Films that need to be in the National Film Registry.

by emasterslake | created - 29 Dec 2014 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Here is a list of films that I think deserve to be preserved. The following titles listed are at least 10 years old and were either made in America or were financed by an American company. Anyone can cast a vote by mail or by online form here:

The films I have voted for that actually have been inducted are the following: Ghostbusters in 2015 Rushmore & Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 2016 Jurassic Park in 2018 Clerks in 2019 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring & Return of the Jedi in 2021 The Little Mermaid in 2022.

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1. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Logan Lerman

Votes: 316,074 | Gross: $53.61M

2. 5 Girls (2001)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

For two years, filmmaker Maria Finitzo followed five strong young women between the ages of 13 and 17. Unlike the myriad reports, books and "specials" that focus on young women as passive ... See full summary »

Director: Maria Finitzo | Stars: Haibihn, Amber, Toby, Corrie

Votes: 38

3. 8 Mile (2002)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music

77 Metascore

Follows a young rapper in the Detroit area, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 295,008 | Gross: $116.72M

5. 12 Monkeys (1995)

R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

74 Metascore

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Joseph Melito

Votes: 622,350 | Gross: $57.14M

6. 12:01 PM (1991)

25 min | Short, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Poor Myron Castleman is stuck reliving the same 59 minutes of his lunch break.

Director: Jonathan Heap | Stars: Jane Alden, Don Amendolia, John Bachelder, Laura Harrington

Votes: 1,429

7. 16 Days of Glory (1985)

G | 284 min | Documentary, Sport

The definitive photographic record of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, told "from the inside" through the lives of the participants, the words of David Perry, and the singing voice of Placido... See full summary »

Director: Bud Greenspan | Stars: David Perry, Jose Abascal, Saïd Aouita, Evelyn Ashford

Votes: 276 | Gross: $0.08M

8. 21 (2008)

PG-13 | 123 min | Crime, Drama, History

48 Metascore

Inspired by real events and people, 21 is about six MIT students who become trained to be experts in card counting in Black Jack and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

Director: Robert Luketic | Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Aaron Yoo

Votes: 255,151 | Gross: $81.16M

9. 21 Grams (2003)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts, Danny Huston

Votes: 239,222 | Gross: $16.29M

10. 50/50 (2011)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 333,023 | Gross: $35.01M

11. 127 Hours (2010)

R | 94 min | Action, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Sean Bott

Votes: 380,838 | Gross: $18.34M

12. 300 (2006)

R | 117 min | Action, Drama

52 Metascore

King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West

Votes: 826,026 | Gross: $210.61M

13. 500 Days of Summer (2009)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

After being dumped by the girl he believes to be his soulmate, hopeless romantic Tom Hansen reflects on their relationship to try and figure out where things went wrong and how he can win her back.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz

Votes: 521,638 | Gross: $32.39M

14. The $500 Reward (1911)

Comedy, Short

A burglar enters the home of a wealthy man and steals a valuable necklace. A reward of $500 is offered for the thief's apprehension. A couple of rube detectives start out to find the robber... See full summary »

Director: Mack Sennett | Stars: Mack Sennett, Fred Mace

Votes: 12

15. 1925 Studio Tour (1925)

Unrated | 32 min | Documentary, Short

A tour of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio in 1925 is given to meet the people who make the movies there and see how movies are made.

Stars: Mrs. M.F. Lee, Carey Wilson, Howard Hawks, Agnes Christine Johnston

Votes: 412

16. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

G | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

83 Metascore

A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

Votes: 34,718 | Gross: $28.20M

17. Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)

Approved | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

Humble Abraham Lincoln gains the respect of his Illinois neighbors, growing in stature and respect until he is elected President in 1860 and departs for Washington.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon, Mary Howard

Votes: 1,904

18. Adaptation. (2002)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton

Votes: 194,991 | Gross: $22.25M

19. After Stonewall (1999)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Documentary/Historical retrospective of the Gay Rights movement from the 1969 Stonewall riots to the present.

Director: John Scagliotti | Stars: Craig Rodwell, Melissa Etheridge, Mike Carney, Barney Frank

Votes: 653

20. The Artist's Joke (1912)

Short, Comedy

A wealthy artist lives in retirement in his country mansion with his only son, Charles, who is averse to country life and anxious to make his abode in the city where they raise brides ... See full summary »

Stars: Harry Furniss, Mary Fuller, Willis Secord, Gertrude McCoy

21. Arrival of Tongkin Train (1901)

Documentary, Short

Showing the arrival of a Chinese passenger train at the station.

Votes: 24

22. The Artist's Dilemma (1901)

2 min | Short, Fantasy

The scene opens in an artist's studio, the artist asleep in his chair. A large old fashioned clock opens and a young lady comes out and awaking the artist, requests him to paint her picture... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 219

23. At the End of the Trail (I) (1912)

Adventure, Short, Thriller

A half-breed Indian in need of help, a Good Samaritan, a bad man, and a Northwest Mounted Police officer on his trail all cross paths in the Great North Woods.

Stars: Francis X. Bushman, Bryant Washburn

24. Another Job for the Undertaker (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy

Shows a bedroom in a hotel. On the wall of the room is a conspicuous sign "Don't blow out the gas." A hayseed enters the room, accompanied by a bellboy. The boy deposits the Rube's bag and ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 225

25. Anima Mundi (1991)

28 min | Documentary, Short

Image and music are intertwined in this third collaboration between director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass. The film was produced to celebrate the World Wildlife Fund's ... See full summary »

Director: Godfrey Reggio

Votes: 1,276

26. As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000)

288 min | Documentary, Biography

Director Jonas Mekas provides an intimate glimpse of his personal life by constructing a feature length narrative from over 30 years of private home movie footage.

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Jonas Mekas, Jane Brakhage, Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer

Votes: 1,275

27. Altair (1995)

10 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Lewis Klahr

Votes: 97

28. Alaska: Spirit of the Wild (1997)

41 min | Documentary, Short

A look at the Alaskan wilderness throughout the year, from the harsh winters to the rejuvenating spring, and the animals (including its human residents) who learn to adapt to the extremes of Alaskan weather.

Director: George Casey | Star: Charlton Heston

Votes: 560 | Gross: $100.00M

29. All for Gold (1911)

Short, Drama

The rush for gold was on and many there were who flocked to Nome in search of the precious metal, among them Tom Stuart, who left a wife and young daughter behind, back east. The girl fell ... See full summary »

30. All Is Fair (1912)

Short, Comedy

Dick Cartwright, a man of wealth, goes west after being rejected by his fiancée. Upon his arrival he is approached by a stranger, who begs him to go to her house, as a band of horse thieves... See full summary »

Director: Gaston Méliès | Stars: William Clifford, Mildred Bracken

32. The Altar of Death (1912)

20 min | Short, Drama, Western

An army lieutenant is loved by an Indian girl, who gives her life in order to save the fort.

Director: Thomas H. Ince | Stars: Harold Lockwood, Ann Little, Francis Ford

33. Anna Karenina (1935)

Passed | 95 min | Drama, Music, Romance

The married Anna Karenina falls in love with Count Vronsky despite her husband's refusal to grant a divorce, and both must contend with the social repercussions.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 5,535 | Gross: $0.87M

34. Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1996)

Not Rated | 145 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary focusing on the life of novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, the author of the bestselling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and originator of the Objectivist philosophy.

Director: Michael Paxton | Stars: Sharon Gless, Michael S. Berliner, Harry Binswanger, Sylvia Bokor

Votes: 612 | Gross: $0.21M

35. At the Foot of the Flatiron (1903)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Documentary