Casablanca was one of 25 films to be selected for preservation by the Library of Congress in the inaugural year of the United States National Film Registry.

The American Film Institute has promoted Casablanca by including it on many of its lists:

  • #3 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies (formerly #2 on the list)
  • #37 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills
  • #1 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions
  • #4 Hero Rick Blaine on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes and Villains
  • #2 Song “As Time Goes By” on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs
  • 6 lines on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes
    • #5: “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
    • #20: “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
    • #28: “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’.”
    • #32: “Round up the usual suspects.”
    • #43: “We’ll always have Paris.”
    • #67: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”
  • #32 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Cheers