Spanning the period 1910-1989, this year’s selection of 25 films brings the total number of motion pictures in the registry to 500. Joining “The Terminator” are "The Asphalt Jungle," "Deliverance," "A Face in the Crowd," "The Invisible Man" and "Sergeant York," among others.
Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films to the National Film Registry that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, to be preserved for all time. These films are not selected as the "best" American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring significance to American culture.
The Librarian makes the final selection, after reviewing hundreds of titles nominated by the public and having extensive discussions with the distinguished members of the National Film Preservation Board, as well as the Library’s motion picture staff. The Librarian is again seeking public nominations at the Film Board’s Web site and issued a call for lesser-known, but culturally vital, films such as amateur and home-movie footage. This year’s list includes "Disneyland Dream," a significant home movie record of Hollywood and Los Angeles in 1956, and the student film "No Lies."