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How to Watch the 25 New Movies Added to the National Film Registry in 2021

Ben Bowman

It’s a huge honor for 25 important films. Library of Congress’ National Film Registry just selected titles like “Return of the Jedi,” “WALL-E” and “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” to join the list of 800 other classics deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.

While some titles are too obscure or the footage may be too damaged, you can still watch many of these gems on streaming services today.

New Entries in the National Film Registry

  • ロード・オブ・ザ・リング

    December 18, 2001

    はるか昔。闇の冥王サウロンは世界を滅ぼす魔力を秘めたひとつの指輪を作り出した。指輪の力に支配された中つ国では一人の勇者がサウロンの指を切り落とし、国を悪から救った。それから数千年の時を経た中つ国第3世紀。ある時、指輪がホビット族の青年フロドの手に渡る。しかし、指輪を取り戻そうとするサウロンの部下が迫っていた。世界を守るためには指輪をオロドルイン山の火口、“滅びの亀裂”に投げ込み破壊するしか方法はない。そこでフロドを中心とする9人の仲間が結成され、彼らは“滅びの亀裂”目指し、遥かなる冒険の旅に出るのだった。

  • スター・ウォーズ エピソード6/ジェダイの帰還

    May 25, 1983

    反乱同盟軍のルークとレイア姫は、悪党ジャバ・ザ・ハットに身柄を奪われた仲間のハン・ソロを奪回すると、帝国軍との決戦に備える。ルークは帝国の皇帝もいる新たな基地衛星、第2デス・スターが軌道上に浮かぶ森の惑星エンドアに潜入。住民イウォーク族を味方につけるのに成功する。だがそこへ帝国の最新兵器陣も到着。やがてルークは、かつて自分がルークの父親だと言い放った宿敵ダース・ベイダーと再会し、最後の対決に挑むのであった。

  • ウォーリー

    June 22, 2008

    環境が破壊され、人類が宇宙に移住した29世紀の地球。小さなロボット、ウォーリーはたった1台で700年も町を掃除している。ウォーリーの夢はたった一つ、ビデオで繰り返し見る大昔の映画のカップルのように、誰かと手をつなぐこと。ある日、巨大ロケットが着陸し、そこから1体のロボット、イヴが出現。彼女に一目惚れしたウォーリーは、なんとか彼女と話せないか悩むがイヴの目的は地球に植物がないかを調べることだった。

  • エルム街の悪夢

    November 9, 1984

    毎夜殺人鬼フレディに追いつめられる悪夢を見ていた少女ナンシー。危機一髪のところで目を覚ますのだがホッとする間もなくまたフレディが現れる。二重三重の悪夢と闘うナンシーの運命は果たして……。

  • Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

    January 26, 1979

    Richard Pryor delivers monologues on race, sex, family and his favorite target—himself, live at the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach, California.

  • セレナ

    March 21, 1997
  • The Watermelon Woman

    February 7, 1996

    A young black lesbian filmmaker probes into the life of The Watermelon Woman, a 1930s black actress who played ‘mammy’ archetypes.

  • 何がジェーンに起ったか?

    October 12, 1962
  • Who Killed Vincent Chin?

    March 11, 1987

    This film recounts the murder of Vincent Chin, an automotive engineer mistaken as Japanese who was slain by an assembly line worker who blamed him for the competition by the Japanese auto makers that were threatening his job. It then recounts how that murderer escaped justice in the court system.

  • Sounder

    September 24, 1972

    The Morgans, a loving and strong family of Black sharecroppers in Louisiana in 1933, face a serious family crisis when the husband and father, Nathan Lee Morgan, is convicted of a petty crime and sent to a prison camp. After some weeks or months, the wife and mother, Rebecca Morgan, sends the oldest son, who is about 11 years old, to visit his father at the camp. The trip becomes something of an odyssey for the boy. During the journey he stays a little while with a dedicated Black schoolteacher.

  • The Wobblies

    September 15, 1979

    “Solidarity! All for One and One for All!” With that slogan, the Industrial Workers of the World, aka the Wobblies, took to organizing unskilled workers into one big union and changing the course of history. This award-winning film airs a provocative look at the forgotten American history of this most radical of unions, screening the unforgettable and still-fiery voices of Wobbly members—lumberjacks, migratory workers, and silk weavers—in their 70s, 80s, and 90s.

  • ストップ・メイキング・センス

    November 16, 1984

    ロックバンド、トーキング・ヘッズのライブドキュメンタリー。1983年にバンデージ・シアターで行ったステージを様々なカメラワークで捉え、生の熱気をストレートに伝える。

  • 見知らぬ乗客

    June 27, 1951

    列車の中でテニス選手のガイに声をかけた、見知らぬ乗客。その男はガイの私生活を熟知しており、交換殺人を提案するが……。映像の魔術に酔わされる、アルフレッド・ヒッチコック監督の傑作スリラー。

  • ロング・グッドバイ

    March 7, 1973

    探偵フィリップ・マーロウがメキシコへと送った友人が自殺した。彼には妻殺しの容疑がかけられていた。一方、別件で行方不明の作家を探し出したマーロウは、彼が死んだ友人夫妻の知り合いだという事を知る。やがて、友人が持ち逃げした金を返せとギャングが現れる…。

  • Cooley High

    June 25, 1975

    In the mid-1960s, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest…parties, hanging out, meeting new friends. Then life changes for two of the guys when they meet a pair of career criminals and get falsely arrested in connection with stealing a Cadillac. We follow their lives through the end of high school and the dramatic end to their school.

  • 花と木

    July 23, 1932
  • The Flying Ace

    January 1, 1926

    A veteran World War I fighter pilot returns home a war hero and immediately regains his former job as a railroad company detective. His first case: recover a stolen satchel filled with $25,000 of company payroll, locate a missing employee, and capture a gang of railroad thieves.

  • Hell-Bound Train

    January 1, 1930

    A jeremiad against intemperance, jazz music, and abortion, set on a train filled with unrepentant sinners hurtling toward damnation.

  • ピンク・フラミンゴ

    March 17, 1972
  • Jubilo

    December 7, 1919

    Jubilo, a tramp, makes himself useful doing odd jobs in a small farming community while he looks for the wife who deserted him while he was off in the war. He discovers that young Rose is his own daughter and not the daughter of prominent Judge Hardy, with whom Jubilo’s wife had run off years before….

  • The Murder of Fred Hampton

    May 1, 1971

    Fred Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation, but also documents his activities in organizing the Chapter, his public speeches, and the programs he founded for children during the last eighteen months of his life.

Unavailable to Stream

  • “Evergreen” (1965) is a student film. The movie has been digitally restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
  • “Chicana” (1979) is a 22-minute collage. UCLA has digitally scanned the best surviving picture sources for interim preservation purposes and hopes to turn this provisional work into a full restoration effort.
  • “Requiem-29” (1970) is another student film. The original elements for the movie disappeared more than 40 years ago. The UCLA Film & Television Archive has facilitated a 4k scan of the surviving faded 16mm print for preservation purposes and hopes to turn this provisional work into a full restoration effort.
  • “Ringling Brothers Parade Film” (1902) is a 3-minute film recently restored by the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum.

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