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Library of Congress adds 25 films to National Film Registry

Posted at 2:46 PM, Dec 29, 2015

WASHINGTON–Does the Library of Congress feel the need…the need for speed?

Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao announced the 25 movies that would be added to the Library of Congress this year, and some new classics made the cut.

Among the most popular additions include “Top Gun,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” and “Ghostbusters.”

“Selecting a film for the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to cinema and America’s cultural and artistic history,” said Mao. “The registry is an invaluable way to advance public awareness of the richness, creativity and variety of our nation’s heritage.”

Each year 25 films are added to the registry. The eligibility requirements include that a movie must be at least 10 years old and be “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.

The public can nominate titles for the registry, but the decision is made by the librarian after he or she discusses the options with members of the National Film Preservation Board.

Ivan Reitman, who directed “Ghostbusters,” was thrilled with the honor.

“Making ‘Ghostbusters’ was one of the great joys of my life. It’s an honor to know that a movie that begins with a ghost in a library now has a spot on the shelves of the Library of Congress,” he said.

Here is the list of additions in alphabetical order:

  1. Being There (1979)
  2. Black and Tan (1929)
  3. Dracula (Spanish language version) (1931)
  4. Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)
  5. Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1975)
  6. Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)
  7. A Fool There Was (1915)
  8. Ghostbusters (1984)
  9. Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
  10. Humoresque (1920)
  11. Imitation of Life (1959)
  12. The Inner World of Aphasia (1968)
  13. John Henry and the Inky-Poo (1946)
  14. L.A. Confidential (1997)
  15. The Mark of Zorro (1920)
  16. The Old Mill (1937)
  17. Our Daily Bread (1934)
  18. Portrait of Jason (1967)
  19. Seconds (1966)
  20. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  21. Sink or Swim (1990)
  22. The Story of Menstruation (1946)
  23. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)
  24. Top Gun (1986)
  25. Winchester ’73 (1950)