Think Ghostbusters epitomizes the "richness, creativity and variety of our nation's film heritage"? You're not alone. The beloved 1984 comedy is now among films "preserved because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance," according to the Library of Congress.
Also on the list? Disney's The Story of Menstruation. Interesting.
Each year, 25 films are added to the National Film Registry. Each is at least 10 years old, and chosen by the librarian in conjunction with the National Film Preservation Board, library staff and "thousands of public nominations," according to a press release. Have a special place for Glitter or Howard the Duck? You can vote for them in 2016.
"Spanning the period 1894-1997, the films named to the registry include Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation, shorts, independent and experimental motion pictures. This year's selections bring the number of films in the registry to 675, which is a small fraction of the Library's vast moving-image collection of 1.3 million items," the release says.
Ivan Reitman, who directed comedy greats Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) and who is producing 2016's female-led version said the franchise has been one of the "greatest joys" of his life.
"It's an honor to know that a movie that begins with a ghost in a library, now has a spot on the shelves of the Library of Congress," Reitman adds.
Other popular titles among the 2015 class are Top Gun, The Shawshank Redemption, and L.A. Confidential. A lesser known addition -- at least to those not currently taking Film Theory -- is the "oldest surviving copyrighted motion picture," The Sneeze, which was recorded in 1894 by Thomas Edison's assistant W. K. L. Dickson.
Here's the full list of films selected for 2015.
- Being There (1979)
- Black and Tan (1929)
- Dracula (Spanish language version) (1931)
- Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)
- Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1975)
- Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894)
- A Fool There Was (1915)
- Ghostbusters (1984)
- Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
- Humoresque (1920)
- Imitation of Life (1959)
- The Inner World of Aphasia (1968)
- John Henry and the Inky-Poo (1946)
- L.A. Confidential (1997)
- The Mark of Zorro (1920)
- The Old Mill (1937)
- Our Daily Bread (1934)
- Portrait of Jason (1967)
- Seconds (1966)
- The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
- Sink or Swim (1990)
- The Story of Menstruation (1946)
- Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)
- Top Gun (1986)
- Winchester '73 (1950)