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List of films preserved in the United States National Film Registry

The United States' National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. The National Film Registry is meant to preserve up to 25 films deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" each year. To be eligible, films must be at least 10 years old. The films do not have to be feature-length or to have had a theatrical release. The Foundation's primary mission is to save so-called "orphan films," films without owners to pay for their preservation. The films most at risk are newsreels, silent films, experimental works, films out of copyright protection, significant amateur footage, documentary films, and features made outside the commercial mainstream. Hundreds of American museums, archives, libraries, universities, and historical societies care for "orphaned" original film materials of cultural value. As of 2002, there were 350 films preserved in the National Film Registry.

  1. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) (inducted 2001)
  2. Adam's Rib (1949)
  3. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  4. The African Queen (1951)
  5. Alien (1979) (inducted 2002)
  6. All About Eve (1950)
  7. All My Babies (1953) (inducted 2002)
  8. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
  9. All That Heaven Allows (1955)
  10. All That Jazz (1979) (inducted 2001)
  11. All the King's Men (1949) (inducted 2001)
  12. America, America (1963) (inducted 2001)
  13. American Graffiti (1973)
  14. An American in Paris (1951)
  15. Annie Hall (1977)
  16. The Apartment (1960)
  17. Apocalypse Now (1979) (inducted 2000)
  18. The Awful Truth (1937)
  19. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) (inducted 2002)
  20. Badlands (1973)
  21. The Band Wagon (1953)
  22. The Bank Dick (1940)
  23. The Battle of San Pietro (1945)
  24. Beauty and the Beast (1991) (inducted 2002)
  25. Ben-Hur (1926)
  26. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  27. Big Business (1929)
  28. The Big Parade (1925)
  29. The Big Sleep (1946)
  30. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  31. The Black Pirate (1926)
  32. The Black Stallion (1979) (inducted 2002)
  33. Blacksmith Scene (1893)
  34. Blade Runner (1982)
  35. The Blood of Jesus (1941)
  36. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  37. Boyz N the Hood (1991) (inducted 2002)
  38. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  39. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
  40. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  41. Broken Blossoms (1919)
  42. Cabaret (1972)
  43. Carmen Jones (1954)
  44. Casablanca (1942)
  45. Castro Street (1966)
  46. Cat People (1942)
  47. Chan Is Missing (1982)
  48. The Cheat (1915)
  49. Chinatown (1974)
  50. Chulas Fronteras (1976)
  51. Citizen Kane (1941)
  52. The City (1939)
  53. City Lights (1931)
  54. Civilization (1916) (inducted 1999)
  55. Cologne: From the Diary of Ray and Esther (1939) (inducted 2001)
  56. The Conversation (1974)
  57. Cops (1922)
  58. A Corner in Wheat (1909)
  59. The Cool World (1963)
  60. The Crowd (1928)
  61. Czechoslovakia 1968 (1969)
  62. David Holzman's Diary (1968)
  63. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  64. Dead Birds (1964)
  65. The Deer Hunter (1978)
  66. Destry Rides Again (1939)
  67. Detour (1945)
  68. Do the Right Thing (1989) (inducted 1999)
  69. The Docks of New York (1928) (inducted 1999)
  70. Dodsworth (1936)
  71. Dog Star Man (1964)
  72. Don't Look Back (1967)
  73. Double Indemnity (1944)
  74. Dr. Strangelove or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  75. Dracula (1931) (inducted 2000)
  76. Duck Amuck (1953) (inducted 1999)
  77. Duck Soup (1933)
  78. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  79. Easy Rider (1969)
  80. Eaux d'artifice (1953)
  81. El Norte (1983)
  82. The Emperor Jones (1933) (inducted 1999)
  83. The Endless Summer (1966) (inducted 2002)
  84. Evidence of the Film (1913) (inducted 2001)
  85. The Exploits of Elaine (1914)
  86. The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) (inducted 2000)
  87. Fantasia (1940)
  88. Fatty's Tintype Tangle (1915)
  89. Five Easy Pieces (1970) (inducted 2000)
  90. Flash Gordon Serial (1936)
  91. Footlight Parade (1933)
  92. Force of Evil (1948)
  93. The Forgotten Frontier (1931)
  94. 42nd Street (1933)
  95. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
  96. Frank Film (1973)
  97. Frankenstein (1931)
  98. Freaks (1932)
  99. The Freshman (1925)
  100. From Here to Eternity (1953) (inducted 2002)
  101. From the Manger To the Cross (1912)
  102. From Stump to Ship (1930) (inducted 2002)
  103. Fuji (1974) (inducted 2002)
  104. Fury (1936)
  105. The General (1927)
  106. Gerald McBoing-Boing (1951)
  107. Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)
  108. Gigi (1958)
  109. The Godfather (1972)
  110. The Godfather, Part II (1974)
  111. The Gold Rush (1925)
