Back to the Future is now considered by critics and audiences to be one of the greatest science-fiction films and among the best films ever made. In 2007, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry. The film was followed by two sequels, Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990).
Spurred by the film’s dedicated fan following and effect on popular culture, Universal Studios launched a multimedia franchise, which includes video games, theme park rides, an animated TV series, and a stage musical. Its enduring popularity has prompted numerous books about its production, documentaries, and commercials.