December 28, 2011 08:10:42 GMT
The two Oscar-winning movies as well as Disney's classic 'Bambi' are among the 25 films which will be preserved by the Library of Congress this year.
The list of 2011 National Film Registry selections has been unveiled. 1994's "Forest Gump", which starred Tom Hanks, and 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs", which boasted the performance of Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, are chosen to be preserved as cultural, artistic and historical treasures in the National Registry of the Library of Congress this year.
Walt Disney's 1942 classic animated film "Bambi" and Charlie Chaplin's first feature length comedy "The Kid" (1921) also make it onto the list. The selected 25 films, which are picked from 2,228 titles nominated by the public, span the period from 1912 to 1994 and include an eclectic mixture of feature films, documentaries, short subjects and experimental films.
"These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture," Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who chose the 25 films, said in a statement. "Our film heritage must be protected because these cinematic treasures document our history and culture and reflect our hopes and dreams."
The latest batch brings the total number of pics in the registry to 575.