Culture, History, and Aesthetics: The Complete National Film Registry Listing at the Library of Congress, 1989 to Present

The National Film Registry is a list of films deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" that are recommended for preservation by those holding the best elements for that film, be it motion picture studios, the Library of Congress and other archives, or filmmakers. These films are not selected as the 'best' American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to American culture. They reflect who we are as a people and as a nation.

As of Dec. 14, 2020, there are 800 film titles included on the National Film Registry. Each December, another 25 films are added to the Registry.

A film fragment called "The Newark Athlete" made in 1891 is the oldest title on the…

  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • 12 Angry Men
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Dark Knight
  • GoodFellas
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Schindler's List
  • Paris Is Burning
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Paths of Glory
  • Do the Right Thing
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Rear Window
  • Psycho
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • The Apartment
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • The Shining
  • Alien
  • Duck Amuck
  • City Lights
  • Hoop Dreams
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Harlan County U.S.A.
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Taxi Driver
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Casablanca
  • All About Eve
  • Modern Times
  • Star Wars
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Lion King
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Back to the Future
  • Fargo
  • The Great Dictator
  • Chinatown
  • Vertigo
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Raging Bull
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • Amadeus
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Toy Story
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • Make Way for Tomorrow
  • Double Indemnity
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • All That Jazz
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • Ace in the Hole
  • Koyaanisqatsi
  • A Face in the Crowd
  • Network
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • In a Lonely Place
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • North by Northwest
  • The Best Years of Our Lives
  • Some Like It Hot
  • The General
  • What's Opera, Doc?
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Matrix
  • The Kid
  • Michael Jackson's Thriller
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  • Memento
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • On the Waterfront
  • One Froggy Evening
  • Blade Runner
  • The Conversation
  • Die Hard
  • Nashville
  • The Last Picture Show
  • The Last Waltz
  • Forrest Gump
  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • The Times of Harvey Milk
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • Judgment at Nuremberg
  • Nothing But a Man
  • Touch of Evil
  • The Heiress
  • King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis
  • All the President's Men
  • Unforgiven