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The National Film Preservation Board on Tuesday announced the next 25 films that were being added to the National Film Registry. Here’s the selection that makes us want to jump up and order a pizza in the middle of our posting: Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

No matter how hard he tries to distance himself from the role, Sean Penn’s ultimate surfer-slacker dude Jeff Spicoli has now joined a cast of memorable characters from the 424 other films chosen so far for preservation.

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, passed by Congress in 1988, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant motion pictures to the Registry.

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Other choices this year were more mainstream: A Raisin in the Sun, Cool Hand Luke and The French Connection. But LAist took a jump to the left and a step to the right when we saw another interesting choice on the list: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

This year’s entire list is posted after the jump.

THE NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS - 2005 Selections

1) Baby Face (1933)
2) The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man (1975)
3) The Cameraman (1928)
4) Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (1940)
5) Cool Hand Luke (1967)
6) Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
7) The French Connection (1971)
8) Giant (1956)
9) H2O (1929)
10) Hands Up (1926)
11) Hoop Dreams (1994)
12) House of Usher (1960)
13) Imitation of Life (1934)
14) Jeffries-Johnson World's Championship Boxing Contest (1910)
15) Making of an American (1920)
16) Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
17) Mom and Dad (1944)
18) The Music Man (1962)
19) Power of the Press (1928)
20) A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
21) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
22) San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, April 18, 1906 (1906)
23) The Sting (1973)
24) A Time for Burning (1966)
25) Toy Story (1995)