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'Vertigo' Tops New Sight and Sound Top 50 List; '2001: A Space Odyssey' Most Recent in Top Ten

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 1, 2012 at 2:23PM

Sight and Sound has posted the results of its latest Top 50 Films of All Time poll, voted on by more global film critics than ever before. (The full story is in the September issue.) "846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors have voted – and the 50-year reign of Kane is over. Our critics’ poll has a new number one." Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" finally supplanted Orson Welles' top-ranked "Citizen Kane," which moved to number 2. (I also voted--my list is here.)

 1. Vertigo

Alfred Hitchcock, 1958 (191 votes)

2. Citizen Kane

Orson Welles, 1941 (157 votes)

3. Tokyo Story

Ozu Yasujiro, 1953 (107 votes)

4. La Règle du jeu

Jean Renoir, 1939 (100 votes)

5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

FW Murnau, 1927 (93 votes)

6. 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick, 1968 (90 votes)

7. The Searchers

John Ford, 1956 (78 votes)

8. Man with a Movie Camera

Dziga Vertov, 1939 (68 votes)

9. The Passion of Joan of Arc

Carl Dreyer, 1927 (65 votes)

10. 8½

Federico Fellini, 1963 (64 votes)

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.