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2012 (24th Year)
National Film Registry

The National Film Preservation Board was founded by the Library of Congress in 1988. Each year the Board selects up to 25 films which are considered to be culturally, historically or aesthetically important. Films must be at least 10 years old to be eligible for the registry. Listed below are the films inducted into the National Film Registry in 2012.

TheOscar Nominated marker symbol appears next to those films which also received an Academy Award nomination (although this is not a requirement for induction). Click on the name of one of those films to display more information about it. You can also click on the  IMDb  link to to open a new browser window showing information about the film from the Internet Movie Database. Or, click on a year in the column on the right to display the National Film Registry inductees for that year.

Oscar Nominated markerAnatomy of a Murder (1959)   IMDb
The Augustas (1930s-50s) [short]
Oscar Nominated markerBorn Yesterday (1950)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated markerBreakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)   IMDb
A Christmas Story (1983)   IMDb
The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight (1897) [sports coverage]
Dirty Harry (1971)   IMDb
Hours for Jerome: Parts 1 and 2 (1980-82) [shorts]   IMDb
The Kidnappers Foil (1930s-50s) [shorts]
Kodachrome Color Motion Picture Tests (1922) [demonstration tests]
A League of Their Own (1992)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated markerThe Matrix (1999)   IMDb
The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair (1939) [industrial film]   IMDb
Oscar Nominated markerOne Survivor Remembers (1995) [documentary short]   IMDb
Parable (1964)   IMDb
Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia (1990) [documentary]   IMDb
Slacker (1991)   IMDb
Sons of the Desert (1933)   IMDb
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)   IMDb
They Call It Pro Football (1967) [documentary]   IMDb
3:10 to Yuma (1957)   IMDb
Oscar Nominated markerThe Times of Harvey Milk (1984) [documentary]   IMDb
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)   IMDb
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1914)   IMDb
The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England (1914)   IMDb