The entertainment business has had an impact on my life since I could walk. As a kid, there was a radio within earshot at all times, and I would watch hosts like Dick Clark, Ed Sullivan and Jackie Gleason, then 'play' TV host in the basement with a faux camera I made out of a pop case.

In 1997, at an AFI tribute to Martin Scorsese, a presenter said "Scorsese's films tap into our innate desire to share in a common experience." My head spun so fast upon hearing that, because it described exactly the feeling I get working in radio and TV, and its the feeling we all get experiencing films and live theater.

Every year the Librarian of Congress selects a handful of films to be entered into the National Film Registry. These films are deemed to have had some significance to the cultural or societal fabric of America, and excelled in giving us that common experience.

The 25 chosen for this year are below. Are any your favorites? Comment below.

  1. The Atomic Cafe (1982)
  2. Ball of Fire (1941)
  3. The Beau Brummels (1928)
  4. The Birds The (1963)
  5. Blackboard Jungle (1955)
  6. The Breakfast Club (1985)
  7. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
  8. East of Eden (1955)
  9. Funny Girl (1968)
  10. Life of an American Fireman (1903)
  11. The Lion King (1994)
  12. Lost Horizon (1937)
  13. The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)
  14. Paris Is Burning (1990)
  15. Point Blank (1967)
  16. The Princess Bride (1987)
  17. Putney Swope (1969)
  18. Rushmore (1998)
  19. Solomon Sir Jones films (1924-28)
  20. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
  21. Suzanne, Suzanne (1982)
  22. Thelma & Louise (1991)
  23. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)
  24. A Walk in the Sun (1945)
  25. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)