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25 Movies Added to National Film Registry

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Back to the Future , Bullitt , and 25 movies added to the National Film Registry today. Established by Congress in 1989, the NFR seeks to recognize and preserve films that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. Selections are added each year after nominees are generated by the National Film Preservation Board, the Library of Congress’s Motion Picture Division, and the general public.

At 475 titles, the Registry’s current list now covers a lot of ground. But for something that sounds dusty and academic, the final lineup provides a pretty good map of the populist art form’s first century.  You’ll find groundbreaking works alongside blockbusters so entertaining that you’d be forgiven for overlooking their artistry. Of the recent additions, a few surprises come simply because it’s hard to believe that they weren’t included before ( 12 Angry Men , Take a look at the complete list then rant about what’s still missing with a comment below.

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