“Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Flower Drum Song,” the 1961 movie musical based on the Broadway production of the same name, is among the 25 films selected for the National Film Registry.” – BroadwayWorld.com“
What does that mean? Well, every year the Librarian of Congress names twenty-five films that should be preserved for all time by the National Film Registry because those films are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.”
This isn’t a popularity contest by any means, though. The films selected for this honor are chosen not because they are necessarily the ‘best’ American films out there but because they are a ‘sign of the times’ and significant to American culture.