VERTIGO Overtakes CITIZEN KANE in Sight & Sound Poll of the Greatest Films of All Time

by     Posted 2 years, 83 days ago

vertigo-movie-slice

In case you hadn’t heard, we now have a new “Greatest Film of All Time.”  Every 10 years, BFI’s Sight & Sound magazine polls a number of film experts to come up with a definitive list of the greatest films of all time.  These experts include critics, academics, writers, and programmers, and this year 846 such people participated in the poll.  Citizen Kane has topped the list every time since 1962, but this year Alfred Hitchcock’s masterful Vertigo overtook Orson Wells’ opus to be named the new “Greatest Film of All Time.”

Sight & Sound also conducts a poll of filmmakers, and this year 358 directors (including the likes of Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Edgar Wright) yielded a significantly different Top 10 list with Yasujiro Ozu’s 1953 pic Tokyo Story taking the top spot. Though lists of this sort are by definition subjective, these Top 10s are worth perusing and act as a great guide for film fans looking to deepen their cinematic palate.  Hit the jump to take a look at both lists.

vertigo-movie-posterBefore going forward, THR has a great rundown of exactly how the film experts and directors were asked to create their lists:

The ten-yearly survey aims to rule out fluctuations in taste and asked participants to interpret “greatest” in any way they chose to. That could mean whether or not the film was most important to film history, represented the aesthetic pinnacle of achievement or perhaps had a personal impact on their own view of cinema.

The Critics’ Top 10 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)

Check out the full list of 50 films, including voter breakdowns, right here.

The Directors’ Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time:

1. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) and Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941) (tie)
4. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)
5. Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)
6. Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
7. The Godfather (Coppola, 1972) and Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) (tie)
9. Mirror (Tarkovsky, 1974)
10. Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, 1948)

tokyo-story




Like Us


Comments:

FB Comments

  • Lord Douche

    In before cretins deny 2001 is the greatest thing since monkeys clubbing each other.

  • Moron

    No McG movies?

  • JLC

    And in case we needed reminding, Holy Mackeral was Kim Novak a stunner.

  • mattedscreen

    What? No Ghostbusters 2?

  • TheHOYT

    I concur. I’ve never been to keen on Citizen Kane.

  • Juan Jonas

    Where the hell is Tommy Wiseau’s masterpiece, “The Room”?

  • Pb Zeppelin

    Vertigo, Citizen Kane, and Tokyo Story are all magnificent and I’d have a very difficult time ranking one above the other. I am unfortunately unable to see the brilliance in Fellini’s 8 1/2. Perhaps I’ll give it another watch in a few years, but for now I thought it was a 2 1/2 hour bore.

  • Pb Zeppelin

    Vertigo, Citizen Kane, and Tokyo Story are all magnificent and I\’d have a very difficult time ranking one above the other. I am unfortunately unable to see the brilliance in Fellini\’s 8 1/2. Perhaps I\’ll give it another watch in a few years, but for now I thought it was a 2 1/2 hour bore.

  • sccitylhh

    I’ve always had a huge respect for Citizen Kane. I guess you could say I admire it more than I love it. The craft behind it is superb, the acting impeccable, and the story fully engaging. However, I would hardly call it one of my favorite films. It’s appreciated best from an academic standpoint.

  • sccitylhh

    I\’ve always had a huge respect for Citizen Kane. I guess you could say I admire it more than I love it. The craft behind it is superb, the acting impeccable, and the story fully engaging. However, I would hardly call it one of my favorite films. It\’s appreciated best from an academic standpoint.

  • Tim

    I couldn’t get more than a couple of mintues into Vertigo before my eyes started to get heavy. Extremely dull. Haven’t seen Citizen Kane. It is probably dull, too.

    2001, on the other hand, should be the greatest movie ever.

  • 1

    Taxi Driver came out in 76, not 80.

    • sccitylhh

      Yeah, they must’ve confused it with Raging Bull.

  • Bonobo

    Where and/or when can we see the individual lists from the filmmakers that were polled? It’s much more interesting to see what hidden treasures or guilty pleasures those people snuck into their lists, rather than the super predictable grand tally og greatest ever.

  • RIC

    THE FACT THAT CASABLANCA WAS NOT MENTIONED IN EITHER OF THE LISTS SHED SHAME ON ALL WHOM VOTED… AND YES, I’M TYPING IN ALL CAPS TO EMPHASIZE HOW INSANE THIS IS.

  • Sugreev2001

    I’d pick All about Eve,Sunset Blvd. and 12 Angry Men over Vertigo any day.I have tons of Hitchcock favorites,but Vertigo is good not great.

  • Pingback: Sight & Sound Top 250 List includes BLADE RUNNER, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, and MODERN TIMES | Collider

  • Pingback: Read Sight & Sound Top 10 Lists from Quentin Tarantino, Edgar Wright, Martin Scorsese, Guillermo del Toro, Woody Allen and More | Collider

  • Pingback: Top 10 Fav Films From Del Toro, Vaughn, Webb and Wright | nerdbastards.com

Click Here