“Forrest Gump” Among Films Added to National Film Registry

With memorable quotes like “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”, “Stupid is as stupid does.” and “Run, Forrest! Run!”, it’s only fitting that this Tom Hanks film was added to the National Film Registry. The Oscar-winning “Forrest Gump” was among one of 25 films added to the archive this year. The National Registry of the Library of Congress chooses films to be preserved as cultural, artistic and historical treasures. With the 2011 batch of entries, the total number of films preserved are 575.

“These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who chose the 25 films, said in a statement. “Our film heritage must be protected because these cinematic treasures document our history and culture and reflect our hopes and dreams.”

I definitely agree with “Forrest Gump’s” addition to the archives. Personally, I’ve quoted this film numerous times over the years especially when it was first released. Other notable films that were added to the archives were the classic Disney animated film “Bambi” and the oft-referenced thriller “The Silence of the Lambs“. Great to see that Hannibal Lecter will live on forever. Check out the other films that made the cut this year from a list of 2,228 titles nominated by the public.

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

What do you think of the list? How many of them have you seen? Have any suggestions for future additions? Sound off below.