Forrest Gump
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Every year, the Library of Congress selects several films to be entered into the National Film Registry for preservation. And, every year, it’s surprising to learn that the selections weren’t already part of the registry. Case in point: Some of 2011’s 25 entries, which include 1921’s The Kid, 1924’s The Iron Horse, 1988’s Stand and Deliver, 1991’s Silence of the Lambs, 1994’s Forrest Gump, and 1942’s Bambi, because if we had to break the news to our kids about the deer’s murdered mother, then, dammit, so will several generations to come.

But it’s no easy task for the Library of Congress — they have to sift through thousands upon thousands of films to make their selections. (Let’s face it: Even the American Film Institute’s top 100 films are missing hundreds worth preserving.) So let’s make their future lives much easier by breaking down which 2011 films deserve a spot in the Film Registry in the coming years. Now, this is where it gets difficult: The Library of Congress selects films that are culturally relevant, not just quality movies. So rather than pick your favorite film of 2011, go with the one that has made the most impact. So while I loved films like 50/50 and The Artist, I’m going to have to go with Bridesmaids, a film that has hopefully convinced Hollywood that women can indeed be a powerhouse at the box office.

Your turn, PopWatchers: And try to avoid going with the obvious choice of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. Let’s get creative! And if you’re really feeling generous, click here to nominate films for next year’s list. Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates — so try to control what the Registry gets next year!

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