Today the Librarian of Congress announced the 2014 additions to the National Film Registry, a list of films deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” that are earmarked for preservation by the Library of Congress. These films are not selected as the ‘best’ American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to American culture. They reflect who we are as a people and as a nation.
This year's inductees include 13 Lakes, Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day, The Big Lebowski, Down Argentine Way, The Dragon Painter, Felicia, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Gang’s All Here, House of Wax, Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, Little Big Man, Luxo Jr., Moon Breath Beat, Please Don’t Bury Me Alive!, The Power and the Glory, Rio Bravo, Rosemary’s Baby, Ruggles of Red Gap, Saving Private Ryan, Shoes, State Fair, Unmasked, V-E +1, The Way of Peace, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Although some of the more obscure films are not available to borrow from the library, many of the Film Registry choices can be reserved by searching our online catalog or asking at the Answers Desk.