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Wes Anderson’s Rushmore leads The National Film Registry’s 2016 inductees

Other inductees include The Breakfast Club, The Birds, and Thelma and Louise

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    The National Film Registry strives to highlight “the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation.” Up to 25 movies are added to the registry’s 700+ list each year, and 2016’s inductees include several cult and mainstream favorites, the most notable of which being Wes Anderson’s seminal, career-defining coming-of-age movie Rushmore.

    Released in 1998, Rushmore is the youngest film among this year’s inductees (the only feature fiction film in the registry more recent is The Matrix, which was inducted in 2012). While some might find it’s inclusion premature, Rushmore deserves the nod for numerous reasons.

    For one, it served as a thesis statement for Anderson himself, a major American filmmaker whose visual storytelling and mastery of tone has both captured the zeitgeist and had a seismic influence on both mainstream and cult filmmaking. The film also reinvigorated the career of Bill Murray, whose subdued, nuanced approach to drama also had an impact on performance and iconography in 21st century filmmaking.

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    That’s not to say Rushmore is the only movie that matters on the list. Other inductees include John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club, Disney’s The Lion King, and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. As always, the registry encompasses several decades, styles, and approaches to filmmaking. 1903’s Life of an American Fireman was included, as was Penelope Spheeris’ multi-part The Decline of Western Civilization documentary series.

    Check out the National Film Registry’s Class of 2016 below:

    The Atomic Café

    Ball of Fire

    The Beau Brummels

    The Birds

    Blackboard Jungle

    The Breakfast Club

    The Decline of Western Civilization

    East of Eden

    Funny Girl

    Life of an American Fireman

    The Lion King

    Lost Horizon

    Musketeers of Pig Alley

    Paris Is Burning

    Point Blank

    The Princess Bride

    Putney Swope

    Reverend Solomon Sir Jones films

    Rushmore

    Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    Suzanne, Suzanne

    Thelma & Louise

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    A Walk in the Sun

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit?  

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