'Forrest Gump' and Hannibal Lecter join the National Film Registry

silence-of-the-lambs.jpgA pair of best picture winners from the early 1990s, one of Charlie Chaplin's best-known films and the animated classic "Bambi" are among the movies joining the National Film Registry in 2011.

The Library of Congress picks 25 movies each year that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" important to add to the registry. They're usually a mix of silent movies from the early days of motion pictures, Hollywood hits, documentaries and avant-garde films. This year is no different.

The most immediately recognizable titles in the 2011 class are Disney's well-loved "Bambi" and "Forrest Gump" and "The Silence of the Lambs," both of which won multiple Oscars (including best picture) in the '90s. Others include Chaplin's 1921 classic "The Kid," Billy Wilder's "The Lost Weekend," John Cassavetes' "Faces" and John Ford's 1924 silent film "The Iron Horse." Robert Rodriguez's first movie, the made-for-$7,000 "El Mariachi," is also on the list.

PBS is airing a documentary on the National Film Registry, "These Amazing Shadows," as part of its "Independent Lens" series starting this week (check your local listings for times). The full list for 2011 is below.

1. "Allures" (1961)
2. "Bambi" (1942)
3. "The Big Heat" (1953)
4. "A Computer Animated Hand" (1972)
5. "Crisis: Behind A Presidential Commitment" (1963)
6. "The Cry of the Children" (1912)
7. "A Cure for Pokeritis" (1912)
8. "El Mariachi" (1992)
9. "Faces" (1968)
10. "Fake Fruit Factory" (1986)
11. "Forrest Gump" (1994)
12. "Growing Up Female" (1971)
13. "Hester Street" (1975)
14. "I, an Actress" (1977)
15. "The Iron Horse" (1924)
16. "The Kid" (1921)
17. "The Lost Weekend" (1945)
18. "The Negro Soldier" (1944)
19. "Nicholas Brothers Family Home Movies" (1930s-40s)
20. "Norma Rae" (1979)
21. "Porgy and Bess" (1959)
22. "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
23. "Stand and Deliver" (1988)
24. "Twentieth Century" (1934)
25. "War of the Worlds" (1953)
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