Among the 25 films added for 2013 is John Ford's 1952 masterpiece, The Quiet Man. Other films rounding out the list for 2013 include: Bless Their Little Hearts (1984), Brandy in the Wilderness (1969), Cicero March (1966), Daughter of Dawn (1920), Decasia (2002), Ella Cinders (1926), Forbidden Planet (1956), Gilda (1946), The Hole (1962), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), King of Jazz (1930), The Lunch Date (1989), The Magnificent Seven (1960), Martha Graham Early Dance Films (1931-1944) [namely: Heretic, 1931; Frontier, 1936; Lamentation, 1943; Appalachian Spring, 1944], Mary Poppins (1964), Men and Dust (1940), Midnight (1939), Notes on the Port of St. Francis (1951), Pulp Fiction (1994), The Right Stuff (1983), Roger & Me (1989), A Virtuous Vamp (1919), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), and, Wild Boys of the Road (1933).
The other films featuring John Wayne appearing on the National Film Registry are: Baby Face (1933, added in 2005), The Big Trail (1930, added in 2006), How The West Was Won (1962, added in 1997), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962, added in 2007), Red River (1948, added in 1990), The Searchers (1956, added in 1989), and Stagecoach (1939, added in 1995).
For those who would like to see particular films added to the National Film Registry, The Library of Congress does accept public nominations. Films that are nominated must meet two specific criteria, they must be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” and they must be at least ten years old. Individuals are allowed to nominate up to fifty films per year for inclusion in the National Film Registry, and all nominations must be received (not postmarked) no later than March 30th of each year in order to be eligible for that years entry. Any nomination received after March 30th is supposed to be held over for consideration for the following year. Additionally, I don't suppose it could hurt if one gave valid reasons why certain films should be included. Something to think about.
If you have films you would like to nominate, mail your list of nominations to:
National Film Registry
Library of Congress
Washington, D. C. 20540
For further information, contact: Steve Leggett phone: 202/707-5912 fax: 202/707-2371 Internet: sleg.gov
As for me, I believe I will nominate the following: Rio Bravo (1959), True Grit (1969), The Cowboys (1972), The Shootist (1976), She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), The Long Voyage Home (1940), Hondo (1953), and The Alamo (1960). Although I could nominate each and every one of John Wayne's films, I am not sure that all of them would meet the requirement of “ culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The Conqueror and Jet Pilot come to mind. But then again, both Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Harold and Maude have somehow managed to make the list, so who knows.