The Dark Knight, Blues Brothers, and Shrek are among this year’s selections to be inducted into the National Film Registry.
On Monday, the Library of Congress unveiled its annual list of 25 movies that will be added to the National Film Registry in an effort to showcase the range and diversity of American film heritage and increase awareness for its preservation. The selected titles include everything from silent shorts to toe-tapping musicals and even a critically-acclaimed Batman movie.
Here’s the full list of this year’s additions:
- The Battle Of The Century (1927)
- The Blues Brothers (1980)
- Bread (1918)
- Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
- Cabin In The Sky (1943)
- A Clockwork Orange (1971)
- The Dark Knight (2008)
- The Devil Never Sleeps (1994)
- Freedom Riders (2010)
- Grease (1978)
- The Ground (1993-2001)
- The Hurt Locker (2008)
- Illusions (1982)
- The Joy Luck Club (1993)
- Kid Auto Races At Venice (1914)
- Lilies Of The Field (1963)
- Losing Ground (1982)
- The Man With the Golden Arm (1955)
- Mauna Kea: Temple Under Siege (2006)
- Outrage (1950)
- Shrek (2001)
- Suspense (1913)
- Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)
- Wattstax (1973)
- With Car And Camera Around The World (1929)
The Library of Congress outlined the criteria for selection as being movies that are viewed as “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant, with the latest 25 movies bringing the total number of titles selected for preservation up to 800. This year’s selections also include a record number of films directed by women and filmmakers of colour, including nine directed by women and seven by people of colour.
“With the inclusion of diverse filmmakers, we are not trying to set records but rather to set the record straight by spotlighting the astonishing contributions women and people of colour have made to American cinema, despite facing often-overwhelming hurdles,” Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, said in a statement alongside the announcement.
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“This is not only a great honour for all of us who worked on The Dark Knight, this is also a tribute to all of the amazing artists and writers who have worked on the great mythology of Batman over the decades,” added Christopher Nolan, the director of The Dark Knight, in respect of his entry into the National Film Registry this year.
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Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.