Michael Jackson 'Thriller' videoTwenty-six years after its release, Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' has made it into the Library of Congress' National Film Registry, the first music video ever to do so. As one of 25 titles chosen this year, the ever-popular short film, directed by John Landis, is thus considered a work of enduring importance to American culture and worthy of preservation. Each year, beginning in 1989, the registry has added films it considers culturally, historically or aesthetically significant. 'Thriller' brings the total number of films on the registry to 525.

According to the Associated Press, 'Thriller' had been considered for inclusion in past years, but following Jackson's death the time was right, said Steve Leggett, coordinator of the National Film Preservation Board. Michael Jackson 'Thriller' videoTwenty-six years after its release, Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' has made it into the Library of Congress' National Film Registry, the first music video ever to do so. As one of 25 titles chosen this year, the ever-popular short film, directed by John Landis, is thus considered a work of enduring importance to American culture and worthy of preservation. Each year, beginning in 1989, the registry has added films it considers culturally, historically or aesthetically significant. 'Thriller' brings the total number of films on the registry to 525.

According to the Associated Press, 'Thriller' had been considered for inclusion in past years, but following Jackson's death the time was right, said Steve Leggett, coordinator of the National Film Preservation Board.

Jackson is in distinguished (and wildly diverse) company. Among the other movies chosen this year are the 1957 sci-fi classic 'The Incredible Shrinking Man,' the 1979 Muppets' movie debut 'The Muppet Movie,' the 1959 Rock Hudson/Doris Day romantic comedy 'Pillow Talk,' Sidney Lumet's 1975 classic 'Dog Day Afternoon,' and Martin Brest's 1972 NYU student film 'Hot Dogs for Gauguin.'

Although legal battles over rights to Jackson's 'Thriller' are ongoing, the Library of Congress holds a copy submitted in 1984 for copyright purposes and is looking to acquire another for preservation.

Below is a list of all 25 National Film Registry selections for 2009:

'Dog Day Afternoon' (1975)
'The Exiles' (1961)
'Heroes All' (1920)
'Hot Dogs for Gauguin' (1972)
'The Incredible Shrinking Man' (1957)
'Jezebel' (1938)
'The Jungle' (1967)
'The Lead Shoes' (1949)
'Little Nemo' (1911)
'Mabel's Blunder' (1914)
'The Mark of Zorro' (1940)
'Mrs. Miniver' (1942)
'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' (1930-36)
'Scratch and Crow' (1995)
'Stark Love' (1927)
'The Story of G.I. Joe' (1945)
'A Study in Reds' (1932)
'Thriller' (1983)
'Under Western Stars' (1938)
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