Each year, the Library of Congress honors films that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically” significant. This year’s pool of films is as varied as ever, including historical classics, modern blockbusters, and riveting documentaries.
An action movie recognized by the Library of Congress? Well, Die Hard is not your average action movie. It’s a movie that started an entirely new genre of action flicks set in enclosed places where it’s one man against the world.
Made considerable waves when released because of its subject matter. Not the most action-packed film on the list (by a long shot) but a must for historical significance, as well as the breadth of the cast.
Christopher Nolan’s first major outing as a director, this is a film that has become a cult legend because of its non-linear storytelling. When anyone is looking for a film that is quirky and unusual, I recommend this one.
This film is breathtaking in its scope, but almost more notable for its controversy (blacklisted Dalton Trumbo wrote the screenplay and some think there are homosexual undertones between the Tony Curtis and Lawrence Olivier characters).
The first and best (!) film version of the DC Comics character, the supporting cast here is almost as surprising as the late, great Christopher Reeve in blue tights. Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, and Terence Stamp just to name a few.
My heart will go on even though this film is now on the list. With 11 Oscars, it was bound to end up here eventually, which is both predictable and sad (just like this movie). Made stars of Leonardo and Kate. And lots and lots of money for Mr. Cameron.