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The National Film Registry is an organization that actively seeks out and preserves projects that have a historical significance in the mediums of film, television, and sound recording. The Library of Congress will induct 25 new titles into its catalog including the 1983 music video by John Landis and Michael Jackson, “Thriller.” It has been considered for years, but following Jackson’s death there was no question of how important the video’s significance is to our culture.

There will be plenty of other important titles joining “Thriller” including a well known children’s film, and one of Al Pacino‘s greatest works. Dog Day Afternoon was one of the most interesting bank heist films to ever be produced and it showed Pacino in a different light as compared to his Godfather character Michael Corleone. It highlighted homosexuality when it was uncomfortable for most people to talk about, and used one of the most masculine actors of the day to do so.

The inclusion of The Muppets Movie was also an interesting choice considering the fact that it mixed puppetry, and legendary actors to create a franchise of films that could be entertaining for both children and adults. There’s also the classic film Jezebel that starred Bette Davis, in one of her most memorable roles. This year the registry got it right with the majority of their picks. We can all sleep a little better knowing that these favorites will be taken care of for the foreseeable future.

  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  • The Exiles (1961)
  • Heroes All (1920)
  • Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972)
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
  • Jezebel (1938)
  • The Jungle (1967)
  • The Lead Shoes (1949)
  • Little Nemo (1911)
  • Mabel’s Blunder (1914)
  • The Mark of Zorro (1940)
  • Mrs. Miniver (1942)
  • The Muppet Movie (1979)
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
  • Pillow Talk (1959)
  • Precious Images (1986)
  • Quasi at the Quackadero (1975)
  • The Red Book (1994)
  • The Revenge of the Pancho Villa (1930-36)
  • Scratch and Crow (1995)
  • Stark Love (1927)
  • The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
  • A Study in Reds (1932)
  • Thriller (1983)
  • Under Western Stars (1938)

What do you think of this year’s National Film Registry Selection? Who should have been included on the list?

Source: Yahoo