Thursday, December 17, 2015


The National Film Registry has announced the twenty-five films selected this year to be preserved in the Library of Congress. This distinguished and varied group includes one of the earliest film recordings by Thomas Edison involving a sneeze, the Douglas Sirk classic melodrama, "Imitation of Life", the Morgan Freeman/Tim Robbins prison drama, "The Shawshank Redemption", a fascinating character study, "Portrait of Jason", "Top Gun", the action film that made Tom Cruise a major star, "Black and Tan", an early musical short that features jazz legend, Duke Ellington and "Ghostbusters", the comedy about a trio out to save the world from the evil supernatural. The goal of the registry is to showcase the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and by preserving these films, protecting a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.

Here is the complete list of the films selected in to the 2015 National Film Registry. The films chosen must be at least ten years old and this now brings the total to 675 films in the registry:

"Being There" (1979)

"Black and Tan" (1929)

"Dracula" (Spanish language version) (1931)

"Dream of a Rarebit Fiend" (1906)

"Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer" (1975)

"Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze" (1894)

"A Fool There Was" (1915)

"Ghostbusters" (1984)

"Hail the Conquering Hero" (1944)

"Humoresque" (1920)

"Imitation of Life" (1959)

"The Inner World of Aphasia" (1968)

"John Henry and the Inky-Poo" (1946)

"L.A. Confidential" (1997)

"The Mark of Zorro" (1920)

"The Old Mill" (1937)

"Our Daily Bread" (1934)

"Portrait of Jason" (1967)

"Seconds" (1966)

"The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)

"Sink or Swim" (1990)

"The Story of Menstruation" (1946)

"Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One" (1968)

"Top Gun" (1986)

"Winchester ’73" (1950)