According to what has to be the most subjective survey of all time, "Citizen Kane" is no longer the greatest film in history. That title now belongs to Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo".
"Citizen Kane" had topped the on the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound critics' film poll for 50 years, but the 2012 worldwide survey of 846 cinema critics and 358 directors decided to hand the award off to to Hitchcock's 1958 psychological thriller, the New York Daily News reported.
If you are going to take movie advice from anyone you might as well take it from this group. According to ABC, American film critic Roger Ebert notably called the poll “the most respected of the countless polls of great movies” and “the only one most serious movie people take seriously.”
But film fans shouldn't get up in arms yet. According to CBS, rule changes accounted for some other shifts in the lineup.
This year, critics could not lump two or more films together, such as "The Godfather" series. Instead, the original film could be counted separately from its sequels.
Here is the complete top ten list that critics and directors, including Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, decided on:
1. "Vertigo" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
2. "Citizen Kane" (Orson Welles, 1941)
3. "Tokyo Story" (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
4. "The Rules of the Game" (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, 1928)
10. "8 1/2" (Federico Fellini, 1963)
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