‘Titanic,’ ‘Die Hard’ And 23 Other Great American Movies Added To Library Of Congress Registry

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In 1988, the National Film Registry (NFR) was founded and every year since the United States National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) selects 25 films to be preserved by the Library of Congress. For 2017, the 25 movies included some absolute classics such as Superman, Spartacus, Dumbo, Field of Dreams, Goonies, Titanic, and Die Hard. Yes, just in time for the holidays, everyone’s favorite Christmas movie, Die Hard, is being honored forever and John McClane will live in infamy.

The National Film Registry showcases the diversity of American films with the honoring of 25 films every year bringing the total number of films in the registry to 725 movies. The National Film Preservation Board “works to ensure the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s film heritage, including: advising the Librarian on its recommendations for annual selections to the National Film Registry, apprising the Librarian of changing trends and policies in the field of film preservation, and counseling the Librarian on ongoing implementation of the National Film Preservation Plan.” The films in the registry span the years from 1905 until 2000, and include Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animations, shorts, independent, and even home movies.

Here’s the 2017 list of movies that earned the prestigious honor to be added to the National Film Registry:

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)
Boulevard Nights (1979)
Die Hard (1988)
Dumbo (1941)
Field of Dreams (1989)
4 Little Girls (1997)
Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection (1920s and 1930s)
Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
The Goonies (1985)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905)
La Bamba (1987)
Lives of Performers (1972)
Memento (2000)
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)
Spartacus (1960)
Superman (1978)
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)
Time and Dreams (1976)
Titanic (1997)
To Sleep with Anger (1990)
Wanda (1971)
With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain (1937-1938)