2016 National Film Registry Movies

Every year since 1989, the National Film Registry has added films to its roll that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking” and will be preserved in the Library of Congress. They’ve announced their picks from this year, including staples from John Hughes, Wes Anderson, Alfred Hitchcock, Rob Reiner, Robert Zemeckis and much more.

Get the full list of 2016 National Film Registry movies after the jump.

For this year’s additions, this statement was issued:

The National Film Preservation Board continued to focus much of its attention this year on the recognition of photochemical film as a distinct medium. Emerging digital technologies offer many alternative opportunities in capture and exhibition, but the board encourages the preservation of film on film. It also applauds those efforts in education and exhibition that stimulate an appreciation of the work of the archives in preserving our classic cinema. Film remains the best existing archival medium and the board encourages archives and rights-holders to continue to preserve titles on film as they have done in the past.

Standouts include John Hughes’ seminal high school classic The Breakfast Club, a must-see for any teen preparing to head into high school to brave the assembly of cliques and social awkwardness. Along the same lines, Wes Anderson’s Rushmore was also added to the registry, ensuring that the legacy of Jason Schwartzman’s Max Fischer lives on.

Disney sees one of their modern classics added to the Library of Congress with The Lion King entering the National Film Registry. So even if the remake in the works by The Jungle Book remake director Jon Favreau ends up not pleasing fans, at least they know the 1994 animated hit will be preserved forever. That’s not the only animation tossed on the National Film Registry either since the groundbreaking live-action/animation hybrid Who Framed Roger Rabbit? also made the cut this year.

Other modern favorites include Thelma & Louise and The Princess Bride while classics such as The Birds, East of Eden and Funny Girl were deemed worthy. Otherwise, here are all 25 movies that will be added to the National Film Registry:

  • The Atomic Cafe (1982)
  • Ball of Fire (1941)
  • The Beau Brummels (1928)
  • The Birds (1963)
  • Blackboard Jungle (1955)
  • The Breakfast Club (1985)
  • The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
  • East of Eden (1955)
  • Funny Girl (1968)
  • Life of an American Fireman (1903)
  • The Lion King (1994)
  • Lost Horizon (1937)
  • Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)
  • Paris Is Burning (1990)
  • Point Blank (1967)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Putney Swope (1969)
  • Rushmore (1998)
  • Solomon Sir Jones films (1924-28)
  • Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
  • Suzanne, Suzanne (1982)
  • Thelma & Louise (1991)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)
  • A Walk in the Sun (1945)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

These additions, spanning the period 1903 to 1998, bring the total number of movies in the National Film Registry to a total of 700. All of the movies added had to be at least a decade old and were determined to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” If you want to know more about these films and why they were deemed important enough to be added to the National Film Registry, you can read their full statements on each film on the second page.

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