The honored 25 include "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "A League of Their Own" and the seasonally-appropriate "A Christmas Story." The 1983 film has become an instant Yuletide classic, which follows the bespectacled boy, Ralphie, through his 1940s-Christmas. (Soap-in-the-mouth, tongue-freezing-to-polls ensues.)
The rest of the list run the gauntlet from "The Matrix" to "Dirty Harry" to 1897's "The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight."
"These films are not selected as the best American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to American culture," Librarian of Congress James M. Billington said in an official statement. "They reflect who we are as a people and as a nation."
Take a look at the full list of movies selected for 2012 and check out the gallery below.