The Greatest Sci-Fi Action Thriller Of All Time Enters National Film Registry

By Douglas Helm | Published

Many people would say that Terminator 2: Judgement Day is one of the best sci-fi thrillers of all time, and the Library of Congress seems to agree. Variety reported that the Library of Congress has selected 25 films that will join the National Film Registry for 2023. The National Film Registry annually adds films that are more than ten years old and that have been deemed to have historical, cultural, or aesthetic significance for the heritage of US filmmaking.

Terminator 2 Joins Over 800 Movies Recognized By The National Film Registry

While many of the films that are added to the National Film Registry have already been preserved through other channels, the Library of Congress’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center ensures that any film added will be preserved, either by working with other parties or through its own preservation program.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day will join the ever-growing list of preserved films that is now home to 875 titles. The National Film Registry first started in 1989 and has been steadily adding classic and culturally significant films ever since.

Other Titles Joining This Year

Along with Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the films that will be joining the National Film Registry in 2023 will be A Movie Trip Through Filmland (1921), Dinner at Eight (1933), Bohulano Family Film Collection (1950s-1970s), Helen Keller: In Her Story (1954), Lady and the Tramp (1955), Edge of the City (1957), We’re Alive (1974), Cruisin’ J-Town (1975), ¡Alambrista! (1977), Passing Through (1977), Fame (1980), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), The Lighted Field (1987), Matewan (1987), Home Alone (1990), Queen of Diamonds (1991), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), The Wedding Banquet (1993), Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Bamboozled (2000), Love & Basketball (2000), 12 Years a Slave (2013), and 20 Feet from Stardom (2013). It’s a great mix of genres, with some animated films and documentaries added to the list as well. The most recent entries are 2013’s 12 Years a Slave and 20 Feet from Stardom.

TCM Special Screenings

Turner Classic Movies will also be hosting a television special screening of several of the films in this year’s selection, and the event will also include discussions with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and TCM host Jacqueline Stewart. Stewart is also the director and president of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and a chair of the National Film Preservation Board. Perhaps Terminator 2: Judgement Day will be amongst the films getting a special screening.

Directed By James Cameron

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day is directed by James Cameron and is a sequel to his iconic Terminator film. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as a reprogrammed T-800 Terminator along with Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor and Edward Furlong as John Connor.

In this film, the T-800 returns from a dystopian future to help protect a young John Connor from an advanced Terminator known as the T-1000 while also helping John and Sarah Connor to prevent the Skynet AI from triggering the apocalypse.

Streaming On Paramount+

If you’ve never seen Terminator 2: Judgement Day, it’s definitely worth adding to your watch list. Sequels don’t always live up to the original, but this film achieves the rarer feat of being even better than the first. The film is available to stream on Paramount+ if you’re interested.