The Library of Congress’ National Film Registry announced Home Alone and Terminator 2 are among the films slated for preservation. Every year since 1989, the Registry has inducted 25 motion pictures that are deemed culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant to America’s film legacy. Films from all genres are considered for inclusion, following nominations by filmmakers, academics, and passionate fans of the medium.
Home Alone is a must-see holiday film that deserves a spot in the film registry. Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, is left behind by his family during Christmas vacation. He defends his house against two burglars, the Wet Bandits (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern).
Meanwhile, T2‘s T-800 is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature character. He appeared as the cyborg assassin in all six of the Terminator feature films, anchoring all but 2009’s Terminator Salvation. Terminator 2, when the T-800 is first reprogrammed to be a protector, is his most beloved portrayal of the character.
Several Other Iconic Movies Join ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Terminator 2’ at the National Film Registry
New additions this year include Disney’s 1955 animated classic Lady and the Tramp. The holiday stop-motion masterpiece The Nightmare Before Christmas also joined the Film Registry. Also joining the lineup is some 80s fare like the iconic musical Fame with Irene Cara the comedy Desperately Seeking Susan starring Madonna and Rosanna Arquette. Also added was the drama Matewan by John Sayles, which explores union organizers’ struggles in coal country.
Other additions include Spike Lee’s 2000 satirical masterpiece, Bamboozled, which cleverly tackles television and racial stereotypes. Gina Prince-Bythewood’s romantic drama, Love & Basketball, was also added. Joining the lineup is the ensemble comedy from 1933, Dinner at Eight, based on the renowned play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. Last but not least, Edge of the City, a poignant drama starring Sidney Poitier and John Cassavetes, explores interracial friendships’ complexities in the late 1950s.
This year’s additions bring the Registry’s total films to 875. The oldest is A Movie Trip Through Filmland, a 1921 documentary showcasing the production of Kodak film stock. Among the recent additions are the Oscar-winning documentaries 20 Feet From Stardom, celebrating backup singers, and 12 Years a Slave, the true story of a free Black man kidnapped into slavery in the 1840s. Also joining is Apollo 13, Ron Howard’s acclaimed dramatization of a mission to the moon gone wrong.
Turner Classic Movies will be showcasing a curated collection of this year’s Registry additions on Thursday, December 14, at 8 p.m. ET. Additionally, some of these titles can be freely accessed online through the Library’s National Screening Room.
Home Alone and its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is available for streaming on Disney+. Meanwhile, Terminator 2: Judgement Day can be streamed on Paramount+.
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