national film registry 320 Michael Jackson, Muppets join the National Film RegistryMichael Jackson, the Muppets and “Attica! Attica!” have earned a place in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

The library announced its annual 25 additions to the registry on Wednesday (Dec. 30), and as usual they’re a mix of well-known feature films — “The Muppet Movie,” “Dog Day Afternoon” (featuring Al Pacino’s famous “Attica! Attica” rant), “Pillow Talk” — pieces of early cinematic history and experimental and short films.

For the first time since the registry was founded, the list also includes a music video: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” which, in the registry’s words, “revolutionized the music industry with this lavish and expensive production.”

The National Film Registry’s goal is not to crate a best-of list but rather to preserve movies that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant and stand as “works of enduring importance to American culture.”

Following is this year’s list of additions to the registry. More detailed descriptions are at the National Film Preservation Board‘s site.

“Dog Day Afternoon” (1975)
“The Exiles” (1961)
“Heroes All” (1920)
“Hot Dogs for Gauguin” (1972)
“The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957)
“Jezebel” (1938)
“The Jungle” (1967)
“The Lead Shoes” (1949)
“Little Nemo” (1911)
“Mabel’s Blunder” (1914)
“The Mark of Zorro” (1940)
“Mrs. Miniver” (1942)
“The Muppet Movie” (1979)
“Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968)
“Pillow Talk” (1959)
“Precious Images” (1986)
“Quasi at the Quackadero” (1975)
“The Red Book” (1994)
“The Revenge of Pancho Villa” (1930-36)
“Scratch and Crow” (1995)
“Stark Love” (1927)
“The Story of G.I. Joe” (1945)
“A Study in Reds” (1932)
“Thriller” (1983)
“Under Western Stars” (1938)

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Posted by:Rick Porter