‘Vertigo’ Beats Out ‘Citizen Kane’ As Best Movie of All Time

by | August 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM | General, Movies

Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novac in 'Vertigo' (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, file)

Perhaps film noir is making a comeback in these dark days, or maybe the rise of the “one percent” has taken some of the bite out of Charles Foster Kane’s notorious bark, but whatever the reason, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller “Vertigo” has toppled Orson Welles’ seemingly untouchable “Citizen Kane” from the top of the movie-making heap.

As reported by the Huffington Post, in a once-a-decade poll conducted by Sight & Sound magazine, international film critics agreed—for the first time in 50 years—that a film other than “Citizen Kane” should have bragging rights as the greatest movie of all time.

Hitchcock’s moody 1958 film—starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novac—first entered the Sight & Sound top ten in 1982, two years after the director’s death, and ranked in seventh place. It’s been steadily growing in popularity since, as Hitchcock’s own reputation has grown.

The magazine, published by the British Film Institute, polled 846 film critics and movie experts from around the globe to obtain its results. The psychological drama lagged behind “Citizen Kane” by only five votes in the 1992 poll. This year, “Vertigo” came out ahead by 34 votes—a decisive victory.

The Critics’ Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time

“Vertigo” (Hitchcock, 1958)
“Citizen Kane” (Welles, 1941)
“Tokyo Story” (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
“La Règle du jeu” (Jean Renoir, 1939)
“Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans” (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
“2001: A Space Odyssey” (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
“The Searchers” (John Ford, 1956)
“Man with a Movie Camera” (Vertov, 1929)
“The Passion of Joan of Arc” (Dreyer, 1927)
“8 ½”(Federico Fellini, 1963)

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