Apparently the Library of Congress feels the need… the need for speed.
The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that it will add 25 movies, including Top Gun, Ghostbusters, and The Shawshank Redemption to the National Film Registry. Every year, the Librarian of Congress and the National Film Preservation Board choose 25 films to be preserved due to their “cultural, historic, or aesthetic” significance. Films are only eligible if they are at least 10 years old. While the Librarian is the one who chooses the final list, the public can nominate titles for consideration.
“Selecting a film for the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to cinema and America’s cultural and artistic history,” Librarian of Congress David Mao said in a release. “The registry is an invaluable way to advance public awareness of the richness, creativity and variety of our nation’s film heritage.”
This year’s other selections include the 1920 Douglas Fairbanks film The Mark of Zorro, the 1931 Spanish-language Dracula, and the 1997 film L.A. Confidential. The library is also adding the oldest surviving copyrighted motion picture, an 1894 recording produced by Thomas Edison’s team called The Sneeze. This year’s list brings the total number of films in the registry to 675, and in total, the Library’s “moving-image collection” includes 1.3 million items.