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'Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi', 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' and More Added to National Film Registry

Posted on Friday, December 17, 2021 4:12 PM

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The Library of Congress announced recently the 25 influential movies that have been inducted this year into its National Film Registry.

Formed in 1988, the registry selects movies for their "cultural, historic, or aesthetic importance to preserve the nation’s film heritage." Films must be at least ten years old to be eligible. For more information about the National Film Registry, select the Read link below to visit the Library of Congress website.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is celebrating its 20th anniversary and filmmaking team Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens issued a statement: "It is a great honor to have ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ selected this year by the National Film Registry. We are proud to be part of an archive that celebrates and preserves the art of visual storytelling, for generations to come."

“Films help reflect our cultural history and creativity — and show us new ways of looking at ourselves — though movies haven’t always been deemed worthy of preservation. The National Film Registry will preserve our cinematic heritage, and we are proud to add 25 more films this year,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “The Library of Congress will work with our partners in the film community to ensure these films are preserved for generations to come.”

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is airing a television special tonight, December 17, 2021, at 8pm ET to show a selection of the new inductees. Hayden will discuss the movies with TCM host and film historian Jacqueline Stewart, who also is chair of the National Film Preservation Board.

Movies Selected for the 2021 National Film Registry

(listed in chronological order)

How many have you seen from this list? While some movies are ultimately recognizable, others are more obscure, but the fact that they've been inducted into the National Film Registry means that they are likely worth checking out. Lists like this can serve as inspiration for finding movies to watch when you don't know what to choose.

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