'Forrest Gump,' 'Bambi' added to National Film Registry
December 28th, 2011
11:45 AM ET

'Forrest Gump,' 'Bambi' added to National Film Registry

Tom Hanks' "Forrest Gump" will live on as a cultural treasure in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

The 1994 film is among the 25 movies that have been selected for 2011, bringing the grand total of movies preserved there to 575. This year's list includes movies made between 1912 and 1994, and runs the gamut from documentaries and home movies to animation and avant-garde shorts, the National Film Registry says in a statement.

The Registry goes on to explain that the features selected made the cut because they've been deemed as "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who chose 2011's titles, adds in the statement that "these films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture. Our film heritage must be protected because these cinematic treasures document our history and culture and reflect our hopes and dreams."

Joining "Gump" on the National Film Registry's list is 1942's animated classic "Bambi," 1991's horror movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, "The Silence of the Lambs," and the fan favorite 1988 film, "Stand and Deliver."

Out of the 2,228 films that were nominated to be included in this year's round-up, here are the 25 that made it:

  • "The Cry of the Children" (1912)
  • "A Cure for Pokeritis" (1912)
  • "The Kid" (1921)
  • "The Iron Horse" (1924)
  • "Twentieth Century" (1934)
  • "Nicholas Brothers Family Home Movies" (1930s-40s)
  • "Bambi" (1942)
  • "The Negro Soldier" (1944)
  • "The Lost Weekend" (1945)
  • "War of the Worlds" (1953)
  • "The Big Heat" (1953)
  • "Porgy and Bess" (1959)
  • "Allures" (1961)
  • "Crisis: Behind A Presidential Commitment" (1963)
  • "Faces" (1968)
  • "Growing Up Female" (1971)
  • "A Computer Animated Hand" (1972)
  • "Hester Street" (1975)
  • "I, an Actress" (1977)
  • "Norma Rae" (1979)
  • "Fake Fruit Factory" (1986)
  • "Stand and Deliver" (1988)
  • "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
  • "El Mariachi" (1992)
  • "Forrest Gump" (1994)

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  1. sumdumfuq

    Sadly, cnn fails to note one of the greatest films of all time that was written, produced, edited, and costarred one of if not THE greatest film comedian of all time.

    SHAME SHAME for not mentioning Charles Charlie 'The Tramp' Chaplin in '1921's The Kid' which grossed 10x it's production budget. You can't not cry watching a young Uncle Fester be torn from his adoptive father's arms.

    December 30, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Guy Couch

    Sally Field doubles up with Norma Rae and Forrest Gump.

    December 29, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. jujubeans

    I wonder if Deep Throat made the list. Wasn't it "culturally significant?"

    December 29, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Betty

    What a stupid list, just an excuse to put together a list. Dumb.

    December 29, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. carrieanne

    Norma Rae for the equal pay for equal work theme. Silence of the Lambs is the scariest movie I've ever seen and for some odd reason, I'm glad it made the list! Happy New Year all! Be safe!

    December 29, 2011 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. jujubeans

    Morma Rae?

    December 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tom Bruce

    No suprise with Forrest Gump. What is surprising is that Bambi didn't make it until now, 70 years after it's release.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |

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