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These Criterion titles are on the Library of Congress National Film Registry, which began in 1989. Films are sorted by year of entry in the Registry, which is listed in the notes, followed by the year of release. In three cases, shorts from collections are included.
The Registry featured 575 films when I created this list, 45 of which were Criterion titles. There are now 650 films in the Registry, 68 of which are Criterion titles. I will continue to update as necessary.
PS. 8/1/14: I have recently read both volumes of AMERICA'S FILM LEGACY by Daniel Eagan. I highly recommend Mr. Eagan's books to my fellow Film Registry enthusiasts.
Directors with multiple films: Chaplin 4, Cassavetes 3, Ford 3, Lubitsch 2, Malick 2, Newmeyer and Taylor 2, Sternberg 2, Sturges 2
Cross-references to my other lists are included in the notes.
Personal statistics: S=Seen, D=Own on DVD, B=Own on Blu-ray Disc, *=non-Criterion edition. Totals: Films: 68, Seen 68, Own 49, DVDs 29, BDs 25. (And of the 650 films currently in the Registry, I've seen 631.)
12/17/14: The 2014 additions were announced today. ROSEMARY'S BABY, which was my first pick below (see my December 1, 2014 comment), is the only Criterion film. There are now 68 Criterion titles on the Registry.
12/16/14: Added THE THIN BLUE LINE, bringing the total to 67 titles.
8/16/14: Added IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, TOOTSIE, and GARLIC IS AS GOOD AS TEN MOTHERS (three new additions in one month!), bringing the total to 66 titles.
7/16/14: Added MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, bringing the total to 63 titles.
6/17/14: Added ERASERHEAD, bringing the total to 62 titles.
5/16/14: Added ALL THAT JAZZ, bringing the total to 61 titles.
2/18/14: Added RED RIVER, bringing the total to 60 titles.
12/23/13: I've looked at the Martha Graham disc. The Film Registry added four films of Graham's work this year, including APPALACHIAN SPRING. The film added to the Registry is a silent version from 1944, not the 1958 sound version included on Criterion's MARTHA GRAHAM-DANCE ON FILM set. As it happens, there are excerpts from the 1944 version included on the Criterion disc as a bonus, but as it is not the entire film, it is not eligible for this list. So, alas, we are back to a total of 59 titles.
12/18/13: The 2013 additions were announced today. Just one Criterion title was added: the Martha Graham short APPALACHIAN SPRING (I'm researching whether this is the same film). There are now 60 Criterion titles on the Registry.
12/17/13: Added THE FRESHMAN, bringing the total to 59 titles.
9/16/13: Added NASHVILLE, bringing the total to 58 titles.
8/15/13: Added CITY LIGHTS, bringing the total to 57 titles.
5/15/13: Added TO BE OR NOT TO BE, bringing the total to 56 titles.
3/19/13: Added SAFETY LAST!, bringing the total to 55 titles.
2/15/13: Added MEDIUM COOL and 3:10 TO YUMA (two new additions in one month!), bringing the total to 54 titles.
12/19/12: The 2012 additions were announced today. Four Criterion titles were added: ANATOMY OF A MURDER, SLACKER, THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, and TWO-LANE BLACKTOP. There are now 52 Criterion titles on the Registry.
12/16/12: Added BADLANDS, bringing the total to 48 titles.
11/15/12: Added ON THE WATERFRONT, bringing the total to 47 titles.
10/31/12: Added THE NAKED CITY (thanks briclegg!), bringing the total to 46 titles.
9/18/12: Added KOYAANISQATSI, bringing the total to 45 titles.
1990/1976 (S) Cross-reference: Teach
1990/1942 (S/D) Cross-reference: JR
1992/1940 (S/D*) Cross-reference: Evan
Dog Star Man, 1992/1961-1964 (S) Cross-reference: Wives/Muses
1992/1968 (S) Cross-reference: 1968
1996/1942 (S/D*) Cross-reference: Greenaway 2
1998/1969 (S/B) Cross-reference: Greenaway 2
1998/1971 (S/B) Cross-reference: Wives/Muses
1998/1982 (S) Cross-reference: Greenaway 2
1999/1928 (S/D) Cross-reference: Upgrade
2000/1970 (S/B) Cross-reference: Greenaway 2
(nostalgia), 2003/1971 (S/B) Cross-reference: JR
2003/1939 (S/D) Cross-reference: JR
Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers, 2004/1980 (S/D*)
2006/1928 (S/D) Cross-reference: Upgrade
2006/1946 (S/D/B*) Cross-reference: JR
2008/1946 (S/D) ; Teach
2010/1976 (S) Cross-reference: Hints
2010/1928 (S) Cross-reference: JR
2010/1937 (S/D) Cross-reference: JR