Each year the Library of Congress adds 25 films to the National Film Registry, a list of motion pictures that it deems “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and thus recommended for preservation. The 2018 additions were announced Wednesday morning.
Among those added this year are Disney’s Cinderella (1950), Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993), Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (2005), and Hud (1963), starring Paul Newman and Patricia Neal.
These movies, and the 21 other 2018 inductees, join the 725 already on the registry. But before the inevitable arguments erupt, it is important to note that the Library of Congress does not intend the collection to be read as a list of the best films in cinematic history. The movies chosen are instead meant to reflect American culture as compositions of consequence.
“These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said.
While it is she who makes the ultimate selections of what gets added to the registry, the public is encouraged to make nominations and can do so online. The films can be of any length, genre or style; the only requirement is that they be at least 10 years old.