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Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Will Live Forever

Michael Jackson, Thriller Music Video

The red leather jacket. The yellow eyes. The zombies. The dance. That laugh. Think what you want about the late man himself, but videos don't come much more culturally significant than Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

Which is exactly why the Library of Congress has seen fit to include the groundbreaking 1983 music video as one of the 25 films to be added to the National Film Registry this year.

The preserving body typically selects films that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." Not to mention films that are, well, actual films.

This year's crop joins 500 other motion pictures that have been selected to be saved in perpetuity since the NFR was created in 1989. Rather than a mere "best of" list, the registry inducts films that served to spotlight American creativity in cinema and are at least 10 years old.

Here are this year's selections:

• Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
• The Exiles
• Heroes All
• Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972)
• The Incredible Shrinking Man
• Jezebel
• The Jungle (1967)
• The Lead Shoes (1949)
• Little Nemo (1911)
• Mabel's Blunder
• The Mark of Zorro (1940)
• Mrs. Miniver
• The Muppet Movie (1979)
• Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
• Pillow Talk (1959)
• Precious Images (1986)
• Quasi at the Quackadero (1975)
• The Red Book (1994)
• The Revenge of the Pancho Villa
• Scratch and Crow (1995)
• Stark Love (1927)
• The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
• A Study in Reds (1932)
• Thriller
• Under Western Stars (1938)


The National Film Registry may not have made a "best of" list—but we did! Check out the results you voted on in our Best of 2009 roundup.

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