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Forrest Gump (and his chocolates) to be preserved in US film registry

Forrest Gump's oft-imitated line, "My momma always said, 'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get'" will be immortalised among the treasures in the world's largest archive of film, TV and sound recordings.

The Library of Congress in Washington today announced that 1994's smash hit Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks, was one of 25 films chosen to be included this year in the US National Film Registry.

The oldest reels are silent films both from 1912. The Cry Of The Children is about the pre-World War I child labour reform movement and A Cure For Pokeritis features the industry's earliest comic superstar John Bunny. Also from the silent era is Charlie Chaplin's first full-length feature, The Kid, from 1921.

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. This year, 2,228 films were nominated.

"These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture," librarian of Congress James H Billington said. "Our film heritage must be protected because these cinematic treasures document our history and culture and reflect our hopes and dreams."