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Superman, Die Hard, The Goonies, and others join National Film Registry

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Dec 13, 2017

Every year, the Library of Congress adds 25 films to the National Film Registry, which preserves and highlights films of note (that are at least 10 years old) over the course of the industry’s history. This year, you might recognize some titles.

From the beloved 1980s classic The Goonies to Christopher Reeve’s iconic Superman, they added a great list this year -- especially for Richard Donner, who directed both of the films mentioned. These two films are particular gateways for those fans breaking into genre films, be they grimy adventure pulps or superhero fiction.

As Deadline notes, these films were all selected for their “cultural, historic, and/or aesthetic importance to American heritage,” which the Registry has deemed necessary to protect and vital to tout for future film lovers. Apart from the two Donner classics, Christmas movie Die Hard and Christopher Nolan’s amnesia thriller Memento join more historical pieces, like 1941’s Dumbo or the Fuentes family’s home movies recorded in the 1920s and 1930s, making them some of the earliest visual records of Mexican-American life.

Two shipwreck movies round out the relatively serious additions, with Titanic reassuring your inner 13-year-old girl that love is true and pure while 1918’s groundbreaking animation The Sinking of the Lusitania was at one time the only dramatic animation ever made and the longest animated movie ever made (at just 12 minutes). If The Goonies boat sank at the end there’d be a trifecta, but alas. Regardless, you can find a full list of the 25 National Film Registry additions below:

  • Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)
  • Boulevard Nights (1979)
  • Die Hard (1988)
  • Dumbo (1941)
  • Field of Dreams (1989)
  • 4 Little Girls (1997)
  • Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection (1920s and 1930s)
  • Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
  • The Goonies (1985)
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
  • He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
  • Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905)
  • La Bamba (1987)
  • Lives of Performers (1972)
  • Memento (2000)
  • Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
  • The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)
  • Spartacus (1960)
  • Superman (1978)
  • Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)
  • Time and Dreams (1976)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • To Sleep with Anger (1990)
  • Wanda (1971)
  • With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain (1937-1938)