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"Dirty Harry" Among Movies Added to National Film Registry

Comstock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The Library of Congress just made Clint Eastwood’s day.  The Hollywood Reporter says Eastwood’s 1971 film Dirty Harry is one of 25 motion pictures to be included this year in the National Film Registry. 

Other films making the cut include the 1961 classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the James Stewart 1959 thriller Anatomy of a Murder, Penny Marshall’s A League of Their Own from 1992, and the 1999 epic The Matrix.

This year’s list also includes several documentaries.

According to the National Film Preservation Act, films named to the Registry must be “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.

James Billington, the Librarian of Congress, tells The Hollywood Reporter that films chosen for the National Film Registry 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,” Billington said.

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