WASHINGTON (AP) - "Breakfast at Tiffany's," ''Dirty Harry" and "A League of Their Own" are being preserved for their enduring significance in American culture, along with "A Christmas Story" and some pioneering sports movies.
On Wednesday, the Library of Congress is announcing 25 films it will induct into the National Film Registry. Congress created the program in 1989 to preserve films with cultural or historical significance. They include Hollywood features, documentaries, independent films and early experimental flicks.
This year's selections date back to 1897's "The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight." Film curators say the boxing movie helped establish the film industry as a successful business by drawing on the sport's popularity and controversy.
The newest film selection is 1999's "The Matrix."
Each title will be preserved in the library's Virginia vault or through other archives.
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