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Library of Congress’ National Film Registry Movies: From Fannie Ward to ‘Forrest Gump’

The Cheat with Sessue Hayakawa and Fannie Ward. Cecil B. DeMille’s 1915 sex & miscegenation melodrama about a white woman (Fannie Ward) who becomes enslaved to a cruel, sensual, mysterious, and impeccably dressed “Oriental” (Sessue Hayakawa), The Cheat was added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1993. Unlike Sessue Hayakawa, Broadway star Fannie Ward (1871/2–1952) never became a major movie name. Yet the ever-youthful Ward – she was 43 when The Cheat came out – did topline a couple of dozen movies between 1915–1920 (e.g., Her Strange Wedding, A School for Husbands, A Japanese Nightingale).

Library of Congress’ National Film Registry movies

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Below is a partial list of movies found on the U.S. Library of Congress’ National Film Registry (1989–2017).

  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).
  • Ace in the Hole (1951).
  • Adam’s Rib (1949).
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).
  • The African Queen (1951).
  • Airplane! (1980).
  • Alien (1979).
  • All About Eve (1950).
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).
  • All That Heaven Allows (1955).
  • All That Jazz (1979).
  • All the King’s Men (1949).
  • All the President’s Men (1976).
  • America, America (1963).
  • American Graffiti (1973).
  • An American in Paris (1951).
  • Anatomy of Murder (1959).
  • Annie Hall (1977).
  • The Apartment (1960).
  • Apocalypse Now (1979).
  • Applause (1929).
  • The Asphalt Jungle (1950).
  • Atlantic City (1980).
  • The Awful Truth (1937).
  • Baby Face (1933).
  • Back to the Future (1985).
  • The Bad and the Beautiful (1952).
  • Badlands (1973).
  • Ball of Fire (1941).
  • Bambi (1942).
  • The Band Wagon (1953).
  • The Bank Dick (1940).
  • The Bargain (1914).
  • Being There (1979).
  • Ben-Hur (1925).
  • Ben-Hur (1959).
  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).
  • The Big Parade (1925).
  • The Big Sleep (1946).
  • The Big Trail (1930).
  • The Birds (1963).
  • The Birth of a Nation (1915).
  • The Black Pirate (1926).
  • The Black Stallion (1979).
  • Blade Runner (1982).
  • Blazing Saddles (1974).
  • The Blood of Jesus (1941).
  • The Blue Bird (1918).
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967).
  • Born Yesterday (1950).
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961).
  • The Breakfast Club (1985).
  • Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).
  • Bringing Up Baby (1938).
  • Broken Blossoms (1919).
  • Bullitt (1968).
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).
  • Cabaret (1972).
  • The Cameraman (1928).
  • Carmen Jones (1954).
  • Casablanca (1942).
  • Cat People (1942).
  • The Cheat (1915).).
  • Chinatown (1974).
  • Citizen Kane (1941).
  • City Lights (1931).
  • Civilization (1916).
  • Clash of the Wolves (1925).
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).
  • The Conversation (1974).
  • Cool Hand Luke (1967).
  • Cops (1922).
  • A Corner in Wheat (1909).
  • The Court Jester (1956).
  • The Crowd (1928).
  • The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916–1917).
  • Czechoslovakia 1968 (1968).
  • D.O.A. (1950).
  • Dance, Girl, Dance (1940).
  • Dances with Wolves (1990).
  • Daughter of Shanghai (1937).
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).
  • Days of Heaven (1978).
  • The Deer Hunter (1978).
  • Deliverance (1972).
  • Destry Rides Again (1939).
  • Detour (1946).
  • Dirty Harry (1971).
  • The Docks of New York (1928).
  • Dodsworth (1936).
  • Double Indemnity (1944).
  • Dr. Strangelove (1964).
  • Dracula (1931).
  • Duck Soup (1933).
  • Dumbo (1941).
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
  • Easy Rider (1969).
  • El Norte (1983).
  • Ella Cinders (1926).
  • The Emperor Jones (1933).
  • Empire (1964).
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
  • The Endless Summer (1966).
  • Enter the Dragon (1973).
  • Eraserhead (1978).
  • The Exorcist (1973).
  • The Exploits of Elaine (1914).
  • A Face in the Crowd (1957).
  • Faces (1968).
  • The Fall of the House of Usher (1928).
  • Fantasia (1940).
  • Fargo (1996).
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).
  • Five Easy Pieces (1970).
  • Flesh and the Devil (1927).
  • Flower Drum Song (1961).
  • A Fool There Was (1915).
  • Foolish Wives (1922).
  • Footlight Parade (1933).
  • Force of Evil (1948).
  • Forrest Gump (1994).
  • 42nd Street (1933).
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921).
  • Frankenstein (1931).
