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December 14, 1993

Librarian of Congress Names 25 More Films to National Film Registry

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today his annual selection of 25 films to be added to the National Film Registry. (See attached list.)

The registry was created by the Congress in 1988 to recognize American films that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically" significant. The list announced today brings the total number of films placed on the registry to 125.

The Librarian also announced that the Library of Congress and the National Film Preservation Board are planning a national tour of films with the private support of the Library's Madison Council and with the cooperation of the copyright owners. The Librarian also said he expects to deliver to Congress a comprehensive national plan for film preservation by the middle of next year, as directed by the National Film Preservation Act of 1992.

Archival "best quality" prints of films named to the National Film Registry are preserved at the Library of Congress where copies are available for research and study. The Library contains the largest collection of film and television in the world, from the earliest surviving copyrighted motion picture to the latest feature releases.


  1. An American in Paris (1951)
  2. Badlands (1973)
  3. The Black Pirate (1926)
  4. Blade Runner (1982)
  5. Cat People (1942)
  6. The Cheat (1915)
  7. Chulas Fronteras (1976)
  8. Eaux D'Artifice (1953)
  9. The Godfather, Part II (1974)
  10. His Girl Friday (1940)
  11. It Happened One Night (1934)
  12. Lassie Come Home (1943)
  13. Magical Maestro (1952)
  14. March of Time: Inside Nazi Germany -- 1938 (1938)
  15. A Night at the Opera (1935)
  16. Nothing But a Man (1964)
  17. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  18. Point of Order (1964)
  19. Shadows (1959)
  20. Shane (1953)
  21. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
  22. Touch of Evil (1958)
  23. Where Are My Children? (1916)
  24. The Wind (1928)
  25. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

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PR 93-163
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