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Shirley, you must be Luke's father: Empire, Airplane added to film registry

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The Empire Strikes Back / National Film Registry

Hollywood might not always get it right on Oscar night, but the folks at the National Film Registry seem to have their historical wits about them most of the time. Two classic '80s flicks -- The Empire Strikes Back and Airplane! -- were added to the motion pictures archives at the Library of Congress.

Other movies added that might be of interest to '80s fans: 1976's All the President's Men and 1977's Saturday Night Fever. ("He hits my hair!")

Though the Star Wars universe was created by George Lucas, he didn't direct the 1980 sequel. However, his student movie from 1967 -- Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB -- also was picked for inclusion.

The selections were announced Tuesday morning. As the Associated Press states, "the goal of the registry, which began in 1989, isn't to identify the best movies ever made, but to preserve films with artistic, cultural or historical significance."

Curious which other '80s flicks are already preserved in the National Film Registry? Here they are:

1980

  • ATLANTIC CITY
  • GARLIC IS AS GOOD AS TEN MOTHERS
  • THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ROSIE THE RIVETER
  • RAGING BULL
  • RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS 7

1981

  • RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

1982

  • BLADE RUNNER
  • CHAN IS MISSING
  • E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
  • FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
  • TOOTSIE

1983

  • EL NORTE
  • KOYAANISQATSI
  • THRILLER

1984

  • STRANGER THAN PARADISE
  • THE TERMINATOR
  • THIS IS SPINAL TAP

1985

  • BACK TO THE FUTURE

1986

  • HOOSIERS
  • PRECIOUS IMAGES
  • SHERMAN'S MARCH

1988

  • DRUMS OF WINTER
  • THE THIN BLUE LINE
  • TIN TOY

1989

  • DO THE RIGHT THING
  • SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE
  • WATER AND POWER

 

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