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Little Caesar (1930)
The Living Desert (1953)
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Multiple Sidosis (1970)
Network (1976)
Peter Pan (1924)
Porky in Wackyland (1938)
President McKinley Inauguration Footage (1901)
Peter Pan (1924)
Regeneration (1915)
Salome (1923)
Shaft (1971)
Sherman's March (1986)
A Star Is Born (1954)
The Tall T (1957)
Why We Fight (series) (1943-1945)
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)

2001

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
All That Jazz (1979)
All the King's Men (1949)
America , America (1963)
Cologne: From the Diary of Ray and Esther (1939)
Evidence of the Film (1913)
Hoosiers (1986)
The House in the Middle (1954)
It (1927)
Jam Session (1942)
Jaws (1975)
Manhattan (1979)
Marian Anderson: The Lincoln Memorial Concert (1939)
The Memphis Belle : A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944)
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
Miss Lulu Bett (1921)
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Rose Hobart (1936)
Serene Velocity (1970)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Stormy Weather (1943)
The Tell-Tale Heart (1953)
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
The Thing From Another World (1951)

2002

Alien (1979)
All My Babies (1953)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
The Black Stallion (1979)
Boyz N the Hood (1991)
Theodore Case Sound Test: Gus Visser and his Singing Duck (1925)
The Endless Summer (1966)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
From Stump to Ship (1930)
Fuji (1974)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)
Melody Ranch (1940)
The Pearl (1947)
Punch Drunks (1934)
Sabrina (1954)
Star Theatre (1902)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
This Is Cinerama (1952)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Through Navajo Eyes (series) (1966)
Why Man Creates (1968)
Wild and Woolly (1917)
Wild River (1960)

2003

Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman (1974)
Atlantic City (1980)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The Chechahcos (1924)
Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894-1895)
Film Portrait (1972)
Fox Movietone News: Jenkins Orphanage Band (1928)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
The Hunters (1957)
Matrimony's Speed Limit (1913)
Medium Cool (1969)
National Velvet (1944)
Naughty Marietta (1935)
Nostalgia (1971)
One Froggy Evening (1955)
Patton (1970)
Princess Nicotine ; or, The Smoke Fairy (1909)
Show People (1928)
The Son of the Sheik (1926)
Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
Tin Toy (1988)
The Wedding March (1928)
White Heat (1949)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 

2004
 
The Blue Bird (1918)
A Bronx Morning (1931)
Clash of the Wolves (1925)
The Court Jester (1956)
D.O.A. (1950)
Daughters of the Dust (1991)
Duck and Cover (1951)
Empire (1964)
Enter the Dragon (1973)
Eraserhead (1977)
Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980)
Going My Way (1944)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Kannapolis, N.C. (1941)
Lady Helen’s Escapade (1909)
The Nutty Professor (1963)
Offon (1968)
Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936)
Pups Is Pups (1930)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Swing Time (1936)
There It Is (1928)
Unforgiven (1992)

2005

The Cameraman (1928)
Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort, South Carolina (May 1940)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
The French Connection (1971)
Giant (1956)
H2O (1929)
Hands Up! (1926)
Hoop Dreams (1994)
House of Usher (1960)
Imitation of Life (1934)
Jeffries-Johnson World’s Championship Boxing Contest (1910)
The Making of an American (1920)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Mom and Dad (1944)
The Music Man (1962)
The Power of the Press (1928)
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire (April 18, 1906)
The Sting (1973)
A Time for Burning (1966)
Toy Story (1995)

2006
 
Applause (1929)
The Big Trail (1930)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916-1917)
Daughter of Shanghai (1937)
Drums of Winter (1988)
Early Abstractions (1939–1956)
Fargo (1996)
Flesh and the Devil (1927)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Halloween (1978)
In the Street (1948)
The Last Command (1928)
Notorious (1946)
Red Dust (1932)
Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1971–1972)
Rocky (1976)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Siege (1940)
St. Louis Blues (1929)
The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)
Tess of the Storm Country (1914)
Think of Me First as a Person (1960–1975)
A Time Out of War (1954)
Traffic in Souls (1913)

2007

12 Angry Men (1957)
Back to the Future (1985)
Bullitt (1968)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Days of Heaven (1978)
Glimpse of the Garden (1957)
Grand Hotel (1932)
The House I Live In (1945)
In a Lonely Place (1950)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Mighty Like a Moose (1926)
The Naked City (1948)
Now, Voyager (1942)
Oklahoma! (1955)
Our Day (1938)
Peege (1972)
The Sex Life of the Polyp (1928)
The Strong Man (1926)
The Three Little Pigs (1933)
Tol'able David (1921)
Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son (1969-1971)
The Women (1939)
Wuthering Heights (1939)

2008
 
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Deliverance (1978)
Disneyland Dream (1956)
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Flower Drum Song (1961)
Foolish Wives (1922)
Free Radicals (1979)
George Stevens’ World War II Footage (1943–1946)
Hallelujah! (1929)
In Cold Blood (1967)
The Invisible Man (1933)
Johnny Guitar (1954)
The Killers (1946)
The March (1964)
No Lies (1973)
On the Bowery (1957)
One Week (1920)
The Pawnbroker (1965)
The Perils of Pauline (1914)
Sergeant York (1941)
So’s Your Old Man (1926)
The Terminator (1984)
Water and Power (1989)
White Fawn’s Devotion (1910)

2009
 
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The Exiles (1961)
Heroes All (1920)
Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Jezebel (1938)
The Jungle (1967)
The Lead Shoes (1949)
Little Nemo (1911)
Mabel’s Blunder (1914)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Pillow Talk (1959)
Precious Images (1986)
Quasi at the Quackadero (1975)
The Red Book (1994)
The Revenge of Pancho Villa (1930–1936)
Scratch and Crow (1995)
Stark Love (1927)
The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
A Study in Reds (1932)
Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983)
Under Western Stars (1938)

2010

Airplane! (1977)
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)

2011

Allures (1961)
Bambi (1942)
The Big Heat (1953)
A Computer Animated Hand (1972)
Crisis : Behind A Presidential Commitment (1963)
The Cry of the Children (1912)
A Cure for Pokeritis (1912)
El Mariachi (1992)
Faces (1968)
Fake Fruit Factory (1986)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Growing Up Female (1971)
Hester Street (1975)
I, an Actress (1977)
The Iron Horse (1924)
The Kid (1921)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
The Negro Soldier (1944)
Nicholas Brothers Family Home Movies (1930's-1940's)
Norma Rae (1979)
Porgy and Bess (1959)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Twentieth Century (1934)
War of the Worlds (1953)

Public Nominations

Librarian of Congress James Billington welcomes public nominations for the National Film Registry. Nominated films must meet two criteria: 


1. be culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,

2. be at least ten years old

Persons may nominate up to fifty films for inclusion in the Registry. Nominations must be received by March 30 of each year to be eligible for that year; nominations received after March 30 will be considered the following year. All nominations should be mailed to:

National Film Registry
Library of Congress, M/B/RS Division
Washington, D. C. 20540




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