'Airplane!,' 'Empire Strikes Back' named to National Film Registry

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One of the funniest comedies of the last 30 years and arguably the best movie in the "Star Wars" series have been added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.

"Airplane!" and "The Empire Strikes Back" are among the 25 movies added to the registry this year. The registry isn't a best-of list, but they are films that the Library of Congress deems "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. 

Among the other well-known films making the list this year are "The Exorcist," "The Pink Panther," "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and "Saturday Night Fever."

"The National Film Registry is a reminder to the nation that the preservation of our cinematic creativity must be made a priority," Librarian of Congress James Billington says. "Half of the films produced before 1950 and as much as 90 percent of those made before 1920 have been lost to future generations."

This year's additions bring the registry to 550 titles.

Along with "The Empire Strikes Back," "Star Wars" creator George Lucas has another lesser known film being inducted. The 15-minute "Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB" was a student film produced by Lucas while studying at USC (he later expanded it into his first feature, "THX 1138"). 

Among other lesser known titles are "Cry of Jazz," "I Am Joaquin" and "Let There Be Light," which was blocked from public distribution by the War Department for 35 years for failure to mask identities.

Did any of your favorites make the cut? If not, the public can make nominations for next year's registry at the Film Board's website.

Check out the complete list below:

"Airplane!" (1980)
"All the President's Men" (1976)
"The Bargain" (1914)
"Cry of Jazz" (1959)
"Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB" (1967)
"The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)
"The Exorcist" (1973)
"The Front Page" (1931)
"Grey Gardens" (1976)
"I Am Joaquin" (1969)
"It's a Gift" (1934)
"Let There Be Light" (1946)
"Lonesome" (1928)
"Make Way for Tomorrow" (1937)
"Malcolm X" (1992)
"McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971)
"Newark Athlete" (1891)
"Our Lady of the Sphere" (1969)
"The Pink Panther" (1964)
"Preservation of the Sign Language" (1913)
"Saturday Night Fever" (1977)
"Study of a River" (1996)
"Tarantella" (1940)
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945)
"A Trip Down Market Street" (1906)
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