The National Film Registry is the list of movies preserved by the U.S. Library of Congress. The idea is that each year, up to 25 American movies deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” are selected to be saved in the library, in order to preserve film history and make sure they are available for future generations. The list covers the some of the earliest footage ever shot back in the late 1800s, right the way through to modern classics like Raging Bull, Do the Right Thing, Goodfellas and Toy Story.

2015’s inductees have just been announced, and the big name movies include Ghostbusters, Top Gun, The Shawshank Redemption and L.A.Confidential. Good to know that the U.S. government are making sure that our children’s children will definitely be able to see Tom Cruise enter the danger zone. Other, less well known films on the list include footage of Thomas Edison sneezing from 1894, and a Disney educational cartoon called The Story of Menstruation, which was shown in schools in the 1940s. Yup, Disney really did make a cartoon about menstruation.

Here’s the full list.

  • Being There (1979)
  • Black and Tan (1929)
  • Dracula (Spanish) (1931)
  • Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)
  • Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1975)
  • Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)
  • A Fool There Was (1915)
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
  • Humoresque (1920)
  • Imitation of Life (1959)
  • The Inner World of Aphasia (1968)
  • John Henry and the Inky-Poo (1946)
  • L.A. Confidential (1997)
  • The Mark of Zorro (1920)
  • The Old Mill (1937)
  • Our Daily Bread (1934)
  • Portrait of Jason (1967)
  • Seconds (1966)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • Sink or Swim (1990)
  • The Story of Menstruation (1946)
  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)
  • Top Gun (1986)
  • Winchester ’73 (1950)

[via Vulture]

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