The latest additions bring the total count of the registry to 800 titles.
This year, the list includes a record number of films directed by women (nine) and by people of color (seven).
The registry also includes nods to films that went unheralded until recently.
In taking on the film, director Wayne Wang, whose 1982 breakout, “Chan Is Missing,” was selected for the registry in 1995, hoped to blaze a trail for Chinese American stories.
“Right after ‘Joy Luck Club’ came out, I was naive enough to think, ‘Oh, maybe they will make more films with Chinese American characters.’ And that really didn’t happen,” Wang says.