The baseball movie, along with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” "Dirty Harry” and "A Chirstmas Story" are among the 25 selections that will be inducted into the National Film Registry, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday.
The Librarian of Congress makes the selections — chosen for their cultural or historical significance — annually, based on consultation with the National Film Preservation Board and public nominations. The program was created in 1989 and since then 600 features, documentaries, independent films and early experimental pictures have been chosen for the honor.
“A League of Their Own,” the 1992 film directed by Penny Marshall and starring Tom Hanks, Madonna, Geena Davis and Rosie O’Donnell, depicts the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was in existence from 1943-54.
The picture, remembered for Hanks’ line "There’s no crying in baseball," had received many public nominations for the film registry over the years.
Two pioneering sports movies were also added this year.
“The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight,” from 1897, is among 2012’s honorees. The boxing film drew on the sport’s popularity and controversy and, according to film curators, helped establish the film industry as a successful business. The 100-minute film, the longest ever produced at the time, shows the full fight.
“They Call It Pro Football,” a pioneering depiction of football from 1967, was selected for how it changed the way football was portrayed on screen. Prior to that, football films were mostly highlight reels.
Other Hollywood features on the list include “Anatomy of a Murder” from 1959 and “3:10 to Yuma” from 1957 and 1999’s "The Matrix."