The Class of 2017: My Ballot


The great thing about the National Film Registry is that anyone can nominate a film for consideration. I figured since I’m devoting an entire blog to this list, I might as well throw in my two cents. Back in March I submitted a list of 50 films (the maximum amount permitted) that I feel should be added to the National Film Registry. Now that the deadline for 2017 submissions has passed, I’d like to share with you some of my selections. This is not the full list of my 50, but rather a sample of the kind of films I was looking at. This was a long process dwindling this list down to only 50, but I finally made my choices. And for the ones that didn’t make it, there’s always next year.

Movies I Can’t Believe Aren’t On The List Yet: A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Great Escape (1963), Jurassic Park (1993), Rebecca (1940), The Seven Year Itch (1955), The Shining (1980), Spartacus (1960), Titanic (1997)


Minor Classics/Movies I’d Give a Pass To: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), Lady and the Tramp (1955), Rope (1948), Sophie’s Choice (1982), To Have and Have Not (1944)


Probably Not Making It, But I Like Them Anyway: Big (1988), The Birdcage (1996), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), The Odd Couple (1968), Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), The Truman Show (1998)


The Movie I Can’t Stand But Also Can’t Deny Its Cultural Impact: Grease (1978)


The Movie I Wouldn’t Be Surprised Finally Gets Included Because of This Whole “Feud” Thing: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)


A Few Shorts For Your Consideration: Der Feuhrer’s Face (1942), Exploratorium (1974), Red Hot Riding Hood (1943)


Fairly Recent Films That Might Make It One Day: Aliens (1986), Beetlejuice (1988), Dead Poets Society (1989), Die Hard (1988), Fatal Attraction (1987), The Sixth Sense (1999), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), The Usual Suspects (1995), When Harry Met Sally… (1989)


Because They Need to Pick A Narrative Feature From This Century Sometime: Finding Nemo (2003), No Country for Old Men (2007), There Will Be Blood (2007)


And as soon as we get the list of 25 in December, I’ll be back at it submitting for 2018. As always, you too can submit to the list on this page. Check this page for the list of eligible films.

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