Film News: Vertigo Tops ‘Greatest’ Poll
A poll conducted every ten years by Sight & Sound Magazine asks film critics for what they consider to be the best film of all time; and for the first time since 1962, Citizen Kane has finally been knocked off the top spot.
Vertigo, directed by the great Alfred Hitchcock starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, which initially received mixed reviews on its release, tells the story of obsession and love.
This result is particularly significant as it is Sight & Sound’s biggest ever surveyed poll; as 846 critics and academics were asked for their opinion whereas in 2002 only 144 were polled.
A separate survey for the directors top films of all time as voted for by 358 filmmakers including the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Francis Ford Coppola, also saw Orson Welles’ classic demoted into second spot.
Below are the results of the critics’ and directors’ polls.
The Critics’ Top Ten Greatest Films of All Time:
1. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
2. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
3. Tokyo Story (Yasujirô Ozu, 1953)
4. La Règle du jeu (Jean Renoir, 1939)
5. Sunrise: a Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
7. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
8. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1927)
10. 8 ½ (Federico Fellini, 1963)
The Directors’ Top Ten Greatest Films of All Time:
1. Tokyo Story (Yasujirô Ozu 1953)
=2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
=2. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
4. 8 ½ (Federico Fellini, 1963)
5. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
6. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
=7. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
=7. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
9. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975)
10. Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948)