“The Big Lebowski,” along with several other films, have been added to the National Film Registry. Differing movie tastes aside, many Americans would agree that a film such as this is already a national treasure. However, the Library of Congress has now made it official.

Each year, the library’s National Film Registry chooses twenty five movies to add to its roster with the intent of preserving them for “all time.” The goal of the registry is to collect movies that best represent “the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage” and are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

In addition to “The Big Lebowski,” other movies that have long been considered classics by many Americans have also been added such as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Saving Private Ryan.” Also included this year are Pixar’s first short, “Luxo Jr.,” and the classic horror flick “Rosemary’s Baby.”

Interestingly enough, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is the first project from the prolific career of John Hughes to be added to the registry.

The National Film Registry was originally established by the National Film Presentation Act in 1988 with re-authorization from Congress in 1992, 1996, 2005 and 2008. The 1996 law also created the non-profit National Film Preservation Foundation that, although affiliated with the NFPB, raises money from the private sector.

The NFR includes films ranging from Hollywood classics to orphan films. Films to not have to be full length or theatrically released to be included. The registry includes big Hollywood blockbusters, home films, documentaries, film serials, independent films, television films and even music videos.

The time between a film’s debut and its selection varies greatly. The longest span is 119 years with “Newark Athlete,” originally released in 1891 but not selected for preservation until 2010.

The addition of “The Big Lebowski” and the twenty-four other films brings the total number of movies preserved in the National Film Registry to 650.

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