Each year the National Film Registry selects new films to be added to the permanent archive of culturally significant films at the Library of Congress. Films must also be at least 10 years old before they can be added. With the 25 announced yesterday, there are now over 700 films from the last century of film making in the collection.
Of the 25 films added this year, two are from the Walt Disney Company: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and The Lion King (1994). Generations of Americans will now be able to enjoy these films as part of the collection.
Other films include The Breakfast Club (1985), Funny Girl (1968), Thelma & Louise (1991), and The Princess Bride (1987). If you have a film you’d like to see preserved, you can nominate a film on the Library of Congress’ website.
“Motion pictures document our history and culture and serve as a mirror of our collective experiences,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “The National Film Registry embraces the richness and diversity of film as an art form and celebrates the people who create the magic of cinema.”
See the whole list of 2016 inductees at the Library of Congress website.