Yesterday, the Library of Congress named 25 new films to add to the National Film Registry, a permanent archive of the most “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” American films. As usual, the selections span almost a century of film, including drama, horror, comedies, documentaries, and animation.
We’re pleasantly surprised by some of the popular movies added this year. The Lion King was inevitable given its legendary stature in animation, but The Breakfast Club, The Princess Bride, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? are unexpected newcomers. Deadline‘s write-up has good descriptions of each movie, including a breakdown of the unusual history behind the 1903 short Life of an American Fireman.
The National Film Registry will take care of these movies for generations hundreds of years from now, but if you just want to watch them right now, we have copies of most everything on this list available for checkout. In fact, you can watch Life of an American Fireman via streaming right now!