Basically, it’s like the federal government’s version of “desert island movies”, but they get to keep adding movies every year.
Specifically, the National Film Preservation Act, adds 25 movies of cultural, historic, or aesthetic importance to the National Historic Registry of the Library of Congress.
This year, that includes vaudeville comedy Beau Brummels (1928), Buster Keaton vehicle Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928), Billy Wilder and Barbara Stanwyck screwball comedy Ball of Fire (1941), Barbara Streisand shining in Funny Girl (1968), the uber-subversive Putney Swope (1969) from Robert Downey Sr., the live action-animation hybrid Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) and Wes Anderson’s milestone work Rushmore (1998).
Not a bad run of desert island movie, right?
Get the full list of films added to the National Historic Registry at the link above.