  • Freaks (1932).
  • The French Connection (1971).
  • The Freshman (1925).
  • From Here to Eternity (1953).
  • From the Manger to the Cross (1912).
  • The Front Page (1931).
  • Funny Girl (1968).
  • Fury (1936).
  • The General (1927).
  • Gentleman’s Agreement (1947).
  • Gertie the Dinosaur (1914).
  • Giant (1956).
  • Gigi (1958).
  • Gilda (1946).
  • The Godfather (1972).
  • The Godfather: Part II (1974).
  • Going My Way (1944).
  • Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933).
  • The Gold Rush (1925).
  • Gone with the Wind (1939).
  • Goodfellas (1990).
  • The Graduate (1967).
  • Grand Hotel (1932).
  • The Grapes of Wrath (1940).
  • Grass (1925).
  • The Great Dictator (1940).
  • The Great Train Robbery (1903).
  • Greed (1924).
  • Groundhog Day (1993).
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967).
  • Gun Crazy (1949).
  • Gunga Din (1939).
  • Hallelujah (1929).
  • Halloween (1978).
  • Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976).
  • Harold and Maude (1972).
  • He Who Gets Slapped (1924).
  • The Heiress (1949).
  • Hell’s Hinges (1916).
  • Hester Street (1975).
  • High Noon (1952).
  • His Girl Friday (1940).
  • The Hitch-Hiker (1953).
  • Hoop Dreams (1994).
  • Hoosiers (1986).
  • The Hospital (1971).
  • House of Usher (1960).
  • How Green Was My Valley (1941).
  • How the West Was Won (1962).
  • The Hustler (1961).
  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932).
  • Imitation of Life (1934).
  • The Immigrant (1917).
  • In a Lonely Place (1950).
  • In Cold Blood (1967).
  • In the Heat of the Night (1967).
  • Intolerance (1916).
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).
  • The Invisible Man (1933).
  • It (1927).
  • It Happened One Night (1934).
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).
  • The Italian (1915).
  • Jailhouse Rock (1957).
  • Jaws (1975).
  • The Jazz Singer (1927).
  • Jezebel (1938).
  • Johnny Guitar (1954).
  • Killer of Sheep (1977).
  • The Killers (1946).
  • King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis (1970).
  • King Kong (1933).
  • King of Jazz (1930).
  • The Kiss (1896).
  • Kiss Me Deadly (1955).
  • Knute Rockne, All American (1940).
  • Koyaanisqatsi (1983).
  • The Lady Eve (1941).
  • Lady Helen’s Escapade (1909).
  • Lady Windermere’s Fan (1925).
  • Lassie Come Home (1943).
  • The Last Command (1928).
  • The Last of the Mohicans (1920).
  • The Last Picture Show (1971).
  • Laura (1944).
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
  • The Learning Tree (1969).
  • Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948).
  • The Life of Emile Zola (1937).
  • The Lion King (1994).
  • Little Caesar (1930).
  • The Little Fugitive (1953).
  • Little Miss Marker (1934).
  • The Living Desert (1953).
  • Lost Horizon (1937).
  • The Lost World (1925).
  • Louisiana Story (1948).
  • Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938).
  • Love Me Tonight (1932).
  • MASH (1970).
  • The Magnificent Ambersons (1942).
  • Make Way for Tomorrow (1937).
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941).
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).
  • The Manchurian Candidate (1962).
  • Manhattan (1979).
  • The Mark of Zorro (1940).
  • Marty (1955).
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971).
  • Mean Streets (1973).
  • Medium Cool (1969).
  • Meet Me in St. Louis (1944).
  • Melody Ranch (1940).
  • Midnight (1939).
  • Midnight Cowboy (1969).
  • Mildred Pierce (1945).
  • The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944).
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947).
  • Miss Lulu Bett (1922).
  • Modern Times (1936).
  • Morocco (1930).
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939).
  • Mrs. Miniver (1942).
  • The Music Man (1962).
  • My Darling Clementine (1946).
  • My Man Godfrey (1936).
  • The Naked City (1948).
  • The Naked Spur (1953).
  • Nanook of the North (1922).
  • Nashville (1975).
  • National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978).
  • National Velvet (1944).
  • Naughty Marietta (1935).
  • Network (1976).
  • A Night at the Opera (1935).
  • The Night of the Hunter (1955).
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968).
  • Ninotchka (1939).
  • North by Northwest (1959).
  • Notorious (1946).
  • Now Voyager (1942).
  • The Nutty Professor (1963).
  • Oklahoma! (1955).
  • On the Waterfront (1954).
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).
  • Only Angels Have Wings (1939).
  • Out of the Past (1947).
  • The Ox-Bow Incident (1943).
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976).
  • Paths of Glory (1957).
