‘The Dude’ Is Now A Part Of Our American History And You Can Visit Him In Washington

The Dude is going to Washington.

Every year, the National Film Registry picks twenty films it deems “culturally, historically, or aesthetically” significant. This year, among the inductees into the library, is “The Dude.” The Big Lebowski is among the films to be inducted this year.

“The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant,” Librarian of Congress James. H. Billington said in a press release. “By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture, and history.”

In order to be considered for induction, the film must be at least a decade old. The public can nominate any film, the library officials narrow it down, and a select a group of movies to join the list of 650 films preserved in the Library of Congress. This year, 25 films will be inducted along with The Dude, Donny and Jesus Quintana including Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Saving Private Ryan.

[H/T: Esquire]