Every year since 1989, the National Film Registry — a division of the LIbrary of Congress — has added films to its roll of movies that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking.”

This year’s roster of twenty-five choices features a typically diverse collection, including inclusions whose significance can hardly be disputed (Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Matrix, Dirty Harry, The Times of Harvey Milk), persistent cultural touchstones (A Christmas Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s), pleasing if slightly surprising inclusions (Two-Lane Blacktop, Slacker) and a few left-field choices, such as A League of Their Own.

The full list, with text about each movie from the NFR, is below. You can also visit the Registry website to nominate films for the 2013 list. Read More »