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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, 79 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, Drew 2, Frankenheimer 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: 79, Seen 79, Own 55, DVDs 29, BDs 32. (And of the 675 films currently in the Registry, I've seen 654.)

UPDATES:
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.

65 comments

  • By Eric Levy
    June 11, 2015
    11:01 AM

    There it is. Good catch. And thanks for keeping me on my toes. Glad someone's paying attention ;-)
    Reply
  • By ericgarfield31
    August 17, 2015
    05:43 PM

    I think there's a new one! Bob Dylan doc?
    Reply
  • By Eric Levy
    August 18, 2015
    05:41 AM

    You are correct sir! IN COLD BLOOD too. I love when two new NFR titles get added to the collection in one month.
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    • By ericgarfield31
      August 18, 2015
      05:10 PM

      check order for #58/59 i think. keep up the good work! this is my favorite list on criterion's website.
  • By Eric Levy
    August 18, 2015
    09:51 PM

    Hey Eric. Looks like you responded and it didn't show up. The Reply function hasn't been working for a while, Just leave new messages when you reply. Sometimes they show up when there's a new message. Fingers crossed.
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  • By Eric Levy
    August 18, 2015
    09:53 PM

    Worked! And good catch. I fixed it. And thanks for the compliment. How many of these have you seen?
    Reply
  • By ericgarfield31
    August 19, 2015
    11:56 AM

    I've seen 32 from this list. Own 30 of those.
    Reply
  • By ericgarfield31
    August 19, 2015
    12:17 PM

    It looks like the NFR always announces new titles on the third Wednesday of every December. Excited to find out on Dec. 16, 2015!
    Reply
  • By ericgarfield31
    August 19, 2015
    03:15 PM

    I thought my collection was big! http://www.forbes.com/video/4421781008001/ I like how his enjoyment of the packaging adds to his excitement.
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  • By Eric Levy
    August 20, 2015
    01:19 PM

    Yes, December is always an exciting month!
    Reply
  • By Kilianf286
    November 19, 2015
    12:03 PM

    Here are some Criterion films that I listed in my recommendations that I sent out this year: BIGGER THAN LIFE BURDEN OF DREAMS MONSIEUR VERDOUX WISE BLOOD Other non-Criterion recommendations: BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK BEFORE SUNRISE (Future Criterion release?) BLUE VELVET THE ELEPHANT MAN (Future Criterion release?) OUTRAGE THE RECKLESS MOMENT THEY LIVE BY NIGHT
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  • By Eric Levy
    November 19, 2015
    01:54 PM

    Great list! Less than a month to wait!
    Reply
  • By futurestar
    November 24, 2015
    06:38 PM

    He who is not busy born is busy listing. And what a list.
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  • By Eric Levy
    November 25, 2015
    04:37 AM

    Thanks futurestar! And a Dylan reference on DONT LOOK BACK's release day to boot!
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  • By Kilianf286
    December 16, 2015
    06:47 AM

    I'm glad to see that SECONDS got added to the NFR. WINCHESTER '73 was also a good choice. I just realized after searching my e-mail archives that I put this film on one of my recommendation lists this year. None of my other recommendation got added. I did not expect to see the NFR selections when I woke up. Can we get the Criterion release dates in the early morning?
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  • By Eric Levy
    December 16, 2015
    09:54 AM

    Yeah, a pretty exciting year all things considered. They probably could have picked something better than TOP GUN (which I've never seen), but otherwise no complaints. BEING THERE and L.A. CONFIDENTIAL are two of my favorites, and several others look really interesting. I wish Criterion would release a set with Vidor's THE CROWD and OUR DAILY BREAD. That would be awesome! I've yet to see SECONDS or WINCHESTER '73, though I'm of course going to catch up on all of the new ones soon (seen 10 so far!)
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  • By Kilianf286
    December 16, 2015
    11:20 AM

    I would also like to see a Criterion release of THE CROWD. I'm not sure what has held up a release of it by Warner Brothers on any home video formats. It was one of the films on the first NFR list and has been on TCM several times. The film also has some relevance as Leos Carax had THE CROWD as the film that was playing in the movie theatre at the beginning of HOLY MOTORS.
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  • By Kilianf286
    December 17, 2015
    07:53 PM

    FYI: The online nomination process has changed. You can now only nominate films by using an online form: http://www.loc.gov/programs/national-film-preservation-board/film-registry/nominate/ Nominations can still be submitted through the regular mail.
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  • By Kilianf286
    December 18, 2015
    04:23 PM

    Just passing on a link to this article from Film Comment on the NFR Board: http://www.filmcomment.com/blog/the-chosen-ones-the-national-film-registry/
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  • By Kilianf286
    December 18, 2015
    04:33 PM

    I just noticed that the article was written by Daniel Eagan who is mentioned in the introduction of this list. Sorry for not noting that in the previous message.
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  • 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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