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'Vertigo' Replaces 'Citizen Kane' On Sight & Sound Greatest Of All Time List

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 1, 2012 at 1:53PM

There are film enthusiasts, cinema lovers and movie fans, and then there are those that read Sight & Sound. The most vaunted publication devoted to all things movies has drafted their once-a-decade list that determines what is the Greatest Movie Of All Time, and Orson Welles has to move over for another helmer fond of the buffet table.
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There are film enthusiasts, cinema lovers and movie fans, and then there are those that read Sight & Sound. The most vaunted publication devoted to all things movies has drafted their once-a-decade list that determines what is the Greatest Movie Of All Time, and Orson Welles has to move over for another helmer fond of the buffet table.

Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" has replaced "Citizen Kane" on top of the list, sending shockwaves through the movie community, with riots taking place in multiplexes around the country. Okay, not really, but it does knock Welles off his longstanding peg at the top, placing him in the #2 slot. It has been a long, slow climb for the movie up the list, first appearing in 1982 at #7 before growing in esteem as the years passed by. At the time of its release, critics were largely indifferent to the movie, but it has since gone on to become one of Hitchcock's most highly regarded efforts and hugely influential as well. 

846 movie experts were called up to hand in their lists to determine the Top 50, but separately, 358 film directors (including Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Mike Leigh) were asked to submit their greatest list and the results are quite different. Yasujirō Ozu's "Tokyo Story" tops the list, with "Vertigo" ranking at #7 while Andrei Tarkovsky gets a nod for "Mirror" as do more contemporary efforts like "Taxi Driver" and "Apocalypse Now."

Check out both top tens below and if you haven't seen some of them, get them on your Netflix queue ASAP. [THR/BFI]

Sight & Sound The Critics’ Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time

1. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
2. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
3. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
4. La Règle du jeu (Renoir, 1939)
5. Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans (Murnau, 1927)
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)
7. The Searchers (Ford, 1956)
8. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1927)
10. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)
11. Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925)
12. L’Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934)
13. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
14. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
15. Late Spring (Ozu Yasujiro, 1949)
16. Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)
17. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa Akira, 1954)
17. Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)
19. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974)
19. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1951)
21. L’avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)
21. Le Mépris (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)
21. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
24. Ordet (Carl Dreyer, 1955)
24. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)
26. Rashomon (Kurosawa Akira, 1950)
26. Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966)
28. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, 2001)
29. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)
29. Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985)
31. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
31. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
33. Bicycle Thieves (Vittoria De Sica, 1948)
34. The General (Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1926)
35. Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
35. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
35. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, 1975)
35. Sátántangó (Béla Tarr, 1994)
39. The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959)
39. La dolce vita (Federico Fellini, 1960)
41. Journey to Italy (Roberto Rossellini, 1954)
42. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
42. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
42. Gertrud (Carl Dreyer, 1964)
42. Pierrot le fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)
42. Play Time (Jacques Tati, 1967)
42. Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990)
48. The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966)
48. Histoire(s) du cinéma (Jean-Luc Godard, 1998)
50. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)
50. Ugetsu monogatari (Mizoguchi Kenji, 1953)
50. La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962)

The Directors’ Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time
Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
=2 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)
=2 Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)
Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1980)
Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
=7 The Godfather (Coppola, 1972)
=7 Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
Mirror (Tarkovsky, 1974)
Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, 1948)

This article is related to: Sight & Sound - Greatest Of All Time Poll


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