"Mary Poppins," "Pulp Fiction," "Gilda," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Roger & Me" are among the 25 movies that have been added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry for the year 2013. The Library of Congress made the announcement on Dec. 18, 2013. Most of these movies are available on DVD and VOD.
Established in 1989, the National Film Registry is "a list of films deemed culturally, historically or aesthetically significant that are earmarked for preservation by the Library of Congress. 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," according to a statement on the the National Film Registry website.
Of the 25 films on the list, "Pulp Fiction" (written and directed by Quentin Tarantino) is probably the one that is most familiar to modern movie audiences. Tarantino and "Pulp Fiction" stars John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson earned Oscar nominations because of the movie. (Tarantino won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.)
The classic musical "Mary Poppins" (directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke) is probably the most widely seen and widely acclaimed movie on the list. "Mary Poppins" won five Oscars, including Best Actress for Andrews. The 2013 movie "Saving Mr. Banks" is a dramatic telling about how Walt Disney campaigned to make "Mary Poppins" into a movie.
Meanwhile, "Gilda" is arguably Rita Hayworth's most famous film.
The movie version of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" is one the films that starred on-again/off-again spouses Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" won five Oscars, including Best Actress for Taylor.
"Roger & Me" is probably the most well-known documentary on the list, since it's the movie that is credited as being director Michael Moore's breakthrough film.
Here is an alphabetized list of the 25 films added to the registry for 2014:
- Bless Their Little Hearts (1984)
- Brandy in the Wilderness (1969)
- Cicero March (1966)
- Daughter of Dawn (1920)
- Decasia (2002)
- Ella Cinders (1926)
- Forbidden Planet (1956)
- Gilda (1946)
- The Hole (1962)
- Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
- King of Jazz (1930)
- The Lunch Date (1989)
- The Magnificent Seven (1960)
- Martha Graham Early Dance Films (1931-1944)
- Mary Poppins (1964)
- Midnight (1939)
- Notes on the Port of St. Francis (1951)
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
- The Quiet Man (1952)
- The Right Stuff (1983)
- Roger & Me (1989)
- A Virtuous Vamp (1919)
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
- Wild Boys of the Road (1933)