The selections are to be announced Wednesday by the librarian of
"The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America's film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant," read a statement from Billington. "By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history."
Under the National Film Preservation Act, the librarian of Congress chooses films that are at least 10 years old. The Library of Congress' Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Virginia will ensure that each film is preserved, whether through the center's preservation program or through collaborations with other archives, movie studios and independent filmmakers.
The 2014 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 650. This year's additions are:
"13 Lakes" (2004): James Benning filmed his feature documentary at 13 American lakes, each captured in a single 10-minute take.
"Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day" (1913): Seven reels of unassembled footage were recently discovered from this abandoned feature film starring Bert Williams, the first African American Broadway headliner and the most popular recording artist before 1920. This footage is believed to be the earliest surviving film starring black actors.
"The Big Lebowski" (1998): Joel and Ethan Coen's cult comedy starring
"Down Argentine Way" (1940): Betty Grable had her first starring role in this musical, which also featured Don Ameche and Carmen Miranda in her U.S. film debut.
"The Dragon Painter" (1919): Hollywood's first Asian star, Japanese actor
"Felicia" (1965): This 13-minute documentary short subject revolves around a high school student living in Watts before the 1965 riots.
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (1986):
"The Gang's All Here" (1943): Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda star in this Technicolor musical comedy directed and choreographed by Busby Berkeley.
"House of Wax" (1953): Considered the first full-length 3-D film produced and released by a major U.S. studio, this iconic horror thriller stars Vincent Price,
"Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport" (2000): Oscar-winning documentary details the World War II rescue operation that put Jewish children with foster parents in Britain.
"Little Big Man" (1970): Arthur Penn directed this revisionist western about a 121-year-old man (Dustin Hoffman) recalling his life in the Old West.
"Luxo Jr." (1986): Directed and co-produced by
"Moon Breath Beat" (1980): Lisze Bechtold made her five-minute short subject while a student at the Valencia-based California Institute of the Arts.
"Please Don't Bury Me Alive!" (1976): Efrain Gutierrez wrote, directed and starred in this independent Chicano drama set in San Antonio and noted for its bicultural narrative.
"The Power and the Glory" (1933): Spencer Tracy stars in this drama penned by
"Rio Bravo" (1959): Howard Hawks' western drama, which the Library of Congress describes as his last great film, stars John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan and Ricky Nelson.
"Ruggles of Red Gap" (1935): Leo McCarey directed this comedy about a proper English manservant (Charles Laughton) won in a poker game by an American (Charlie Ruggles)
"Saving Private Ryan" (1998): Steven Spielberg won his second director Oscar for this action drama about soldiers who land on Omaha Beach on D-day and embark on a dangerous rescue mission.
"Shoes" (1916): Silent social drama about a poor shopgirl, from pioneering writer-director
"State Fair" (1933): The legendary Will Rogers stars in this comedy-drama directed by
"Unmasked" (1917): Famed silent serial queen Grace Cunard starred in, wrote and directed this adventure about a jewel thief.
"V-E + 1" (1945): Silent 16-millimeter footage documents the burial of Holocaust victims found by Allied forces at a Nazi concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.
"The Way of Peace" (1947): Frank Tashlin, who was an animation director before making such live-action comedies as "Geisha Boy," directed this 18-minute stop-motion animated puppet film sponsored by the American Lutheran Church to reinforce Christian values in the Atomic Age.