The Library of Congress has revealed its annual list of 25 films to be added to the National Film Registry. The films selected each year stand out for their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance for the preservation of the country's cinematographic heritage.

Among the titles on this year's list are Ron Howard's space drama Apollo 13; family classics Alone at home It is the Lady and the Tramp; Lee The wedding banquet; James Cameron Terminator 2: Judgment Day;' Gina Prince-Bythewood Love and Basketball; Spike Lee Mistaken; and Oscar winner for Best Picture for Steve McQueen 12 years of slavery. (Scroll down to see the full list of films.)

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden made the announcement today saying the selection dates back more than 100 years to a 1921 Kodak educational film titled A cinematic journey through Filmland about how film stock is produced and the impact of films around the world. In total, the titles added today bring the number of films in the register to 875.

Commented Howard in Apollo 13, “It's a very honest and sincere reflection of something that was very American, which was the space program of that time and what it meant for the country and the world… I was very proud of the result. The experience remains an absolute highlight. It was one of those experiences that none of us involved will ever forget.”

Said Prince-Bythewood about her Love and Basketball, “Much of this film was autobiographical. Monica's character, growing up as an athlete, all the feelings she felt, feeling 'other' and different like something was wrong with her because she loves sports. These were all things I had to deal with growing up, being a female athlete and with my parents.”

McQueen called 12 years of slavery's Solomon Northup “an American hero… Slavery for me was a subject that had not received enough recognition in the narrative of film history. I wanted to address it for that reason, but also because it was a subject that had a lot to do with the way we live now. It wasn't just something dated. It was something that is living and breathing, because you see the evidence of slavery today.”

Ang Lee said about The wedding banquet, “I didn’t make the film to be influential, but it was. Since the film, I see, whether it's intercultural issues or gay issues, some important advances, certainly in Taiwan and the Chinese community, because the film was so well-loved. It just came into people’s lives quite naturally.”

Spike Lee talking about Mistaken told the Library of Congress: “One of the most powerful sequences I think I did were the final scenes of Mistakenwhere we historically, visually show the hatred of white people with blackface.”

For Hayden, “Movies are an integral part of America's cultural heritage, reflecting stories of our nation for more than 125 years. We are proud to add 25 diverse films to the National Film Registry as we preserve our history through film. We are grateful to the film community for collaborating with the Library of Congress in our goal of preserving film heritage for generations to come.”

NATO President and CEO Michael O'Leary added: “For more than a century, films have shaped the American experience, with theaters playing a vital role in our communities and cultural landscape. On behalf of theater owners around the world, we applaud the Library’s important work in recognizing and preserving these special works so that viewers can continue to discover classic films on the big screen.”

Joseph Masher, NATO Council member and CEO of New York's BTM Cinemas, said: “Preserving films is like safeguarding the memories of our cultural evolution. This record ensures that the art of telling stories through cinema will endure for generations to come.”

Said Academy Museum of Motion Picture Director and President Jacqueline Stewart, president of the National Film Preservation Board: “I am delighted to see several films this year that recognize a diversity of Asian American experiences. There is Cruising J-Town, a film about jazz musicians from the Little Tokyo community of Los Angeles, specifically the band Hiroshima. There is also the Bohulano Family Film collection, home movies from the 1950s to 1970s filmed by a family in Stockton, a Filipino community in California. The documentary was also added, Maya Lin: a strong and clear visionabout one of our most important contemporary artists who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC”

Turner Classic Movies will present a TV special on Thursday, December 14th starting at 8pm ET to showcase a selection of films nominated for this year's registry.

Films selected for the 2023 National Film Registry (in chronological order)

A cinematic journey through Filmland (1921)
Dinner at Eight (1933)
Bohulano Family Film Collection (1950s-1970s)
Helen Keller: In Her Story (1954)
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
City Limits (1957)
We Are Alive (1974)
Cruising J-Town (1975)
Alambrista! (1977)
Passage (1977)
Fame (1980)
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
The Shining Field (1987)
Matewan (1987)
Home Alone (1990)
Queen of Diamonds (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Wedding Banquet (1993)
Maya Lin: A Strong and Clear Vision (1994)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Deceived (2000)
Love and Basketball (2000)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

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