  112. Gone With the Wind (1939)
  113. Goodfellas (1990) (inducted 2000)
  114. The Graduate (1967)
  115. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  116. Grass (1925)
  117. The Great Dictator (1940)
  118. The Great Train Robbery (1903)
  119. Greed (1925)
  120. Gun Crazy (1949)
  121. Gunga Din (1939) (inducted 1999)
  122. Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976)
  123. Harold and Maude (1972)
  124. The Heiress (1949)
  125. Hell's Hinges (1916)
  126. Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage (1937)
  127. High School (1969)
  128. High Noon (1952)
  129. His Girl Friday (1940)
  130. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
  131. Hoosiers (1986) (inducted 2001)
  132. Hospital (1970)
  133. The Hospital (1971)
  134. The House in the Middle (1954) (inducted 2001)
  135. How Green Was My Valley (1941)
  136. How the West Was Won (1962)
  137. The Hustler (1961)
  138. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
  139. The Immigrant (1917)
  140. In the Heat of the Night (1967) (inducted 2002)
  141. In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914) a.k.a., In the Land of the War Canoes (inducted 1999)
  142. Intolerance (1916)
  143. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  144. It (1927) (inducted 2001)
  145. It Happened One Night (1934)
  146. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
  147. The Italian (1915)
  148. Jam Session (1942) (inducted 2001)
  149. Jammin' the Blues (1944)
  150. Jaws (1975) (inducted 2001)
  151. Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959) (inducted 1999)
  152. The Jazz Singer (1927)
  153. Killer of Sheep (1977)
  154. King: a Filmed Record...Montgomery To Memphis (1970) (inducted 1999)
  155. King Kong (1933)
  156. The Kiss (1896) (inducted 1999)
  157. Kiss Me Deadly (1955) (inducted 1999)
  158. Knute Rockne, All American (1940)
  159. Koyaanisqatsi (1983) (inducted 2000)
  160. The Lady Eve (1941)
  161. Lady Windermere's Fan (1925) (inducted 2002)
  162. Lambchops (1929) (inducted 1999)
  163. Land Beyond the Sunset (1912) (inducted 2000)
  164. Lassie Come Home (1943)
  165. The Last of the Mohicans (1920)
  166. The Last Picture Show (1972)
  167. Laura (1944) (inducted 1999)
  168. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  169. The Learning Tree (1969)
  170. Let's All Go To the Lobby (1957) (inducted 2000)
  171. Letter From An Unknown Woman (1948)
  172. The Life and Death of 9413--a Hollywood Extra (1927)
  173. The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1980)
  174. The Life of Emile Zola (1937) (inducted 2000)
  175. Little Caesar (1930) (inducted 2000)
  176. Little Fugitive (1953)
  177. Little Miss Marker (1934)
  178. The Living Desert (1953) (inducted 2000)
  179. The Lost World (1925)
  180. Louisiana Story (1948)
  181. Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) (inducted 2000)
  182. Love Me Tonight (1932)
  183. M.A.S.H. (1970)
  184. Magical Maestro (1952)
  185. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
  186. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  187. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  188. Manhatta (1921)
  189. Manhattan (1979) (inducted 2001)
  190. March of Time: Inside Nazi Germany--1938 (1938)
  191. Marian Anderson: the Lincoln Memorial Concert (1939)(inducted 2001)
  192. Marty (1955)
  193. Master Hands (1936) (inducted 1999)
  194. Mean Streets (1973)
  195. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  196. Melody Ranch (1940) (inducted 2002)
  197. Memphis Belle (1944) (inducted 2001)
  198. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
  199. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  200. Mildred Pierce (1945)
  201. The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) (inducted 2001)
  202. Miss Lulu Bett (1922) (inducted 2001)
  203. Modern Times (1936)
  204. Modesta (1956)
  205. Morocco (1930)
  206. Motion Painting No. 1 (1947)
  207. A Movie (1958)
  208. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  209. Multiple Sidosis (1970) (inducted 2000)
  210. The Music Box (1932)
  211. My Darling Clementine (1946)
  212. My Man Godfrey (1936) (inducted 1999)
  213. The Naked Spur (1953)
  214. Nanook of the North (1922)
  215. Nashville (1975)
  216. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) (inducted 2001)
  217. Network (1976) (inducted 2000)
  218. A Night At the Opera (1935)
  219. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  220. Night of the Living Dead (1968) (inducted 1999)
  221. Ninotchka (1939)
  222. North By Northwest (1959)
  223. Nothing But a Man (1964)
  224. On the Waterfront (1954)
  225. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  226. Out of the Past (1947)
  227. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
  228. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
  229. Pass the Gravy (1928)
  230. Paths of Glory (1957)
  231. The Pearl (1948) (inducted 2002)
  232. Peter Pan (1924) (inducted 2000)
