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Thirty-one can't miss films from TCM's '31 Days of Oscar' programming

Turner Classic Movies' 31 Days of Oscar features nothing but Oscar-winning and nominated films for 31 straight days.
Turner Classic Movies' 31 Days of Oscar features nothing but Oscar-winning and nominated films for 31 straight days.
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Turner Classic Movies is embarking on its greatest month of programming once again with its 31 Days of Oscar, which celebrates films that have won or have been nominated for Academy Awards. Every film over the 31 days has at least been nominated for an Oscar and thus the schedule features many of the very best films the cinema has ever seen.

Here are 31 films you should look for or set your DVR to record over these next 31 days.

1. Casablanca – February 28 @ 7 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because sometimes in the greatest romances the guy doesn’t get the girl.

2. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid – February 15 @ 3 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because Paul Newman and Robert Redford had the greatest bromance in cinema history.

3. Field of Dreams – February 15 @ 5 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because it’s the greatest baseball movie ever made and sometimes it’s alright for a grown man to cry.

4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – February 1 @ 2:45 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because James Stewart’s Mr. Smith will make you want to save the world.

5. 12 Angry Men – February 2 @ 5:15 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because the Super Bowl is on and if you’re not a football fan this is the next best thing going at the time (and it’s the greatest courtroom drama in film history).

6. In The Heat of the Night – March 1 @ 7 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because Sidney Poitier showed us all men were created equal time after time.

7. The Manchurian Candidate – February 12 @ 3 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because there’s never been a better, more suspenseful political thriller ever made.

8. Cool Hand Luke – February 21 @ 2:30 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because that “Cool Hand” Luke was a natural-born world-shaker.

9. Yankee Doodle Dandy – February 28 @ 10:15 a.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because it’ll make you want to do THIS.

10. Stagecoach – February 1 @ 1 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because it’s the film that made The Duke a star.

11. Gone With the Wind – February 1 @ 9 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because THIS is the greatest kiss-off in film history.

12. Singin’ In the Rain – February 12 @ 8:30 a.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because it’s hands-down the greatest musical ever made.

13. The Maltese Falcon – February 8 @ 9:30 a.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because it’s the film that made Humphrey Bogart a star, and few characters in film history are as cool as Bogie’s Sam Spade.

14. Rebel Without a Cause – February 5 @ 3:15 a.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because James Dean’s portrayal of teen confusion and angst is spot-on nearly 60 years later.

15. Bonnie & Clyde – March 2 @ 1 a.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because it changed the way violence would be portrayed on film forever, for better or worse.

16. Lawrence of Arabia – March 2 @ 3 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because it’s the epic of epics and the late, great Peter O’Toole becomes a star before your very eyes.

17. Bridge on the River Kwai – March 2 @ 12 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because they just don’t make scenes like THIS anymore.

18. The Wizard of Oz – February 1 @ 5 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because you should really see if it syncs up perfectly with Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon.”

19. Spellbound – February 3 @ 1:15 a.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because Ingrid Bergman will truly leave you, well, spellbound.

20. How The West Was Won – February 8 @ 11:15 a.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because it’s the most epic Western, featuring the biggest stars (Stewart, Fonda, Peck, Wayne, etc.) ever made.

21. North by Northwest – February 18 @ 11 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because the crop-duster scene is one of the greatest action sequences and Alfred Hitchcock scenes in film history.

22. Treasure of the Sierra Madre – February 23 @ 2:30 a.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because Humphrey Bogart’s descent into madness is one of the all-time great movie descents into madness.

23. Doctor Zhivago – February 9 @ 10 a.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because it features many of the most strikingly beautiful images and sceneries you will ever seen on film.

24. On The Waterfront – March 1 @ 11 a.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because Marlon Brando coulda been a contenda and it’s one of the best monologues ever spoken on film.

25. The Graduate – March 1 @ 9 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because the soundtrack was entirely done by the great Simon & Garfunkel.

26. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town – February 10 @ 3 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because nobody did screwball comedy like director Frank Capra.

27. Sleepless in Seattle – February 11 @ 5 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because it’s one of the few truly good chick flicks ever made.

28. The Pride of the Yankees – February 14 @ 3:45 a.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because Lou Gehrig’s story is one of the most-important, greatest and saddest in sports history.

29. Marty – February 14 @ 9:15 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because it’s one of the most realistic portrayals of relationships and life to ever take Oscar gold.

30. Key Largo – February 26 @ 6 a.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because you can have it all, just like Bogie & Bacall.

31. Philadelphia – February 28 @ 4:45 p.m.

Why You Should Watch: Because Tom Hanks’ Oscar-winning performance changed the way many looked at AIDS.