  • Patton (1970).
  • The Pawnbroker (1965).
  • The Pearl (1948).
  • The Perils of Pauline (1914).
  • Peter Pan (1924).
  • The Phantom of the Opera (1925).
  • The Philadelphia Story (1940).
  • The Pink Panther (1963).
  • Pinocchio (1940).
  • A Place in the Sun (1951).
  • Planet of the Apes (1968).
  • Point Blank (1967).
  • The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917).
  • Porgy and Bess (1959).
  • The Power and the Glory (1933).
  • The Power of the Press (1928).
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (1937).
  • The Producers (1968).
  • Psycho (1960).
  • The Public Enemy (1931).
  • The Quiet Man (1952).
  • Raging Bull (1980).
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
  • A Raisin in the Sun (1961).
  • Rear Window (1954).
  • Rebel Without a Cause (1955).
  • Red Dust (1932).
  • Red River (1948).
  • Regeneration (1915).
  • Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980).
  • Ride the High Country (1962).
  • The River (1937).
  • Road to Morocco (1942).
  • Rocky (1976).
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).
  • Roman Holiday (1953).
  • Rose Hobart (1936).
  • Ruggles of Red Gap (1935).
  • Sabrina (1954).
  • Safety Last (1923).
  • Salome (1922).
  • Salt of the Earth (1954).
  • Saturday Night Fever (1977).
  • Scarface (1932).
  • Schindler’s List (1993).
  • The Searchers (1956).
  • Seconds (1966).
  • Sergeant York (1941).
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954).
  • 7th Heaven (1927).
  • The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958).
  • Sex Lies and Videotape (1989).
  • The Sex Life of the Polyp (1928).
  • Shadow of a Doubt (1943).
  • Shadows (1959).
  • Shaft (1971).
  • Shane (1953).
  • She Done Him Wrong (1933).
  • Sherlock Jr. (1924).
  • Shock Corridor (1963).
  • The Shop Around the Corner (1940).
  • Show Boat (1936).
  • Show People (1928).
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952).
  • Sky High (1922).
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
  • So’s Your Old Man (1926).
  • Some Like It Hot (1959).
  • The Son of the Sheik (1926).
  • The Sound of Music (1965).
  • Spartacus (1960).
  • Stagecoach (1939).
  • A Star Is Born (1954).
  • Star Wars (1977).
  • State Fair (1933).
  • Steamboat Willie (1928).
  • The Sting (1973).
  • Stormy Weather (1943).
  • Stranger Than Paradise (1984).
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (1951).
  • The Strong Man (1926).
  • Sullivan’s Travels (1941).
  • Sunrise (1927).
  • Sunset Blvd. (1950).
  • Sweet Smell of Success (1957).
  • Swing Time (1936).
  • Tabu (1931).
  • The Tall T (1957).
  • Tarzan and His Mate (1934).
  • Taxi Driver (1976).
  • The Ten Commandments (1956).
  • The Terminator (1984).
  • Tess of the Storm Country (1914).
  • Thelma & Louise (1991).
  • The Thief of Bagdad (1924).
  • The Thin Blue Line (1988).
  • The Thin Man (1934).
  • The Thing from Another World (1951).
  • This Is Spinal Tap (1984).
  • Three Little Pigs (1933).
  • 3:10 to Yuma (1957).
  • To Be or Not to Be (1942).
  • To Fly (1976).
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).
  • Tol’able David (1921).
  • Tootsie (1982).
  • Top Hat (1935).
  • Touch of Evil (1958).
  • Toy Story (1995).
  • Traffic in Souls (1913).
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945).
  • Trouble in Paradise (1932).
  • 12 Angry Men (1957).
  • Twelve O’Clock High (1949).
  • Twentieth Century (1934).
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1914).
  • Under Western Stars (1938).
  • Unforgiven (1992).
  • Vertigo (1958).
  • The War of the Worlds (1953).
  • The Wedding March (1928).
  • West Side Story (1961).
  • Where Are My Children? (1916).
  • White Heat (1949).
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
  • Wild and Woolly (1917).
  • The Wild Bunch (1969).
  • Wild River (1960).
  • Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957).
  • The Wind (1928).
  • Wings (1927).
  • Within Our Gates (1920).
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939).
  • Woman of the Year (1942).
  • A Woman Under the Influence (1974).
  • The Women (1939).
  • Woodstock (1970).
  • Wuthering Heights (1939).
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942).
  • Young Frankenstein (1974).
  • Young Mr. Lincoln (1939).

National Film Registry/Library of Congress website.

Image of Fannie Ward and Sessue Hayakawa in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry entry The Cheat: Paramount Pictures.

“Library of Congress’ National Film Registry Movies: From Fannie Ward to Forrest Gump” last updated in March 2018.

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