The U.S. National Film Registry has added a new crop of films to its exalted ranks, including Superman, Titanic, Die Hard, and more. Every year the National Film Preservation Board selects a group of films for this honor, and the selections are then preserved in the Library of Congress. The films chosen to enter the National Film Registry are those the NFPB have deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
The films selected to enter the National Film Registry this year are set to join a roster full of iconic classics, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Godfather, The Exorcist, and Star Wars. The NFR also includes some more modern hits, such as The Matrix, Toy Story, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Lion King. In short, their picks tend to be quite good, and if there was a National Film Registry streaming service, it might well be worth subscribing to.
While 25 films were selected to join the NFR this year, there are seven entries that stand out as the most likely to have been seen by just about everyone. The biggest name addition is probably Superman, Richard Donner's 1978 feature starring Christopher Reeve. Superman is the grandfather of the current age of superhero box office dominance, and is today still regarded as many as the greatest superhero film of all time. Appropriately, it is also the first comic book-based film to enter the National Film Registry.
Another huge addition to the NFR is James Cameron's Titanic, which still stands as one of the biggest moneymakers in history. Cameron used the real-life historical tragedy as a narrative foundation for the love story of fictional passengers Jack (Leonardo Dicaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet), and to say that it worked for audiences would be a massive understatement. Also headed into the NFR is John McTiernan's 1988 action classic Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis as dogged hero John McClane. Die Hard set the standard for modern action films, and is also a go-to choice when it comes to Christmas-set movies that aren't about family togetherness.
Christopher Nolan has established himself as one of the most talented directors working in Hollywood today, making it appropriate that his breakthrough film Memento is also headed into the NFR. A mystery told in reverse, Memento made the industry sit up and take notice of Nolan. On the flip-side of subject matter, Richard Donner makes his second appearance on this list with 1985's The Goonies, a film now beloved by those who came of age in that era. Another sentimental favorite is 1989's Kevin Costner-fronted Field of Dreams, which most still consider the quintessential baseball movie. Finally, rounding out the seven most high-profile choices for 2017 is Disney's 1941 animated classic Dumbo, which is of course about to get a live-action remake.
Source: The Library of Congress