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National Film Registry Criterion Titles

by Eric Levy

Created 07/14/12

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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. Because titles cannot be added twice on Criterion lists, the 1990 addition PRIMARY and the 2011 addition CRISIS are both listed under 1990.

The Registry featured 575 films when I created this list, 45 of which were Criterion titles. There are now 675 films in the Registry, 83 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 5, Cassavetes 3, Ford 3, Altman 2, Drew 2, Frankenheimer 2, Kubrick 2, Lubitsch 2, Malick 2, Albert and David Maysles 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: 83, Seen 83, Own 58, DVDs 29, BDs 34. (And of the 675 films currently in the Registry, I've seen 660.)

UPDATES:
6/17/16: added CAT PEOPLE, bringing the total to 83 titles.
5/16/16: added McCABE & MRS. MILLER, bringing the total to 82 titles.
3/17/16: Added DR. STRANGELOVE and IN A LONELY PLACE (thanks ericgarfield31!), bringing the total to 81 titles.
1/16/16: Added PRIMARY and CRISIS, bringing the total to 79 titles.
12/18/15: Added THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, bringing the total to 77 titles.
12/16/15: The 2015 additions were announced today. Two Criterion titles were added: SECONDS and SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM TAKE ONE. There are now 76 Criterion titles on the Registry.
11/16/15: Added THE KID and THE GRADUATE, bringing the total to 74 titles.
10/17/15: Added GILDA, bringing the total to 72 titles.
8/18/15: Added IN COLD BLOOD and DONT LOOK BACK, bringing the total to 71 titles.
4/16/15: Added THE BLACK STALLION, bringing the total to 69 titles.
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, 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, 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.

85 comments

  • By Collection
    December 27, 2015
    12:43 PM

    Glad to see that futurestar stopped by to drop you a line a month ago. Congratulations on having him comment on this list and, again, on having two (2) new entries for 2015. Best wishes for the New Year, amigo!
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  • By ericgarfield31
    February 18, 2016
    02:11 PM

    In a Lonely Place :)
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  • By Eric Levy
    February 19, 2016
    11:11 AM

    I know! Such an exciting addition. I already own the Columbia DVD, but this will definitely be a Blu-ray upgrade when it comes out. And so far JOHNNY GUITAR and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE are the only two Ray films on the Registry. More are certainly overdue, and this or BIGGER THAN LIFE would be thrilling.
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  • By Kilianf286
    February 23, 2016
    11:02 AM

    I nominate BIGGER THAN LIFE & THEY LIVE BY NIGHT annually. Hopefully another Nick Ray film gets added by the Registry soon.
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  • By ericgarfield31
    February 23, 2016
    02:42 PM

    I think In a Lonely Place was added to the NFR in 2007.
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  • By Eric Levy
    March 17, 2016
    09:02 AM

    It sure was. I can't believe I missed that one. Mea culpa. It has been added.
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  • By ericgarfield31
    March 17, 2016
    11:59 AM

    Just looking out for other film buffs. :)
    Reply
  • By ericgarfield31
    March 31, 2016
    03:59 PM

    Suus bonum.
    Reply
  • By Eric Levy
    April 01, 2016
    09:31 AM

    Had to bust out my handy Latin dictionary for that one. Thank you. It is all good :)
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  • By Sean Ramsdell
    May 16, 2016
    07:23 PM

    Add Mrs. Miller
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  • By Eric Levy
    May 16, 2016
    09:18 PM

    Got it!
    Reply
  • By ALVideoholic
    May 18, 2016
    04:33 PM

    Appalachian Spring (which is on Martha Graham: Dance On Film; spine #406) made the NFR in 2013.
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  • By ALVideoholic
    May 18, 2016
    04:41 PM

    As a follow up: Martha Graham's Early Dance Films was included on the NFR in 2013. I am fairly certain this also included Appalachian Spring, which is on the Criterion release.
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  • By Eric Levy
    May 19, 2016
    04:35 AM

    Thanks AL! As I mention in the introduction to this list (see the 12/18 and 12/23/13 entries under Updates), the version of APPALACHIAN SPRING included on the Criterion disc is a different one than the one that was added to the Registry. Thanks though!
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    • By ALVideoholic
      May 19, 2016
      10:55 AM

      Guess I missed that, sorry.
  • By Eric Levy
    May 19, 2016
    03:04 PM

    Looks like you responded, but it hasn't shown up. The Reply function hasn't worked in quite a while. Just post new comments. Sometimes the missing replies show up if a new post comes, so fingers crossed.
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  • By Eric Levy
    May 19, 2016
    03:09 PM

    Worked! Nothing to apologize about. That's a confusing one. Those four silent Graham films are among the rarest NFR titles. I'd love it if Criterion re-released their Graham disc, on Blu-ray for instance, with those as new additions. As I mention in my intro, a section of the silent APPALACHIAN SPRING is included on the existing disc, so obviously the creators of the disc had access to the silent one (and presumably the other three NFR/Graham titles). Meanwhile they are completely unavailable unless you want to visit the Library of Congress :-(
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  • By Kilianf286
    June 14, 2016
    11:21 AM

    A William Wyler phantom has popped up this week. Not sure if title could be the THE HEIRESS or ROMAN HOLIDAY. BEN-HUR & THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES do not seem to be possibilities.
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  • By Sean Ramsdell
    June 16, 2016
    09:39 PM

    Cat People
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  • By Eric Levy
    June 17, 2016
    01:12 PM

    Thanks.
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  • By Eric Levy
    June 17, 2016
    11:42 PM

    And thanks Kilian! With nine films on the registry, Wyler is second only to John Ford. It will be interesting to see what Criterion releases, though phantom pages are often there for years, e.g. Peter Greenaway.
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