The Big Lebowski Among 25 Classics Added to Film Registry

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Being included in the National Film Registry is a testament to not only the immense quality of a movie, but to its cultural significance and also the importance of preserving the piece of art for all eternity.

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Those The Big Lebowski quotes will live on forever thanks to its leading the pack of films added to the Library of Congress. That Coen brothers film, and 24 others, will be enshrined and join some of the most important cultural artifacts the United States has ever produced.

Also included is the film you can see when you watch Saving Private Ryan online, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Rosemary’s Baby.

The full list was revealed by James H. Billington of the Library of Congress and it includes:

  • 13 Lakes (2004)
  • Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913)
  • The Big Lebowski (1998)
  • Down Argentine Way (1940)
  • The Dragon Painter (1919)
  • Felicia (1965)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  • The Gang’s All Here (1943)
  • House of Wax (1953)
  • Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)
  • Little Big Man (1970)
  • Luxo Jr. (1986)
  • Moon Breath Boat (1980)
  • Please Don’t Bury Me Alive! (1976)
  • The Power and the Glory (1933)
  • Rio Bravo (1959)
  • Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  • Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • Shoes (1916)
  • State Fair (1933)
  • Unmasked (1917)
  • V-E + 1 (1945)
  • The Way of Peace (1947)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Billington commented on the announcement in a statement. “The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant. By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history,” he said. 

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The Big Lebowski Quotes

Donny: Are these the Nazis, Walter?
Walter Sobchak: No, Donny, these men are nihilists, there's nothing to be afraid of.
Nihilist: Ve don't care. Ve still vant ze money, Lebowski, or ve fuck you up.
Walter Sobchak: Fuck you. Fuck the three of you.
The Dude: Hey, cool it Walter.
Walter Sobchak: No, without a hostage, there is no ransom. That's what ransom is. Those are the fucking rules.
Nihilist #2: His girlfriend gave up her toe!
Nihilist #3: She though we'd be getting million dollars!
Nihilist #2: Iss not fair!
Walter Sobchak: FAIR!! WHO'S THE FUCKING NIHILIST HERE!? WHAT ARE YOU, A BUNCH OF FUCKING CRYBABIES?

Walter Sobchak: I told those fucks down at the league office a thousand times that I don't roll on Shabbos!
Donny: What's Shabbos?
Walter Sobchak: Saturday, Donny, is Shabbos, the Jewish day of rest. That means that I don't work, I don't get in a car, I don't fucking ride in a car, I don't pick up the phone, I don't turn on the oven, and I sure as shit
[shouts]
Walter Sobchak: don't fucking roll! Shomer shabbos!
The Dude: Walter...
Walter Sobchak: Shomer fucking shabbos.
The Dude: Oh fuck it.