Films that need to be in the National Film Registry.

by emasterslake | created - 29 Dec 2014 | updated - 1 day 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: https://www.research.net/r/national-fim-registry-nomination-form

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

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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: 297,709 | Gross: $53.61M

2. Ben Hur (1907)

15 min | Short, Drama

The scene opens with an assembly of citizens who are harangued by one of their number, whose words have great weight with the crowd, and their attitude of approval shows that Roman misrule ... See full summary »

Directors: Sidney Olcott, Frank Oakes Rose | Stars: Gene Gauntier, Harry T. Morey, William S. Hart, Herman Rottger

Votes: 669

3. Dark Passage (1947)

Passed | 106 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 18,641

4. The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

72 Metascore

A debonair angel comes to Earth to help an Episcopalian bishop and his wife in their quest to raise money for the new church.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley

Votes: 15,829

5. The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending of this grim war drama is all tension.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: William Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 5,553

6. A Bill of Divorcement (1932)

Passed | 70 min | Drama

A man, Hilary Fairfield returns home after fifteen years in a mental asylum. However, he finds things are not the way they were when he left.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: John Barrymore, Katharine Hepburn, Billie Burke, David Manners

Votes: 1,636

7. Band and Battalion of the U.S. Indian School (1901)

Documentary, Short

A parade drill by the cadet corps at the United States Indian School, composed of representatives of all the aboringinal tribes of North America, headed by the famous Carlisle Band, which ... See full summary »

8. The Black Hand (1906)

11 min | Crime, Drama, Short

Two members of a gang write a threatening letter to a butcher, demanding that he give them money, or else they will harm his family and his shop. The butcher is afraid and upset, but he is ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace McCutcheon | Stars: Anthony O'Sullivan, Robert G. Vignola

Votes: 236

9. The Beloved Rogue (1927)

Not Rated | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, History

François Villon, in his lifetime the most renowned poet in France, is also a prankster, an occasional criminal, and an ardent patriot.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt, Marceline Day, Lawson Butt

Votes: 764

10. The Divorcee (1930)

Passed | 84 min | Romance, Drama

When a woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful to her, she decides to respond to his infidelities in kind.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Chester Morris, Conrad Nagel

Votes: 2,987

11. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

PG-13 | 197 min | Drama, Romance, War

69 Metascore

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger

Votes: 72,689 | Gross: $111.72M

12. The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Not Rated | 150 min | Action, Adventure, War

73 Metascore

During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes

Votes: 69,876 | Gross: $45.30M

13. The Candidate (1972)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, Don Porter

Votes: 10,625 | Gross: $0.12M

14. Cry Freedom (1987)

PG | 157 min | Biography, Drama, History

59 Metascore

South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Josette Simon, Wabei Siyolwe

Votes: 13,077 | Gross: $5.90M

15. The Cider House Rules (1999)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Delroy Lindo

Votes: 95,786 | Gross: $57.55M

16. Breakfast at Sunrise (1927)

Passed | 62 min | Comedy, Romance

While plotting together to win back their lovers, the rich Madeleine and the penniless Pierre fall for each other.

Director: Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Constance Talmadge, Don Alvarado, Bryant Washburn, Alice White

Votes: 25

17. Brown of Harvard (1926)

Passed | 85 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Tom Brown shows up at Harvard, confident and a bit arrogant. He becomes a rival of Bob McAndrew, not only in football and rowing crew, but also for the affections of Mary Abbott, a ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: William Haines, Jack Pickford, Mary Brian, Francis X. Bushman Jr.

Votes: 1,476

18. Don't Change Your Husband (1919)

Not Rated | 71 min | Comedy

Leila Porter comes to dislike her husband James, a glue king who is always eating onions and looking sloppy. But after she divorces him and marries two-timing playboy Schuyler Van Sutphen the now-reformed James looks pretty good.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Elliott Dexter, Gloria Swanson, Lew Cody, Sylvia Ashton

Votes: 1,201

19. 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

20. 8 Mile (2002)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music

77 Metascore

A young rapper, 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: 264,152 | Gross: $116.72M

22. 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: 595,456 | Gross: $57.14M

23. 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: 1,352

24. 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, Judi Brown Clarke, Sebastian Coe, Joaquim Cruz

Votes: 254 | Gross: $0.08M

25. 21 (2008)

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

48 Metascore

"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

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

Votes: 237,725 | Gross: $81.16M

26. 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: 230,503 | Gross: $16.29M

27. 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: 322,018 | Gross: $35.01M

28. 127 Hours (2010)

R | 94 min | 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: 359,999 | Gross: $18.34M

29. 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: 756,568 | Gross: $210.61M

30. 500 Days of Summer (2009)

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

76 Metascore

An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

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

Votes: 487,905 | Gross: $32.39M

31. 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: 13

32. 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: 397

33. 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: 32,202 | Gross: $28.20M

34. 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: 1,779

35. 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

36. Arrival of Tongkin Train (1901)

Documentary, Short

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

37. The Artist's Dilemma (1901)

2 min | Short, Fantasy