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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, and the 1993 addition HIS GIRL FRIDAY and the 2010 addition THE FRONT PAGE are both listed under 1993.

The Registry featured 575 films when I created this list, 45 of which were Criterion titles. There are now 700 films in the Registry, 91 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.

See also ColemanShedman's Criterion & The National Film Registry and Sean Ramsdell's These Amazing Shadows and Recording Registry lists.

Directors with multiple films: Chaplin 5, Cassavetes 3, Ford 3, Altman 2, Ashby 2, Drew 2, Frankenheimer 2, Hawks 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: 93, Seen 93, Own 68, DVDs 35, BDs 40. (And of the 700 titles currently in the Registry, I've seen 684.)

UPDATES:
10/16/17: Added THE BREAKFAST CLUB, bringing the total to 93 titles.
8/18/17: Added THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, bringing the total to 92 titles.
1/18/17: Added WOMAN OF THE YEAR, bringing the total to 91 titles.
12/15/16: Added BEING THERE, bringing the total to 90 titles.
12/14/16: The 2016 additions were announced today. Two Criterion titles were added: PUTNEY SWOPE (the first Eclipse Series title) and RUSHMORE, which was my eleventh pick below (see my December 1, 2014 comment). There are now 89 Criterion titles on the Registry.
11/16/16: Added MILDRED PIERCE, bringing the total to 87 titles.
10/14/16: Added HIS GIRL FRIDAY and THE FRONT PAGE, bringing the total to 86 titles.
9/16/16: Added THE ASPHALT JUNGLE, bringing the total to 84 titles.
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.

151 comments

  • By Eric Levy
    June 18, 2017
    06:13 AM

    I saw you did that one. Well done!
    Reply
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    July 30, 2017
    12:24 PM

    Check out my These Amazing Shadows list
    Reply
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    August 05, 2017
    05:43 PM

    Don't forget my TAS list
    Reply
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    August 05, 2017
    05:44 PM

    Can you mentioned it for me? :)
    Reply
  • By Eric Levy
    August 06, 2017
    06:02 AM

    Done. It would be nice of you to reciprocate ;-)
    Reply
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    August 06, 2017
    07:57 AM

    ;)
    Reply
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    August 06, 2017
    01:37 PM

    Also mention Recording Registry list
    Reply
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    August 06, 2017
    01:38 PM

    Thanks
    Reply
  • By ericgarfield31
    August 14, 2017
    02:04 PM

    Are any of the Olympic films in the NFR?
    Reply
  • By Eric Levy
    August 15, 2017
    09:57 AM

    Alas, no. Though who knows? Sometimes releases like this one can influence future decisions, so we'll see. There are comparatively few sports films on the Registry: RAGING BULL and KNUTE ROCKNE, ALL AMERICAN, two early, silent boxing match documentaries, and a fun documentary short THEY CALL IT PRO FOOTBALL. That's all I can think of off the top of my head. Newsletter hints suggest that two more Registry titles will be joining the Collection soon. Stay tuned...
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  • By Sean Ramsdell
    August 16, 2017
    04:47 PM

    THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
    Reply
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    August 17, 2017
    05:46 PM

    Did you get my message?
    Reply
  • By Eric Levy
    August 18, 2017
    06:59 AM

    Patience my son. It may take me a day or two sometimes, but I always update my lists.
    Reply
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    September 04, 2017
    01:02 PM

    Check out my Wonderful World of Criterion list since Disney has multiple entries (Snow White, Pinocchio, Bambi, Steamboat Willie, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Toy Story).
    Reply
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    September 04, 2017
    05:35 PM

    Forgot about The Old Mill
    Reply
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    October 16, 2017
    07:27 PM

    Don't you forget about me ;) Got the reference?
    Reply
  • By Eric Levy
    October 16, 2017
    08:29 PM

    I do indeed! So exciting.
    Reply
  • By Paul J.
    October 16, 2017
    09:11 PM

    Hi Eric, Don’t overlook Young Mr. Lincoln which is also on the NFR list. 2003 pick. I was delighted to see that it’s getting the Criterion attention it deserves. Thanks for this excellent listing of yours. It’s a very handy resource for those of us who share an appreciation for the truly fine stuff.
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  • By Paul J.
    October 16, 2017
    09:14 PM

    Whoops I just noticed that you already have it.
    Reply
  • By Eric Levy
    October 17, 2017
    03:53 AM

    Thanks so much for the kind words Paul!
    Reply