Every year, the members of the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) selects 25 films to be added to the Registry, and these films will be preserved in the Library of Congress for all-time due to their significant contribution to American society. After watching the great documentary These Amazing Shadows (which is about the National Film Registry) several years ago, I wondered when The Big Lebowski would get in. A couple years ago I was still wondering the same thing. For a movie that didn’t blow up the box office when it was released or rack up tons of awards, it has entered the national consciousness and even created an annual festival that’s been going around the country since 2002.
Today, The Dude is finally in the registry. The NFPB have announced their selections, and The Big Lebowski is among them. Other films added to the registry include Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Rosemary’s Baby, House of Wax, Little Big Man, Pixar’s Luxo Jr., Rio Bravo, and Saving Private Ryan. Hit the jump for the full list and the NFPB’s reason for each selection. Also, if you want to try and get a film into the registry, you can go here to nominate a film (Die Hard is long overdue).