  233. Phantom of the Opera (1925)
  234. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  235. Pinocchio (1940)
  236. A Place in the Sun (1951)
  237. Planet of the Apes (1968) (inducted 2001)
  238. The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936) (inducted 1999)
  239. Point of Order (1964)
  240. The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917)
  241. Porky in Wackyland (1938) (inducted 2000)
  242. Powers of Ten (1978)
  243. President McKinley Inauguration Footage (1901) (inducted 2000)
  244. Primary (1960)
  245. The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
  246. The Producers (1968)
  247. Psycho (1960)
  248. The Public Enemy (1931)
  249. Pull My Daisy (1959)
  250. Punch Drunks (1934) (inducted 2002)
  251. Raging Bull (1980)
  252. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) (inducted 1999)
  253. Rear Window (1954)
  254. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
  255. Red River (1948)
  256. Regeneration (1915) (inducted 2000)
  257. Republic Steel Strike Riot Newsreel Footage (1937)
  258. Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980)
  259. Ride the High Country (1962)
  260. Rip Van Winkle[?] (1896)
  261. The River (1937)
  262. Road To Morocco (1942)
  263. Roman Holiday (1953) (inducted 1999)
  264. Rose Hobart (1936) (inducted 2001)
  265. Sabrina (1954) (inducted 2002)
  266. Safety Last (1923)
  267. Salesman (1969)
  268. Salome (1923) (inducted 2000)
  269. Salt of the Earth (1954)
  270. Scarface (1932)
  271. The Searchers (1956)
  272. Serene Velocity (1970) (inducted 2001)
  273. Seventh Heaven (1927)
  274. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
  275. Shadows (1959)
  276. Shaft (1971) (inducted 2000)
  277. Shane (1953)
  278. She Done Him Wrong (1933)
  279. Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
  280. Sherman's March (1986) (inducted 2000)
  281. Shock Corridor (1963)
  282. The Shop Around the Corner (1940) (inducted 1999)
  283. Show Boat (1936)
  284. Singin' in the Rain (1952)
  285. Sky High (1922)
  286. Snow White (1933)
  287. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  288. Some Like It Hot (1959)
  289. The Sound of Music (1965) (inducted 2001)
  290. Stagecoach (1939)
  291. A Star Is Born (1954) (inducted 2000)
  292. Star Theatre (1901) (inducted 2002)
  293. Star Wars (1977)
  294. Steamboat Willie (1928)
  295. Stormy Weather (1943) (inducted 2001)
  296. Stranger Than Paradise (1984) (inducted 2002)
  297. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) (inducted 1999)
  298. Sullivan's Travels (1941)
  299. Sunrise (1927)
  300. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  301. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
  302. Tabu (1931)
  303. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (1940)
  304. The Tall T (1957) (inducted 2000)
  305. Taxi Driver (1976)
  306. The Tell-Tale Heart (1953) (inducted 2001)
  307. The Ten Commandments (1956) (inducted 1999)
  308. Tevye (1939)
  309. Theodore Case Sound Test: Gus Visser and his Singing Duck (1925) (inducted 2002)
  310. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
  311. The Thin Blue Line (1988) (inducted 2001)
  312. The Thin Man (1934)
  313. The Thing From Another World (1951) (inducted 2001)
  314. This is Cinerama (1952) (inducted 2002)
  315. This is Spinal Tap (1984) (inducted 2002)
  316. Through Navajo Eyes (series) (1966) (inducted 2002)
  317. To Be Or Not To Be (1942)
  318. To Fly (1976)
  319. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  320. Tootsie (1982)
  321. Top Hat (1935)
  322. Topaz (1943-45) (Home Movie Footage Taken At Japanese American Internment Camp, the Topaz War Relocation Authority Center)
  323. Touch of Evil (1958)
  324. Trance and Dance in Bali (1936-39) (inducted 1999)
  325. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  326. Trouble in Paradise (1932)
  327. Tulips Shall Grow (1942)
  328. Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
  329. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  330. Verbena Tragica (1939)
  331. Vertigo (1958)
  332. West Side Story (1961)
  333. Westinghouse Works, 1904[?] (1904)
  334. What's Opera, Doc? (1957)
  335. Where Are My Children? (1916)
  336. Why Man Creates (1968) (inducted 2002)
  337. Why We Fight (Series) (1943-45) (inducted 2000)
  338. Wild and Wooly (1917) (inducted 2002)
  339. The Wild Bunch (1969) (inducted 1999)
  340. Wild River (1960) (inducted 2002)
  341. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) (inducted 2000)
  342. The Wind (1928)
  343. Wings (1927)
  344. Within Our Gates (1920)
  345. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  346. Woman of the Year (1942) (inducted 1999)
  347. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
  348. Woodstock (1970)
  349. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
  350. Zapruder Film (1963) (Home movie of the John F. Kennedy assassination)

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