Greatest Movies List – after an unbroken run starting in 1962 a film has finally taken the top spot away from Citizen Kane in the BFI survey of critics and movie directors published in Sight and Sound magazine.
Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller Vertigo was voted by a majority of the 846 film critics and academics as their number one film of all-time. The BFI Sight & Sound survey is held every 10 years and since it was first conducted in 1962 nothing has seemed likely to have knocked Orson Welles 1941 masterpiece off the top position.
There was also a survey of 358 movie directors including Scorsese and Tarantino to see what they regarded as the top film of all-time. Again Citizen Kane did not make the top spot but this time the winner was Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu’s 1953 drama of family life Tokyo Story.
Here are the BFI Sight and Sound Top 10 films of all-time as chosen by both the critics and film directors.
The Critics’ Top Ten 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 of 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)
The Directors’ Top Ten Greatest Films of All Time:
1. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
=2 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)
=2 Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
4. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)
5. Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)
6. Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
=7 The Godfather (Coppola, 1972)
=7 Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
9. Mirror (Tarkovsky, 1974)
10. Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, 1948)