‘Airplane,’ ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ Among 25 Films Named to National Historic Registry

Many films made by people who recently died, including Leslie Nielsen, Irvin Kershner, and Blake Edwards

Last Updated: December 28, 2010 @ 8:04 AM

"Airplane!," "The Empire Strikes Back," "The Exorcist," and "All the President's Men," were among the 25 films named by the Library of Congress to the National Film Registry on Tuesday for their cultural, historical or aesthetic significance.

Though many of the films named to the list include people who recently died — "Airplane" star Leslie Nielsen, "Empire" director Irvin Kershner, "Pink Panther" director Blake Edwards — a spokesman said their inclusion was likely a coincidence. The decisions are made in late November and early December.

The films, including documentaries, shorts, and experimental films, cover the period from 1891 to 1996. There are now 550 films in the registry.

This year's list:

1. Airplane (1980)

2. All the President’s Men (1976)

3. The Bargain (1914)

4. Cry of Jazz (1959)

5. Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)

6. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

7. The Exorcist (1973)

8. The Front Page (1931)

9. Grey Gardens (1976)

10. I Am Joaquin (1969)

11. It’s a Gift (1934)

12. Let There Be Light (1946)

13. Lonesome (1928)

14. Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)

15. Malcolm X (1992)

16. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)

17. Newark Athlete (1891)

18. Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)

19. The Pink Panther (1964)

20. Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)

21. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

22. Study of a River (1996)

23. Tarantella (1940)

24. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

25. A Trip Down Market Street (1906)