A Christmas Story, The Matrix, More Join National Film Registry

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Holiday staple A Christmas Story and sci-fi epic The Matrix may be two very different films, but they share the distinction of joining the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. The yearly list of 25 films, announced today, feature movies released between 1897-1999, Deadline reported. With the addition of 2012’s picks, the Registry features 600 films.

According to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, “These films are not selected as the ‘best’ American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to American culture. They reflect who we are as a people and as a nation.”

Other films on this year’s list include classics like Dirty Harry, Slacker, A League of Their Own and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Check out the full list here.

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