10:16am

Tue December 28, 2010
The Two-Way

'Airplane!' And 'Saturday Night Fever' Among Those Added To Film Registry

Film fans can discuss and debate this list for hours, we expect. Here are the 25 films being added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress:

1. Airplane! (1980)

2. All the President’s Men (1976)

3. The Bargain (1914)

4. Cry of Jazz (1959)

5. Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)

6. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

7. The Exorcist (1973)

8. The Front Page (1931)

9. Grey Gardens (1976)

10. I Am Joaquin (1969)

11. It’s a Gift (1934)

12. Let There Be Light (1946)

13. Lonesome (1928)

14. Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)

15. Malcolm X (1992)

16. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)

17. Newark Athlete (1891)

18. Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)

19. The Pink Panther (1964)

20. Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)

21. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

22. Study of a River (1996)

23. Tarantella (1940)

24. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

25. A Trip Down Market Street (1906)

The registry contains films judged to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, the Library of Congress says, and those selected will be preserved. There are now 500 in the registry. The other 475 are listed here. They range from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein to the Zapruder Film that captured the moments when President John F. Kennedy was killed.

Have a film you think should be put in the registry? The Library of Congress encourages nominations from the public. Click here to see how to do that. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.