Christmas Classic “Home Alone” Among Movies Joining U.S. National Film Registry

December 14, 2023

The young and deeply expressive Macaulay Culkin became a superstar thanks to this 1990 mega-hit that has become embedded into American culture.

The Library of Congress in a statement on the 1990 movie “Home Alone,” one of 25 films selected to join the National Film Registry this year.

Why It Matters: Each year, 25 films join the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, selected for their historical, cultural or aesthetic significance. Movies selected for the registry – established 35 years ago to preserve American film heritage – must be at least 10 years old; this year, there were more than 6,800 nominations submitted to the LOC for consideration. In announcing the film selections for 2023, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said, “Films are an integral piece of America’s cultural heritage, reflecting stories of our nation for more than 125 years.”

Along with “Home Alone,” other movies joining the registry include “Apollo 13” (1995), “Lady and the Tramp” (1955), and “Hellen Keller: In Her Story” (1954). The 1921 educational film “A Movie Trip Through Filmland” is the oldest picture added to the registry, while the Oscar-winning drama “12 Years a Slave” (2013) is the youngest. The selected films announced this week bring the registry’s total to 875.

P.S. If you find yourself in D.C. for the holidays, two of the selected films, “Home Alone” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) will be shown at the Library of Congress later this month.

Read More: Home Alone? Check Out The 2023 National Film Registry! (Library of Congress)

Two beloved Christmas classics just joined the National Film Registry (NPR)

‘Home Alone,’ ’12 Years a Slave’ join National Film Registry (The Washington Post)

Submit a film nomination to be added to the National Film Registry in 2023 HERE

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas