They might not be the best films ever made. But their inclusion on the National Film Registry indicates that these reflections of American culture and history are worth preserving for future generations. Here's more about the 25 films that made the annual list announced Tuesday.
They include a George Lucas’ student project from USC film school: “Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB.” That sci-fi short was a precursor of sorts to his later work – including another film on the registry: “The Empire Strikes Back,” the first of many “Star Wars” sequels and prequels. Other popular movies - “Saturday Night Fever,” “The Pink Panther,” “The Exorcist,” “All the President’s Men” and “Airplane!” - made this year’s list. So did singular expressions of a filmmaker’s vision – Robert Altman’s “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” and Albert and David Maysles’ documentary “Grey Gardens.” The registry also includes three rare silent films made before 1915. The Library of Congress, which runs the registry, estimates that more than 90 percent of films from that era have been lost. Now they, and the others on the list, will be kept in cold storage for posterity.