The Matrix & A Christmas Story Among 25 Films To Be Added To Library Of Congress’ 2012 National Film Registry

By December 20, 2012

25 films spanning time, age, and genre have been chosen to be preserved in National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, bringing the number of films to 600.

It’s the Librarian of Congress’ job to go through and review hundreds of nominated titles nominated by the public, make the selections then confer with Library film curators and members of the National Film Preservation Board; that job belongs to James H. Billington.

“These films are not selected as the ‘best’ American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to American culture. They reflect who we are as a people and as a nation.” – James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress

The 25 selected for the 2012 National Film Registry (in alphabetical order):

3:10 to Yuma (1957)


Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

The Augustas (1930s-1950s)

Born Yesterday (1950)


Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)


 A Christmas Story (1983)


The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight (1897)

Dirty Harry (1971)


Hours for Jerome: Parts 1 and 2 (1980-82)

The Kidnappers Foil (1930s-1950s)

Kodachrome Color Motion Picture Tests (1922)


A League of Their Own (1992)

The Matrix (1999)

The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair (1939)

One Survivor Remembers (1995)


Parable (1964)

Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia (1990)

Slacker (1991)

Sons of the Desert (1933)


The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)


They Call It Pro Football (1967)

The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)


Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)


Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1914)

The Wishing Ring; An Idyll of Old England (1914)

And there you have it! Action, comedy, sci-fi, fantasy, documentary…the gang’s all here and it’s a fine list if I do say so myself!

For more information about the National Film Registry, hit the official website!

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